also the quality of the posters is so so good!!! i even printed one for me :)

anonymous asked:

Hello! I've been following for a while and I noticed how much merchandise you've made - the prints, stickers, buttons, charms/keychains especially! I really enjoy your style since it's so adorable. I wanted to ask how you go about making the merch? Like, is there a special service you use for certain products? I wanna go about making my own someday and your stuff always looks so lovely ;v; If you can help me out, even a bit, that'd be great!

Hello anon-chan-san! Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot and I’m happy you’ve liked all the goodies I’ve done so far (๑°꒵°๑)・*♡ And no worries, I’m always happy to help! ( ◜◒◝ )♡ I do use a different service/merchant to print/produce my items once the art file is done on my end. Here are some of my best friends:

Charms:

Zap!Creatives – Their quality is amazing and they have a variety of different types of charms! They do more than just charms too, but this is what I mainly use them for. They are located overseas but you do get free shipping on orders over $300. Also, if you sign up for their newsletter, once in a while you’ll get a 10-25% off coupon code to use on certain items which knocks a good amount off your order! Turnaround time and shipping is amazingly fast! No complains here.

Acornpress – I have yet to use them personally, but I’ve heard good things about them. They are located in the states, which would save you on shipping and have a lower minimum. However, they only offer white and clear acrylic charms at the moment. I’ll be trying them out soon and I’ll make sure to do a small review!

Note: You only get the charms. You have to build them yourself and buy the phonestraps, bells, jump rings, etc. from your local craft store or online.  

Stickers:

Jimiagency​ – I love JiMi Agency! Their sticker quality is more than amazing and it’s always a pleasure to work with them. However, they are not kiss cut! You’ll have to use your favorite pair of scissors to cut them yourself! If you want kiss cut stickers, be prepared to pay more and have a bigger minimum order to place with other companies. JiMi also offers more than just stickers. From bookmarks to memo pads, to charms and washi tape. They only do group orders and it varies when. Just check their site out to see when they’ll be having their next group order.

Note: You can always do them yourself by buying sticker paper and printing them at home. It’s a good way to start if you don’t have the funds at the moment. That’s how I started and I don’t regret doing so and it helped so much.

Prints:

Fireball Printing – Quality, turnaround time, and shipping is amazing! No complains here. They do have a minimum of 5 for poster size prints, which is not bad. For postcard size prints though, their minimum is too high and I wouldn’t recommend them for that unless you want 1k of the same design. They also offer other printing services.

CatPrint – I have yet to use them, but I have ordered their samples and I’m in love with the quality and variety of paper they have for printing! I’ve also heard a lot of good things about them. They don’t have a minimum–heck, you can even order one print! I’ll sure be using them to print out my con prints for August.

Note: Shipping is a bit high only because both use special shipping supplies to make sure your prints do not get damage while making their way to you. So I highly recommend that you order all your print designs at once and not one design at a time.

Buttons/Pins:

Wacky Buttons – No minimum! Which completely sold me and I’ll be placing my order soon! Five stars on their reviews so I’m sure when I get my first order I’ll be more than content. Either way, I’ll make sure to give them my own review.

Pure Buttons – They have a minimum of five, but they jump from 5 to 25 to 50 to 100 and so on and so forth. They are a bit more expensive but the more you order, the lower your cost. Great reviews!

Note: Both offer more than just your average buttons. They have pocket mirrors, fridge magnets, clothing magnets, etc. They also have custom button packaging. I guess it just depends on how many and how much you are willing to spend.

All work under CMYK color mode. Acornpress and Wacky Buttons are the only ones that I know that don’t use this color mode on their templates. However, I was able to get in touch with a rep from Wacky Buttons and they do recommend you convert their template into CMYK mode. Since more than half of their customers don’t have an editing program where they can switch from RGB mode to CMYK mode, they have chosen to have their template in RGB mode and they themselves convert the file. I know from experience that this does have a color effect on your final product when printed. The colors are a bit darker. You are only able to notice if you have both color modes printed out and side by side for comparison. It’s not a big deal (unless you are super picky), but just thought I should point this out.

