Mar. 29th, 2017

pocketseizure: (Cecil Palmer)
My ultimate goal of being "successful" on Tumblr is to edit a fanzine. I think it would also be cool to be able to organize small online events like a reverse big bang or a kiriban contest. I have all the resources necessary to do these things, but I don't have the social capital – or the personal confidence.

A viable halfway goal might be to host an informal meet-up at Otakon this summer. Because just sitting around and talking would be awkward, there would need to be some sort of activity. What I'm thinking is something along the lines of "let's draw our favorite Zelda characters from memory," which would be exactly what it sounds like: I would get to the convention center early, stake out a relatively isolated corner, and sit down underneath a poster announcing what I was doing. I would bring a lot of clipboards, stock paper, and art supplies with me, and I would use a scanner app on everyone's drawings, which I would then post to Tumblr. Since this would take place on the grounds of a large convention, it wouldn't matter if my announcement posts on Tumblr didn't get any attention, as most people who dropped by would be randos anyway.

I think it might also be useful to join some sort of drawing group. I'm not sure if this is still the case, but several of the comic book stores in Philadelphia used to routinely host artist meet-ups like "drink and draw" nights. I was always too shy to show up to anything like that; but, judging from the anthologies that would occasionally be published by various groups that formed around such spaces, not everyone who attended was a professional artist with a polished style – far from it. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I think it might be worth trying to find a group in DC, and I get the feeling that Fantom Comics in Dupont Circle is probably the strongest lead.

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