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I think these are pretty self explanatory but just in case…

When planning for a con or even considering attending one, think about how you’re getting there, what you’ll need to bring, if you can drive versus fly (and those 50lb/$25 bag restrictions), if you’ll have helpers (you probably want SOMEONE who is a friend who can cover bathroom breaks for you), and if its even financially viable.  Also, many cons have their table registration 6-12 months in advance, so you should be thinking at least that far ahead.

Stuff to sell:  this of course was geared towards comic artists, so 2D and traditional art is the focus.  Having something free on your table, even if its just business cards is super important - how else will people be able to follow you later on?  (And you want people to see your work online too, its really the only way to keep an audience any more.)  

Too much or too little - Becca and I have run into this problem sometimes.  If your table is too cluttered it makes people skip over it - and too cluttered depends on the con.  Anime kids are more likely to look at a cluttered table than older comics fans.  Too many choices can actually make people NOT buy.  But too few choices and no choices at lower price points ($3-5 ideally) will disinterest people as well.  If people have to do too much searching to find what they really want from you they aren’t going to spend the time doing it.  

When in doubt, do a practice layout.  It may seem like a waste of a few hours sitting around at your house tweaking how you want stuff to look (especially as sometimes the tables at cons are slightly different sizes) but its really important to figure stuff out ahead of time rather than spending those hours at the con when you could be selling.  Plus it lets you know if you will need any supplies or creative solutions that are easier to obtain ahead of time.. 

Next up:  some table set-up examples

Tips for high school students

Lately, I’ve been giving my brother tips on what he should do to prepare himself for architecture school. Since there are quite a lot of high school students that follow this blog, I thought I should dedicate a post to those who are still in high school with the same tips.

Since I live in the USA, some of these things probably won’t be relevant to those in other countries- maybe, maybe not.

Classes

There are AP classes I recommend taking before entering college in general. If you take AP classes in high school, most of the time you won’t have to take it in college since you will be getting college credit for those classes. With these classes out of the way, you can start taking electives and/or required humanities courses. It will also get you ahead of the game where you can take classes you will be required to take in your coming years at architecture school. By the time you’re a senior, you’ll have less and less classes since you’ve taken them early on.

Here are the AP classes you should take in high school: AP Physics, AP Calculus and AP English. Also think about taking any humanities classes to get those out of the way too!

Also it’s a good idea to get familiar with the arts so taking an art class- painting, sketching or drawing. Also some school offer architecture classes in high school too, so take those if you have to opportunity.

Reading

Check out this post for the list of recommended books. Get a head start!

Sketchbook

Grab a moleskin and put in things that inspire you. You can have cut-out images pasted in, small doodles during class, collage of things, anything that keeps your creativity flowing. Doesn’t have to be architectural!

(more to come)

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