I hope this helps and the best of luck lovely! I’ll probably update or add to this post if I make another best friend (◍•ᴗ•◍)♡ ✧*。  

anonymous asked:

Hi Julia! Any tips in making a poster for a conference? What did you use to make your poster?

Hi Anon! I’m happy to help!

I use Powerpoint to make my posters (which can also be saved as a pdf file if necessary). 

Here’s one of mine at 26% zoom (actual size next to me here!). (Sorry I can’t show any more detail; the stuff hasn’t been published yet)

You can adjust the size of the powerpoint to the desired poster size by going to File > Page Setup and then choosing “Custom” for “Slides sized for:”. Adjust the Width and Height and confirm the “Orientation” of your Slides is what you want (Portrait or Landscape). I used the following dimensions for my above poster:

Determine your poster size before starting on your poster as resizing after the fact may crop some images/text. 

Be sure to a) check with the size requirements as per the conference poster guidelines, as well as b) the maximum printing size for wherever you’re getting your poster printed at (places usually have a height maximum due to the size of their paper). 

If you google image “academic poster samples” a bunch of posters pop up for you to draw inspiration on layouts, but in general it’s these main categories

  • (Title, Authors, Affiliations, Institutional logos if desired)
  • Abstract
  • Introduction (can include separate sections of Background, and Purpose & Approach if desired)
  • Methods
  • Results (Figures/Tables/Graphs) - usually in the middle of the poster aka the center of attention
  • Summary of Results
  • Conclusions/Discussion
  • References/Bibliography (not required, only put if you have room or want to give a shout-out to your lab’s papers)
  • Acknowledgements and/or Disclaimers (such as funding sources)

Some other general tips:

  • Check out other examples of posters at your institution. Take a mental note of what you like/don’t like. Also check with your mentor or program if they have templates ready to go. Every institution will also have official logos you can use (or even a quick google image should do it, though ones provided by your institution will be of higher quality). 
  • The figures/tables/graphs in the Results section are the most important and should be easy to read and understand. They should be of high image quality, have titles (one title can be used to described a group of related figures if applicable) and figure legends (that can describe the figure alone without the need for the reader to go through the methods or results). This should include explanations of all abbreviations, symbols (such as stats), what any arrows mean, etc. Essentially someone who has a basic understanding of your field and methods should be able to look at your figures and understand your entire poster. In addition, when you present your poster, you will be using your figures to guide you, so make sure they tell the whole story.
  • Also consider if you need any figures/diagrams as part of the Introduction, Methods, or Conclusions (say to explain a biological process or proposed theory or complicated protocol). 
  • Fonts should be legible to the audience. 25 or 28 pt font is the smallest I’ll ever go. 
  • I have a separate powerpoint file that I use to dump all my figures (even those i don’t end up using). It’s also a good way to organize the order (as ppt slides are easy to move around). I also don’t like to do any figure manipulations on my actual poster file (the less moving pieces on a file that large just makes life easier imo). I do all that in my figures dump ppt and then screenshot the final version for my poster. That’s just what’s worked for me though; you may find another method to be more streamlined. 
  • The less text, the better. Enough text is necessary so someone reading your poster without you present will understand it, but not too much text to intimidate someone from approaching. 
  • Get feedback and go through multiple revisions. Very important! I usually will have my PI look over my poster continuously at least 2 weeks before printing for feedback. For example, sometimes wording is really important, or I may miss a technical detail in a figure legend, and these nuances are best picked out by someone with much more experience (like a PI). Also you never know what your PI or mentor may not want you divulging to a general audience (for fear of being scooped). 
  • And related, proofread to the best of your ability. Will you discover a typo an hour into your poster presentation that you didn’t catch before? Probably. Happens to all of us. That’s ok, but try your best to make sure your care and attention to detail shows. 
  • Make it aesthetically pleasing. I know it’s all about the data and information of course, but also think human psychology and what catches someone’s eye–color*, organization, flow, neat lines, clear images, etc. If your poster draws the attention of someone who wasn’t planning on stopping by, then that’s one more person who got exposed to your hard work! (*Don’t always rely on color to organize your variables on graphs, etc; use shapes too, to be considerate to the color-blind)
  • Also keep in mind that some colors on your computer screen may look different (lighter or darker or fuzzier) when printed (depending on the paper and ink quality). It’s best to have some buffer time between when you need to leave/present and when you receive your printed poster for any issues related to a final print of your poster in case you need them fixed. 
  • Somewhere in the poster (like at the very bottom) I like to put a disclaimer that states: “This presentation is the intellectual property of the author/presenter. Contact them at __my email__ for permission to reprint and/or distribute.” We had to do it for a conference I went to and I thought it was a really good idea. Doesn’t hurt, and somewhat protects me/my data. 

