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I wish I had something worthwhile to update with. I suppose it's a good thing that I don't.

Work continues to putter along. Several friends are having various problems with love, spiritual matters, ailments of the soul. I wish I could help them. Listening to their stories and their heartaches makes me ache in sympathy. I cringe when I think of how vicious we are to each other; when we deny basic compassion and understanding.

I have been working alot on repairing the nicks and cracks in my own psyche, and have come a long way. I had thought about writing it all here, but now.. I find I want to keep it private, hidden... personal.

I've had several ideas for artwork and writing, I just need to sit down and get them done. I'm hoping to stop in at an art supply store this weekend, as I want to try a few new techniques. I also am working to come up with a slogan or catchprase for my website; it's part of an advertising campaign I'd like to do to get website traffic and get my name out there. (If anyone wants to suggest anything, I'm all ears. I'll be giving a nice gift to whomever comes up with the phrase I like best) I finally feel as if I've reached a good skill level for basic anatomy and composition, and my next experiments will be developing my skills in color. We'll see how it goes.

I finished sketchbook #4, and started #5. I probably should buy a few more. I found the smaller book incredibly handy for carting around to work and various places. Oh.. and I am plotting to get a watercolor set. Mmmm. Yum. I will not have artwork for sale at AC. I may -possibly- be doing sketchbooks in Artist's Alley. I doubt it, since I don't want to deal with the PA vendor liscense, but I MIGHT.

I might also do up some originals and put them up on Furbid. And offer them as prints, although my printmaking capabilities are nil right now, unless I want to go to Kinkos (and for some reason, that never seems to work for me, besides being horribly expensive, the prints are never the quality I see coming from other artists). I also need to rethink website design, as the current layout does not lend itself easily to expansion or changes.

Anyway. Yes, please comment with any suggestions for slogans. I may need to rethink my domain name, as well- as my current one is fun and silly, and that's not really the ideal I want my website to have; I'd like it to be more along the lines of serious fantasy... artwork, stories, a place of whimsy and exploration. I've been going through alot of spiritual and emotional growth lately, and have begun to make a transformation into a more adult outlook on life and in my art. I'd like my "public" self to reflect that.

And now, back to work. After all, I'm not paid to write... yet.

- Spots Illustrated



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Apr. 29th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC)
I don't think you need a tax ID to be in artist's alley. :) The con collects all the tax for you.
Apr. 29th, 2004 02:02 pm (UTC)
More info then you ever needed
(I know I've mentioned a lot of this to you before, but hey, for the benefit of others...)

Because Anthrocon works on what is essentially a consignment sales basis, you do NOT need a PA vendors license to sell in Artists Alley. The sales process goes:
1. Customer chooses items to purchase.
2. Artist gives customer three duplicate recipts (on carbonless receipt books issued by the con), showing what they are purchasing and the cost of each item.
3. The customer takes the recipts to a central cashier. They pay the cost of the merchandise plus tax there and the receipts are marked paid. The cashier keeps one copy of the receipt.
4. The customer returns to the artist and gives them one of the receipts showing they have paid (they keep the remaining receipt for their records). The customer gets their merchandise.
5. At the end of the day (and not before!), the artists are paid by the central cashier for the accumulated merchandise sold. The collected taxes are kept and filed by Anthrocon. (In the past, a 3% commission was also collected, but there is an unsubstantiated rumor that might not be collected this year)

Fair warning: if you *absolutely* want to be sure that you will get a table, I'll be passing around sign up sheet at 8 AM on Friday and 7:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone who isn't there then takes their chances about getting a table, since it's first come, first served.

That having been said, there will be more space this year - not sure the exact number of tables, but we'll definitely have room for a lot more artists this year.

Anyone interested in AC's Artists Alley can send a blank email to alley-info@anthrocon.org and a full copy of the Artists Alley rules will be mailed to you within seconds.
Apr. 29th, 2004 03:50 pm (UTC)
I may be able to help you on the print issue. Email me privately
Apr. 29th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)
If I come up with anything that I like enough to make prints of, I'll definately holler. ;)

Right now, our printer is completely kaput, and with us wanting to buy a house this fall, buying a new one has to wait.
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