The start was hectic. I was late (stupid lift turned up at least 30 mins later then I planned) and then when I arrived it was all a bit smaller and cramped then I expected. Meaning I had to go and adapt my plans. Got this card stand for my cards which was a little fiddly strawberry floater to set up. But eventually got all sorted. I was really stressed out early on. Luckily for me I was next to a really ace chap who does a daily web comic. He got me going and I eventually settled down. It was rather quiet. Then got quite busy and then seemed to die with a few hours to go. They said 850 people were there on the day. It didn't feel like that many to me though. I took £71. I sold no prints (which is where the bigger money is) although one man took my card to email me about buying one as he didn't have the money on him. The guys who built the Dalek props that were on display make amateur films with them. Talked about maybe doing a commission for them. Given the number of visitors and the audience I feel like I should have done better. But nearly everyone said it had been slow business. The organisers moved things about as I think visitors were not getting to the special guests. They had a guy from Harry Potter (he had been a Death Eater) doing wand classes. Some other lady was doing unusual marriages. I saw 2 Stormtroopers take their vows.
Had some nice chats with other guests and some cool visitors. One who had family thats been in Doctor Who. Said some positive things and bought cards. The bloke who had been in Star Wars and Indy got moved to couple of tables away from me. He was really nice. We chatted about my stuff and Doctor Who. Showed me pics he had of signed letters and pics he got from the cast. Pat Troughton, Jon Pertwee and one from Roger Delgado the week he died. He seemed to really like my work. Then at the end as he left he flirted with my Mum.
Some pics from the day and the night event. I didn't take these. I'll post them tomorrow.
I've been events were I've sold nothing or very little, try to consider not making a loss a type of success too because that is how I deal with it when you consider that 90% of people go in with terrible products and spent loads of money on them and lose huge amounts of money.
Place looks like a copyright minefield though, I lost £££ in recurrent sales pulling some stuff from my store (studio ghibli) and still not really sure whether that was a good business decision but it's good to see there's some stuff that constitutes craft as well like the felt things and the pixel/mosaic bead things people make because they simplify things to the extent there are at worst derivative artworks (of course they can never be totally original if they are fan art). It's a good place to get experience selling if that's where you feel comfortable and you have stuff to talk about with customers.
Speaking of Dr Who there's some guy running a big fansite that keeps trying to sell me ads on there, I need to do some portraits however in my inimitable style to put on Ts. Just not feeling it at the moment. God if I could just strawberry floating draw more stuff every day I reckon I could be turning over £1k a month before long. Creativity or lack thereof drags sometimes. Oh well, back to wondering what service-based stuff I can do where the customer does all the ideation.
That looked to be a really cool day, Matt. I guess that, although you didn't bring in the money that you wanted, it was still excellent experience and - once again! - you're expanding the number iof people that have seen your work. Nice play!
Do you think you may do a similar event again sometime? Have you picked up any fresh ideas to explore?
The start was hectic. I was late (stupid lift turned up at least 30 mins later then I planned)
Should have taken the stairs
jawafour wrote:Do you think you may do a similar event again sometime? Have you picked up any fresh ideas to explore?
They are already talking about doing it again next year so I reckon I would be back for it. As I don't drive anything else like it would have to be pretty local for me though.
Not really sure about new ideas though. Still got stuff to finish off. Someone did ask if I did Harry Potter stuff. Also feel like going back to my Banjo image and doing some more layers and shading to it now I've developed that side of things. I think I should probably invest in a card reader but I dunno if its worth it yet. Need to do some research. Not sure people carry enough cash to pay for prints at these things.
The Watching Artist wrote:...Do you have any ideas Jawa?
I am still a huge fan of the fridge magnets and I think there is more potential in them. Being relatively cheap (I think you do four for ten pounds?) it’s the kinda thing that should sell well. The physical quality is there (the magnet covering and print quality is excellent) so it’s a case of getting the choice and quality of artwork just right. The Wolf Link / Midna one with an orange background is sensational, and love the Weeping Angel and Silence ones, too. I think you had the Tom Baker pixel one at the show and that was great, too. Maybe some of the other “Doctor” pixel images would work well in that format, too? Perhaps try combining two or three into a single image? Maybe the monster that you dud for Seeds of Doom would make a great magnet image, too - just the monster on a plain colour background, as per your styling of the other magnet images.
The mid-size prints that you had at (I think) twenty/thirty quid a shot are a harder sell albeit I guess that’s where the money is. In my eyes, the pictures that you drew of Troughton and Pertwee are both superb and perhaps folk might be tempted by them in that smaller twenty-pound size?
As Gecko mentioned before, copyright is a challenge. I would suggest some videogame images for the magnets but I guess that selling them could raise some unwanted attention from companies. I’ll have a think.