Hmmmmmm I think that’s all I can squeeze from my brain! I hope it helped, or gave you inspiration for your own ideas! Let me know if you have any other questions, and good luck at the conference! You’re going to do great :)

(If anyone else has any suggestions to add, please do!)

Convention Tips: A HANDY DANDY CONVENTION CHECKLIST!

I was asked to put together a convention packing checklist! So here it is, disregard anything that isn’t relevant to you!


TICKETS
Make sure you remember to print out all your tickets in whatever format they take! That’s email confirmations, or your PDFs convention tickets, photo ops and autographs, plus meet and greet invoice if you’re doing one. Hotels have printers of course, but it’s easier to have them ready to go, rather than trying to find somewhere to print them out while at the convention – because you’ll be busy!

ELECTRONICS
Camera – with spare batteries and memory card and associated cords.
Phone
Laptop/iPad/iPod
All your chargers!
All your charger cables!
It’s also great to bring an extra battery pack for your phone, because there usually isn’t anywhere to quickly charge your phone without going back to your room, so if you have a pre-charged battery backup with you that can help keep in touch!

* if you do forget something, you always have fan backup – someone will lend you that charging cable that mysteriously got left behind!

PENS
A pen – for filling out reupping forms – and for writing down your email or twitter for new friends!
Highlighter pens – for highlighting the schedule
Coloured Sharpie – if you don’t want black or silver for your auto, bring your own coloured Sharpie pen!

PAPER
Always bring some kind of notebook – just in case you want to jot down notes from a panel, or something someone told you, names, emails, twitter handles (as Jensen calls them) etc!

SOMETHING TO PUT YOUR PHOTO OPS IN
You need something to put your photo ops in so they don’t bend and get ruined! You can buy hard sleeves in the vendor’s room, but I find that the photos can get stuck in them! A document display folder with plastic inserts, or a ring-binder with plastic inserts is great. Or just a hard plastic document envelope. The photos printed out at the con are 10x8, so anything that fits A4 or larger works.

WHATEVER YOU’RE GOING TO GET AUTOGRAPHED
If you have something specific that you’re getting signed, don’t forget to pack it! The Vendors room has photos and books and some other items that can be used for autos if you don’t have something specific.

SNACKS AND WATER
Soooooo important! Many of the convention hotels/convention centres don’t have much (or any) food available, or you have to go out to get food (and did I mention how busy you’ll be?), or it’s super expensive. So pack your own. If you’re travelling and can’t pack a sandwich or anything, even if it’s just some fruit or nibblies to take into the convention auditorium, that will help to keep your energy up.

The days are long, you might not get much sleep, you might be drinking more alcohol than usual, the hotels and convention centres are heavily air-conditioned, so it’s also super important to stay hydrated. If you can pickup a bulk pack of water at Target or a supermarket or something, that’s going to save you money and you’ll have water in your room and to take to panels! Seriously, snacks and water. Get on that!

*CREATION CON SPECIFIC - There is also a large water dispenser with cups inside the auditorium. You can use that water throughout the day, and you can also fill up your own water bottle from the supplied water dispensers to save more money. (tip courtesy of Krista)

TWITTER HANDOUTS (tip courtesy of Kate)
Print out your Twitter @  or/and email on little pieces of paper that you can hand out to your new fandom friends who want to be able to follow or contact you. You can make them simple, or into cool little business cards!

