singletonart said: My wife has made a suggestion about my con setup and I wanted to run it past some experienced con artists to see what you think. Basically, the idea is to use a digital picture frame, or even a small flat screen tv to show samples of art and other relevant info such as sketch rates, etc. I sell originals, sketches and pieces I've done prior to the show, but not prints. She's trying to make the load-in and out easier, and reduce the amount of clutter on the table. Any thoughts?
Kiriska: I’ve seen artists use iPads pretty effectively to display slideshows of work. One person that stood out to me used an iPad to show a picture book in slideshow form. I’ve seen other artists use small flatscreens to show demos of them working on digital art — sometimes a recording, sometimes live.
I think original work is best showcased in binders or mats/frames though. A lot of the charm in owning original work is in the rough, raw quality of it — something that’s a lot harder to show on a screen, in my opinion. If you have a very large collection for sale, it’d be fine to cycle through them on a screen so each piece gets more attention, but I would have that in addition to displaying the work itself, rather than in place of it.
Nattosoup: I originally purchased a Nook Color with the intention of rooting it and using it as a table top portfolio. The Nook is rooted, but it’s never seen tabletop use because with the type of conventions I attend (anime), I’d spend my entire time making sure it didn’t ‘walk’ or get damaged, and I wouldn’t have time to actually work on commissions at the table.
I too have seen artists use this as part of their display (most successfully at conventions that appeal to an older audience), and it could be a great way to free up some table space. There are REALLY affordable tablets on the market these days (like less than $200) that don’t really function well as tablets, but may fill the niche for you, If you want to go the tablet route, I recommend getting a heavy table top stand and finding a way to mount it securely to the stand, making it harder to steal.
My Nook has an easel case which would make it all to easy to steal, so I recommend against that, although it does have a loop at the bottom of the unit itself, which means it COULD be attached to something much heavier. Keep in mind that almost no matter the con, there will be people with really dirty hands who’ll have no problem fondling your screen, so you’ll probably have to clean it often. You’ll also have to put it at the front of the table, so people know they’re allowed to touch it.
I currently display a lot of my work in cheap sample frames, which doesn’t make setup time any shorter, but it does appeal to a different demographic than loose originals tend to.
I know Heidi uses a portfolio book to some success (I’ve tried it, it didn’t work out for me)