My Goal to Be a Better Artist: Going Against the Grain / by Kasandra Murray

So I ran across this awesome survey from How to be a Con Artist from 2014:

 2014 Artist Vendor Survey

I am pretty weird and love to do research and study numbers. It is really cool to see what artist have reported from 2014 and what they sold and not to my surprise or Kiriska 67% of people reported selling fan art at their conventions.

 Page 8 of the report shows this images. Source:  2014 Artist Vendor Survey

Page 8 of the report shows this images. Source: 2014 Artist Vendor Survey

Challenge accepted.

My last convention which was Tsubasacon I sold over 90% original artwork and this was with almost all artist around me selling fan art. 

It is possible! Not easy, but possible! 

My goal for 2016 is to keep increasing this number and start to write articles about how as an artist, you can sell art that isn't based off of a show or something that wasn't originally yours.

I am going to make this happen.

I have met so many artist in the past year of traveling that share the same cumbersome feelings towards fan art as I do. 

If you want to make art from your heart (see how I rhymed there) but are not sure where to even begin the battle. Don't worry, I will be your front line soldier. 

See you at the end of 2015. 2016 is going to be a good year.

Your biggest fan,
- Kasandra