It’s Thursday?!

Wow, this week has flown by.
I did not post anything on Monday.  I was not motivated and I really did not have much to talk about.
Today is different.
Mostly because it is Thursday and things have been going this week.
1. I have sent off a bunch of art!  I had art actually sell and I am stoked. I have a few people that are contemplating purchases and have to wait for their paychecks.  Hopefully I will have more sales shortly.
2. I signed up for a small creepy holiday sales event.  I withdrew from the RAWk Seattle event.  I just do not have the energy to attempt to sell tickets and I cannot afford to buy out all the tickets.
3. I have started creating holiday art.  I want to have some items ready in time for the December holidays.  I already have one done and started another.  I have ideas for 3 or 4 more.
4.  I have ideas!  I have so many ideas and I am thinking about how to make them work.  Acrylic paintings and the holiday ink wash paintings.
That is about all.  I hope to be motivated to do the Monday blog post next week.

 

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I did a Give-Away

I have reached a landmark on my Instagram (@bycarissac) account of 200 Followers.  So I did a drawing… more of a raffle.  I used two of my Inktober paintings as prizes.
I will do another contest when I hit 300 followers.
 Tomorrow I will do a similar drawing for my Facebook account that reached 200 the day after Instagram did.  The prize will be two other Inktober paintings.
 One Day I imagine being able to hold give-away contests on YouTube and even this blog.
Today I started working on an octopus painting I started a few months ago, but set aside to work on commissions and Inktober.  I am also in the planning stages for another set of drawings that will be made into a coloring book.
Today another time-lapse video was uploaded to my YouTube Channel today.  It was the Flash inkwash drawing.
That should be all the news I have.
Have a great week!

 

Jet City Comic Show, a Vendor Review

This weekend I was a vendor at Jet City Cmic Show in Tacoma, Wa.  My space was sponsored by Terra Crux Games, a local game shop.  At Terra Crux you can try-before-you-buy a lot of the products (board games and RPG style games,) hang out with your friends and have a brew, and get all your Magic the Gathering, Warhammer (and 40K) needs met, along with pretty much any other kind of game around. The shop is very welcoming to all genders, creeds and skill levels.
But this is not about how awesome Terra Crux is.  This is about Jet City Comic Show and my experience there.
FYI, these are my opinions and are should not be reflected on Terra Crux.
What is Jet City Comic Show?
Jet City is a comic show (comic con) that runs for two days, usually at the end of October / early November.  It is the last comic oriented conventions of note in the Puget Sound area. You will find a lot of local comic artists showing their comics and other art.  You will also find several game stores and (gasp) comic shops selling their wares.  This year also had quite a bit of cosplay accessories and services.  The LeMay Car Museum also donates a few cars to fit the theme of the show.  One year it was the Flintstone Mobile, KIT has been a few times, and this year they also had the car from Supernatural TV show.
What am I basing my review on?
I have been a vendor at a few other shows, (Oddmall, Art on the Ave, and Music and Art in Wright Park) so I still have not figured out all the ins and outs of being a vendor and making decent sales.  It has only been six months since I have been trying to make a living off art.  I have friends that do these events on a regular basis, so I am taking their wise words into account.  The majority of it is based off my interaction with the attendees of the show and my own bottom line.
The Review, Day 1:
Day 1 was pretty good.  I made quite a few sales.  Strangely none of my “nerd” art sold.  All that work and, while appreciated, no one purchased. I did sell a lot of post cards.  I feel that those were a great investment, and I will be getting more. I also talked to quite a few people and gave out quite a few business cards.
Business wise Day 1 was not great, but there is still Day 2.
Over all Day 1 was busy and fun.  There were lots of attendees in cosplay and they had a lot of energy.
The Review, Day 2:
Day 2 was pretty bad.  I made 3 sales, postcards and and some greeting cards, all early in the day.  After the first few hours it was evident that there were going to be few sales that day.
There were significantly fewer attendees on Day 2. They did not have the level of energy the Day 1 group had.  I did hand out a few cards and was able to talk to a few people, but the interest was not there.  People seemed to just want to run in, do a lap, and leave.  Hit and run kind of attitudes.
The other vendors were quite upset with the Day 2 turn out.  A few packed up quite early, others started working on other projects, and many took the opportunity to leave their booths for extended periods of time to wander around.  My booth partners chose to wander the show and explore.  I stayed behind, hoping for a random additional sale or fun conversation.
At the end of the event (both days,) my income was about half of what my portion of the booth fee would have been.  Even at the other events I have done I at least made the booth fee.
Feelings regarding the Event:
The show is too late in the year.  People are conserving money for Christmas and they just spent a lot on Halloween, so there is not much to go around.  From what I saw most people spent less than $100 on average, and only $20 to $30 of that was on art.  Most were from the hated “print wall” vendor.
I will only do this again if I am sponsored or someone gives me a table.
If I do participate in another comic related event I will create some zines or more comic related art.
What I did Wrong:
There are things I know that I did wrong or not quite right.
1. I need sturdier baskets to hold the postcards and greeting cards.  It would be nice to get a matching set to hold my three main products, prints, postcards, and greeting cards.  Maybe two more, one for whatever zine I am able to create for the event and one for any small random thing I have at the time.
2. I could not figure out a way to get my sign to hang. So I did not hang it.  I had some examples of Warhammer 40K war banners in the back of the booth, where I could have hung the sign.  I decided the banners were enough of a draw.  I am not sure if it was a good choice or not.
3.  Something that I could not control.  I have been having bad allergies and I was not able to do my usually fun statement makeup.  I am not sure if it makes a difference, but I feel like it does.
I am sure there were a few other things, but those stand out to me as being obvious.
Things I did Right:
Yes, I did some things right!
1. Packed light.  I made sure I did not bring a huge amount of stuff.  I had a box duffel, a tote bag, the roll of Warhammer banners, and the giant four Skull Experiment poster.
I could have gone smaller, I could have left the tote out and half the banners.  But this is supposed to be a larger show, so I wanted to have a few extra things “in case.”
2. I talked to people.  I did not hide behind my table and just doodle.  I stood up and greeted almost everyone that walked past my space.
3. I listened to people and had meaningful conversations.  I talked about so much stuff that I am interested in.  Not just art, but games, goals, and so much other stuff, but only because I listened and let people talk.
4. Marketing. I made sure I did a few Facebook Live videos and even an Instagram Live video.  I did the very best I could to advertise where I was going to be and share the experience with others.
5.  I helped when I could and only “put my foot in it” a few times. Even those few times were not so bad that I am obsessing over what I said or did.  A huge improvement over how things have gone in my personal past.
I learn from every event and all the people that I interact with and work with.  I will take these lessons and improve for the next event.
Visit my Facebook page to see the videos I took!
2017-11-04 15.17.44My booth set up for Day 1.  I had a young artist buddy hanging out with me for a while.

