Winsor & Newton watercolor marker

Apparently, I bought the Winsor & Newton watercolor marker in Payne’s gray sometime last year and promptly forgot about it, but it works out because now I can follow up on my review of the Winsor & Newton pigment marker sooner rather than later.

Winsor & Newton watercolor marker, Payne’s gray, on Bristol board.

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Winsor & Newton pigment marker

I found this Winsor & Newton pigment marker still in its individual clear wrapper while straightening up my desk the other day.

I’m pretty sure Winsor & Newton was handing them out as a promotional item at a convention last year, or at least, I don’t have any record of having actually bought this marker myself. Which is good because I don’t like it at all.

Winsor & Newton pigment marker cool grey 5. I still don’t know which way ampersands go.

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Refilling the Daiso fountain pen

A few months ago I made an important discovery: international long and short standard ink refill cartridges fit the Daiso brand fountain pen.

Daiso brand refills for the fountain pen alongside Waterman inks in international long/short cartridges.

Daiso brand refills for the fountain pen alongside Waterman inks in international long/short cartridges.

This is great to know because Daiso stores are pretty inconsistent as far as what they stock regularly. What’s there one week might be gone the next, never to be seen again. My local Daiso store has had their fountain pen in stock pretty consistently for the last year or so, but it’s always sort of a surprise. I always expect it to be gone.

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How to be a con artist

Because of time constraints, I stopped writing long, detailed, individual convention reports at the end of 2014, but since mid-2013, I’ve been co-running the How To Be A Con Artist blog with fellow convention artist, watercolorist, and SCAD Sequential Art grad Becca Hillburn (Nattosoup).

There, we share resources we come across, including our own and others’ con reports, and answer dozens of questions a month about tabling at conventions, producing merchandise, printing, and other related topics.

htbaca

In three years, we’ve made over 800 posts and more than half of them are answered questions. I’ve always been pretty long-winded with my con reports, so who knows how many words that is in answered questions??

The blog has been a great way for me to continue participating in the Artist Alley community and to engage in general convention-related discourse outside of con reports. I come across AA-related resources on a regular basis, so having a place to store and share all of them is very nice. I also really do enjoy answering questions, even if some of the persistent, repetitive ones get a bit tiresome. (Please stop asking where to get stuff made and just use The Google, omg.)

I’ve been told by lots of people over the years that they’ve found my con reports helpful, and I’m glad for the opportunity to continue being helpful by sharing insights and answering questions on HTBACA.

So yeah! This is a just a post here to let you know about HTBACA because I guess I’ve never formally mentioned it, though I’ve referenced it here and there. If you have convention questions, please take a look at our extensive archive over there, and if you can’t find what you need, send us your questions! :)


2015 Artist Alley Survey results

After many delays due to a hectic convention season, the 2015 Convention Artist Survey results are here!

2015-convention-artist-survey-report

Following 2014’s survey and report, the 2015 survey was expanded to include more questions and to accept responses for all North American conventions, regardless of size or genre. In total, 670 responses were collected for over 160 different conventions. That is a lot of data!

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