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foresakenfaerie asked:

Hey! What is this about being penalized for leaving early? Nobody mentioned or said anything about it me. My table was a transfer from another artist and I barely got email information from the staff unless I sought them out for specifics. If that's the case and that's a bummer but they have no right to enforce that when the con itself was disorganized and not monitored. Still not over the Hari Krushner panhandling to artist/dealers. I agree about the cost as well. They even said there was tbc..

a 1,000 attendee turnout :/ More like under 400 at best. The people running it were really nice but I think they are slightly way over their heads with this con. Wanting 5 Star status but offer 2-3 Star service. My friend had to police attendees after 7pm to tell them to leave the room because no one came in to tell them it was closed.

I too was a table transfer and yeah not much was said to me either.  The rule is real but the penalization for leaving early was something I heard from another artist while venting about it so I admit I’m not entirely sure about that. Still, that’s ridiculous because no anime con I’ve ever gone to ends that late. And by that point on Sunday you can just feel everyone’s frustration of the poor turnout like everyone came to some unspoken unanimous agreement to leave. And this is the second year in the row. 

I agree with all your points.(although not sure what you mean by the Hari Krushner panhandling?)  I believe the con head is a nice guy but there’s no question that he has a very high opinion about his con and not seeing it for what it is.  I get the feeling that a lot of these small inexperienced cons that pop up are looking to large cons as their model and basing their pricing on that… not realizing that it took years for the big cons to get to where they are.  Otakon started charging $60 around ten years in. And there are college cons 8-10 years running that charge less and are a much better experience.  And yeah the 1000 attendance is a total play up from the real turnout.  When you’re seeing the same faces over and over again…  On top of that the type of clientele there are mostly young locals that don’t spend much in the first place. I imagine the dealers may not have fared that much better than the artists.

Saikoucon over all was very disorganized, and yeah no one came in to tell the artists when time was closing. Although one point to be fair, I’ve also heard some of the unfortunate disorganization of panels was due to the con being screwed over by the hotel.  The hotel was supposed to provide some things which they failed to deliver.  Still, I don’t mean to bash this con. I do think there’s potential to grow if they stop being delusional about it. And I think they need to get out of that location. It’s very difficult to get there and for someone like me without a car, I had to hitch a ride because there’s no public transportation at all near that area.  They probably won’t lower the price from what they start at, but at this point in time, it’s jut NOT worth what they’re charging.  I’d probably give it a couple more years and seeing if they improve before considering it again.  But if they decide to raise their price without improvement… then sorry, screw it xD;

Continuing from last post…

Whoa I’m not sure if it’s my phone or tumblr or my imagination but it looks like my last response was cut off xD dependable technology as always. Well continuing in response to purplerubyred it’s totally ok if it’s too last minute to prepare for a table. I know how stressful that can be. We are still open for the hotel and can take you in! I’ll try sending you my email for a bit more reliable communication. ^^

purplerubyred asked:

Hello again. I am not sure if you got my last message. I haven't heard back in a few days, so I am going to assume that it was lost. I have had a couple messages just disappear or not notify me of them arriving in my mail box, so it's understandable. Due to the amount of time that is left, I am going to forgo trying to prepare a table this year. It would be too much of a rush. However, I am still very interested in sharing a hotel room. I hope to hear from you soon! Ruby

Omg I’m so sorry! I did reply so I was wondering why I wasn’t getting a response >_

First day of Saikoucon!

Already there were changes made that were an improvement from last year. Signing in was painless and table spots were determined beforehand (as opposed to making it up on the spot when we came last year). Dealers and artists are still in the same room but instead of the dealers being up front and artists in back, the dealers were in the center and artists by the wall. At least this way would (theoretically) bring people to the back of the room. Last year we were in the back of the room and it was… pretty much dead the whole con. We’re not in the same spot as we were last year so our first day sales are definitely better than last year. I’m not sure if it’s because of our spot or the new layout. It’s still slow over all but we’ll see how everything is by the end of the con.
Plus side to this con, the hotel and con staff are really super nice! And for those staying in the hotel there is a room with free breakfast, fancy water, and occasional snacks throughout the day. THEY HAD SMORES!!! ~@w@~
All in all I’m looking to have an easy, relaxing weekend. I probably will not be updating again until I get home so until then! :D

A Warning 


Some more insight, reblogged below.  This sort of thing plays out all the time when commissioning artists at-con.  It’s worth being aware of so that both artists and commissioners can protect themselves from undue stress.  I think a lot of these things happen when artists get over-eager to please and misjudge their own ability to stay on top of things.  Sometimes the pressure and excitement from being at a convention can enable artists to be unusually productive and people frequently fail to realize that it’s often impossible to work at 100% power 100% of the time.  I know I personally have made this miscalculation in the past, but there are many many other artists out there who have also fallen behind on owed commissions. LET’S GET IT TOGETHER! :)  After all, no customer deserves to go through this.



