So, one little twist of fate solved a lot of problems at once! Let me tell you about it.
For the past few years, my friend and I have been tabling at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. I have always struggled to find a sustainable product to sell - I just don't have the portfolio that a lot of artists have. Even worse, I didn't have any new art for the show. My friend sells jewelry and I accepted that I'm here to talk to people, hang out with my friend and enjoy the show. Then, m partner had to cancel a few weeks before the show date. "Ahhhhh! Nooooo!" I thought, especially as I only had enough inventory to fill half the table.
So, I decided I would do pet sketches at the table. I made a sign and made some ACEO sized samples and cut up a stack of cardstock. As my forte is birds and horses, I literally had a "how to draw animals" book out and tried drawing cats and dogs. I didn't think anyone would pay me money, LOL, but I ended up taking 19 commissions! Some are pencil crayon, some are marker. I finished five or six at the show and just finished the last one this morning. Apparently when time and money are on the line, I can draw dogs and cats pretty good. The lesson learned is to believe in yourself, as corny as that sounds.
You can see them on Instagram: www.instagram.com/calzephyr77, but I will also be sharing them here. Stay tuned!