EXTRA MONEY – BUT BUDGET!
Um. Cons are expensive. Outside of the costs of hotel accommodation and all your tickets that you’ve already paid for, you’ll also have to buy food and drinks (unless you packed them as per the awesome tip above!) The Vendor’s room or vendor’s areas at a con has cool stuff, t-shirts, books, stickers, mugs, glasses, posters, standees, all sorts of jewellery, and various other goodies that you might want. There may even be a guest that you didn’t get an op with, but when you see their panel, you feel you absolutely must hug the living hell out of them, (oh believe me, it happens!), so you just have to get another op! So take a little extra money, just in case. But budget…because it’s real easy to get swept up into the con craziness and want all the things and all the ops (speaking from experience), so make sure you set yourself a budget!

YOUR OUTFITS
Okay, I know, d’uh, you’re going to pack clothes! But if you’ve decided on a specific outfit, whether something pretty or something cosplay, make sure you have all the necessary bits! I always plan what I’m wearing for each day ahead of time. That way I don’t have to pack loads of options and I don’t have to think about it at the con. Some days (especially Saturday and Sunday) can start quite early, and the last thing you’re going to want to do is be trying on outfits like crazy. 1. You won’t have time. 2. You don’t want to increase your stress! So pre-plan your outfits and pack all the elements you decide on to make them perfect.

CREATION SPECIFIC - CASH FOR CHRIS – the Creation photographer
If you are buying JPEGS of your photo-ops you will need $US to give to Chris the photographer. Each photo op you have, comes with 1 10x8 print – but only 1. You can purchase JPEGS of each photo for $10 per JPEG. There is a number on the photo – you give that number to Chris or his offsiders in the photo room and about a week later, you will receive a link from Chris via email to download the JPEGS via Google Drive. Each JPEG you purchase costs $10 and you must have cash for that. So when you know what photo-ops you’re getting, figure out before hand which you may need (if there’s more than one of you in the photo) or want a JPEG of and ensure you have enough $US on you. If you are at a Canadian con – you can use Canadian dollars but as Chris is from the US, US dollars are better for him. The JPEGS are super high quality, large files, which can be printed to LARGE canvas size if you want (speaking from experience).

If you don’t have the cash at hand to buy the JPEGS at the convention, you can still buy them after the con. Go to the Creation website and follow the link and you’ll be able to contact Chris and order them via there. 

TISSUES/VITAMINS/PAIN KILLERS ETC.
There’s lots of aircon in the hotels/convention areas and you may get a running nose – you don’t want to be snuffly or snotty – pack tissues. Eyedrops – for the same reason, the aircon may dry your eyes out and make them sore and red. Bring along some anti bacterial wipes or hand sanitiser, because con crud is a thing! Plus you’re in much used hotels, so it’s a good idea just to give your hands a bit of a once over a few times a day! It’s also not a bad idea to pack some Vitamin B or C to keep your energy up and immune system working. Pack some Paracetamol or/and Ibuprfen in case of headache or backache or hangover! I always take hay fever medication with me – I never know if something is going to affect me in a place I’m not used to (Vancon for example, gives me hives…WHY I DO NOT KNOW!). I also bring cough/cold medication. I have got super sick at cons! It sounds like a lot, but seriously, I have got sooo sick and having stuff on hand has been a life saver. I also always travel with Bepanthen because I get tatts when I travel :D Also don’t forget extra contact lenses if you need them, and pack band aids (especially if you have new shoes.)

BREATHMINTS/GUM
You’re going to want to pop a mint before you go into a photo op! You’re about to get up close and personal with Jensen Ackles, and you don’t want to breathe coffee breath all over him! Pack mints.

PERFUME/MINI DEODERANT
For the same reason as the mints. You’re about to hug the crap outta Misha Collins – you don’t want “been sitting for 6 hours in the same shirt” smell as you squish into him!

LITTLE PURSE MIRROR
Perfect for checking your lippy, hair, making sure you don’t have kale in your teeth – as you wait in line for your photo op. Don’t worry, EVERYONE is doing it!

That’s it for now – if I think of anything else…I’ll update!
Happy packing and conning!
-sweetondean

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:D Kanshikan Kougami Shinya chapter 3-4 preview time!

THERE BE BAES (though that’s literally the only page they’re on).

It even came with this Spike Spigel-esque Kougami poster :3 

EDIT: MY FUCKING BAD CHAPTER 4 IS IN HERE TOO!!!! 

