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I’ve got some conventions coming up in the next few weeks, so I figured I should probably mention them ahead of time so I can get on everyone's radar:

 
Emerald City Comicon | Seattle, WA | March 30 - April 1, 2012

Booth LL-04, in the Gaming area on TCC LOWER LEVEL (map)
  • Just to reiterate, I'm not in the general exhibitors area/artists' alley!  ECCC has a whole gaming component this year, so I'm sequestered off with the rest of my game industry kin.
  • I’m going to have a bunch of stuff for sale!  Prints, a few remaining Tiny Horuses, Leage of Steam posters, Phenomenauts comic books...  Possibly an hastily thrown together art book, if time permits?


Norwescon 35 | Seatac, WA | April 5-8, 2012

Art & prints in the Art Show, and I'm on a frightening number of panels.  I am only just now realizing how many panels I'm on.  Good lord look at them all:
  • How to Sell Yourself | Friday 9 am | Cascade 11 
    An artist needs more than talent to be successful. One must learn how to create a polished and professional image as well. You may have intelligence and creativity; but that isn’t enough! Learn how to not only create a portfolio, but how to put your own personal best foot forward when presenting yourself and your work to shops, galleries, and publishers.
    Kate Merriwether Lynch (M), Claire Hummel, Tara Theoharis 
     
  • 3D - Yes or No? |  Friday 3 pm | Cascade 6 
    Movie companies and TV manufacturers are heavily invested in 3D. Is it still just a gimmick or are we witnessing the next "silent to talkies" or "black and white to color" transformation?
    Chris Nilsson (M), The Reverend En Fuego, Steven Perry, Claire Hummel, Brooks Peck 

  • Steampunk Art | Friday 9 pm | Cascade 12
    From gadgets to weapons to jewelry, we’ve all seen fabulous steampunk paraphernalia. But is steampunk only for costumes and cool devices? No, we say! Come meet artists who create both 2D and 3D pieces to see how they imagine, design, and create these beautiful steampunk works of art!
    Claire Hummel (M), Tammy Mickelson 

  • Steampunk Culture | Saturday 11 am | Cascade 3&4 
    Growing? Stagnating? What are the hot trends? Does the availability of “Steampunk” costume accessories at Value Village devalue the movement?
    Anina Bennett (M), Paul Guinan, Claire Hummel, Diana Vick 
     

  • Women in Gaming |  Saturday 2 pm | Evergreen 1&2 
    Our all-female panel discusses gaming concepts that attract girls, what girl gamers are looking for in games, and how to get more girls into games. They will also discuss the growing presence / awareness of women playing and designing games, and their struggles with working in the industry. If you are a woman interested in working in this industry, our panelists want to encourage you!
    Julie Haehn (M), Jessica "GiGi" Blair, Jennifer Brozek, Claire Hummel 

  • Video Game Art |  Saturday 5 pm | Cascade 12
    As technology continues to advance, more and more artists are moving into the realm of video games. Come and learn what goes into the creation of art for these games, what programs are used, what the challenges are, and what the future of the business holds.
    Joshua Howard (M), Douglas Herring, Claire Hummel, Leigh Kellogg 

  • Becoming an Industry Professional Artist |  Sunday 2 pm | Cascade 12 
    What kind of careers are out there (book covers, illustrators, video games, film, hobbies, games), and what do I need to break into those fields? What do art directors look for in your portfolio? Come to this panel to learn about what you need in order to break into the professional world of media arts.
    Joshua Howard (M), John Picacio, Paul Guinan, Claire Hummel, Leigh Kellogg


...Aaaaaanyway.  Swing by and say hi!  I would love to meet all of you lovely people.  I'll keep updating this over the next few weeks with any pertinent or EXCITING info,

-C


HEY DUDES

I’ve been getting more and more questions lately about all sorts of things- the games industry, my job, my process, inspiration- and I've had less and less free time to actually answer them.  Between my job and eating my way through my apocalypse-ready stores of Girl Scout cookies, I am a busy lady.

Anyway, rather than giving people half-assed answers scrawled into an e-mail, I thought I'd put out a request for questions so I could set up a little Q&A of the most common ones- and the most interesting ones, whatever they may be.

