Mood: KINDA TIRED, but pretty decent B)
HEY, I'm back from my second anime convention artist alley boothing experience...!!! :^D I boothed with harvestmoonluvr and keyblademewkasa from here on theOtaku! Here's a pic of us on the first day.
YEAH. This was my first time meeting harvestmoonluvr, actually. *-* A KOOL FRIEND.
I think this one went a little bit better than my first convention, but I still have things I know I need to improve on... The good news is I was actually able to MAKE BANK on this con YEAHHHHHH. a little bank. I was able to pay off the cost of the table and the new merch and still have a little left over. B);;; SO!!! TECHNICALLY BETTER THAN MY FIRST CON EXPERIENCE, I THINK.
I definitely sold more merch at this con than I did at my first convention. I still didn't sell many prints, but I at least sold some! I sold a couple of the Homura and Madoka print and Gon and Killua print, and one person even bought the Marth and Roy print. *U*/ And I think one person bought the Junkrat print. Surprisingly, no one bought any Pokemon Go prints. I WAS TOO LATE ON THE POPULARITY CURVE, I THINK........ Pokemon Go definitely dropped in popularity recently. Hopefully I'll be able to sell them eventually online or something;; I'm trying to work on setting up my online store. ;u;7
As far as the other merch goes, the overwatch charms sold pretty well! :o Idk if I ever posted them here, so here's a pic:
I think I sold at least one of each charm, so HOORAY. I sold like none of my old FE charms, though. Or like any FE stuff in general... ALAS! I think the only Fire Emblem things I sold were a Lucina charm, a Brady sticker, and an Owain sticker. AGAIN... I AM L8 TO THE POPULARITY PARTEE...
BUT YEAH, the small stuff was able to sell better... especially Junkrat...!! I only have a couple of Junkrat charms left, and I even sold out of Junkrat stickers. :O Granted I only bought 5 of each of the new stickers, but............. B)
I also ran out of the business cards that I brought to the con, which is super surprising to me. :0 WHICH MEANS I REALLY SHOULD SET UP AN ONLINE STORE SO PEOPLE CAN FIND MY STUFF AFTER THE CON HAHA;;;
There were times it was still kinda slow tho, haha;; ;u;7 idk I wish I had a way to make the table look more interesting or to just know more about what people are interested in buying;;; BUT! whatever.
I think I'm gonna try to booth at Animore again in 2017 in January, but I'm not really planning on buying new merch for the con. WE'LL SEE...!! But I'll definitely be setting up my store soon, and I'll open up commissions again once I finish school. YEAH, MONEY AND RESPONSIBILITIES!
Anyway hope y'all have a good day. :^Y Thanks for reading!
Does anyone here listen to English vocaloids??? ;o;/ I want to find more songs, but I don't know what to listen to or where to find more music... I'm not really into the genre of music that crusher-P/VocaCircus makes, but they're like the biggest English vocaloid producer, so idk I'm kind of at a loss. orz If you have any English vocaloid or vocaloid songs in general that you recommend, please send them my way! *U*/ Avanna and Fukase are probs my favorite English vocals.
I really want to make a long post on English vocaloid at some point. >:U It was something I thought about a lot last year because I did a Japanese project on Vocaloid. IDK WHO'D EVEN BE INTERESTED, but expect that sometime, hahaha. -u-/
Mood: Pretty chill
EVEN THOUGH CHARMS IS IN CAPS IN THE TITLE, I haven't actually ordered charms yet... This post is just going to be me rambling about my plans to order. (?? POINTLESS! I just want to post more here, haha.)
Anyway, I found this new place to order charms from that I'm really excited about!!! It's called Acorn Press, and they let you order more charm designs for less charms total, and their rates are also cheaper than Chilly Pig Studio (which is what I used before). I'm excited about them because my previous charms were on white acrylic and only 1.5" tall... but since the pricing is more convenient for Acorn Press, I'm gonna go and order some 2" clear acrylic charms for Anime USA. *U*/ I personally like bigger charms more (and clear acrylic ones), so idk. I'm excited to order them... And since they're bigger, I'm gonna keep the shading on them this time instead of having the charms unshaded (versus the shaded stickers).
Originally, the new charms I was going to order were going to be the Fire Emblem set, but I'm going to try to profit off of Overwatch since that's so big right now. -u-b Acorn Press lets me choose 5 designs for 50 charms, so the ones I'm going to be ordering are Tracer, D.Va, Soldier 76, Junkrat, and Lucio. I'm not really sure who's popular, but I'm pretty sure Tracer, D.VA, and Soldier 76 are 3 of the more popular ones right now.....??? The Junkrat and Lucio stickers I posted got the most notes on tumblr out of all the individual stickers though, so I thought I'd have them be the last two charms. (That might just be some weird tumblr popularity slant idk.)
IN TERMS OF CONCERN FOR THESE CHARMS, I'm not really sure where I want to buy the straps from... last time I kinda just got them off ebay or something, but the quality wasn't fantastic. I'm gonna try to BE BRAVE and ask around on tumblr. -0-/;;;; (IF ANYONE HERE KNOWS... THAT'D BE GREAT TOO...!!!)
But yeah, that's charms. I really wanna order them soon... maybe this weekend, idk. As far as other stuff goes, I had my first week of classes (I don't have class on Fridays) and they seem pretty decent. I decided to take my art class pass-fail because I don't want to stress to hard about it. @o@)9 Luckily I don't have any textbooks to buy this year...!! I have to buy art supplies though.
