Man, time flies! I can't believe it's already 2013. Truth be told, 2012 was a pretty mediocre year for me in terms of art. I spent most of my free time working, looking for more work, and *cough* watching sentai and One Piece (starting from Alabasta arc rofl). It was hard to get myself to draw/finish anything for fun as I was also trying to whip my portfolio into shape and apply for Riot Games. That's still in progress... but I think I'm getting closer and I'll post the work for that soon!
In terms of Artist Alley, it was a bit discouraging but also eye-opening. ALA 2012 was one of my worst cons in terms of sales but at Fanime I made the most I ever did to date. I thank my Korra prints and Eyeshield 21 print for that! So I realized that in 2011 (where I also didn't do great), the love was missing from my AA presence. How did I want to present myself to fans as an artist of the fans? I have a huge amount of trouble drawing things simply because they're popular and I just don't tend to follow popular things too well. At ALA 2013 last week, I presented 2 new prints (Shinkengers and Gokaigers) and Gokaigers was a hit! Eyeshield 21 also sold great and love always to the Zutara fans who pick up my Zutara sunset print. I did wayyy better than last year, even when I had taken on a bunch of commissions and slaved over them until late Saturday night. Also I promised myself not to do at-con commissions 'cause those are a BITCH. T_T;
Anyway, I don't know if I'll ever be one of those artists raking in thousands in AA per con but I am quite satisfied seeing people get excited at my sentai stuff and recognize the Eyeshield 21 print. For Fanime, watch out for more sentai and maybe I'll even finish that Code Geass print I started 2 years ago rofl...
If I do well enough at Fanime this year, I may consider printing a book!!