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I've never been to a con but if I'm not working by next July I plan on heading to San Diego and hitting the portfolio reviews.
Aside from the reviews I've seen plenty of artists in the alley from studios I'd kill to work for. As I know there are regulars here who had booths this year I thought I'd ask what your feelings are about being aproached by wannabes. Do you mind sharing perspective or looking through portfolios? Do you give the better advice to those who buy something?
Last edited by Bill; August 3rd, 2009 at 12:10 PM.
In my experience most of them are very friendly and helpful. Some of them would rather make a sale as they chat and a small percentage have huge egos. You'd be surprised at who has one and who doesn't. I'll put it this way, it has nothing to do with the price, quality or popularity of their art. It's not even the flashy dressers.
I would just say be mindful that they're there doing business. As long as you don't get in the way of that, most people are happy to check out your portfolio if you ask.
Maybe it's just me, but I love talking art with people...so whenever this happens to me I'm happy to talk to people about their art. The only stuff that you shouldn't expect is "Wow! Your art is so awesome, let me forward your information to all of my contacts!", because that is very unlikely to happen. As long as you are just doing it to get critique and ask advice on how they got to be where they are, I can't imagine them being too pissed at you.
Everyone is different, though....I'd say talk with the people you are interested in showing to first to see if they have a "business only" attitude.
I think the studio at the top of my list would be Bluesky. I know that one of their artists , Jake Parker, does SDCC and plans to be there again next year. I don't know if it means anything at all to have a studio say that they'll keep you on file, but 2 that did are Nickelodeon and Bluesky. Nick does portfolio reviews at SDCC and Bluesky artist Jake Parker does the booth scene. Getting some feed back there might be worth the investment of getting out to Cali. I dunno.
Raoul, Dave and Dusty, thanks for the positiveness.
Serhc, As BlueSky is in Greenwich, Connecticut the potential pun wasn't completely random.
If your looking for work as a concept artist, comic con doesn't offer that many opportunities out side of the portfolio review area. If sequencial art is not your thing I'd tailor a few pieces for the regulars at the portfolio review area. I found a url with the list.
Just be sure to show up early.