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GamepitCon 2015 review

A few weeks ago at Gamepitcon I had my first artist table ever and was so nevoius. Should be, because I’ve done cons couples years now and know the drills. Somehow on my own is different. Anyway, I did do quite well.

Let me tell you something about Gamepitcon. It was organized by a gaming club and the convention was hold in a Church which was meant to hold events. Since it was a convention about games, I should at least have one poster feature a game. I’m unfortunately not much a gamer, but do own and yes played Fire emblem: Awakening. Love the game and decided to make a poster. since i have the speed of the slowest snail as an artist, i managed to do only one.

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A new poster since ages!

It was on a Saturday (I love convention on a yesterday. I’ve got rest the next day and check the inventory) we ( me and my husband) left early to go the place to be. We couldn’t find the entrance to park the car and could unload the goods. Fortunately, it wasn’t much what had with me, and we took everything with us and walk the way in. The first thing i notice was how slippery the floor was. It was waxed not long ago so it seems. Gotta walk carefully.

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The church. Behind the curtains was the dealersroom where artist booth are also. It looks very fancy and all. (borrowed the picture)

Communication

After I decided to go, I messaged Gamepit con on Facebook to get me the information. Everything went through messaging via Facebook. Which was weird in my opinion. But hey, they react in matter of seconds, so that is okay. The last minute info about the build up and tearing down time and the floor plan was also mailed through Facebook. Seriously, is mailing is old fashion nowadays?

Dealer/Artist space

When we arrived, my table was taken byanother dealer. So we called the staff about what’s going on and where our booth while be. They told us that they shuffle some places, because they didn’t took the storage into account during the floor planning. So after awhile waking in circles, the place was pretty small though, they placed us the near tfork and near the entrance of the dealers room. Quite nice location, alright!

I ordered two booth spaces and one table, so I could place my PCV banner. The table was tiny and wobbly, but a simple wooden table. The space  was as small as like the specs described? I dunno, didn’t measure it. Thankfully, the space behind the booth was huge!

It was in a church and the day was cloudy. My husband suggested and went to get few spots to get the booth brightened . It helped a lot and love him so much. Especially in the evening, was it a welcome .

I tried a new setup for my booth, something different from the standard. That’s only one table, but two booth spaces came in. I placed my A3 posters and A4 prints separately. Next to the prints are the charms and panda buttons and charms. I placed the originals and the binder on the table. The table was so small and was filled with these stuff. You know, this setup did helped! People paused and look

Here is the set up of my booth,

Look how dark it already was, Just imagen when there are no spots.

Look how dark it already was, Just imagen when there are no spots.

Sales and Attendees

Gamepit con was held for the first time and was very small. About 500 visitors perhaps? I did well for the first time, but mainly because my husband was pitching for me and there was only one other artist besides me. She wasn’t doing any posters. I’m happy people love my Fire emblem Awakening poster.

Return?

I don’t know. If they can maintance the price vs booth space, perhaps I’ll. Otherwise not. It was a good introduction con, but I’m just used to bigger conventions.

New project: artbook Evolution of ancient East asia clothing.

I’ve got my internet connection back /^o^/ who0ho0. Finally. The internet provider upgraded the line. More speed for the same price, so they claimed. Since my old modem didn’t work with the new kind of data transport. They send me a new one. No connection. Phoned the provider, they would send me a repairman but after the holidays. Fair enough. After a few day, feeling kind of lost, (I want to he online and lurking sites!) In the main time, I was super productive! Finished a holiday card and a strap and did all the planed preparation for Gamepit con (will write something about it in the next few posts).

Wendy from Fairy Tail. Isn't she adorable?

Wendy from Fairy Tail. Isn’t she adorable?

 

But to the original subject. I want to make my own art book for a long time. In Every new year resolution there will be a subject: make an art book.

Talk with friends about wanting to make an art book. It needs to be special to keep me motivated. What about the influence of countries on each other in the ancient east Asia. Mainly focussing on Hanbok (Korea), Hanfu (China) and Kimono (Japan). My friends were enthusiastic and so am I. While searching for info, I’ve learned so much about evolution of the clothing styles and also the countries history!

