This kid should be 892% done with Rdj at this point.
Pete and Repeat
Only Lovers Left Alive Official Press Kit (2nd Version)
A Wild Dancing John appears in Buckingham Palace.
I laughed way too much at this.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
The gloomy day. Spring. A series of “The Seasons”
“There is nothing more stylish than a well-made suit” -Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left Alive (x)
Thor’s cape appreciation post
10 tips for winning at Artist’s Alley
Con season is starting up again and I figured it’s time to dispense some experience from the many cons I have attended and talking to many people who *want* to vendor in Artist’s Alley and have no idea of where to start.
Very very good tips!!
Just wanted to add a warning to one of them that I learned the first two times I had a con table waaayyyy back in 2009.
Be VERY careful what you offer for free!
When I first started, I had three black and white bookmark designs that I copied onto card stock paper. I put my information on them and used them as business cards. Good idea right? Except that people took those free items and then didn’t buy any of the bookmarks for sale. See the free item was too good. People took that, had my art and didn’t need to pay for anything else.
So if you do offer something for free, don’t make it too nice. You don’t want your free item to compete with the items people can buy because people will take free over paid every time.
Display Your Prints!
No, really, if you want to sell prints, make sure people can see them easily. I sold next to no prints for two years because I just kept them in a portfolio on the table. Once I made a display out of PVC pipe and hung prints from it, sales sky rocketed. I sold more prints at one convention than I had in all the other previous conventions combined.
So make sure your prints are up and on display if you want to sell them!
Sketchbooks Sales are Declining
Sketchbooks are IMHO one of the most awesome things I can buy from an artist. I love ‘em. However, from what I’ve seen and hard, sales on these are declining. So I’m not saying don’t make them (because I want to buy them from you if you do!) but keep costs low. Try not to make anything you need to sell for more than $5 or $10 as that tends to be the most people pay unless you are a known artist.
Don’t Try and Do it Alone!
My best friend Elly, sits at the tables with me and pretty much saves my life. When things get busy, having someone else there to take money, keep things organized, and talk to people while I draw is critical. There is no way I could do it all by myself. So if you have a friend who can help, let them help!
And one last things.
The tip about using a suitcase btw is GOLD. I wish I’d thought of a rolling suitcase years earlier!
More great advice from Katie Crenshaw!
I have to respectfully disagree on not pricing items over $10 though - I recommend a range of prices instead. I don’t sell nearly as many pieces of original art (my high ticket items) during a con as I do bookmarks (my lowest priced) but the few that do sell more than make up for it. And I am not a famed artist by far! Best to be comfortable with the prices you’re asking for, it’s always easiest to mark high and lower them later than the reverse.
Some suitcase vendors are also making a hockey bag sized duffle with suitcase wheels and handles. I got one from Roots - can’t wait to try it out!
Oh I meant the 5 to 10 thing specifically for sketchbooks, not everything. What you say about pricing is totally right though. My Prints vary from $5 to $20 and my original art from $5 to $300. I don’t sell many high end prints, but just two usually covers printing costs, and one original art sale can sometimes cover the whole table. :D
But for sketchbooks, because they have a higher printing overhead then prints and take lots of time to put together, I wanted to mention that the average price that still sells well is about 5 to 10.
(also! Hello! very excited to talk to another artist alley vet :D)