I first discovered artist Jillian Altmeyer and her Squidbrains creations at last year's CTNX. It's been heartwarming to see her talent embraced by fans and peers...http://www.squidbrains.net/
Artist Meg Park http://megpark.tumblr.com/ was a repeat exhibitor... sorry no photo of her table.. but I love her sketchbooks. Delighted to see how she put contact info on back cover
this striking image sold out ... charmed me into multiple purchases..... and
introduced me to artist David DePascquale http://davedepasquale.blogspot.com/
This year ... he just started a new post as Designer on staff at Disney Television Animation.
Images on greeting cards ... postcards.... stickers ... and buttons are perfect entry point items to sell at a small table at a big convention. They are inexpensive to produce .... they are easy for customers to carry around at the show and ship home... and they are the ideal vehicle to brand your name with an appealing image and item.
Every single "small" should have your name on it and an email or web address. Little treasures like these are things that end up on inspiration boards.... or as little gift items.... and while they are bringing delight to the viewer, they can also be introducing your name and art to a new market or patron.
Here are a few examples of items that charmed me at this show... and a bit about the artists who created them...
When you have a great story about your art -- be sure to feature it in your marketing and display. Be sure to include a business card inside the protective sleeve of every print. It's not enough to sign your work.... Let your art help sell YOU to future customers and employers...contact info on the right image could connect you with your best job ever!
What a great way to engage attendees... and make your art memorable.
Julia used the back of her calendar item to provide lots of contact information ....
Another table with artists Janice Rosenthal http://artofjanice.com/ and Bree Lundberg http://www.breelundberg.com/
I purchased this cut paper rainbow-maned unicorn from Leslie.. because doesn't everyone need one of these :) Small originals like this should also have artist contact info on the back of the image and the frame.
When you set up a booth or a table at a convention you want to sell your art. That sale shouldn't be just a single transaction. Help your appealing image also market your name and website. There's lots of good art around... but only so many jobs or collectors. When you have items that are selling... make sure they are helping increase your chances of making future impressions and contacts.
COMING SOON!! a solo post with more details about these table-mate artists Melanie Hopper http://www.mellyhopper.com/ (left) and Melany Altuna http://melart.tumblr.com/...