!!! this is super helpful actually, we’ve been messing around with displays to find what works best, but I like the idea of doing half storage-cube-style and half open like the second display you mentioned— not too closed but also w/ storage space
hope you find something that works! For me at cons, i usually keep my under-table area SUPER organized cuz i dont like using the top of the table for anything other than display, which i think i failed to mention in depth, but it cuts down on space I and my partner(s) use and helps get everything out right away. I make pins and charms and keep them all in compartmental organizers you can easily find at home depot like this one:
and i try to keep prints organized with dividers with an expanding file like this:
(i havent found one that is big enough for 11x17 prints yet though, but im narrowing down a few options). Most conventions don’t let you have more than a couple of bags as well, mostly anime AA’s— small press and comic/media cons are pretty lenient and also have a lot better setup times— so everything usually fits into one large-ish suitcase. Being organized helps expedite processes and you’re not wasting time scrambling or looking for things!
AHH YES the bit about displays reminded me of a thought that's been niggling in the back of my mind-- I'm v. attached to my wire frame display because of the storage space but I worry about it looking clunky/unprofessional outside of an anime con where wire frames are pretty common, but I'm not sure if there are ways to "refine" a wire display since a whole backdrop stand setup will probably be out of my price range for a while. Thoughts?
oh yes! your display was pretty ok! I call it THE ARCH
which i think is pretty common with wire basket displays at anime conventions (my neighbor at Fanime used it, She was a jewelry maker and it worked well for her). It IS good storage, i admit, but i’m not a personal fan of overarching displays because of “toad in the hole”
it works better for some people (and it did for you at fanime iirc), but my main beef with it is that i dont like appearing like i’m hiding behind my stuff. A good workaround using your current wire baskets imho, I call THE BREAD
…cuz the wire panels on the side are like bread on a sandwich and you in the middle are the fillings. This uses two sides of the wire baskets while leaving the table and top of the display relatively open so you’re not exactly hiding behind things AND can see people quite easily. Here’s a different view of THE BREAD using one side:
The wire grids are at the back (always secure them!) and stuff like prints are displayed but it opens up the table to your customers. Display is always up to personal preference, however, so you totally can find your own way to combine any sorts of display styles :)
So a friend recently asked for some advice since she will be exhibiting at an Artist Alley for the first time this year. And so, i wrote a LONG thing from my experience as I’ve been doing artist alleys for a while now. (If you have any further questions, my askbox is always open)
Types of cons I exhibit at most often (so my experience comes from these:)
Media/Comic Conventions: “comic” cons— comic in quotes since a lot of these cons are turning into all around media-type cons and less emphasis on comics. Examples: San Diego Comic Con, Calgary Expo, New York Comic Con.
Anime Conventions: conventions that are a celebration of Japanese anime but usually do have a crossover with similar nerdy things like video games and television shows. The anime con audiences usually tend to be younger than people who go to media/comic cons. Examples: Fanime Con, Sakura Con, Otakon
"Indie" Conventions: a catch-all name for more specialized conventions like indie comics or craft faires. These types of cons are usually pickier about what they choose to exhibit but are usually good for drawing not-necessarily-nerdy people. Examples: Alternative Press Expo, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, LA Renegade Craft Faire.
(there are other types of cons to sell art like furry or fandom-specific at but i havent had any experience with those)
HAVE FUN. Conventions are usually one of the few places you, as an artist, can meet people and make connections. I know for me, I work relatively solitary, so I enjoy sitting behind a convention table and talking to people especially those who recognize something they saw on the internet.
This is Angel “A-Girl” DeSantes: Superhero heiress, super strength, super flight, and super idol. The blonde hair-blue eyes are all part of a very carefully crafted self-image for her sponsors. She’s like a mix of Shakira with the power set of Captain Marvel and the public image of Paris Hilton.
Did you know the Awoken in Destiny are basically ADORABLE SPACEPIXIES? And then i fell in love with their faces during the Destiny Beta and painted them for warm ups for like a week. And then i got itchy skin cuz the beta was so much fun and now i have to wait for a month. ANTS. ANTS I SAY.
So you know that part of the story where a character is thrown into an Alternate Universe that exposes the flaws and then it dissolves into horror and fire and lightning? We Alice-in-Wonderlanded one of the characters in our 13th Age PbP RPG, CSI: Drakkenhall, so that calls for ALTERNATE UNIVERSE CHARACTER ICONS :D
Watch us be semi-competent bank robbers in Payday 2! We took all the advice and criticism on our last video and hopefully we’ve improved with our next Let’s Play! In this video, we rob a bank and then become pretty pretty princesses. It’s Part One of two Payday videos we filmed this week :)
Hey look, Ritzy and I started a Let’s Play channel and watch us be semi-competent bank robbers/pretty princesses in Payday 2. Also, you can send ask us questions, suggest games we can play for future videos, and topics to discuss on our Missing Discs tumblr :D
I drew their characters for them to serve as avatars: Thugriel, high-elf barbarian (not shown, Mr Scuffy, his plush bear and BFF), and Mister Human, the “human” bard (those could be anyone’s tentacles, he’s human. Even his NAME is HUMAN)
Yesterday was my birthday! I usually draw something fun and self indulgent for my birthday every year and this year was a little different: I’ve been working on something REALLY self indulgent for a week with ritzyfoxx but my thumbnails are too rough to show right now. So I did this quick vignette of the main characters, Iona and Angy, cuz they’re cute :D
Hello new followers from Fanime and other things! And hello old followers again! It’s the end of another con weekend and i gained a couple of you and talked to many of you and it was awesome and amazing! I figured i’d have another introduction post since i don’t post here very often.
HELLO! I’m Regina, people call me Geener cuz they’re weird. I am a freelance artist. I like video games, fashion, K-pop and food. I play a game of 13th Age with my friends online which I’m adapting into a webcomic this summer. I’m always open if you want to ask me anything on tumblr. And i’m really active on twitter, where i yell at my friends and post pictures of my dogs. HELLO.
I’ve been a little slow on responding back to messages and emails from this weekend, sorry! I’ve been sick with con-flu. My store will have new stuff in it in a couple days. But thanks for following and sticking around, I really appreciate all of you :D