Conclusion (Passion Project Weekly Update #13)

Wow. Last Saturday was basically the culmination of the past 2 months for me. If you haven’t heard, last Saturday was the Innovation Expo where I sold and promoted my artworks and merchandise such as shirts, hoodies, stickers, etc. In my previous post, I mentioned all the pieces that I would be selling, and went with final prices of ¥70 for shirts, ¥140 for hoodies, ¥40 for mugs, and ¥2 for stickers and ¥10 for 6-sticker set. Generally, I was met with extremely well reviews, with friends and family coming over to support. Another major portion of visitors were stranger who very much liked my artwork and designs. Hold on, let me just type up a general story of what happened on Saturday…

At 7:30, I was woken up by my mother who was shouting at me because we were going to be late if I wasn’t ready in 10 minutes. I had overslept… again. I groggily put on all my clothes (which just so happened to be my own merchandise), packed my bag and ran out of my room to the car. My mother had already packed a duffel bag just in case I needed to bring stuff back, and thank God she did. Anyways, most of my merchandise was already at the expo as I had left in the library over the week. When I finally got to the school campus, I ran towards the dome. Honestly, I expected a warm greeting with cheers and such, but alas, I was met with a grouchy security guard who wouldn’t let me in because she thought I was just a student participate that was too early. After a couple tries in broken Chinese, I managed to get in the dome and begin my preparations. Mrs. Lemley was extremely helpful in the beginning.

I had already set-up a WeChat store and needed to print out the QR codes to link to the store and also another code to personally pay me if customers didn’t have cash. I also printed out some of my one-panel artworks created over the semester, and also this comic:

After pinning them to my wall, my mother had the bright idea to also hang up my six articles of clothing onto the boards to display and advertise. After that, my booth started to look a lot more lively. I was also offered the prospect of a monitor so I took it. I hooked it up with my computer and played screen recordings of my drawing process. Soon, people started trickling in, and my day started.

I had friends come over after they had swim practice and help me out run my station, but they were only there for like an hour or two. Most of them also bought at least one thing which really supported my cause. By the way, the profits of the sale go towards helping people with leprosy in Yunnan get medical needs.

Right now, I’ve got a couple pre-orders and already made some profit. These two weeks are basically me wrapping up this semester and starting to think out what I need to do for next semester.

 

 

Packages (Passion Project Weekly Update #11.5 & #12)

I’m so excited that everything is coming along! In the past 1 1/2 weeks, I’ve ordered shipments of hoodies, shirts, mugs, and stickers. It was my main priority for the week so my mind wasn’t focused on drawing anything much. I did complete this fanart of H3H3:

Here’s the list of items that I’ve ordered:

Hoodies:
Christmas Hoodie
5L
2M
Surprise Black
5L
2M
Surprise White
5L
2M

Shirts:
Burrito shirt
1S
2M
3L
1XL
Christmas Shirt
1S
2M
3L
1XL
Fall Shirt
1S
2M
3L
1XL

Mugs:
7 Blue Burrito
7 Orange Fall
3 Red Christmas
3 Green Christmas

So far, only my mugs and stickers have come in, but the hoodies/shirts from one vendor will come in on the 20th. This week I’ll need to finalize plans with my teacher to present all my items at the Innovation Expo. To end this update off, here are the 3000 stickers that I ordered for ¥210.

Preparation (Passion Project Weekly Update #11)

Hello readers! Sorry about being late… anyways, I’ve got new sights (again) for my project, and I’ve resorted to selling merchandise at the Innovation Expo. But before I get to that, here are the pieces that I’ve worked over this week:

I also helped Mell create an announcement comic for him reaching 1K followers on instagram, but I’m not going to post it here because it’s not relevant. If you’d like to see it, go to YMXBeats on instagram to see his announcement post. Besides… here are the thumbnails of the merchandise that I thought of making:Orange/Red tags mean thick articles of clothing; Unmarked/White-ish mean mugs; Green tags mean prints. I also plan on making stickers, but I don’t need to worry about that just yet. My plan is to order 20 mugs, 20 shirts, 15 hoodies, and a large quantity of stickers. I pretty sure that I can get this done by the end of this week, so my stuff should arrive by the 15th. Right now, people want something Christmas/Winter themed so I should really work on that this week.