EDIT 2: Chapter 4 is LONG. I doubt I will get all of this done tonight. Chapter 3 most likely will be up still though.

Uh I guess the delay in the chapter might have something to do with the fact I’m inferring that the parent company of Comic Blade merged all of it’s magazines into one print copy with some series still in print while some are now entirely online. I was freaking out when I saw the name change but they included a little intro book with series previews from the various series now in this one magazine (That’s where the Ko with the written message is from, kumapillow did you wanna translate that message?) that’s what I gather from what all is presented.

Plus side is the quality of this printing is SUPER high, way better than what the last 2 chapters were one which should mean way better quality scans.

It will go up later tonight most likely, I’m sure once I start I won’t stop. Please bear with me, sudden life issues got in the way of my studying and I got behind so I have to spend quite a few hours each day this week doing school work :’D I just got home so I must attend to this first. I also haven’t even set up my new printer/scanner yet… This will be a good way to christen it XD

Earning A Living Plush Making Full Time - A "Short" Overview.

Okay, so I got an ask about plush making as a full time job. But Tumblr messed up midway through me answering it. Plush making as a full time job is A) Time consuming B) Expensive, and C) 100% harder than it sounds.

I’m going to be using my love ness monster as an example. I’ve talked a bit about the cost of plush making before, but the cost of turning it into a business is even higher. Please pardon any math errors. I’m doing a lot of rounding and generalizing, but I hope the general idea still gets across.

Let’s assume you’re starting with nothing in terms of equipment and you want to build a plush making business. You’re going to start by making a love ness monster. 

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BTS - [NOW ] BTS in THAILAND (Photobook + DVD) (Limited Edition)

Hello beautiful people ~ I’m finally here with a new review. Yay ! It’s always a pretty nice surprise when I received package in the mail, so this fabulous photobook was a big one since I never really know when my stuffs came. I thought that I was going to wait until the end of the next, but not anymore.

I had the change to pre-order the photobook on Kpopmart before it came out of stock/out of print and since the publisher had no intention to reprint the photobook, I was like “Nope, I don’t care if I’m poor, I’m going to buy you piece of art”.
So, it was my first ordering from here. I like the fact that they send us a picture of the package before it got shipped.
It took my package 24 days to come and sadly the box where my photobook came was pretty damaged. I should have taken a picture of it. There has a big hole on it, and the book got slighly damaged since there was also a lack of bubble wrap and the box a bit too big.

As you can see on the picture, the texture of the cover is pretty nice with a lot of relief all over the photobook’s jacket. Or I don’t know how to name it so  ~

1. 화보집 콘텐츠 리스트(250P) 
BTS 1st PHOTOBOOK ALL DISC 01 : 
-Pt.1 Hotel Room 
-Pt.2 Resort 
-Pt.3 Sports 
-Pt.4 Pool
-Pt.5 Hotel at Night
-Pt.6 Pattaya
-Pt.7 BTS Top Model (Group Mission) 

SPECAIL FEATURE 
Interview : “NOW" 
Epilogue 
Special Thank to. 

2. DVD 콘텐츠 리스트 
DISC 01 : 
1. BTS PHOTOBOOK MAKING IN THAILAND 
2. SURPRISE MISSION IN THAILAND 

A little close up on the BTS official sticker on the back of the book’s jacket.

And this is how it looks like when you open the book’s jacket. 

The photobook also includes 3 postcards and a mini poster who’s around the same size as the photobook, 18,5 x 26 cm. 

Cover of the photobook. Yay ~ I didn’t forget about the DVD, I’m just going to talk about it in the last part of my review so (❁´◡`❁)
Godness, I’m going to talk about this fabulous photobook who contains 250 pages of pure gold. Also showing some of my favorite pictures of the book. And since the photobook is really thick, it was a bit hard to take beautiful pictures. I swear to god I tried my best to have good quality pictures ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)
Please, do not take, reblog or edit my pictures unless you ask for a permission first. 

The contents pages are so flashy seriously. There was also group photo on top.

