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TL;DR: Is it acceptable art etiquette to commission original characters at the artist's alley of anime conventions? Like, if you personally were tabling, would that be ok with you?

Context: So I'm totally planning on coming out of my dark cave and doing a proper update/commenting/maybe actually posting some ART, but until then I was hoping I could peek out and get some opinions on something? This year I'm planning on going to Anime Expo for 2 days (with a friend!), and one of my favorite parts of any convention is the artist's alley! I even added a bunch of corkboard squares to my wall to accomodate more prints. The next step is to cork the floor and ceiling. And bed. Never enough cork.

NOW, a lot of artists offer commissions at AAs (duh), and I absolutely adore hard copy comms but they're tricky to come by online, + shipping. So my Q is, then, is it ok to specifically commission OCs at conventions? Maybe artists offering comms are more practiced w/ fandom characters and don't anticipate OCs? Less practice = more work? On-site rates for commissions = cashing in? If you're tabling at a big con like AX (50k attendees) though, I'd assume you're pretty experienced/know what you're getting into, so yeah/nah on the commissions? I've been through these pre-con jitters before whoops, but I'm still not certain, so... outside opinions would be good! Bonus points if you've ever tabled before! It'd be cool to know what the types of comms people ask for are like. 8)

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KaylaBirdee

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United States
Hello! My name is Kayla! I work primarily with Sai, but also use Photoshop. I love OCTs, and I'm always on the lookout for good ones to keep my eye on! In addition, I like tea, big cities, and night time
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:iconnakka-nikki:
Nakka-Nikki Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
Lovely work you have! Look forward to seeing you in the WC!
Maybe we'll both get in! X3
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KaylaBirdee Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, and thanks for the watch, too! I'm already rooting for so many of the auditioners, that would be great- here's hoping!
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Nakka-Nikki Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student Filmographer
Not a problem, and thank you for the watch as well. C:
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WrensthavAviovus Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Gahh such talent entering walking city!  Y'all really raising the bar.
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KaylaBirdee Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh gosh, thank you- no pressure right? : p It's getting kinda crazy how much of a crowd WC is drawing, and I'm sure that a lot of auditioners haven't even come out of the woodwork yet!
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WrensthavAviovus Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
You should have seen the crowd that joined :iconthecityoct: when they heard that :iconunknown-person:  was offering a prize.  Over 200 entrants 75+ of them sent in stuff on the last day!  actually the host of city oct is how I found out about walking city.
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KaylaBirdee Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh maaan, I remember The City; I didn't follow it closely, but lots of big names were involved there, so no surprise that it got as big as it did! Glad it helped you find a new tournie, too! Personal preference speaking here, but imo, lots of potential contestants and spectators is nice, but too big of a crowd gets a little too busy/impersonal. Like, rosters of 64. That's way too many for me to even keep track of.
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nenetriz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  New member
What a gorgeous gallery, the colors are just rich and breathtaking. I look forward to more of your work! 
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KaylaBirdee Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the 1st comments I've ever gotten on like... my gallery as a whole, and what a nice thing to say, gosh!! Thank you very much!

Thanks for the watch, too, and welcome to dA (your account seems fairly new). C8
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nenetriz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  New member
Haha, I think it should be appreciated as a whole especially with all the hard work you've put to improve. I really admire your progress.
You're welcome! Hehe, well the account is but I'm more or less an oldie around here. 
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