PostFamily Art Night

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Friday night I participated in Family Art Night at my daughter’s elementary school. My daughter’s school is blessed to have a staff of really amazing teachers who really love what they do, and the kids they teach. One of those amazing teachers is the art teacher. She is creative and dynamic, and really knows how to get the kids excited about art. Every year she organizes Family Art Night, which is a pretty big to-do; the turn out includes a large portion of our town, and not just the families whose kids attend this particular elementary. I’m sure it’s a TON of work, but she lines up local artists to come in and do demonstrations and activities, and an army of volunteers to help man all the stations from soap bar carving, to face painting, to spinning and weaving. It’s really an amazing event.

This year she asked if I’d be interested in showing and demonstrating my drawings. I was honored and a little nervous to do it! I really had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised to find that people (and especially the kids) were really interested. It was fun to see kids get excited to see some of their favorite characters among my work. Maybe it inspired one or two of them to start drawing their favorite cartoon characters–that’s how I got my start, after all!

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Working on Princess Peach at my table at Family Art Night

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Coloring Princess Daisy at Family Art Night

Participating in Family Art Night also made me start thinking a little more seriously about something I’ve been considering for a while now, and that is getting a table in an Artists Alley at a comic con. Not gonna lie, I’m a classic introvert and I tend to get overwhelmed in crowded places, and that’s been one of my big hangups about doing a con (silly, I know!). But I found I actually really enjoyed having people come by and stop and chat with me about my work, or favorite characters (kids loved my princesses and video game pieces, but parents picked up on my Doctor Who and Star Wars stuff, and that was fun!). So I’ve decided to start building up my print inventory, and I’m going to plan on doing a mini con in my area in the fall. Pretty excited about it!

I spent last Friday during the day drawing and inking a handful of sketch cards that I could color Friday night at the actual event. Below are the ones I completed: Princess Peach and Princess Daisy from the Super Mario games, and Judy Hopps from Zootopia (which I haven’t seen yet, but it looks so cute! Hoping to take my daughter to see it soon!).

2 comments

  • That’s wonderful that your daughter’s school has something like that! Con intimidate me as well, though they are something I’d like to do in the future. I feel like cost can be a factor too. I hope you enjoy having a table if you decide to go for it!

    • Cost has definitely been an big consideration, too, but I’ve found a local con that is running a mini con in the fall with a very reasonable table fee (that I feel sure I’ll make back and then some). And I’ve been running an Etsy shop for a few years now, so I have a decent amount of stock on hand at this point, and I think if I plan right I can add enough to it by the fall to make my table look full. Then there’s just figuring out my table display… I’m sure I’ll be posting more about my progress on this as I go! But yeah, for a LONG time, not having any stock was an issue–I just don’t have the cash to invest a ton all at once. Building it up gradually has finally brought me to the point where I feel like a con is finally doable. And if I can make a decent amount, I’ll put a portion of it back into more stock. We’ll see how it goes!

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