My 2014 Metrocon Experience

Hey guys and gals!

First off, if you found this blog from my business card at Metrocon, welcome! It was wonderful meeting you at Metrocon and I hope to see you at another convention this year! Which ones are you going to? Leave a comment below, on my Facebook artist page, or my deviantArt page! I update this blog weekly on Saturdays. Hopefully soon I will be moving to bi-weekly posts. I’m also on Twitter and Tumblr. Click on the “About…” tab above to be linked to my other accounts!

The following post is a highlight account of my time at Metrocon last weekend with a cute recount story at the end. To see the entire album of my photos please visit my Facebook artist page, linked above.

That said, getting back into my art and attending Metrocon this year was so much fun! It was so busy and there were so many people but I loved every minute of it and I’ll definitely aim to be there again next year!

Metrocon Friday 2014

Metrocon Friday 2014

Frida was a little hectic, putting my new display stand together, organizing prints, cutting out a few more masks, adjusting prices – but I had great neighbors all around, and even reconnected with a great table neighbor I met last year! As you can see above from the first day I featured masquerade masks for the Fantasy Masquerade Ball hosted on Friday each year. There was another table selling masquerade masks next to me and she had beautiful feathers and sparkles on her masks, as well as sticks to hold them up in case you were wearing glasses or had a delicate hair do to keep in tack. Some of my designs were pre made, attendees could purchase a flat color and design one themselves, or custom order one from me. A lot of people enjoyed designing their own! However, I forgot to take pictures. Next time~ Two of the best custom designs were of Ichigo’s hollow mask from Bleach and a black demon mask with long spikes that dropped down over the wearer’s cheeks. I learned something else for the masks this year – how to retrofit mask designs to eyeglasses! That’s right, you read correctly. There were a few people wearing glasses who wanted masks and I cut slits in the sides just so the mask would fit inside the glasses for them. I’ve an idea for next year regarding that – you’ll have to wait and see!

Leftover Masks Metrocon 2014

Leftover Masks Metrocon 2014

Saturday was the day for convention attendees to break out their costumes! If you can only attend the convention for one day Saturday is the day to go. It’s a full day of costumes, games, art, crafts, and fun! I met so many people there. The old friends who stopped by and new ones I met made the experience even better than the last year!

My dad came to help me with the table~

My dad came to help me with the table~

Several of you stopped by and asked about hypoallergenic jewelry. Unfortunately I’d run out of my hypoallergenic hooks before the convention but I am ordering more. If you order jewelry from me online You will notice that there is a note in the description to notify me if you need hypoallergenic hooks. I am more than happy to exchange out the hooks on the earrings for you. The other metal parts on charms include tibetan silver, bronze alloy, etc. The stones I use are natural earth stones or crystal. I use a wide variety of materials to craft the pieces below.

I make earrings, keychains, bracelets, ear cuffs, necklaces, anklets, and more!

I make earrings, keychains, bracelets, ear cuffs, necklaces, anklets, and more!

Sunday was a great wind down day. I participated in a few art trades, purchased some goodies, and exchanged contact information with new friends! This was also a kids day at the convention. This is something new from last year which the convention organizers carried over as it was a success. It featured games, face painting, and pictures for kids day! It was on this day that the story at the end of this post occurs. I think it’s a great way to promote acceptance and involvement for both the convention participants (costumers, attendants, artists) and the general public who may not know or understand what it is we are so excited about. A convention to me is not just about the fans or the art, crafts, comics, guests, etc. it’s also about meeting so many wonderful people who have so many different areas of expertise all coming together to work together – to grow and improve – and enjoy every minute of it! It’s a similar energy and atmosphere that I feel when I am around many horses and many types of horse people.

Cosplayers Photos by Roocke Entertainment Cosplay

Cosplayers
Photos by Roocke Entertainment Cosplay

The neighbor behind me was Amy Ellis. She designs chibis of your favorite characters and they’re available as collectable stickers! Go check out her Etsy shop! She’s in the process of making it over but in the mean time you can find her on Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Twitter! Just search her name~

Amy Ellis from A. Ellis Creations

Amy Ellis Amy managed her A. Ellis Creations table in the row directly at my back! Shenanigans!

