I found this drawing yesterday in a box in the trunk of my car. It’s from a month or so ago when I did a mid-sized show in Kansas City. In all honesty, the show didn’t go very well for me, so few people stopped by to talk and even less wanted to pay for a sketch. Whenever a show is slow like this I like to break out the tools and do a warm-up sketch. It usually attracts interest and often requests for drawings. Not this time, though. I don’t think anyone stopped to watch or talk the entire time I worked on this. Woe is me.
Getting sketch commissions at shows is an important part of attending shows (from the pocket book point of view–I always love meeting the comic fans, of course). There aren’t too many ways to make money at these shows (books, prints, etc. come with a higher overhead than ink and paper) and every bit helps. I’m always afraid that when I talk about money I sound like a capitalist mercenary. But the truth is that between travel, hotels, and often table fees, I’d be happy to just break even. I like to think I’m fairly reasonable at the shows, I charge $25-35 (depending on the show) for convention sketches (like the one above) and I put my time into them. All my drawings are inked with a brush and then toned with an ink wash.
Speaking of commissions, I will, hopefully, be staying really busy doing these drawings this weekend when I attend the Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. I’ve been wanting to go to this show for the past few years as I’ve heard it is one of the best shows in the country. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the show runners and all the people who attend. I wanted to make it last year but I was too late in trying to secure a table–they seemed to go fast. Please, if you’re in the area, stop by and say hi to me–I’d love the company!
If you want that Batman above, I will have it at the show this weekend.