I’ve definitely understand what the OP went through in regards to waiting for a commission/print from an artist. In 2012, I commissioned an artist and toward the end of the con, she told me she was not finished with it and would like to mail it to me. I agreed and I had asked for her contact info. She took mine since she had to mail me the finished piece.

I paid in full with cash AND paid extra because I personally thought her price was too low for her quality of work. I have yet to receive this commission. I had contacted her a few months later via tumblr and she responded that she wasn’t able to complete it and she isnt home right now. I understood because things happen and I dont know the situation. A few months went by (by this time it’s a year later) and I emailed her. No response. Two years later (a few months ago) I sent her another tumblr msg since I saw that she was accepting commissions. She had apologized and asked if I wanted a refund or still want the art. I still want the art so I told her I want the art. I haven’t heard anything back and I feel a little in the dark. I hope to receive the commission sooner than later :(  I’ll probably confront her if she offers more commissions…. and ask for a refund…my problem is that I dont remember what I paid exactly. I didnt expect this to happen.

I’ve been on the other side as well. I’ve given people my email and number to keep in touch with the commissioners. I’ve taken a year to complete a commission, but I always responded and kept in touch whenever they wanted an update. 

Right now I have one outstanding commission to complete, but this situation is the opposite. She wanted to email me (she paid in full up front) her quest. I got her number and texted her a few times reminding her about the commission. She always responded with an ‘ok thanks for the reminder!’ I never got an email with her request (which is sorta silly since this is a $5 sketch commission.) 

Wow someone has explained my experience pretty much verbatim. Over all my years attending cons I’ve commissioned three people. I have yet to receive anything. The first commission was years ago and they took my information but I didn’t take theirs and i never saw them again at any future cons. The second one was about maybe 2 years ago? I did contact once and got a response that she was going away for the weekend and come back to work on it but afterward I heard nothing. For that one I also paid more than what was asked because I am an artist myself and I felt she charged too low. The only one I hope to actually get back is from the last person since I know her personally.

I’d like commissioned art from other artists as much as the next person but by this point I’m pretty jaded to ask for anything else in the future because I have yet to successfully receive any commission. I just gave my money away for nothing pretty much. So I can’t even trust other artists. And I completely understand when attendees get wary when I ask for payment up front. I never want to become that person and I do my best to keep contact with commissioners to keep them updated on the status of their piece. And I fully encourage them to email me too if they are wondering what’s taking so long.

Message to other artists: 9 times out of 10 your commissioner will be totally ok with you taking as long as you have to in order to complete a piece SO LONG AS YOU DON’T LEAVE THEM IN THE DARK! Keep your commission information organized and keep them updated! If you are taking in commissions take the responsibility to complete them and keep your customers happy! You were paid for your work so to forget them is a slap in the face and you basically are stealing money if you haven’t provided a refund or finished piece.

So yeah. Probably will be a while before I get the guts to commission someone else again.


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Here’s the final product of the Nitro+Chiral fandom collab. that’s been going on for the past two months. Everyone picked a favourite N+C character and drew them, and this is the result.

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who got involved! It all looks amazing, and I’m proud to have been involved in it.

Credit to everyone who participated below the cut.

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Some harsh but very very true words

When people let me review their portfolios (on career day or open days at my game design school) I explicitly ban them from commenting during the review… …because otherwise they will follow the impulse to downplay everything I see in an attempt at being humble.

"this is an old image…"

"I’m not happy with that one…"

"this is just a sketch…"

"I did this really quickly…"

"there is better stuff on later pages…"

It’s totally understandable to have those impulses. The quality of art is not empirical data and therefore impossible to measure. Good art, bad art, it all comes down to standards. And you don’t want to come off as naive or self-absorbed.

But just don’t do it. Don’t talk yourself down in front of others. In the best case you have someone supportive who now thinks “damn, this person needs to be prepped up all the time. Do I really want to work with somebody like that” or in worst case “now that you say it, yeah, this is kinda lame/rushed/unfinished/lazy, go away.”

You can only submit what you have. If that is not enough, then it’s not enough. Your attitude will not change that. But if it is enough, you can do serious harm by not being confident of who you are now.

This means appreciating what you are able to do right now and have a clear vision of what you want to learn, be confident that you will learn it in time. 

Be proud.

This is really important.  Eliminate this urge.  Eliminate it professionally, when having contact with people in a position to buy your work.  Eliminate it socially, when you just share your work for fun.  Destroy this urge as thoroughly as you possibly can.

Because when you have done that, you’ll find that you feel at least 25% less shitty about your own work.  You lose the urge to do it.  You stop reinforcing those negative thoughts, and they retreat.  They may never go away completely (although they might!) but this is good practice for ignoring those thoughts flat-out.

Don’t shit-talk yourself.  Even if you can’t be SO PROUD, don’t ever try to influence anyone’s opinion toward your work in the negative.

Try to love your work.  Try to see what you learned from each piece, even if it’s a failure.  If you feel that you learned nothing, appreciate the fact that just spending time on it is honing your skills and giving you valuable practice.

i used to be super not-confident in my own work.  When I stopped pointing out the flaws in my own stuff, I felt better about it almost immediately.

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