What to ask on Artist Alley?
I always feel weird coming up with artist alley questions at cons. What do you say? Gush and make yourself look like a crazy person? Ask a million questions about how they got their job and feel like a selfish ass.
As we prepare for another con this season I can’t help but start kicking around these artist alley questions again. I will never claim to be a social person. Most of my interactions are either rude or full on conversation avoidance. So standing in front of someone who outclasses me in talent tenfold leads to awkward silence and avoiding eye contact.
Go To Artist Alley Questions
- How’s your day going?
- Have you met anyone cool today?
- What’s your favorite cosplay?
- What made you start creating your IP?
- How do you develop stories for your IP?
- How many cons have you done recently?
- What’s your favorite con?
- What’s the best city you’ve traveled to?
- What methods do you use?
- How long have you been drawing?
- What is your preferred platform for sharing your work?
- Who is your favorite artist
- What are you working on right now?
1. How’s your day going?
First of all, it’s polite. We forget sometimes that the artist are nervous too. So a nice little ice breaker to let them know you aren’t strange, you acknowledge that they are people, and you care.
2. Have you met anyone cool today?
Shared passion always makes conversations easier and after all this is a gathering of nerds, geeks and fans. Maybe there is a big star at this con you both can fangirl or fanboy over.
3. What’s your favorite cosplay?
Cosplays catch so much attention at the cons. So no one can help but notice them with the throngs of followers and photographers. While this can sometimes annoy the artist if they clog up the lanes in front of their table it is still an easy conversation starter.
4. What made you start creating your IP?
5. How do you develop stories for your IP?
Most people love to talk about the thing they are trying to create. Since these creations are the reason they packed up this stuff, paid money to stand at this table and you are currently standing in front of them, they probably want to talk about them.
6. How many cons have you done recently?
7. What’s your favorite con?
8. What’s the best city you’ve traveled to?
Cons can be the bread and butter for some of these artist. If you travel too this can give a nice little spark up of genuine conversation. If you don’t travel talk about the places you want to go and ask if they’ve made them out there.
9. What methods do you use?
10. How long have you been drawing?
11. What is your preferred platform for sharing your work?
Sometimes you can tell by looking at a piece but there are still variances between every artist. Talking about their process is usually an easy and practiced conversation for the artist too.
12. Who is your favorite artist?
Finding other artist is a past time of a lot of artists. Seeing others work and learning is part of the process plus this conversation gives you a chance to learn about other artist.
13. What are you working on right now?
Use this because it is such an easy way to open someone up. If they are an artist they likely are always making plans for their next project. Finally this lets them open up and might get you a sneak peak on their next big thing.
Don’t laundry list these off. Don’t ask each person every question. Finally don’t sound like you’re interviewing. It is a hard balance but use these as an easy way to fill empty spots in conversations. Most of all listen to what they say and ask more about things you both care about. Maybe a few artist alley questions can help you make a new connections or friends.
Now for you some questions. So who is your favorite artist you’ve met at a con? What’s the best or worst conversation you’ve struck up at a booth?