Saturday, October 29, 2016

Comic Jam

This last week we were able to learn about running a booth at a convention and we did a comic jam. A comic jam is where one artist draws the outline for the panels, then draws the first image in a specific time limit. After that, the page is then passed to the next artist who draws the next image in the same time limit. This continues until all the pre-drawn panels have been filled. Below are examples of the comics that came about from our comic jam.

After the comic creating, Rachel Everett discussed about having a table at a comic convention.
The first piece of advice was:
  • Do as soon as you possibly can (especially if you want to be a professional)
    • Ready to go as soon as you have stuff to sell
Benefits from doing a convention
  • You don't have to do Salt Lake Comic Con (SLCC) as your first convention. There are smaller conventions that you can try out first.
  • It helps you prepare your portfolio.
  • Gets you out of being a shy artist and helps you market yourself and network with others.
  • Makes you set a deadline for yourself and keep it.
What you need for a convention
  • Portfolio of 15-20 pieces, mostly fan art)
    • Fan art is anything you love, even if it's obscure
      • Draw what you want, not what you think will sell
  • Display set up
    • SLCC provides a 6' x 5' space with a table that is 6' x 2'
      • Also provided are 2 chairs, garbage can, 2 exhibitor badges, and a table cloth
    • You can be creative with your display, just show off your art.
    • You need a banner with your name on it, or the name you are most known by.
    • Set-up should show your work, showing all options to draw in customers
      • Rachel's fan art didn't sell as much her first year, but it drew in customers that ended up purchasing something else instead.
      • Have a variety of personal and fan art work until you are well known
  • Business cards
    • Can write your booth number on back for conventions
    • Also good for outside of conventions
    • Can also try bookmark business cards
  • A social attitude
    • At SLCC you will be there for 12 hours each day for 3 days
    • Having an assistant is recommended
      • Loop wristband ticket around the exhibitor badge lanyard
What you can expect at a convention
  • To not make any money (don't go to make money)
  • Go to learn how to market yourself
    • Get comfortable socializing/talking about your art
  • Make business connections/network
  • Find your audience
  • Have FUN!
Things you need to expect to spend money on
  • Table (Cost for your spot/booth at the convention)
  • Display
  • Business cards
  • Prints
    • Have 5-10 of each print. 
    • Getting prints made at the school is cheap
    • Have them on nicer paper (can bring own paper to school print office) 80 lb card stock recommended
    • Have multiple pieces designed on a page size 18 x 24 and cut them out yourself
  • Clearbags
    • Backing boards optional
    • Can get online or at some arts and crafts stores
    • put your business card in the bag with the print

Pricing recommendations
Rachel had 2 different prices, one for personal art and one for fan art

  • 9 x 12 Fan art - $15   Personal $12
  • 11 x 17 Fan art - $20    Personal $17
  • 1.25" buttons $1
  • Comics $2 or free with purchase
  • Smaller sizes can be done, but there was no recommended prices for them
  • Having fewer options makes it less confusing
  • Cheaper personal art encourages purchase of the personal art.
  • Can always lower prices, it is weird to raise them. 
  • Wait before lowering prices
Printing at UVU advice
  • Use a flash drive, make the prints easy to find
  • Save files as PDFs
    • Combine like-sized images in 1 PDF file
  • Label file names as how they are to be printed ex. 11x17-5copies
  • Combine images yourself and print on big paper and cut out yourself
Price Breakdown
  • SLCC booth - $300 (unless you split the price with another artist and share the booth)
  • Banner - $25-$100
    • tall banners from for $65
  • Printing - ~$100
  • Business cards - Price varies
    • $35 for 1000 at (if I am reading my notes correctly)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Personal Projects

Last club meeting was all about Personal Projects!

Tip number 1 we received is to start a personal project, obviously. It doesn't matter what it is, you just need to start a project. It is also okay to have multiple projects. Your project(s) could be a comic, just a concept you want to follow, it just needs to be something you can display visually.

Personal projects are great for you for multiple reasons. Some of those include:
  • Teaching and helping you improve
  • It prepares you for your final BFA project
  • Shows your original ideas
    • Gets others' interested in your work
    • Can lead to other opportunities
  • It gives you something you want to do (since school kills your creativity)
  • Teaches you to be confident in what you do.
Concerning the amount of time it takes for projects:
  • You'll find your time-frame when you draw frequently and daily. 
    • When you draw a lot and focus on getting stuff done, you'll learn how long it'll take you to finish your pieces
  • Make time for your project(s) and don't get distracted
    • It may be disappointing, but if you are an artist, you'll need to focus on your art. That's just how it is
  • Schedule your art in your routine
    • Keep a calendar, set alarms, keep a consistent schedule - as long as you are trying.
  • Don't wait, you'll never be where you want to be
Concerning distractions, the following points were brought up:
  •  Can be disappointing, but if you want to be a serious artist, get over it
  • Do things that aren't art in moderation. It is important to take breaks and fill your "creative bank account" from time to time, but don't let other things overcome you.
Social media advice:
  • Get an Instagram for your art. It's one of the best places to get a following
  • Be as active as you can on as many social media sites as you can handle.
    • See about posting one place and having it link and post to other sites.
  • Start putting stuff out there, even if you aren't where you want to be.
  • Try starting a blog
    • Tumblr was recommended. Can have more than 1 tumblr blog on your account
  • Don't worry about copyright
    • When you post, it is automatically copyrighted to you
    • Your story comes from you
      • everything you create is inspired from other stuff. 
      • originality is just judicious imitation
      • people will take a small portion and build it on to theirs
      • You can sue people who blatantly take your art, this is not common though
Other Personal Project advice and information:
  • Our club has a Facebook group dedicated to personal projects
    • Post personal project progress and get feedback
  • Try to tie you personal project into your class projects if you can.
    • Talk to your teachers if you want to change things. They can usually be very understanding.
  • Find something you love and won't get bored of
    • This gets you to want to draw things
    • Make a hodgepodge of everything you love
  • Having multiple projects is okay
  • Your pet/baby project doesn't have to perfect
  • It's okay to have little projects that you aren't attached to and just spit out is totally fine
  • Project doesn't need to be big. Inktober could count as a personal project.
  • Surround yourself with professional artists to help raise yourself up and be surrounded by good role models
  • Don't worry about not posting anything because your project isn't finalized. Play around and don't worry about having everything finalized while you are planning things out

Winner of this club's print raffle was Hope. Congrats!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Chalk the Library

Thanks to all those that came to out Chalk the Library event. It was a ton of fun, even though the rain came and washed it all away that night. Here are pictures from that night.



Next club meeting will be in room GT412 at 7 on October 5th. Our Vice President, Rachel Everett, will be giving a presentation on personal projects. Bring something to draw, or take notes, while the presentation is happening.