With Salt Lake Comic Con less then a month away, I have been cranking out new designs in this consistent style I'm trying out this year. I absolutely love being an artist at comic con and this year, I'm trying a whole new marketing aspect.
I'll be candid, I'm usually lucky to break even at SLCC. Which has spurred me into researching and gauging my audience to see what I can do to make my art standout and be more appealing to a broader audience. This has been tough as art is so objective (particularly at comic con) and its a challenge to hit a large audience. However, I needed to figure something out or I may have to let the dream of showing at multiple cons each year go. Hence, the new consistent style.
If you are interested in knowing about what my plans are and what I have learned, keep reading. If not, skip the text and check out the new designs! Trust me, I wont hold it against you.
For the past 3 year I haven't had a plan. Well, let me rephrase, I didn't know what kind of goal I was aiming for. At first, showing at SLCC was just so fun I didn't worry about how much it was actually costing me each time. Particularly when they had two cons a year.
In my head I was just happy to be there and getting to interact with fun people and spend three glorious days with friends. This is what drove me back each year. However, this year I sat down and thought about what my ideal job would be and then it became obvious. If I could find a way to become a full time illustrator I would be the happiest little nerd in town.
This meant research, testing and a consistent style. I tested a small group of Star War prints at the last con and I basically sold out on all of them and sold no originals designs. This gave me a solid direction to move towards, and that fan art is king.
I also watched other artists. I took note of what people were saying and what they were selling the most of. This not only gave me an understanding of what people are looking for at cons, but every booth that was doing well had a very consistent and unique style. People knew that they liked the artistic style, which would then drive them in to see if their favorite fandom was portrayed in that particular style. Also, watching what people were carrying around gives you many clues as to what is popular.
I also listened to Will Terry (on his YouTube channel) and his experience at SLCC. He is a children's book illustrator and has a large following to begin with. However, hearing about his experience and the things he did and is doing to make himself more successful was very valuable.
The last and most eye-opening thing was talking with other artist alley participates. They provided a larger understand of the market in Utah. Overall, most don't do as well as they do at other cons. This encourage me apply for other conventions as a possible artist.
Somehow I got accepted into SDCC last year, but due to the fact that SLCC was on the same weekend and that I had already paid to be at SLCC I missed that chance. That being said, I may get accepted next year. One can only hope. I'm currently waiting to hear from Emerald City Comic Con and I may check out some other ones around out here. Any suggestions?
Finally, I'm going to shamefully plug my booth at SLCC. I will be in Artist Alley, booth Purple 7 on September 1-3. If you are at the con come over and say hi! You don't need to buy anything to say hi. I will have these designs and more in 4X6 prints and older large 11X14 prints on sale. I hope to see you there and I hope if you have been considering joining the con madness that I have provided you with some direction to be successful. I'll report back after the con if my drastic move worked.
Live Long and Prosper! Nerd out.
Exciting news! I got approved as an artist again for Salt Lake Comic Con! You'll be seeing more designs like this over the coming months. If you don't know, this is Dean and Sam's Impala from Supernatural. One of my favorite shows!
If you can't wait till Comic Con, this print is available in my Society6 shop.
Not really original concept wise, but a fun little illustration all the same.
Believe in a little bit of magic! I believe I will find you Nessie; and we will be best friends, and we will have epic pool parties, and I will make you a saddle that you will destroy since you cannot be bound!
As the weather gets nicer, it seems like people lose their minds while driving. People make mistakes or have bad days. Try to be kind to one another. It's not worth your time or energy to be hateful towards complete strangers.
Help me rock September's Comic Con with your art print desires and dreams! Take a look at the image of the prints in question and vote for the ones you are most interested in. This will help me provide you with the prints you want and eliminate ones you don't care for. You don't have to be attending Salt Lake Comic Con to vote. I'm strictly look for feedback on what is popular so I can better understand you! Thanks!
I am completely fascinated with Greek mythology. There are so many interesting myths and characters and all the stories are so strange. Artists have been reinventing these gods and goddess since their conception, so naturally, I wanted to join in. I present my Lady Hades! She is the ruler of the Underworld and is not only powerful, but beautiful and spooky. I hope you enjoy!
I thought it would be fun to put together a time laps video on how I'm building the Disney Princess Series illustrations. You get to see my process, my mistakes and the final result. I hope you enjoy and subscribe to my YouTube channel for further videos! Thank you!