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Number 6; MY LEFT HAND IS WEAK AS HELL OKAY /cRY, I’M SORRY.;;
And the weather is so..egghgh. q_q
naramyon said: Ditto. You’re my favorite DC artist. Sorta-kinda ended up following you from DeviantArt to Tumblr. (That sounded less creepy in my head. Gomen.) Been really enjoying your Magi work as well.
Ahhh. ;u;b It’s nice to know people are still following me despite having rolled out of DC a long time ago. /creys. <3 (And roflss dw about sounding creepy, I don’t mind creepy.)
8D <33 Thank you guys for being wonderfullll. ;a; <3
Oh-ahhh. ;//; Thank youuu! And a follower since my DC days, oh my it’s been a while. >u<;;
Thank you very much! q u q I hope i don’t disappoint!
Oh, hello~ I’d much rather answer this privately, see, so send me a message not-annonned for a more detailed answer~ 8D
Anyways, just to answer about the livejournal thing, I deleted a big majority of my things off livejournal which would explain why you only saw a bit of things left. I do have them posted elsewhere, but it’s something that I don’t want to freely give out anymore. xD; That is to say I’m once again limiting people’s access to my old fics, and if anyone would like to get to them they have to personally contact me. x3;; I’m sorry for the inconvenience~ 8D;;;
Oh. HELLO AGAIN ANON. ;u; <33 I’m glad to hear that! I hope it was of much help! <33 /throws love and hearts at you~
Hii~ FIRST AND FOREMOST. I’m not that great of a watercolor artist. ;_;”But thank you for saying such. ;a; <333 BUT YEAH. I’ll point you toward http://koyamori.deviantart.com/ and http://shel-yang.deviantart.com/ as being of my top two watercolor idols.
As a beginner, I just recommend you start with watercolor sets that have their paint in pans or in cakes (like this: http://www.amazon.com/Sakura-XNCW-24N-24-Piece-Assorted-Colors/dp/B001OVG40E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1382309041&sr=8-4&keywords=watercolor+sets ). Some brands that are great for beginners (but not cheap in quality like crayola) are Koi, Winsor & Newton, Reeves, etc. etc.)
I suggest you don’t buy individual tubes of watercolor (that cost 5+) unless you are really going to invest and use it. (Because a tube can last you a super long time.) The pans/cakes will last you a long time, it’s a good investment since you can mix different colors and stuff.
As for brushes, I’m not picky. I have one grumbacher brush and one that is Dick Blick Masterstroke. Both of these brushes are short-haired and are medium sized cus I don’t like to waste moolahs on different sizes of brushes. |D;;;
ERP YEAh. I can’t really give much tips because I haven’t dabbled in watercolors so much. <_>; Most of the time, it’s guesswork for me and whether or not the picture looks fine is a hit or miss.
I did do some kind of tut about my stuff here; http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/323/d/d/my_watercoloring_stuff_by_kyunyo-d5lipaa.png if you want to check it out.
ALSO TWO MORE THINGS.
Invest in a gel pen or a Opaque White Watercolor bottle. These things are for touch ups to make your pic look super shiney. |D;;;; But yeah.
Second thing. Hair dryer is your friend if you’re impatient. :D;;;
Tips I can give you is to look up tutorials on DA and experiment on your own~ Find an artist that has a really solid background in watercolor and study their works and figure out their techniques. (Cus my guess is as good as yours orz;; )
Hope I can help a bit. D;
Hiiii~ I don’t think I’m the right person to ask since I live on a super tiny island with no resources at all. But you know, I was really at a loss a while ago while I fumbled my way around the selling scene all by myself. xD But talking to an artist that has done it before definitely helps! So here, I’ll share some things I’ve learned in the past year~
Where: I sell my art mainly at conventions (in Hawaii, there is like…only one, but if your area has a ton of conventions, try to get your space there!)
You can also sell them online! You can use sites such as store envy, ecrater (very very basic), etc. But if you start small, you can probably manage orders through posting deviantart journal announcements and receiving notes with information.
You can get a good idea of how to do that by visiting deviantarts of artists that visit cons and have a lot of leftover prints to sell.
Buttons: You can either 1) buy your own button machine, button parts, and just make a lot of your own buttons. (the button design can be printed at a local print shop or something. Belli-buttons has a good tutorial on button machine and how to start with buttons! The only downside to it button makers are an investment (500 some dollars, plus shipping!!!)
You also have another choice. You can find someone to make the buttons for you! If you’re just experimenting you can find sites where you can just upload images and request a certain quantity with them and they’ll press the buttons and mail it to you. You can google these sites~
Prints: I will only recommend this if you’re planning to attend mainland conventions. They sell pretty well there. (If you’re from Hawaii, you better stick to buttons and commissions, unless you’re planning to attend a lot more conventions where you can offload a lot of your work.) Whatever you do, do not go to Kinko’s or Costco to make prints. Hella expensive as hell, yeahh. If you don’t live in Hawaii, I recommend you search up local print shops and see what kind of prices they off there. If you’re really at a loss, some artists has told me to go to catprint! (google itt~) You can do your research and ask some artists to give you advice about the more technical things.
Commissions: You can start online digital commissions~ Don’t do the points system on deviantart. You should start using paypal and things like that. Make sure to price yourself reasonably! (Never undervalue yourself and your artttt~) But yeah, look at how fast you work, and sort of apply the miinimum wage per hour thing for it. You should be able to figure out a price~
Artbooks + Doujinshis/Comics: Welp, if you wanna go this route, it is HARD in America to make a name for yourself using this. Artbooks can be either a personal artbook (like a showcase of a lot of original works or fanwork) or a series-dedicated artbook.
