This weekend didn't involve any beer. *gasp* There was tequila instead - far too much of it. Back to beer next week.
The 2nd Annual Con on the Cob
COTC an awesome fantasy/art/gaming convention in Akron, OH. We just returned, worn out and happy. I learned a great deal about how art and conventions interact, so I'll bestow upon you my learnings:
1. Mat, bag, & tag your art and layout your panels beforehand. Leave room to move things around, since your panel may be a slightly different size than expected. Also, the available attachment points may be spread out.
2. Bring your own binder clips or S-clips and tape. Bring every supply you think you might need, just in case.
3. If you have a lot of art, fill out the bid sheets before you arrive.
4. Get there early for a good spot (if it hasn't been decided for you).
5. Hanging up a sign that says "prints available" doesn't help much; you must go around telling people. Everybody. Multiple times. When someone says they like your art, say thanks, and oh by the way, I have prints for sale! And have them with you at all times.
6. Give out oodles of business cards.
7. Wearing your merchandise helps sell it.
8. Listen to people's suggestions.
9. Participate in as many art events as you can.
10. Be friendly to everyone.
11. Party and canoodle with other artists.
12. Art trades foster camaraderie.
OK, now comes the bragging. N and I were introduced to miniature painting, which we both enjoyed immensely due to its brainless, soothing nature. He painted two little tiny dudes with teeth:
and I re-painted a larger undead tree model that came with a miniatures starter set I won at the raffle table:
We both entered the miniatures painting contest, and I won best "large size" entry (of two whole entries) and N won best non-human AND best-of-show miniature! He won a highly esteemed Corny award!!
I participated in both the Quick Draw and Iron Artist competitions with many talented artists, including the illustrious Mr. Jeff Easley. My foam flaming cowboy salamander was a flop (literally - it kept falling over), but it gave me a painting idea (props to Andy Hopp for the concept idea... oh, and for organizing the whole kickass convention and all). My CrashOctopus hats were a hit, and I sold some art! I sold two of the three "cute animals that begin with A" originals, as well as prints of said cuteness, and one pencil original. And the kicker - I won the Fan Favorite Corny Award! Everyone who attended could vote on their favorite, and 'twas me by a small margin. I couldn't believe it. It made this convention even more rockin' and I think Sunday was the best day ever. So far. I love you guys!!
And the best part: I got an original "butt print" from groovy artist Tony "Buns Of" Steele. Rock on.