Re: Question: Where can you buy original sketches/genga/convention art pieces? (Thu Dec 23 02:09:45 1999
Even for the people who living near some anime conventions, it's very tough to get sketches. As you know, most artists only draw a very limited amount of sketches to the fans, like 10 to 20 in average, the rest will be all pure signatures. Plus many conventions now adopting the lottery system, getting the sketches are tougher than ever. A few conventions still let you to wait on-line, but each wait can last 2 to 3 hours easily. So usually when people get them, they rather keep for themselves. Unless for the people who won the lottery very lucky, but they don't care that particular artist, then they will let it go for sale or trade something with someone else. In those auction sites, I have seen some American comic artist sketches, but so far, I haven't seen any anime/manga artist sketches yet (may be I miss it all the time :) And like you said, there're a lot of fan sketches there on EBay, so be careful. If you really like that artist, you can probably tell the sketch is real or not, because the famous artist usually has his/her own distinct drawing style. In Japan, there are a few anime stores that selling shikishi (sketch/autograph) from anime/manga artists, like Mandarake. They buy the sketches from the other people, then resell them. Some artists' sketches are very expensive, like Miyazaki ones, I saw Mandarake in Japan selling for over $2000. Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma) and Akira Toriyama (Dragon ball) ones go for $500-800. The more famous they're, the more expensive they're. On the other hand, the doujinshi (fan art) artists' sketches are relatively cheap like $20-50 each. Sketches are also vary in prices, depending who is the character, complexity of the drawing (some artists draw very quickly with a few simple lines), and whether it's color or not.
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