For example, the style of skirt wearing above the chest like Hanbok looks also familiar in the early Han dynasty (China) dress code. Both originated from Mongolian culture (?). I’ve look further in that. I”m so motivated! A good change to draw beautiful dress. I love Hanfu so much. The semi transparent fabric, so dreaming like dress for goddess.

Famous national dress of China is believed Qipao, but personal I think it just well-known recently. Hanfu is dated much longer ago, hundreds of years Before Christ. It stayed  for 4000 years in different forms, before the style was banned (Another country took over).

I don’t how accurate it is, but needs further research!

How adorable! http://hualang.deviantart.com/art/Hanfu-3-393416962http://

 

 

2014 overview

2014 was a rough year was an emotional roller coaster.

Fun things first. We started the year with spending our holidays in Japan. It was my first time, but man I was impressed with kindness of people (eventhough, sometimes it feels very artificiality) and the food and the stationary. I love the cute stationary they have. Those these pasted quick and seems ages ago.

I got married in Augustus. Before the big day came, loads had to be done. Not that we wanted a fairy tale wedding, just plain and simple, but we still did underestimated the principle of wedding! We’re really grateful to have such lovely bunch and helpful family and friends! Love you guys!

Before we were married, we discussed a lot about housing. We lived two hours by train a part. Then we caught an eye on project. New house will be build in this year. Mortgage was an hassle to deal with, but not getting the mortgage itself. It was the laziness of the advisor. He seemed to be only doing his job when we’re at the appointment; asked for documents while we send it to him ages ago. It was so stressful. And we had a lot of appointments, because he wanted to go through the documents EACH time. The fuck! Like we don’t have to take some time off from work. It was a period with lots of stress too. Couldn’t leave my colleagues  to do all the work, fortunately, they understand and didn’t mind. Still, I was so irritated with the advisor and he knew.  In the end we’ve got our mortgage.

In October, I could sign the contract a steady job. Job switch, yay! Bye bye, hours of travelling. The new job was hell during the second half year. It was like working ten to twelve hours a day, I managed, but it took some toll on my health. Still, I love my job. 🙂

Not very good new. Heard from a quite few friend in their surrounds of some having a cancer. It’s horrible. As I think about friends and family around me, I appreciate them a lot, but should show it more. Not for granted that they’ll always be there. It will always lead to regrets. For this year for my birthday, I didn’t asked for a physical thing, but wanted rather having a nice meal with my family. I’m so lucky to have them.

Now on the art part. I was in 2014 a little more productive compaired to 2013. Just a little, lol.

I made my coloured comic and got it published. dere pulbished. It’s about a prologue a comic that I’m working on. Could have done much better, but am still proud.

Other thing is I started to improve my circle CheeseCake! Studio’s presents on conventions. We “introduced” posters. A lot of posters. It sounds weird, but our circle main focus is doujinshi, both original of fan. Merchandise was never a thing. After putting up pcv banner with posters and reorganizing stuff behind our table, the sales went up. The banner attracted a lot of customs to our table in the middle of packed Ocean of Dealers.

We had at Abunai convention our first panel about tabling in the Dealers room / artist ally as artist. The audience was shy at first, but after a few shyly asked questions and of cause the fun and warm answers of Cheesecake members, people started be enthusiastic and to overflow us with questions. We realized then that I became unofficial the manager Cheesecake and I already did the finance. The panel was incredible fun, even though we were asked in the last minutes to do it.

I’m glad to have a lot of fun planning for conventions and drawing, which was gone in 2013. I even considering in tabling myself when CheeseCake! don’t want/can’t do a booth. Thinking to be only behind an artist table, makes me shiver of anxiety. It sounds stupid, because I know the thrill very well.

My plans for this year art wise, always include to draw more. In the end, I didn’t do much. So this year will be different and challenge myself.

(not in a particular order)

  • Starting an art book – research what about what/theme and planning the layout.
  • Make a sketchbook (probably for Yaycon?)
  • Prepairing for Japan expo (paris) in July. Have to starting on expand my inventory.
  • Draw 20 concepts for prints/posters once a month

That’s it. Let’s see what 2015 will bring!!