I'm kinda stressed about jobs though.... I went to a resume lecture the other day and I have like nothing for my resume 'cause I've never had a job and don't belong to any clubs. S W E E T. Jobs. I'm probably going to try for JET or some other teach-English-in-Japan program for a couple years just so I can get better at Japanese and better understand Japanese culture. BUT! I DON'T WANT TO GO BY MYSELF!!! I'M A BABY AND SCARED! I also hate traveling ughgughglsdkfja. And Japanese apartments don't typically have central heating, I think. I'M A PAMPERED FOOL!!!! Idk what's going on.
BUT UH, now's not the time to talk about that. JUST GOTTA FOCUS ON AUSA AND SCHOOL FOR THE TIME BEING... *U*)7 Anyway thanks for reading this blob of nothing.
BY THE WAY, I wanna post more blabby posts about my characters to my various planning world... I don't really expect any of you to really keep track of my characters, but if any of you have any questions about my characters or want to know more about a specific character FEEL FREE TO LET ME KNOW....!!! I'LL BE REALLY HAPPY AHAHA. I love talking about my characters and I always wanna blab about them... sorry if it's ever annoying that I only ever post OC stuff, hahaha. xD;
Mood: Stressed and nervous hgghghg
WELL, I'm back at school again! I was feeling fine when I moved in, but I decided to take a peek at my syllabuses and stuff and now I'm QUITE NERVOUS!!! IT'S SENIOR YEAR, BUT I'M NOT READY FOR THESE HIGHER-LEVEL CLASSES FOR MY MAJOR.... I should have brought my old notes and stuff with me, what am I doingngnggng......
BUT UH, yeah. I'm back at school. This is also my last semester if everything goes as planned. I'm currently only enrolled in 4 classes for the semester:
- Life Drawing
- Japanese Food Culture
- Language Patterns and Universals
- Linguistic Field Methods
Along with that, I still need to declare my Japanese minor (which I technically have enough credits for) and transfer my credits from when I stayed in Kanazawa last winter.
WHAT'S GOT ME NERVOUS RIGHT NOW IS THE LIFE DRAWING CLASS AND THE FIELD METHODS CLASS............ I was nervous about signing up for it in the first place, but I signed up for Life Drawing so I could practice ~*~anatomy~*~ for once in my life, but it's a 300-level class (so like for juniors and upperclassmen, idk what kind of numbering systems other colleges use)... so I'm scared of there being a lot of art majors in the class who are already really good at drawing anatomy........ IDK, I JUST HOPE I'M NOT SUPER BEHIND!!! I'M JUST A SIMPLE CARTOON/ANIME DRAWER WHO WANTS TO GET BETTER....
The class is also more expensive than I anticipated. Hhhgggrr... I hope my books for my other classes aren't too expensive. BUT YEAH, I'M JUST REALLY NERVOUS AND SHY ABOUT GOING TO THIS CLASS NOW.... I really hope I don't fail, I'm looking at the reviews for the professor and everyone says he's a really difficult grader. ;A; I HOPE I AT LEAST GET A B...........
The other class I'm worried for is my linguistics field methods class... it basically seems like it's going to require thorough knowledge from all my other linguistics classes, but I don't have any of my notes (because I threw them out or something WHAT A FOOL) or textbooks (because I rented them) on me, so I just hope.... I don't fail badly.....
Even though this is only like a 12 credit semester, I'm worried about it being super busy without me having enough time to get any drawing for Anime USA done. ;m; I STILL HAVE PRINTS I WANT TO DO.... But I suppose we'll just have to see how things go. I've got to get focused, hhhrhrhrhrgh....
Hope the rest of you have a good school year;;; And if you're not in school, HAVE FUN LIVING LIFE!!
Heyooo I'm back from Otakon! I forgot to mention that I was going actually, whoops;;; :m I only ended up putting together one costume this year, but I think it came out nice!! Here's what I wore to the con:
The cosplay's a human form of Kyubey from Puella Magi Madoka Magika! I made the jacket and vest myself using patterns I bought at JoAnn's. I also made the ears, weird gold rings on the pigtails, and dyed the wig using fabric dye. Everything else was stuff I bought/already owned. I really like the sock garters I bought for this costume..... *-* I might even wear them outside of cosplay because they're just really snazzy. :Y
At the con I just did the usual: walk around the artist alley and merchants hall. EXCITING LIFE! I also met up with a friend from dA and drew with her a little. A couple people came over and talked with us while we were drawing and we exchanged usernames/etc, so that's fun! I hardly meet new people at cons, haha.
I tried not to go too crazy w/ buying stuff at the con. Here's what I ended up getting:
My sis and her boyfriend bought me the long posters, actually. NICE.
This was actually my first time buying a Lolita magazine, surprisingly. I ACTUALLY JUST FORGOT THEY SOLD ART BOOKS AND FASHION MAGS AT CONVENTIONS....!!!! The next convention I go to I'm gonna spend more time looking at the art books and try to buy some nice stuff. >:0
I really like the Lolita magazine though, everything is so pretty..... *-*
There's tons of cool dresses and stuff. I'll probably be drawing outfits out of it for practice, so... expect that...? idk.
OH, I also bought a commission...!!! From Aphelionix on tumblr!
A BEAUTIFUL DRAWING OF LAFAYETTE!!!
I GET SO NERVOUS ASKING FOR COMMISSIONS.... I think this is only like the 2nd commission I've ever bought in person despite going to cons every year. Along with buying art books, I wanna buy more art of my charas at cons...!! >:M /my new goals for cons.
But yeah that's about it. I mostly hung out with my sis and her bf the whole time (I'M ALWAYS CRASHING THEIR PARTY HAHA;;), and it was a fun time. :^D Next year Otakon will be in DC, which is nice for me because I'm closer to DC than Baltimore. Hopefully prices won't raise, tho.........................
Anyway, that's all. SCHOOL STARTS SOON AND I HAVEN'T DRAWN ENOUGH LSDKFALSDFHLN. I'm gonna go and do those sketch requests right now. >:Y