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Artist Problems

"Yay! I have lots of originals! I have three cons coming up, but that’s fine because I have LOTS OF ORIGINALS! And this is a small con and some of them are expensive, so I will still have lots left over! I’ll just need to do some small quick stuff for the next one and it’ll be great!"

One con later…


The worst part about this is that you can’t even really complain (note that I am complaining anyway) because obviously your art sold and that’s a wonderful thing, it’s just that…um…was kinda counting on a couple of those to fill out panels at those later cons and now I have to scramble. My diamond shoes are too tight!

The only people who will be sympathetic are other artists and my mother. I accept this.

(A huge thanks to the generous buyers of BayCon. You are awesome and I am delighted so much art found good homes. I just hadn’t scheduled for quite…how…awesome…y’all would be…)

Way to go on sales! Totally understand the complaint though.

Edited at 2014-06-02 04:21 pm (UTC)

Problems like this couldn't happen to a more deserving person.

totally deserved! :D

Paint like the wind! Also yay for selling originals. :)

Who told you BayCon was small? ;)

Glad you enjoyed much success!

A superb problem to have! (and yes, I'm being serious.) There is nothing sadder than to watch an artist pack back up every thing that didn't sell.

Off Topic. I saw this and immediately thought of you:


It's from Bird and Moon.

Edited at 2014-06-02 07:43 pm (UTC)

It is exactly like this.

Selling out is a nice problem to have -- except you have no inventory! Hope you can do a few pieces and keep your fans happy.

Dr. Phil

I was sort of on the other end of this yesterday, in that I went to a local restaurant and it was hung with artwork by a local artist. I saw one I really wanted and the waitress brought me the price list.

And I thought, "Um, no. I'm poor! Why does it have to cost so much? Why couldn't he set a reasonable price??"

And then a moment later, "Crud, wait, I've sold art for that much. And the materials cost alone for something that size is probably already 1/5th the price...."

At which point I looked at my feet and thought: "All right, then, shoe's on the other foot this time, and it is mine. Ow." -_-

(Still, as an object lesson, it was interesting: I could have technically afforded it, but chose not to, and spent the forty-minute ride home thinking about how many people think the same thing about my art, and how I could accommodate them, and whether I should/could afford to, etc.)

Didja make it to the Klingon Party?

your prices are too low. supply & demand, you know.

Totally! If you're selling out regularly, it's past time to price things up to match the demand. After all, that's fairer for the people who arrive later in the con and might not otherwise have art to buy.

Welcome to the Damn, I Have No Inventory Club!
* Hi Ursula!!!*

Does that mean we may be seeing more Affirmational monsters in the near future?

I suppose you could call that being a victim of your own success.

I would call that "everybody wins". (Well, except for maybe Ursula's incipient carpal tunnel.)

I'd like some Tiny Moose jewelry.....just sayin

Tiny glass tile earrings, with a wee moose lurking in the background. Perhaps a moon in the corner?

This! I will pay good money for tiny moose earrings. I will also pay good money for Smallrus earrings, because, well, SMALLRUS!

Darn! You *would* come out to Baycon two years after I moved from San Jose to Seattle.

Let me recommend Norwescon. And next year's Worldcon.

She's gonna be the GOH at Foolscap in Redmond at the end of January. :)

(Norwescon is gonna be insane next year, tho - George R R Martin is author GOH,. Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell are artist GOHs.)

Hahahaha :D... Sorry? Butnotreally?

Also, the moggle bird was too adorable :)

- Sara Florey from BayCon