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What Do You Buy from Artists at Conventions? For how much? 

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12 deviants said I don't go to conventions / don't buy from artist's alley.
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Nefidean Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
It depends on the artist and their quality and what I get. If you're doing customs depending on the size I'd spend any where from $5 for something small and simple to $15-25 if there's color. Not that I wouldn't spend more if there was the work was really detailed and didn't have a long waiting list.

If it's pre-made art depends on the format. I like buttons, stickers, and book marks I would spend about 3-5 dollars a piece for and could end up spending 20-30 in one sitting. (Curse my pin obsession)

My best advice, Time your self on a completely random drawing, something in between simple and complex. Or get a bunch of little postcard (or smaller) size card and try to stay with in that and time it. If you can do something relatively fast with out costing the quality, it would give you a better idea of what you can do in a given amount of time. That way you can do a time log and scheduled pick ups at different points in the day. I found that when I go to Otakon that these artist impressed me the most, I knew what I was getting and when I would have them.


If you're doing Fan art/pre done art, a large verity and formats are the best. Especially pins. Every one seems to love pins. The more you have to offer the more likely you'll attract some buyers.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
I was considering not doing any prints since I don't think my art is really up to par for that kind of thing yet. Drawing is usually the thing I have the most trouble with, could take days to draw something. xD

Instead, I was thinking of just doing custom embroidery hats while there. I'm hoping that with practice I can do them quicker. Currently I can complete a hat in about 3 hours if I use markers in it. I was thinking that maybe I can do names and a little marker design behind it. I could also have a little 3 ring binder of different sample fonts people can choose from. What do you think? What should I charge for this?

I'll also have pre-made hats people could just choose from too. xD Like these three I finished last week:
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:iconnefidean:
Nefidean Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I saw those. I really like the one with the flower and the cherry blossom one. Those would be interesting to sell.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I hope so. o:
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Psycho-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Artist
I love buying artist original stuff, not fan art stuff. I by small prints for $5 then printer size ones for $15-$20. I love original works be them bishi, gothic, or even fantastical, I LOVE EM ALL!!!
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
Interesting~ C: So far it seems most people only buy original works, and NOT fanart. I honestly thought it would be the other way around. Perhaps I was wrong?
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Psycho-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Student Artist
Na. You get an equal amount in some places. But for the most part original works do sell better in general but at conventions it CAN be the other way around. If your selling stuff on-line ya original can do better. But at conventions ask around from past venders and see what the hot pick is at their conventions. Original or fan art.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I suppose. xD If I wasn't scared of talking to people in real life, I would be tempted to.
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Psycho-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Artist
Haha. Well you should try.

I will admit it took me several years to get out of being shy....that was before Figure Drawing class and Speech class.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
*wiggles* > ^<
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Psycho-Dragon-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student Artist
hehehe
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SanoStar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would avoid making prints unless you were really confident they would sell. I see a bunch of people make prints that they can't sell y'know?

I love buying buttons, bookmarks, and books/comics. If you knit or crochet stuff that's stuff people will buy too!
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Hmm that's fair... I'm not confident my prints would sell at all.

Sadly one of the few traditional art techniques I have yet to learn is knitting/crochet. <___< (I'm somewhat determined (*cough* obsessed *cough*) with learning all different kinds of things).

A button maker is on my wishlist of things to buy someday. * 3* <3


In the meantime, the only unique thing I can offer is my embroidered goods, lol. So far I've made a pink hat with white cherry blossoms, a white hat with a blossom and embroidered green leaves, and a black hat with yellow cat eyes that stare into your soullllll. 0-o....

*starting a blue hat with white feathers* - u-'' *stabs hands with needles*
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SanoStar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could make art booklets! Like your tutorials.
Or a magazine format booklet of your artwork.

If you can make decals that would be cool too--like stickers people could put on their car or laptop.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Hm... I could do the booklet thing some day. xD; I don't think I'm at that level yet though...


I can make stickers, but I have no idea what it would take to make decals. o_o
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SanoStar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, decals are practically stickers I think but I don't know if there's a special adhesive to them? Depending on how crowded the table space is at your table you could put a little sketchbook for visitors to doodle in (again that depends on the accessibility of the area and if you'll get too much people wanting to draw in it ahah).

Holding raffles is a good way of getting people to buy your stuff but ou could wait until you have more stuff to give away or somethin.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I'm not good at impromptu drawing, but I was thinking of demonstrating my embroidered hats instead.

As for the raffle, I think I want to try running through an artist alley once and seeing how well anything of mine sells. I'd hate to have just 3 people in a raffle and then I'd lose most, if not all, of my profits from because of the prize. o xo'

However, if I sell out of hats for example, then next time I can try doing a raffle.
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Kelliechan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Student General Artist
anywhere from 25 cents to 5 dollars
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Thanks! =)
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Kelliechan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
your welcome :3
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kabocha Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I buy handmade goods and original art, more often than not!
That, and webcomic stuff.


Very, very rarely do I buy fanart... Something about it just doesn't mesh well with me. :<

But fanart and things like buttons sell very well. I'm not a typical buyer, I think.
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Mysticalpchan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Ahh ok! =) Makes me feel better since that was what I was planning on doing. Lots of handcrafted hats and original art prints etc. so I wouldn't have to feel bad about copyright what-not.
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