Since COVID hit, physical conventions were a thing of the past, and so It was the start of a hard lesson learned about how to make ends meet without the connections made between
people at physical shows. Finally, in 2022 at the Anaheim Convention Center, DesignerCon was back up and running in full swing!
It's been three years since my last physical show, and I wasn't sure if I was completely ready. Once I had everything up on the walls, and my prints set on the table, I was sure that I had enough content to sell. Conventions are wonderful because they force you to make new material, and you get to meet all the people who love and praise your work in person. Seeing familiar faces, and meeting new ones is a huge reason why I love attending art shows. It's hard work! but totally worth it when you meet the people who adore what you do behind the easel.
It's been a minute last my last post and wanted to start taking more time on my personal website to write more often about my experiences as an artist, and a human trying to make it in this world.
One of the many things I've had a chance to learn through this experience is that physical shows like DesignerCon and Wondercon matter a great deal! Online sales and presence are only part of what being an artist are all about. For me, it's about meeting people face to face. Shaking their hands, and saying in my own voice "thank you for stopping by my booth and supporting my work!" COVID had given me time to think about a lot of things, especially about the things that matter most at the end of the day.
I'm a human being who lives to love doing the things that matter most to me, and socializing with friends and family is a huge part of what makes my life and career stay in balance.
For anyone who is willing to check out more behind the scenes about what I'm making, and the techniques I've included a link to my Patreon page for anyone who is interested!