KuroCon Virtual Artist Alley

KuroCon will host a virtual artist alley alongside other programming and events to give a full virtual convention experience. Artist Alley has always been a staple of conventions and an important part of the community.

Our artist alley is completely free to join. We welcome all types of artists, regardless of skill level and location, to participate in our programming. KuroCon Volume 2 will take place on September 26th and 27th. Sign-ups will be open from August 10th to September 7th.

Artist Alley Participants for Volume 2

Alexandria Howard and Phil NeihoffHomepage Shop Tumblr
Alice TriesToDrawHomepage Commissions Instagram 
Twitch Artstation Tumblr Youtube 
anwo-prinzHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram Twitch 
ArtsyPoseyShop Twitter Instagram Ko-fi 
Arun BalmickHomepage Twitter
Blue StarbieHomepage Shop Twitch
CathBiscuitsHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram
DEADRKGKHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram 
Twitch Pixiv Deviantart
DRAGOTwitter 
HiodollzShop Twitter Instagram Facebook
KessellHomepage Twitter Instagram 
Kim VanceHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram 
KnisternTwitter Instagram TikTok
Lemony LuluHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram Pixiv 
Pluvial CapricornHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram 
SayuuiHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram 
Twitch Picarto Artstation Medibang 
starjellyHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram Twitch 
That Sushi Shirt KidShop Twitter Instagram 
TsunauHomepage Shop Twitter Instagram 
XioArtsHomepage Twitter Instagram Facebook
YoshiUnityHomepage Commissions Twitter Twitch 
Tumblr Deviantart Artstation 

Programming

Live Drawing

Live drawing will be featured on KuroCon’s Twitch channel. Share your creativity on stream with everyone!

We will be hosting individual and group live drawings. Each stream will be up to one hour with any topic of your choice.

  • Solo live drawing will feature individual artists, pre-recorded or live.
    Limit of 4 slots, but as we finalize the schedule closer to the event dates, additional slots may be available.
  • Group live drawing will be a collaborative live drawing/sketch session via DrawPile. DrawPile is an application that allows users to host public or private drawing sessions with others.
    To ensure safety of artists and management of the drawpile, a mod will be present to host the session.
  • Our artist and DJ crossover streams will be a simultaneous stream of the arts! Information will be forthcoming as we finalize our DJ lineup. You can submit pre-recorded footage or stream live. DJ sets typically play at night during EST.
    Slots are limited and will require approval from the DJ first.

Artist Showcase

We’re proud to announce the addition of the Artist Showcase. Artists can submit artwork for our gallery slideshow to be shown between our main programming on Twitch.

Submissions will be included in the last section of the application. Make sure all artwork follows the requirements. Any artwork that does not meet all requirements will not be accepted.

Artwork Specifications:

  • Image size must be 1980×1080 or smaller
  • Can be a single image or a collage
  • PNG or JPEG format
  • Maximum dpi at 100
  • Artwork must be all-ages
  • Can include any socials or shop links in image
  • Maximum of 5 images

Promotion

Artists will have the opportunity to promote on different KuroCon channels such as Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, and Discord.

  • Twitter – Tag or mention KuroCon (@KurotsukiCon) in relevant tweets to be retweeted.
  • Instagram – Tag the KuroCon (@KurotsukiCon) in posts, and we’ll share the posts to our stories.
  • Twitch – For those who participate in our artist programming, our mods will post links to your socials and shops in the chat. You may also share on stream as well.
  • Discord – Post your shop, commissions, and socials in our dedicated artist alley channels. All transactions must occur outside of KuroCon’s official channels.

To participate, please fill out the artist alley application below. More information on setup and schedule will be sent to applicants after the application period is over.

Artists Sign-ups

Artists sign-ups will be first come first serve via google forms. Please answer all sections in the application and read all of KuroCon’s artist alley policies. We will send a confirmation of your application after it has been reviewed.

Click here for the application.

FAQ

Q: I’m located outside of North America. Can I still join artist alley?
A: Of course! We do operate on EST, but we do our best to accommodate our guests and artists for our programming.

Q: I can’t join any of the streaming, but can I still join the artist alley?
A: Yes, it is optional and will not affect your application.

Q: I’ve never streamed before, but how does it work?
A: Our streaming logistics staff, Waveform, will guide you through setup and give cues on when to wrap-up. Alternatively, you may submit pre-recorded drawing footage in case there’s any conflicts. Slots are not guaranteed since we have a limited number.

Q: How does the Drawpile work?
A: It’s a drawing application that lets you connect to a private or public server to draw with others. Information on how to join the server for the stream will be sent out to participants since it is a private server. Just join via Drawpile at the designated time and have fun drawing. The rest is taken care of by staff.

Q: Will you use my artwork for anything else outside of the Artist Showcase?
A: Your artwork will only be used for the showcase and will not be shared anywhere else.

Policies

KuroCon wants to help promote independent artists during the pandemic when conventions are cancelled, for free. We welcome artists of all skill levels and mediums. Each artist will get opportunities to promote themselves through KuroCon’s social media and Discord. The KuroCon website will feature you as part of KuroCon’s Artist Alley. There may be additional promotional opportunities by participating in our programming.

Promotion will be through the following:
1. The KuroCon website, through the artist alley directory page.
2. The KuroCon Twitter, any appropriate and tagged tweets will be shared on the KuroCon twitter.
3. The KuroCon Discord, on a dedicated artist channel.
4. The KuroCon Twitch stream chat during relevant artist programming.

Artist Programming
You can participate in our live drawing streams. We will have individual and group streaming sessions; it is completely optional, but we encourage all artists to join.

The Artist Showcase will only be on KuroCon’s Twitch channel as a slideshow in-between programming. It is optional to submit, and your artwork will not be reposted. Any artwork that does not follow the artwork submission guidelines will not be accepted.

By accepting the offer to sign up for KuroCon’s virtual Artist Alley:

1. You must be at least 18 years old by the time KuroCon occurs on September 26th, 2020.
2. KuroCon will not tolerate any plagiarism or art theft. All artwork submitted for review and artist showcase must be drawn by you.
3. KuroCon currently only allows artwork and content that is safe for work/all ages. NSFW/R-18 works will not be accepted. If you have any questions about this policy or if your content is acceptable, please contact us.
4. All sales must go through your own ecommerce channel and not directly on KuroCon Discord or other KuroCon channels. Direct any transactions to your own online storefronts.
5. Please provide any marketing material to KuroCon staff to display on our website, discord channels, and social media. If you do not provide marketing material in a timely manner, you may not have any marketing on KuroCon’s official channels.
6. You will be required to join the Kurocon Discord in advance to use our artist promotion channels and join any live drawing streams. Discord and Twitch policies will also apply to the artist alley participants as necessary.
7. Participation in our artist programming is optional and will not affect your slot in our virtual artist alley. Additional promotion opportunities will be available during the stream for those who participate.
8. We cannot be responsible for any issues, disputes, or damages as a result of a referral from KuroCon to your store. KuroCon is intended to only provide promotional opportunities for artists.
9. Failure to adhere to these policies may result in removal or a ban from KuroCon’s Virtual Artist Alley. Staff will review the situation should one arise and act accordingly.