Sooooo if you've got a question you've wanted to ask me, reply to this journal entry or shoot me a note!  However you want to bombard me with inquiries, please do so and I'll post an FAQ once I have enough fodder.

-C

Amending this to remind people that I already have a Historical Disney Princess FAQ, for most of those specific inquiries: shoomlah.deviantart.com/journa…

Oh good lord no more joke questions please.
...As I get this question a lot.

What specific references were you looking at while designing Jasmine's costume?
Racinet's plates were a primary source of inspiration: www.costumes.org/HISTORY/100pa… , along with paging through sites about Persian miniature painting and middle eastern clothing terminology.  Searching for this sort of information becomes a lot easier when you have some vague idea of what you're looking for.


Check out the interview HERE: officialcosplay.com/2012/02/12…

The lovely Sara Katz-Scher hit me up for an interview a few weeks back and, after some editing on my part so I don't come across as a complete doofus via Skype, the article's finally up for your perusal over at OfficialCosplay.com.  Definitely check it out if you're interested in me rambling on about, quite predictably, cosplay and my historical Disney princesses.



-C


Hey guys, I finally had time to design some fabric for one of the Spoonflower weekly contests!  EXCITING.  Who am I to resist drawing an obscene number of baby sea turtles, honestly.  You should head over to the site and vote because I will love you forever, oooor just because you like the fabric.  There's a ton of other cute stuff in the contest this week, so it's definitely worth checking out the lineup. :)



Whether or not I actually place in the contest, I'll make sure to post once the fabric's up for sale.  Definitely going to try to do more of this kind of thing, especially when it comes to doing replica versions of all the historical Disney princess fabrics.
-C
I love you guys, but there is absolutely no rhyme or reason as to why Meg's eyes are open, and no she is not the first, and omigod so many questions about the eyes


Just keeping you guys informed and whatnot:
  • Historical Disney Princesses - COMPLETE PRINT SET
    I've finally finished ordering the 4 x 6" postcards for the remaining princesses, so you can now purchase the entire set of Historical Disney Princess prints with one easy click.  I've also added a 15% discount when you buy them as a set, since it's waaaay easier for me to pack and ship them that way. :)
  • Tiny Horuses
    I have four (4) Tiny Horus statues left, so I should be posting those up in the store in the next few days once I figure out a fair price.  Stay tuned!

-C

Hey guys-

for my own sanity I'm setting this Saturday, DECEMBER 10, as the cutoff date for ordering prints from my Big Cartel store before the holidays.  I'm going to spend this weekend packing everything up, and should have everything shipped out Monday morning.

  • I ship everything using USPS Priority Mail, so domestic orders will ship in 2-3 days and international with ship in 6-10.  If you need something faster, just send me a note and I can et you a quote for expedited shipping (usually around $15-30 domestic, $30-35 international).
  • If you don't receive tracking information by Tuesday, December 13th, please feel free to send me a note and I'll make sure that your package went out.  I have a ton of orders coming in right now, so it can be tough to keep track of everything.
  • You're more than welcome to place orders after tomorrow, just know that I probably won't get around to them until after the new year.
  • I will continue to fulfill desktop background orders during the holidays, since that's relatively easy.  Woo!

In other store news, I should have full sets of the Disney princesses available in the store come January!  I'm still waiting on my order of postcard prints, so I don't want to set up that product until I have the supplies to back it up.

Thanks you guys,
-C



I am SLOW but I finally added the Rapunzel desktops to the wallpaper set!  If you've already purchased the set, you should be able to revisit the link and download them as you so please.

-C
Edited and uploaded!  Lots of redrawing in this one: youtu.be/A8MN89-Fsxc

Enjoy,
-C
Added Rapunzel to my BigCartel store: shoomlah.bigcartel.com/product…

And I'll try to add her to the wallpaper set asap.
-C


A lot of people have asked me about cosplaying my princess dresses, but Chibirinoa is the first person to actually send me photos! :D AGHHGHJdfgd so pretty.


