I presented my work in the Origins Game Fair art show this year. I had a single panel last year for the few pieces I was presenting, and I felt I had enough to warrant a full booth this year.
I made a lot of changes since last year. First of all, I have a banner now. I tried to get something simple: the name, the website, a brief title, and two characters (Kickle Cubicle and Emote-Guy). I used a digital frame on the table to show some of my work from the site, and I spread out the stereo viewers to get people walking back and forth through the booth.
The stereo viewer seemed to go over well with the judges; my Dragon’s Lair image won the Best Amateur Fantasy Digital award. When I go to Gen-Con, I plan to sell the stereo viewers with a 10-pack of pictures. We’ll see how that goes.
I also made my first sales at this show. It wasn’t much, but it’s a start. Let me tell you, the first time money changes hands for a print of your work, it is the greatest feeling in the world. To any young artist out there, come to shows like this and let people see your work. It’s a real rush.
I loved my location along the wall, as it allowed me to get power to my booth. I was located right between Chris Pritchard and Tony Steele. I really couldn’t think of a better place to be for this show; on my side of the wall, Chris made for great conversation, and Tony and Kay really went out of their way to make things go smoothly.
I want to actually take a moment to talk up Tony and Kay Steele. They are some of the coolest, kindest people I’ve ever met. Every time I needed help at the booth, they were always there to help out. I always feel good around them; they just make the convention experience that much more enjoyable.
They also make some amazing art! When you get a chance, check out their site.
I’ll likely add more to this post later.