Doujinshi/Comics are even harder if you are in a small series/fandm or even if you are selling an original comic. If you are in a very popular series, you can prolly be able to sell quite a bit. But there are a lot of factors, such as: how popular is the pairing, how popular the series is, how popular you are, or even whether or not your art is eye-catching. Yeah there’s a lot of things to consider.
As for where to get your things printed. If you want to start small, like maybe 5 or even 1 copies, you should look into print-on-demand printing services. These tend to be kinda…on the cheapo quality side but eh, you want one copy, what can you do?
You can look up self-publishing websites where the minimum amount you need to print is 25. You really have to look it online and do your research. Sometimes you’ll have to weight the cost of printing the books with the question of whether or not you’ll be able to sell it at a reasonable price and be able to cover the cost of your printing.
So unless your audience is huge and you can sell more than 25 ish copies—or if you’re really confident in your art style or something, don’t try to attempt this…
NOW. Since you caught me on a time where I am spending a weekend in California with DoujinPress, I’ll pimp them out. |D
Doujinpress does EVERYTHING. From buttons, to prints, to books/comics (they specialize in this.) Their products are gorgeous *__*b Colors are superb, and their prices are great~ They’re very friendly! You should definitely check out on their website. doujinpress.com They also have a publishing route (which I’m doing now and will stay committed to them. xD)
I’m not doing prints cus it’s pretty hard to compete with mainland artists in Kawaii Kon (in Hawaii) and I do own my own button machine. But I have printed books with DP before, and while there were some printer problems, now as I look at their newer books, they have everything crisp, colors correct, and no misprints at all. *___*bb
And right now I’m in Sacramento, being a part of the vendor table and helping out at SacAnime with them~ This is actually my first time being on the mainland and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to actually get out and see more people and different things. *A*
OH YEAH: You should definitely do a lot of research into the kind of things you wanna sell. How to make them and yada yada. You can attend small ish cons where the artists are more free to talk, that way you can ask for advice! Most artists are willing to help you if you express an interest! When I started thinking about prints, I stood by a mainland artist in Kawaii Kon and barraged her with a lot of technical questions about how she does her prints, where she goes to sell them, how things work and such. Also another artist had shared with me a lot of insight as to where to print books (when I was still struggling some time ago.)
So definitely ask an artist for their opinions. I guess we like to share a lot about the more technical things, because usually consumers/customers never really see what’s going on behind the table. And it’s always nice to help a fellow artist start~
erp yeah, so I rattled on a bit and should get going to sleep since I have one more day at SacAnime. xD BUT YEAH. I hope this helped you! (or some other people.) And if you have any more questions feel free to shoot them my way.
Sweet jesus how long did this take you.
About two days. |D;;;; /coughI’m wasting my life here rofl.;
gashfgahsjgfa so cute cooo are you anywhere in north america? i would totes buy all your art if you ever came to AN ahhhh
Oh, I… ;__; thank youuu. I’d say I’m in North America but then again I’m not really cus I’m in the middle of the ocean. _(:3」∠)_ Hawaiiii. /sob
Oh. QuQ Uhm thank you~? <33 Thanks for the message and have a wonderful day!
EDIT: OMFGHKAJSHK WHY DID I HIT PUBLISH.;;; ;___; aghaghskjhka.;;;;
1. Erm. I’m not aware if I that many websites but…thanks? o_o;
2. Non, I don’t like sweet things. xD I will eat the occasional bite though.
3. Yes I did, and I cried buckets and decided to stop for the sake of my sanity. ;____;
red-madness said: …Kyun!!!! -Rotting of envy- You bought all doujins of my favorite artists! oh gosh! is so beautiful! i need more photos! also …. tell me where you bought the doujinshis? I’ve always wanted some but I have no idea where and how D:
Ubububu~ Of course~!
It’s actually Japan’s Yahoo Auctions, so buying these doujinshis aren’t easy since there are other people who will fight you for them. (One of my doujinshis went from 300 Yen to 4800 yen. :v So yeah, it’s not pretty with the money.) The thing with buying these doujinshis is that sellers aren’t willing to ship international, so you have to use a proxy service. (And those tend to be very expensive if you choose the wrong one. orz.)
With the ones I just bought, I used Rinkya, but omigod it’s so expensive. If the doujinshi ends up being priced above 1000 yen, they’ll charge you another 1000 for commission fees. Not to mention they add more fees upon more fees. :v I MEAN, I got my doujinshis within a week but that was $200 shipping. Yeah, don’t go there.
I looked around and saw that Mail Order Japan, is a better choice of a proxy service. Both Rinkya and Mail Order Japan allow you to bid in Japan Auctions. But I haven’t actually used Mail Order Japan…
Maybe when I restock on money ha ha ha. |D;; HOPE THIS HELPS~ <333
Of course, this helps me, Kyun! but it is a lot of money and a bit difficult…D:
I think my mother would kill me first and the worst form…so no gay porn for me OTL ( i want moar photos Kyun~~~!!! -harassing (?)- XD
And thank you so much for the info!~
Abububu, don’t worry. XD;! I’ll share some pics with you when I get around to taking pictures of them. :’D!!