Studio Picnic! Updates, Ideas, and More

How’s it going everyone? Lately I’ve been feeling slightly uninspired, but have perked up a bit! I revived my Etsy page recently, and I am working on some unfinished art pieces too. While this year has been the year of uncertainty and unrest, I’m trying to make the most of my time, and focus on my goals. I have lots of avenues where I’m sharing my art around, and I hope to continue building my following too! Please read on if you are interested in my updates regarding Studio Picnic…

If you haven’t heard, I had an idea for over a year now that I talked about in this blog post.

Studio Picnic is going to be a resource space for comic artists, illustrators and animators in the Columbus area to help them grow their ideas. My vision is to have a spacious area filled with resources for artists to use and rent out. If you are a part of the Facebook group I created a while ago, you might have seen I haven’t posted on there in a very long time. The main reason was because the first half of the year was so crazy. While I don’t necessarily plan on posting there for a while, I have been continuing the conversation with my friends and peers about my business idea both in person and online, and I always feel so inspired when my friends express interest in the venture. Here’s what I’ve been up to:

I have to print everything out. Physical copies!
  1. First I’ve been looking around my city for areas that I think Studio Picnic would be located. My main choice would be the downtown area, where me and most new artists tend to stay. I actually printed out some locations that I really liked that were available. While I’m nowhere near able to purchase any of these locations, I loved looking around and seeing what my options are. I’m getting an idea of what I want from a communal office space, and all the research I’ve been doing is giving me lots of inspiration!
  2. I started a new savings account specifically to help build funds for Studio Picnic. I’m actually using an app called Digit, which takes a little bit of money from your bank account every time you spend your cash. With Digit, I am able to make separate accounts too, one for a general emergency fund, one that is able to help pay off credit cards or any other debt, and of course, I have one for Studio Picnic. I was able to prioritize the Studio Picnic savings account, and when Digit takes money out, it will put more into that account. So far, since March, I’ve already saved over $500 dollars overall.
  3. I wrote my business plan several months ago, but I am planning on pitching it to more people. I’ve already shown it around to my friends, but I’d like to start proposing it to people outside my bubble as well. There are a few resources that I am looking into to pitch my idea.
  4. Once I have more support for Studio Picnic, I will look into starting an indiegogo page for it! That will probably be more down the line, once things start calming down and when I am able to host Studio Picnic-related events and fundraisers.
  5. As I spent a whole week thinking about the potentials of Studio Picnic, and how the business would be run, I thought of different projects that I had on the table, and I started developing a new dream job: becoming an art director/creative director where Studio Picnic would produce things like comics, films, and whatever else comes to me. I’m actually heavily inspired by the Game Grumps studio in LA; they’re a YouTube channel that does Let’s Plays, but they also have produced their own video game, have gone on tours, and hosted many different types of content on YouTube. While they’re a little bit different, their whole laid-back mentality and easygoing work style is very inspiring to me.

Whenever I talk about Studio Picnic, whether on this blog, or with other people, I get really excited and I can’t stop thinking about it. It makes me believe that this is what I have to do. I look forward to the day when I am able to purchase a space and just see the potential of the space in front of me: A place for artists to produce and create. I hope that day comes sooner than later!

For now, I will continue to build up this business idea. I have lots of research and learning to do, and I hope that you all will continue to support my artistic dreams! Thanks for reading, see you in the next post!

<3 Allison

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A New Goal

Things are shifting, and I want to talk about it. Or write about it, I guess.

As we go into the last few months of the year, I want to spend the rest of the time planning, working, and saving. With my new job, I’ll be able to live more comfortably, less of the paycheck-to-paycheck life. If all goes well, I’d love to be there for at least a couple years. Along with my full-time gig, I want to try my best not to neglect Soft Peach. I study and create art for a very specific reason, and I’m starting to see it now. I want to help my fellow comic artists, illustrators and animators in my city.

Here’s something I want to put out into the universe. I would like to create a resource space for comic artists, illustrators, and animators here in Columbus filled to the brim with resources to help them grow. With this space, I want to help growing, aspiring young artists in my local area who want to create stories by providing them with a safe space chock full of everything they need to grow. Things like art supplies, rows and rows of computers with cintiques, art on the walls that inspire. I want to host events like comic readings, meet-ups to conventions, sketch parties, small classes. The ideas just keep flowing out!

More than that, I want to provide funding for those artists who want to make a big career move, like flying out to California to work with the big studios. Lots of artists that I know from college and are friends with are struggling to find jobs in our current city; and even if they want to go out to California to pursue their dreams, it takes months, even years to save up for a trip like that.

Other funding ideas I have in mind are things like artist alley applications and booth fees for convention artists, funding for local kickstarters, patreon artists, things like that.

I want to kill the idea of competition in the art community and embrace the “artist helping other artists” mindset. In college, the idea of our peers being our competition was encouraged, especially in the illustration department. I want my peers to feel like we’re in this together. That’s why I want to do this.

Every day during my walk to work, I daydream and plan in my head. My mind buzzes with ideas of fundraisers, spaces to look for to rent, different artists to reach out to, it’s almost distracting how much I think about my new idea.

There’s much more I would like to share, but for now I will tell you my next step to achieving this goal: I am going to start a Facebook group and invite comic artists, illustrators, and animation artists I know to join so I can share my ideas, and see if people warm up to it. I would like to know there is a demand for this in my city before I go gung-ho.

Since I’m still in a transition period with balancing my job and side-hustle, it took a couple weeks to write this blog post. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to write more for you. But for now, I added a small donation bar at the bottom of my website. If you’re feeling generous, feel free to add a couple dollars my way. It will really help support me and this blog, and I will be able to move closer to my goal of working for myself as a full-time artist.

See you in the next post! <3

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