-C
While I'm at it, any of you guys (especially you artist-folk) have suggestions for conventions I should be selling art at?  I have a few on my radar, but it's hard to gauge which ones would be worth it.  So far people have suggested to me:
  • New York Comic-Con
  • Emerald City Comic-Con
  • CTN Expo
  • Stumptown Comics Fest

...And I'm always thinking about SDCC, but that's a big investment and probably a year or two off.

-C
I've been getting a lot of inquiries about selling more merch as of late (and am pretty keen on the idea myself), so I put together a quick and painless survey to test the waters and see what people would be interested in purchasing:

Merch Surveyyyyy woo

If you have a spare second to fill it out, that would be awesome- any advice or input is greatly appreciated, even if it's just in the comments.  I'd love to start selling more than prints (and the odd Tiny Horus figure), it's just hard to figure out where people's interests lie. :)

-C

So for once I'm going to post about a con before I am actually at said con.  BRILLIANT.  I'm going to be at Steamcon III this weekend in Seattle- I'm coordinating Artists' Alley, have a bunch of art/prints in the art show, and am going to be moderating/on several panels:


Sat, 11AM - Steampunking your Fandom, Grand B
There have been a lot of recent attempts to filter existing franchises through a Steampunk lens- Steampunk Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, and more.  But how do you do this well without slapping a few gears on a Storm trooper helmet? Join us for a discussion and an illustrated how-to on breaking down a character's design, personality, & role, and building them back up within the context of a Steampunk universe.

Sat, 1PM - Steampunk Video Game Art, Regency B
As technology continues to advance, more and more steampunk artists are moving into the realm of video games. Learn what goes on behind the creation of these games: programs and techniques the artists use, the challenges of this new medium, and what the future of the business holds.

Sun, 11AM - Digital Daguerreotyping, Regency C
We’re always trying to age our costume photos and illustrations to make them look like they’re straight out of the 1880’s, but there’s a lot more to it than a well-placed sepia filter.  Join us for a brief history of the various photographic and printing techniques of the Victorian era, followed by examples and a live demo showing you how to mimic those same processes digitally.  No wet plates or letterpresses involved, we swear.

Sun, 12PM - Steampunk Art, Regency C
Come meet some artists who represent steampunk to see how they imagine, design, and create beautiful works of art!


...So yes!  If you're going to be at the con, please feel welcome to track me down and say hi.  I'll probably be in my khaki getup or that awesome Hussar jacket most of the weekend (seeing how life has allowed me next to no time to make anything new this year) if you need to spot me from afar.

-Claire, who is trying not to have a pre-con meltdown

I keep thinking the FAQ covers it, but I feel like I have to be a bit more forward-

Please do not ask me if I have considered/am going to draw any particular Disney female.

I'm happy to answer asks that have a bit more meat to the inquiry- like someone on Tumblr asking if I had considered drawing Nala as a human- but if you're just going to ask about [insert female Disney character here], then let me nip this at the bud and say

1. YES I have considered them, I have a list
2. NO idea whether or not I'll get around to drawing them

…Hopefully that answers most of those inquiries!  I'm just kinda exhausted of fielding identical questions over and over again. :/
-C


Finally got around to UPDATING this sucker, and thought it would be worth reminding everyone that it exists in the first place. :)

Please do not ask me if I have considered/am going to draw any particular Disney female.

Are you going to do any more pieces in this series?
Yes!  Let it be assumed that I will continue doing these until stated otherwise.

Which princess are you going to do next?
I honestly don't know until I start working on it, and I also don't like spoiling the surprise.

Can I make a request?
Please don't!  There are only so many Disney princesses, so requests come across as a bit redundant.  I don't mind hearing "I can't wait for you to do Kida!", but I get a bit tired of "Can you do Kida next?"

When are you going to do [INSERT OTHER DISNEY PRINCESS HERE]?
I'm researching all of the Disney princesses simultaneously, actually, since I tend to find reference for one while I'm looking through books for another.  As to the order in which I do them, it's completely up to my whim.

BUT MULAN ISN'T A PRINCESS.
Oh hey, look at that.

What about Alice/Esmeralda/Jane Porter and all of Disney's other non-royals (or, in Kida's case, non-official royals)?
They are not being ignored.  I have some weirdly obscure Disney tastes, though, so you might end up seeing a certain cowgirl on a catfish before you see Esmeralda.