Part 1. HOTEL ROOMAt the start of each part, there’s a camo design with the name of the ”chapter“. Also each of these pages got a different color ~

This is the 1st picture of the photobook. So much gold. And legs. There’s a lot of skin in this book tho. All of the photos are freaking beautiful, in high quality and all. There’s probably a couple part in the book where the pictures are in less quality because it was taken outside, in the dark. But still, they’re all so pretty anwsome ╮(─▽─)╭

Pretty Hobi (⊙△⊙✿)Jin & Jimin in the bath is one of my favorite part of the book ~

Part 2. RESORTThis is one of the part where the pictures are a bit low in quality, but they were taken during the night (as you can see on the DVD too) and they’re still pretty nice quality tho.I took more pictures of J-Hope. He’s one of my bias so I’m sorry for spamming you with is beautiful face (。≖△≖。✿)Flower boys ~

Part 3. SPORTSI think this is the part I took most of the pictures ~

J-Hope & Taehyung were playing Tennis.Rap Monster, Jin & Kookie were playing Ping PongFinally Suga & Jimin were playing Basketball.

Part 4. POOLSweet jesus lord oh I wish I had taken more pictures of this part. THIS IS MY FAV. So much gold, skin and half naked Kookie and Jimin in the pool. Pretty nice. I sound like a perverted noona ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)Jin being the princess he is (◡‿◡✿)

Part 5. HOTEL at NIGHTI really liked the concept of this part, even thought the quality is not at is best. But it’s better than nothing yo ~

Part 6. PATTAYA Oops ~ J-Hope again. And forever. Pretty boy.

Part 7. BTS NEXT TOP MODEL : GROUP MISSION

At the last pages of the photobook, the boys had a kind of mini interview, with all the same questions for each members and they had to choose there’s favorite picture, as you can see on the bottom corner ⊙ω⊙

The credits part. This picture is so fabulous ~

And finally, sweet god, the back of the photobook. I really liked the concept for their cover photobook. Took from their sport part ⊙△⊙

DVDIt took me around 2 days before listening to the DVD. I had so much feels when I got my photobook, so watching this was not in my top priorities. 
The DVD is an all region category, with english, japanses and korean subtitles and the duration of the disc is around 30 minutes. It contains the making-of of the photobook and the surprise mission, who was on their last part in the book.

I don’t know what to say… Haaa ! This was pretty nice to see the behind the scene for the photobook. They showed up the making of each part, and the boys chilling out at each locations. There were some part that was pretty funny too.
For their mission, the boys were seprarated in 3 groups : Jin & Suga, RapMon & J-Hope, and the maknae line, Kookie, Jimin and V. They had to chose a theme and a location for a photoshoot. And if I remember well, the winning team was going to have full pages with their pictures on it. The funiest thing is that Jin & Suga had like only 7 minutes to do their photoshoot, while the other boys had around 20 minutes.
For the winning team (☞゚∀゚)☞ I’m not going to tell you. Nah. I’m kidding. The maknae line won this run. 
They also talked about their experience in Thailand, how the mission was and all. 

At last, those 30 minutes were pure gold. And I couldn’t stop giggling like a little schoolgirl having a freaking crush. Like. Yeah. Help ಥ‿ಥ

FINALLY, I just wanted to say despite his price that was kinda expensive with the shipping, I don’t regret anything. Every A.R.M.Y need this piece of gold, or at least, watch it one time in your lifetime. I hope to see more from the boys and up until now, they never disapointed me. 

Hope you liked my kind of review. Sorry for my long post and grammatical error. And stay tunned for my future release. And who knows, probably a giveaway ≖‿≖

‘Agents of SHIELD’: A cellist and a villian take center stage in latest art

“The cellist” — it was meant to be a throwaway line, a small piece of insight into Agent Phil Coulson as he took more of a center-stage role in Marvel’s The Avengers. Instead, viewers latched onto the idea that their fan favorite might have a bit of a mysterious love life…and ever since, speculation has swirled over if we would ever hear more.

