Thought Bubble Convention

I am sorry to say this but my camera wasn’t charged enough so I did not get good pictures of the convention! I will however supplement my photos with stuff off the internet and apologies mixed in. Oh, and I can take photos of the things I bought!

leeds thought bubble convention

Photo from The Guardian.

Where to start… so last Friday (22nd) I headed on the train to Leeds, for the convention beginning 10am the next day. I prepared most of my ‘wares’ the week earlier so all I had to do was price the felt badges after checking with people about what price would be appropriate. As usual, I probably underpriced my work. I sold the Jake (from Adventure Time) badges for £4 and the other badges were mostly the same or lower… apart from the wolf badge which I sold quite quickly for £6. Perhaps a sign to produce more! I’d decided not to price them very expensive as I am really new to crafting. When I’ve made more maybe I can price them up a bit more for putting on the etsy shop, once that’s set up. Not much higher though…

On the morning of the convention, I arrived at 9.30am with my friends Corinthia and Luke. We set up really quickly ’cause we accidentally arrived later than most others. I felt pretty embarrassed with my stock, as I felt like I hadn’t given myself enough time to create relevant items… and I was unhappy with the quality of the work – no change from usual then 🙂

badges

The giraffe badge was for me by my friend Vera, and the Espeon badge I bought from Amai Studio’s stall in Thought Bubble.

 

The first day was good, it mostly involved sitting at our shared table, talking to the occasional customer who walked by and browsed. Actually getting to walk around the convention was really exciting because there were so many stalls. There were three halls to explore, and lots of friendly artists. I bought a few presents for Christmas, comics, badges and stickers to send to people by post… I also bought a lot of stickers for myself.

cute sticker

I don’t normally buy lots of cute stuff, but I really like the way the hair was drawn 🙂

cute sticker

The colours are really nice too. I don’t want to stick these on anything though, I want to keep them…

I met a nice couple of people running a stall in another area, they had feminist slogans and quotes from TV shows on their items. I hope I can see them again! Not sure whether I appeared to be a crazy enthusiastic desperate person looking for companionship or just a nice artist person. Hopefully the latter.

lsp card

Here is one of their cards for sale… you can find more on their facebook page.

 

The second day was pretty much the same, with more meeting of nice people. Gemma Correll was selling at a table, but I was too shy to go up and tell her how great she is, maybe next time! I also was fortunate to get to meet Fiona of Fiona Creates, a cool illustrator who also put work in to Ladyquest zine. It was great to hear about her experiences setting herself up as a freelancer and I hope that with the motivation she gave me, I can work a little harder and progress too.

By the end of Sunday I had made about the same as my train fare in cash. Taking back £60+ from a shared table at a comic convention without actually having any comics to sell seems fairly good to me. I’m sure more established and better prepared people would make a lot more money, but I will try to prepare more next time and hopefully at the next opportunity my work will fit in better.

Hope you all don’t mind that this was quite a wordy post, I just thought I should document the weekend for myself and anyone who happens to be interested (I’m sure that reading this journal isn’t for everyone though, and that’s fine too).

Preparations

Hiii,

This is just a short post to write what I’ve been up to in the run up to the convention for which I feel quite unprepared. People who I have on ‘fb’ will already know that I have been trying to make hand stitched felt badges for the convention. This was actually inspired by seeing hanaletters‘ shop on etsy. I really loved her work and wanted to try out something crafty. But with different designs of course! Her brooches are super and you should have a look. I hope that I can buy some brooches from her shop one day soon. I don’t really wear jewellery very much but I still admire them…

Since I am just learning I’ve been making fairly simple designs, both of cartoon characters and my own ones. I hope they are of an acceptable standard for selling at the convention. I tried hard, and learned a lot from these small things, so even if they don’t sell well I don’t think it’ll be a loss. I can give some of them to my friends as well!

Since I took these photos I’ve made a few more designs. I hope that when I gain more skills that I can create more complex and inventive designs. Other things I’ll be selling at the convention include zines and stickers that were made for my previous exhibition, plus a few greetings cards which I made ages ago and didn’t sell. They’ll be going cheap. I think my work will look unprofessional and messy but it is my first convention and I haven’t had the time to dedicate to it. Okay, well, maybe I have, but I didn’t take it seriously until a week or so ago. I will learn for next time.

As for my other projects, I’ve done page two of the comic for the game (in a previous post), I finished my family portrait commission (see below) and have started a bit on the poetry book project with a friend, but this week has mostly been dedicated to my job and preparing for the convention in between. After the con I hope to dedicate more time to these exciting projects once again.

Family Portrait

Over the past couple of days, I haven’t drawn much and have disappointed myself a little in that respect, so today armed with a sketchbook at work I started a new drawing. I hope to do some more when I go for my 5-11pm shift soon. I’d like to create a couple of new series of work and hopefully will develop and share soon! I’ve taken to keeping a personal tumblr of ideas and recorded thoughts for my own reference. Perhaps I’ll share it, but it’s just nonsensical words.

Thank you as always for reading and hope you are all well

 

xxx