I also met Anna Douglas who has Grandmother Clock! They make plushes, hats, and all sorts of other goodies! Grandmother Clock had a pair of the greatest costume sets at the convention. You should see Anna’s cosplay of GLaDOS! I didn’t get a picture of it this time but I’m sure I’ll be seeing Anna again~

Anna (as Fiona from Adventure Time), myself (partial Yoruichi from Bleach), and Jason (Magic Man from Adventure Time) Grandmother Clock

Anna (as Fiona from Adventure Time), myself (partial Yoruichi from Bleach), and Jason (Magic Man from Adventure Time)
Anna and Jason managed Grandmother Clock’s table next to me!

There are so many more photos I wish I could fit in here. Please take a look at my album (linked above) and the Metrocon page albums on Facebook. Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Heidi who helps all the artist settle in. She helps manage the events along with Alex Craddock.

Heidi who helps all the artist settle in. She helps manage the events along with Alex Craddock.

Do you want to hear a story? I guarantee you that if you stop anyone in costume and ask for a picture they would be only too happy to oblige you. The table I was situated at had a view over a row of doors and windows and was right next to the bridge to the hotel. A gal dressed in a beautiful Elsa from Frozen costume was making her way out to the hotel and I saw a mother pulling a little girl after her. She was waving her arms and running as fast as her daughter could go, calling out, “Wait wait!” with a camera in hand. Elsa turned to look over her shoulder and that was it. An illustration idea was born. It’ll be up soon on my deviantArt page!

Oh the lovely reaps of a convention~  From left to right we have: 1. chibi stickers by Amy (linked earlier in post) 2. hair clip and phone charm from Practical Futilities 3. Sesshomaru print from Real Dandy Art

Oh the lovely reaps of a convention~
From left to right we have:
1. chibi stickers by Amy (linked earlier in post)
2. hair clip and phone charm from Practical Futilities
3. Sesshomaru print from Real Dandy Art

See you at the next convention! Until then, go have an adventure!


First Day at Metrocon 2014!

Good morning everyone! Here’s an update on my first day of Metrocon this year! It’s my second year selling arts and crafts at this convention and Friday I featured masquerade masks! Some masks were pre made, custom designs were available, and several people purchased blanks to design their own patterns! I will say the most fun I had making the masks were custom fitting the masks to stay on glasses and the custom orders (I was so busy I forgot to take pictures of the custom masks. Maybe I’ll recreate some of them.)

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If you’re in the area it’s free to visit the convention center and walk down the artist alley where I am set up. I’d love to meet you in person!


Metrocon Update and Completed Art

Hey guys and gals! So it is official, I will be selling art, jewelry, and other crafts at Metrocon in Tampa next weekend! I’m so excited I had a dream about it last night. I have some new prints ordered, a fresh display, artisan jewelry, division two’s captain’s jacket from Bleach, and some other goodies! Entry is free, you can attend panels and purchase art and knickknacks at the Artist Alley , take pictures with costumers, and more! However you will need to purchase a pass if you want to visit the large vending room or watch stage events like the human chess match. If you are in the area come stop by – I’ll be at table G20 (click the link to see a map). I will have a diagram up for you. Once my merchandise arrives I’ll post some picture of it for you to see. Keep an eye out here, my deviantArt gallery, or my Facebook page to keep updated!

For now here’s a look a my most recently completed pieces! They are prize art for the two first place winners of a costume and flash literature contest held by “The OC Consortium” on deviantArt.

Prizeart for IckleVoldiePoo

“Pixie” Prize Art for IckleVoldiePoo

Full color and line art~

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“Charlotte and Pumpkin Pie” Prize Art for MeoAgcat

Detailed shading illustration~

Remember guys and gals, even a small step is a move forward to head towards what you want. You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step – go with it and trust yourself to handle what happens along the way. Until next week, have some fun!


New Work Up

Hey guys and gals! What have you been up to? I’ve finished a batch of art recently and am working on prize art! Here’s one of the finished pieces:

Artist ID – Kiri

And the prize art I am working on are for the first prize winners of a literary and art contest hosted in on deviantArt. “The OC Consortium” hosted a costume design contest and a flash literary contest simultaneously. The winner of the costume contest is MeoAgcat. The following is the work in progress sketch of one of her original characters (click on the image to be taken to the original posting and to view a larger image):

prize art sketch for MeoAgcat

and the winner of the flash literature category is IckleVoldiePoo. The following is the work in progress sketch of one of her original characters (click on the image to be taken to the original posting and to view a larger image):

prize art sketch for IckleVoldiePoo

 

I’ve also decorated a pair of sunshades for my car. Hopefully more people would like to pay for quality personalized work of its kind.

my customized sun shades

And you? I hope you’re climbing your own mountains one step at a time~


Sketching

That’s mostly what Ive been doing for the past two weeks, sketches. I have prize art to put out and old requests to finish.