With the idea becoming a reality in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s 19th episode “The Only Light In The Darkness” (airing April 22 at 8pm ET), it’s no surprise that the third piece of art in Marvel’s groundbreaking initiative, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Art of Level Seven,” focuses on S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s protagonist and his famed lady love. This week’s gorgeous rendering was designed by Pascal Campion, an accomplished artist and animator. In addition to teasing the introduction of Audrey (Amy Acker), it also subtly hints at the villain in next week’s outing — none other than Marcus Daniels, aka “Blackout.”

See what executive producer Jeff Bell has to say about this week’s art and its tie in to next week’s episode in EW’s weekly conversation below. As a reminder, this art — as well as all future art in the series — will be available for purchase as a limited edition high quality print exclusively through MarvelStore.com starting at 1am PST tomorrow.

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vvvileplume  asked:

hey I'm an independent artist and I've wanted to sell my art for a while now. I really admire what you've done for yourself and your art and I wanted to see if I could get some advice. would you suggest selling prints or originals? also I was wondering if you could give me some advice on publicizing artwork.

Um… This ended up ridiculously long but I still have more to share I didn’t get to. Please ask me if there are any other art business questions you have so I can throw more walls of text at you ;)

Thanks so much! I honestly wouldn’t call myself successful yet, but we always have someone better to compare ourselves if we choose to compare ourselves at all… Maybe I should stop doing that.

I remember how long it took me to learn all this stuff (I’ve been in this career for 8 years wtf) and I’m still in the stage where I’m trying really hard to get more exposure as an artist, so I can share some stuff that helped me a lot that I’m still doing. I’m super involved with art in general (my full time job is at an art supply store) so I do different things IRL and online that help.

1. Get involved in your local art community! Make friends!

Artists love to help each other and you can find a lot of opportunities to sell and show work by making friends with people. You can offer to volunteer at a nonprofit gallery show for an easy “in” that makes them really like you for helping out, and the people that go to those shows are often artists and gallery owners and they’ll remember you. I used to be on staff at a nonprofit gallery and made tons of great connections with people… Now that I work at the only art store in town I literally know everyone who uses art supplies at all, and just knowing that many people means I have lots of conversations with people about their work and my work and we swap business cards and become active followers of each other.

This ties into online, because all those people generally have social media and will follow and promote you if you help them out and post their stuff too! This is more Facebook than Tumblr for me since I actually don’t know a lot of people who use Tumblr IRL. Facebook is really helpful because people post calls for art in local artist group pages, so look for and join some of those. Also on Instagram, see if there’s a hashtag for your local art community, visit it and try to connect with the people that use it by following, liking and commenting on their work. They will likely return the favor and you could start a long lasting friendship!

I know I’m speaking out of privilege about the IRL stuff; I specifically moved to Charleston, SC because of the art community here and it’s special to have so many galleries and artists in one place. But everywhere else I lived, the places with just a few galleries meant that it was even more important for artists to try go to those gallery openings and meet people.

People are the backbone of the art world, not the art, I’m sorry to say. This is how people like Damien Hirst become millionaires. You can skip the salesperson aspect of the job if you outsource it by putting work in a gallery- but getting into a gallery also requires an interpersonal connection. Galleries generally don’t accept random submissions if they’ve never met the person, in my experience. So if you live in rural Alaska, it’s going to be pretty hard to get into a gallery- your best bet would actually be in somewhere more like Juneau. I moved to start my career…

2. Get your shit together!
This should be 1 but since 1 is so encompassing they can kinda be done at once… I’m currently guilty of this too because I took my site down to redo it a few weeks ago… And it’s still down, since I need to finish it. It’s super important to have a professional looking portfolio (the URL doesn’t matter, but make sure your site iseasy to navigate and minimalist enough that your work can stand out- don’t make it too fun with colors and patterns and banners, use another site for that. Black and white are perfect) as well as social media pages where your work is represented, at least a Facebook or a tumblr… I have them all. The more accounts you make to share your work that link back to your portfolio site, the more Google will love you ;)

You need to have good, clear pictures of your work- iPhone quality is actually good enough as long as it’s at a straight angle and isn’t blurry and is appropriately cropped. Try to have the highest quality image you can because you don’t want people to misjudge your work from a bad photo. You might want to borrow a camera if you don’t have one- it only takes a few minutes to photograph work if you do it all at once. I usually do it on a cloudy day outside when the light is strong but diffused so my photos turn out really clear.