 

Inktober 2017, The END!

I had a lot of fun with Inktober this year.  I drew something worth while every day.  I even made a little coloring book!
I look forward to next year and doing even better drawings, and even another coloring book.
Here are the last few of the Inktober drawings.
Also, I have a Youtube channel where you can watch me draw all my Inktober drawings, and many other things.

 

Not a very Motivational Monday

I try quite hard to keep a positive mindset.  I find that if I focus on the good things in a situation that I do better to get through it.  This year it has been exceptionally challenging to do this.
Some of the problems we (spouse and I) are facing are directly caused by us.  We were doing well at the beginning of the year so we were not managing our money well (less well than I originally thought.)  I quite my stable and good paying job (I do not regret it.)  Now we are plagued by things that are seemingly out of our control but caused by our actions early this year.
My spouse has been unable to get a consistent job.  My art is not selling well (I knew this was going to be the case.) People who want my art are having financial issues as well. I am not able to get a consistent job (waiting on the government to process some paper… really over 9 months!)
We do not qualify for most federal aide as we do not have children nor are we disabled.
I feel that we are in a pit and it is pouring rain out.  The pit is slowly filling with sludge and we are getting covered instead of being able to float to the surface.
My eternal optimism says we will get through this, more or less intact.  There is a part of me that would like to give up the fight and just walk away from everything.  Live off grid in the mountains or something equally as difficult or impossible.
The optimism wins out, because I am an eternal optimist, even if I do not act like it.
In an effort to give myself a boost I found some quotes to share.
I am not drawing the quote today.  I am NOT that optimistic right now.  Plus I am working on getting ready for Jet City Comic Show in Tacoma, Washington this weekend.
Yes, yes, yes.  I want to quit.  I want to hide away and never show my face to the world again.  Yet, I will not.  I want to share my art with everyone.  I want to make them see and feel and think new things.  So I will keep going, because I have not accomplished my goal yet.
I was “busy” Friday.  Sheer stubbornness made me waste a bunch of time on something.  I could have been working on other things.
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 I am doing this one.  I have never done a lot of the things that I did this year.  I am learning and growing.
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 I make lots of these.  I try a lot.
Thank you for reading.
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Inktober Week 4

It is almost over!
My right hand is so happy.
I have “mild” carpel tunnel in my right hand, so spending as much time focusing on drawing as I have makes it hurt.  I learn a lot doing this so I think it is worth it.
Today is also the day that a new time-lapse video is uploaded to my YouTube Channel.  Stop by and check it out.
No extras this week.  Things are just very hectic!

Inktober Week 3…

I know this is two days late.
Not awesome stuff has thrown my schedule (such as it is) off.
Here are the seven drawings I did for this week.
13, Kappa
14, Baba Yaga
15, Dullahan (female variety)
16, Alucard from Hellsing
17, Possessed Raggedy Ann Doll
18, A Cursed Mummy Sarcophogus
19, Minotaur and Aristophanes description of Humans before Zeus split them.  I was not happy with my humans so I did the Minotaur.
 I also did two nice little bookmarks in gouache to celebrate Friday the 13th. 🙂
It was nice to not draw for a little while.
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