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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:, but I will also be sharing them here. Stay tuned!
Thagirion Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats. Always good to find ways to make money.
calzephyr Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It certainly is. Thanks!
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