If your portfolio does not meet these standards, your application will be rejected.
- Your portfolio must consist of at least 12 pictures or examples of your art *(see note below). These pieces should showcase your best work, and be representative of what you will display or sell at your table.
- **New for 2018** Your portfolio must include a picture of your display at another convention or, if it is your first time vending at a convention, a mock-up of what you intend to display.
- Your portfolio should be available at a single url. We do not accept emails with attachments or multiple urls. If you do not currently have such a page, you can create one for free on sites such as deviantart.com or wix.com.
- Your portfolio link should continue to be available throughout the time you are being considered for a table. If our judges attempt to visit your site and it at any time does not meet the 12 piece minimum or is otherwise unavailable, your application will be rejected.
- The portfolio link you submit should NOT include blog posts, profile pictures, or cosplay pictures (unless you are selling cosplay pieces).
- **New for 2018** We will no longer accept portfolios on Tumblr, Facebook, or Photobucket. (Too many applicants with Tumblr or Facebook links violated the rules above last year and Photobucket is now too ad-laden)
- No sketches or incomplete works.
- All the artwork in your portfolio should be your own. We allow for collaborations with other artists, but these should be clearly identified as such.
- There should be no tracing or reproduced art, such as cuttings from comics or photocopies from an official source.
*We may make exceptions for artists of less common types of art. Please consult with Artist Alley directly before submitting your portfolio, as the 12 piece rule may not apply to you. For instance, an author’s portfolio might consist of photos of a stack or two of books they plan on selling, a picture of the book’s cover, your table at another convention or the display you plan on using and a sample chapter for our Portfolio Review Committee judges to read.
Two types of works may be brought to the convention:
• Items for Sale – 2D or 3D artwork that you have brought to sell.
• Display Only – artwork that you are not selling. For example, original pieces to serve as examples for commissions or of which you are selling prints
The following are not permitted in the Artist Alley:
- Duplication/Reproduction of licensed material
- Reselling of commercial products
- Food or drink to be sold from table as product
- Bootlegs or piracy
- Mass-produced prints or merchandise
- Products that can be considered edited/altered for resell
- Garage sale-like items. If you have such items that you wish to sell, try the SuperHappyFunSale on Thursday evening
Small Press: Artists whose work is at least half sequential art, self-published art books and novels, web comics, or comic books are eligible for our Small Press section. Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate if you qualify to be in this special section on the application.