What about the men/ancillary characters like Aladdin and Lottie?
I'm honestly not planning that far ahead, and I also have a lot of other non-Disney art projects that I'd rather spend time on.  Granted, Inca Emperor Kuzco would be...  Yeah.  Epic.  We'll see.

Are you going to do Anastasia?
I'm afraid not.  I never liked the film much (Let's ignore the fact that I own the soundtrack what of it SHUT UP DON'T JUDGE ME), and I want to stick to Disney.  It's what I grew up with.

Actually, I meant Cinderella's stepsister, Anastasia.
Oh!  Well then.  Possibly.

Did you know the original story of [DISNEY PRINCESS] actually took place in [YEAR] and/or [PLACE]?
Yes!  I've researched all of these to a fault.  If it honestly feels like I've missed something please do comment, but also remember that I'm basing these specifically on the Disney versions...  Imperfections and all.  Sometimes the date of the original source material is relevant (Pocahontas, Esmeralda, etc), sometimes it isn't.

No, but really, Princess Badroulbadour is supposed to be from China, and-
Yup!  I read that Wikipedia page too.

I disagree with your choice of time period, and only one of us can be right!
In the long run, these are compleeeeetely for personal gratification and enjoyment.  Sure, The Little Mermaid fits pretty well into 1837, but I don't like the '30's (seriously guys WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia… ) and Ariel's legomutton sleeves are placed high enough to scream "Belle Epoche," so, y'know.  Loophole.  I'm thrilled to hear how other people interpret the films, just not to the point that I'm going to go back and change my art.

Well these aren't entirely period accurate, are they?
These are for fun.  Stylistic liberties have been taken.  If the films themselves are at about 50% historical accuracy, these are more around 85-90%.  Closer, but they're not diagrams.

Why are all their eyes closed?
I really like the demure sideways/lowered glance, so after doing Belle looking down at her mirror it seemed like another way to tie the series together.  I like that they're not engaging the viewer, that they're in their own world, but in the long run I just really enjoy drawing them!  It implies large eyes without looking too cartoony.

Are you doing these because you hate the original Disney princess dresses?  THEY'RE SO PRETTY WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM I BET WALT IS ROLLING IN HIS GRAVE
These aren't meant to be better, just more historically accurate.  Don't freak out.

Do you have any suggestions as to where I can research historical costuming?
I do, finally!  You can go check out the journal entry here shoomlah.deviantart.com/journa… , and I'll try to update it regularly.

Can I cosplay your costumes?
Please do, I encourage it!  All I ask is that I get to see photos of the final product. :)

Can I draw fanart of your costumes, or draw my own historical princesses?
Of course!  A few people have already sent me some fanart, and lord knows I don't own the idea of drawing the Disney ladies in period fashion.  People have done the same idea before and after me, completely unrelated to my series, and I love running across it.  There's no new idea under the sun, really.
Just a heads up that if you purchased the wallpaper set from my BigCartel store, the link now includes the wallpapers for Mulan and Tiana as well.  Enjoy!

-C


If any of you are interested in my artistic tastes and reference libraries, it seems worth mentioning that I'm pretty active over on Pinterest!  FANCY THAT.  So many pretty pictures.

I update my boards often, including some project-specific ones like my Historical Disney Princess references; it's not totally fleshed out yet, what with the gads of images on my computer, but it's got some hints at what Tiana's going to look like in the meantime. :)


So I'm excited to announce that I got hooked up with inPRNT and set up a second print shop: www.inprnt.com/gallery/claireh…

…Yes I know it's all a bit redundant, but they use top notch archival inks and cotton rag paper, they're comparably priced to my Big Cartel storefront, and they have an option to buy most of my pieces at 18 x 24"- something I can't fulfill with my Epson at home.  It takes a lot of weight off of my shoulders to be able to sell some prints through a professional printing service, so I'm putting the feelers out and trying to decide how much I really want to keep printing from home (Answer: not so much, so little free time).

I'm not closing my Big Cartel store or anything of the like, just giving people some more options and seeing if people prefer one over the other.  Heads up- if you end up ordering a print from inPRNT, I might have to bug you and see what you think of the service. :)

-C