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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hello, I'm going to be selling at my first convention in November. I was wondering, what is the best/smartest way to track sales? Do you have any examples? Also, would you recommend a Square credit card reader for first timers? I've heard that it's professional, a good investment, and provides an option for customers who don't have cash, but I feel sort of hesitant to get it because it's my first con and I'm already scrambling to get other con things ready. Thank you for reading/answering!
codetsuzuki codetsuzuki Said:

howtobeaconartist:

Kiri: Well, “best” and “smartest” are pretty subjective, and I think for a lot of people, it’s a matter of trying a bunch of things and figuring out what works for them personally.

Personally, I maintain an inventory sheet in Word and Excel which I print off for each convention, then mark tallies for every item sold. After the con, I’ll update my doc by subtracting the tallies. I prefer manually marking tallies at-con because it’s faster, and for busier cons, it’s much easier to mark down a bunch of tallies than to input sales data on an electronic interface (imo). The tallies on paper also make it really easy for me to see at a glance what sold well for me at a particular con.

As for Square (and most other similar services), the reader itself is free, so I don’t see the harm in having it for your first con. If you continue doing conventions, you’ll want to get one eventually anyway, and personally I think it’s one of the easiest parts of con prep — just fill out a form, hook up your bank, and that’s it. The initial investment is like 20 minutes of your time. :o

Nattosoup:  The girl next to me at AWA didn’t take credit cards, and she spent the entire weekend informing cash strapped customers that she could not accept their form of payment.  She lost a lot of sales.

I use Square, and I made about $130 this weekend I would not have made otherwise.  Sometimes, if you’re the only person in an alley who takes card, you get business you’d never otherwise get.  At big cons, most of the more professional artists take credit card, and a lot of the hobbyists do as well, so you may find yourself regretting not making that 20 min time investment.

I have two books for tracking sales- a small notebook for keeping track of ready-made items, and a small pad on a clipboard for keeping track of commissions.  I mark mail-in commissions with a sticky tab for easy reference after the con.  I’ll probably be tweaking my system a little bit so customers get a receipt for commission purchases.

I wish you luck on your first con!

Heidi: From last to first, yes get a square.  One con I did $600 in sales alone in credit cards, so its more than worth it.  Square is even being adopted by small businesses because its cheaper and more reliable than having a dedicated credit card system.  

As for keeping track of sales, I have a book I write everything down in (I try to specify the amount and the product) though when I get really busy I do sometimes miss sales.  I also track my expenses and make notes for getting ready for the next con in this book.  Its not the most professional answer but it works fairly well.

jolly-godoflies:

https://www.tumblr.com/dmca
Go there, and do as the instructions say.
When my art was stolen, I got the post reported, and it was taken down. Don’t worry, it doesn’t just take down the sources post, but it takes down all the reblogged posts too.
Please give this a reblog, many artists out there may not know this is here.
And remember, ask permission before sharing, or don’t post it.

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mila-kun:

Art is hard and you never cease to learn something new everyday. There is no artist that hasnt encountered a wall, dont turn around, climb it. Believe you can.

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danieljhogan:

What I learned in my first year of selling my comics at conventions. Part two tomorrow.

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foervraengd:

It doesn’t hurt to explore the official forums for Manga Studio and CLIP.

I found this recent forum post about a tool I’ve never thought of before!

go read the thread if you wanna find out how to create this tool:

littlereddo:

moonkoi replied to your post: sketchere said:Hello! I just wond…

Also, colours can vary depending on what paper you print them on as well. Coated paper (like gloss) will always make dark colours darker, and will make the print more saturated looking. Matte printing is easier to get true to what’s on screen. :)

AHhh this too! Thanks for pointing this out! There are just too many factors with printing! WEEPS 

Asker sketchere Asks:
Hello! I just wondering about your prints, doesn't it have to be CMYK in order for the colours to be shown well? If you work only in SAI (which doesn't support CMYK), how does the colour of your prints turn out well? Do you edit it in Photoshop, if so, how? Sorry if this has been asked before, and thank you for reading!
codetsuzuki codetsuzuki Said:

littlereddo:

Heyo! Sorry for this belated response. Cmyk printing is something I’m still trying to figure it out myself so I can only give tips from personal experience. Yes, I only work in SAI and it doesn’t support CMYK unfortunately. I always edit in Photoshop afterwards. What you can do it ideally test print your images at home with your own printer or there are some online printing companies that allow you to order actual hard copy proofs of your images so you can edit accordingly which is super helpful!

In Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS6), there are several ways to do this. One method is to covert image to CMYK mode under Image > Mode > CMYK Color. This usually merges all your layers though.

Another is if you’re working in RGB profile you can go under View > Proof colors. This sets the profile you want to simulate or test with overriding normal display color management so basically it’s showing you the CMYK colors as it would print on paper. Not super exact but gives you an idea. It appears duller than RGB profile. 

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You can edit your colors as and keep checking the Proof Colors option on and off to try to get it to how you like.

Something to keep in mind while you’re working with cmyk printing is the gamut colors. Gamut is basically the range of colors that a color system can display or print. Most RGB colors are too vibrant, thus out-of-gamut, and are unprintable. 

You can see which color won’t print under View > Gamut Warning. Click and Unclick to see which colors are out of range.

You can also color pick a color in your drawing, open up the color picker and it should give you this warning icon that shows you it is out of range. Clicking on it will give you the CMYK substitute which is usually much duller. In regards to my illustration, the bright blue color of the sky will be replaced automatically with a color replaced within the CMYK scale if it prints. 

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Clicking View > Gamut Warning while in color picker, shows you exactly where the printable color range is (image below). So in regards to the blue sky of my sousuke drawing, that color will not print.

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OH Another thing… my colleague gave me some tips with Color Settings when I printed out assignments for school. In Photoshop, go to Edit > Color Settings and select Adobe RGB (1998) for RGB. It provides a larger gamut range for RGB which helps when you’re converting to CMYK! And it prints fairly true to what I see on my screen! YAhoo!!!

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Adjusting colors is complicated and it takes some experience to get right! T_T GOOD LUCK! I hope this was somewhat helpful! There are way more helpful links and explanations online too so yeah don’t…take my word on it because I’m still learning myself…. Eep. 

cymphony:

Anime-Alley storenvy has been brought to my attention in that they are selling my free! artwork off as charms WITHOUT my permission. This is really appalling, I have been forced to remove my illustration off all sites or edit a large watermark over it to protect my work since I simply cannot trust the community not to pull this sort of crap.

It’s common sense not to steal what does not belong to you. It is not the artists fault for wanting to share their work only to have them ripped off by people without a shred of decency. (Do not blame the shopkeeper for what the thief does).

After a bit of digging by my friend and I we found a lot of their items may also have been stolen from various artists and official artwork. PLEASE check if your artwork has also been stolen or if you can recognize the artists. I can absolutely attest that they stole my work and used without permission, and the fact that some of the items (particularly their free! Free! -Pic-Lil! - Pic-Lil! trading strap) are being sold at super cheap prices when they are even expensive to obtain officially in Japan should alarm you.

Please do not support their thievery and profit of other people’s work and cheap imitation of official merchandize. Their products are also shoddy and poor in quality as seen in the photos.

If you can reblog this post, I would really appreciate this information being spread. Apparently they can be found at conventions and I’m just disappointed to know that they could be selling stolen artwork.

If you can email storenvy with a link to this post, or with any other information you have found to have their storefront taken down permanently that would be great. I do not want them to just simply take down my item and walk away with stealing other people’s work again, then nothing would be solved.

Their storenvy

Storenvy contact form

Their Etsy (also selling stolen work)

My Twitter post (Retweets very much appreciated)

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kawacy:

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kawacy:

Old doodle before even the release of Hyrule Warriors on August. But colored it so late.