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A Starry Night [click to see a larger image]

How have you been for the past while? Up to anything new? Fun? Let me know!


Just Painting

This week has been about renewing and working on works in progress. I’ve decided i have too many small unfinished projects and it’s time to complete the build and apply polish.

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sketches and backgrounds

What have you been up to? Busy working towards something you want? Keep going. When you put out the vibes equal and worthy thing will be reflected back. If something does not work out the way you intended it could be that the situation needs time.

Take a deep breath, and just breathe.

Trust yourself to handle what comes at you in life.


Words Are Hard

Assembling a phrase to deliver the message you want can be hard. Another person will bring their own experiences and definitions for loaded words to a conversation and interaction. The words you say or the picture you paint will speak differently to different groups of people – or even just individuals. I believe humans have a great gift of communication and as such they should use it to their advantage when trying to connect with others. That does not mean we have to speak the same language, be on or from the same continent, or forget any connection we have with an animal. Take for example a section from a post I wrote about Dragonheart:

Everything in the costume …[department] was made by hand by 23 nations. The  Dragonheart team put out a shirt with the text, “The United Nations of Dragonheart” … The nation list includes those who were Italian, English, Japanese, Australian, Mavanian, Slovenian, Bohemian, Spaniard, … “Even when we could not understand each other’s languages we certainly recognized each other’s skills and talents,” said Rob Cohen. “I think it’s very admirable when people can connect like that.”

Connection can happen for people on a different level than just words, or pictures, or actions. Connection can also happen on a level of energy, of spirit. It can happen in friendships and in relationships between significant others.

I receive updates from “Relationship Rules” onFacebook because often it has great and funny advice that applies not only to a relationship with a significant other but also to friendships. I also receive wavelengths of inspiration from the pieces of advice for art, namely emotional inspiration to put into pictures and illustrations. Over the past year I have neglected reading them and forgotten how much simple words can speak to complex ideas and images I hold at my core. Luckily with the new updates system on Facebook I’ve made sure they’re coming to my attention again. There are so many good ones I want to share with you but today I will highlight three.

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This quote in particular is not just about what is said in this instance but it is of knowing value, specifically of yourself and the people around you. Granted this can be hard to discern sometimes. There are plenty of people out there acting and concealing. No matter who you are you will encounter these types of people. The way I think about it is this: the casing can be as beautiful as it wants to be. It can be gorgeous beyond reckoning or in just the way you prefer, but if you open it and a smirking, festering rotting flesh blob fills the inside why would you invest in the bag? It’s just an analogy. Yes, I’m looking at you smart alecks. My point being that sometimes you’re going to have to show and tell people how you want – or do not – to be treated. Not everyone is going to see how many diamonds are under your skin (neither do I suggest throwing yourself in front of cars to test if you’re made of dense sparkling marble). There are times you’ll have to be tough, to include yourself, speak up for yourself, and say no for yourself. You are within your human rights to protect and look after you.

When it gets too loud in your life, or you find yourself in the wrong place, or the thoughts are zinging around your head like a whirlwind ready to suck everything into oblivion – remove yourself. In whatever way is best for you, physically remove yourself from the situation to sort yourself out. If its your thoughts, imagine you are in a bubble, or an impenetrable room, whatever is best for you, and shove everything out. When something tries to get in imagine it bouncing off the outside like objects in space, or burning up in fire.

“Shielding” by Honez on dA (click the image to be taken to the original post)

How do I interpret all this from the simpler quote above? Well, I believe that what you do for yourself, others will see you doing and appreciate the care you take. If not, perhaps they do not do the same for themselves, so how will they value you? I understand forgiving them because you like having them in your life but there should be nothing so cross-eyed as keeping yourself purposely in a poisonous situation.

That’s my splurb for the week. The next post will probably be about art~


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