Once you have good photos, and you’ve cropped them and edited the contrast or white balance or whatever to make them look as close to the real thing as possible, put them in a folder with all the info for it in the title of the image.

Also make a document with all your work listed in the same format, like the one below. Medium is what you used to make it (acrylic), a substrate is the thing you did it on (canvas). This is a standard format that many galleries and museums use.

Name
Title
[Medium] on [Substrate], Size (standard is width x height)
Date
Price

Believe me, doing that and having the document in a folder with all the images in it will save you SO much time!! You will inevitably forget how big something is or when you did it or even the title eventually, believe me, and you need that recorded somewhere you can easily copy and paste it any time you want to put it in a proposal or online as a picture caption. Having your pics together makes it so easy to use print on demand sites because you can just upload, copy and paste, adjust your settings and you’ve got something up for sale.

Also, make a non personal email for your art. Put it on your business card and website. Now people can contact you without stalking you, and you can keep all your inquiries in one place!

Make a business card with your name portfolio and social media links and leave it around local businesses like little bookstores and cafes where bored people are sitting around looking for cool stuff to Google! You can try making it yourself, getting it printed, or go halfway to save on cost by getting one side printed and painting or block printing the other side with an image that represents your work.

3. Originals or Prints?
Definitely try to sell your originals if you can. Art is usually priced by how much you were able to sell a similar piece for in the past… Which means it’s totally arbitrary and defined by your self worth. That makes it tough to price your own work as an artist. I usually come up with a number that accounts for the size, complexity, material cost and the time it took and ask friends if that sounds reasonable… Don’t forget about weight if you’re shipping it, I’ve met losses before by charging too little for shipping heavy work that turned out to be a lot to ship. Also, international shipping is a lot!

I used to have a store on Etsy but I prefer BigCartel because you can edit your own web store and it’s much nicer looking, honestly.

Prints are much easier to sell because they’re going to be cheaper. (I consider handmade prints by printmakers in a seperate tier, closer to originals; here I’m referring to giclee and other factory printing techniques)

There are some options for prints here: you can order a bunch of prints online for yourself from a printshop in bulk, and sell them on your own at a markup (better return, but more work since you ship or sell them yourself) or you can go to a PoD (print on demand) site and upload your work. PoDs host your work as products (some will let you put prints on hats, phone cases, clocks, dildos etc) and let you set the markup you want to recieve, which changes the price accordingly from the base price. Keep in mind there are lots of other products on those sites so you are competing with similar things.

I’m too lazy to get links because I’m typing all this fucking shit, but here are the print on demand sites I currently have work up on:
Redbubble, Zazzle, Society 6, Cafepress

I haven’t had a lot of sales on PoD sites this year because all my work on there is outdated (like, 4-5 years old…) and I haven’t marketed it at all. Still, I occasionally sell posters which are a nice source of regular income without really doing much. If you post links to your products regularly on your social media and website you should see a steady little stream of sales.

I usually price my prints at right around double what I’d pay for a Justin Beiber poster that size. I mean… I guess I consider my art to be twice as good as a picture of the Beibz that some factory spat out a million of.

3. Market your work!
Oh boy this is so much shit that I’ll just make it pretty brief and promise to go in depth in another post if someone asks me to later ;)
Get on all the sites. Just… All of them. All the social media you can, make a profile or page for your art and schedule up posts all of your work and links to your store. Even if you have a portfolio, make a portfolio tumblr that links to your site. Just get out there as much as you can, use a watermark if you have to. Google up other art sites and blogs where you can submit your work- niche sites are great! You’ll get way more exposure as a horse painter from people who like horses if you submit to an art blog dedicated to horses.
Don’t post all your stuff at once on any site! You’ll annoy people with a flood of pics, if they see them at all- you want to give people time to react to one piece before you post another. Try to schedule it out so you post once or twice a day. Obviously you can queue stuff on Tumblr and Facebook; on Instagram I just post around noon and around 5…

Wow that was a lot but I hope this is a good reference for people who are hoping to make art their business!

Please feel free to ask me again if you want me to go more in depth on anything. I’m in wall of text mode.

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