If Wishes Were Wings We All Could Fly
Otakon booth photos! Even though the show is over. ^^; Kind of late on the posting. It was overall a really great show!!! And I’m really happy with how much space I had in the dealers’ hall. Dealers also had such better load in and load out times wow. @___@ Seriously, I was happier at this Otakon than I think I ever have been in the AA because the AA is a pile of stress. I did really miss my AA friends though. 8(
For the curious, I’d say my sales between AA and Dealers were about the same even though Dealers gets a lot more traffic than AA. Dealers was worth paying for though because it’s so uncertain with that AA lottery system.
There is of course the matter of once you go Dealers, you can never go back to AA at Otakon. I thought I was going to be more sorry about it, but NOPE. Now that I haven’t been completely stressed out of my mind at Otakon for once, I realize that this show can ACTUALLY BE FUN. IT ACTUALLY CAN BE. I don’t miss that stressful AA. I only miss my friends who are still there, BUT I CAN WALK AROUND AND SEE MY FRIENDS BETTER NOW BECAUSE DEALERS CLOSE BEFORE AA!!! IT WAS MAGICAL I WALKED AROUND AND SHOPPED I never get to do that. ;_;
So yeah. Overall, awesome Otakon!!!
With the exception of one Dealer who was an unprofessional ass hole wow. That’s a dramatic story that I kind of want to write out because it was so awful and retrospectively hilarious. But I also kind of want to forget it. :/ I feel like 99.9% of Dealers AND artists are totally pro and awesome. And then there was that one guy. Just that one guy. Who happened to be next to me. He started out Friday morning with some choice remarks about how my being an illustrator from the artist alley means I’m not pro enough to handle him. Our relationship went downhill from there. That story later, maybe, wow it’s a cringeworthy saga.
Anyway, just before Otakon I got cups back in stock!!! If you were interested in that ninetails cup (or other cup) earlier and then it vanished from my etsy, it is back!!! Go lurv it. <3
Thank you to everyone who came and saw me at Otakon!!! And I’m sorry to people who combed the AA for me all of Friday only to meander the dealers’ hall and there I was. >< I suck at making or posting maps. BUT THANK YOU FOR FINDING ME!!!!
Wow, that is a FANTASTIC set up! Glad you had a great time :D Now you’ve got me all curious about this story… can you at least tell us which of the booths in the picture was the man in question? heheh
I have to agree. Your booth looks like a magical candy store! (｡♥‿♥｡)
Hey guys! I’m spewing my gut on dA in the form of a journal series about the kinds of mental roadblocks that artists often struggle with.
This one is about “the big confidence crisis”
If that sounds scary or familiar (or both), you might want to take a shot at reading it! Take from it what you want :D.
Q:Hello, first of all I'm a huge fan of your work and your comic and I hope you can answer my question. I am a beginning illustrator, I just finished art school and I am asked to design a book cover, but I have no idea how to come to a price. I saw that you have done book covers yourself, so I was wondering how you calculate a price and what prices are normal? Thanks in advance (sorry if my English is bad)
A few weeks ago I had a similar question asked on dA, so I’m going to copy bits from that answer:
There isn’t really a straight forward answer two this question, as there’s no one set in stone price for such a thing. It depends on a lot of factors. There’s a few questions that you can ask yourself that might help give direction though:
* How much work (hours) will it take you to make the cover?
If you know your hour rate then you should be able to determine a project price. (There’s a lot of ways to determine your hour rate in case you haven’t got one, but for an indication you could look at your annual total costs of living, and divide that with the amount of hours you expect to work (this works for full time freelancers).
* Who’s publishing the book?
Publishers tend to have a higher budget for commissioning covers as independent writers. Also: how big is the print run, in case of a paper edition? (if the print run is large, royalties might be interesting to look at).
* How badly do you want the job?
Is it worth compromising on the fee, because you would really like to illustrate the cover? It could be. You could also factor in -wanting the assignment for the experience and your portfolio- but never take anything along the lines of that as the sole compensation for your work.
Above all though - don’t under charge. It’s better to skip a commission than to be stuck with an underpaying client network. I can give you a rough indication, the price for a typical custom painted cover illustration might range from 500 dollar a piece and up. There’s illustrators out there that’ll work for less of course, but most clients understand that they get what they pay for.
Focus on being good or/and fast (be good first, then fast), not on being cheap. That last one is a losing battle for everyone involved.
Maybe you already have sorted the following, but just in case: Don’t forget to set up a contract (even just a simple set of agreements on an email is better than nothing) covering your copyrights/ownership of the image and use of the image in various purposes other than it being the cover. (You don’t want to suddenly find out that the commissioner is selling t-shirts with your illustration on it).
I hope that helps!
Good luck with the commission, in case you decide to take it on!
I’m always on the lookout for awesome talents in the field of visual storytelling—and it’s an exciting time for us as new methods of self-publication make it possible to reach a wider audience. From time to time, I’ll come across something that strikes me as so utterly awesome, I’m simply…
Woah… I’m super humbled by this loving review. Thank you so much for the confidence boost!
You have no idea how much it means to me. I was having a really rough day. Today it is exactly half a year ago, that my youngest sis passed away, and I miss her terribly.
It’s difficult some mornings to gather up the courage and energy to face the day. The support that the Spindrift fans have been giving me has helped me a lot with that. It keeps me connected, and reminds me that I’m not only doing it for myself.
I really wish I could assure you that updates will be often and regular again soon, but I can only promise that things are slowly improving and I will continue to do my very best!
Hopefully my ramblings make some sense (it’s late :$). I just had to share my appreciation before heading off to get some sleep.
(I know you didn’t post it today, but I only noticed the review just now - so for me, at the right moment.)
Hello everyone. The Amya Kickstarter is now half way towards its funding deadline. With our tracking sitting at 49% funded, we are still in need of great assistance!
Amya tells the story of Faye, a mute spell-touched who lives a sheltered life as the youngest daughter to a great lord. She is burdened with dark dreams of an apocalypse, and it isn’t long until her tranquil life changes when a fateful encounter with a young man sends her on a spiraling journey of self-discovery.
As Faye and her unlikely companions pursue an adventure that is greater than any of them could have anticipated, she discovers how heavy the burden she carries truly is. She is to be the pinnacle of the world’s survival or destruction, and must decide if she wishes to sacrifice her own humanity for the world — or the world for her humanity.
Please consider supporting the campaign by either spreading the word or donating. It would mean so much to us! Amya is our dream as well as our passion. We need your help to take it further!
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All my thanks,
We only have 14 more days to make this book possible! Please help spread the word!
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