Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2012

A little over a week ago, I spent my weekend running a table in Anime Weekend Atlanta's Artist Alley. I had a great time. It did not go 100% as planned--I did not get either of the costumes I wanted to wear for it finished (that was River Tam from Firefly and Rarity from the wedding episode at the end of Season 2). I did not finish all six designs for The Hunger Games. In fact the only one who finished anything was my husband who completed a new version of the Chinese zodiac. I am officially retiring the ones I made based off of Fruits Basket--it has been out since my first table at AUSA 2008, so it was time. Technically some of my tarot set has been out that long too, as I am reminded so painfully whenever I look at the earlier cards--I try not to because then I'm tempted to redraw them, and I don't think I'm quite ready for that yet. Yeah... not so great on that front. I have reasons though--we've been through a lot of life changes in the last year, so I'll count my blessings that I am getting anything done at all--traditionally art and fun stuff are the first things to go when things get really crazy around here. My 9-year-old son also had a bunch of Perler bead creations that he put out on my table, mostly My Little Pony, Pokemon, and Super Mario Bros. stuff. Also, from here on out if you see chain mail jewelry on the table, those will be the work of my 12-year-old, since my husband no longer has time to make any of it and he's been working on learning how over the last year or so.

One of the highlights of the weekend was a really excellent Firefly cosplay group--although that did make me doubly sad that I did not get my River cosplay finished. =( But, they were still awesome. I saw lots of other cool cosplays. I talked to lots of fun people.

With Sophie, the weekend went by in a bit of a blur. She was a little challenging; I think she'll be a little better for AUSA though--at this stage a month and a half makes a big difference. My husband spent a lot of time walking her around the convention in her snuggly.

During the convention, I made the mint-chocolate chip fox mini-plushie--the design is similar to my kitty mini-plushie, but I had to alter the ears a little bit, and the tail is entirely new. So this one is the first of its kind--I'm sure there will be more to come in different flavors in the future. I also drew a submission for the "Into the Woods" themed 6 pg. comic contest. My husband is responsible for the base idea for what I drew (he does serve as the writer for our team and the submission was from my studio, so I think that little bit of collaboration was okay), but I came up with the details and how to tell the story. The jist of it was some guy who really really needed to use the bathroom and could not find a working restroom to use goes into the woods to relieve himself. XD It's definitely not something I would have come up with personally, but I did like the idea in that it would be unique--my first thought with the theme would be either cute fuzzy little animals or scary woods. That was pretty much the convention for me, in a nutshell--not as exciting as some years, but I'd still say it was a good con. =)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Few Small Changes

This post is to announce a few small changes around here. Mainly, I will no longer be even trying to post Monday, Wednesday, Friday here. Mondays are crazy with kid activities. Wednesdays--I get maybe an hour at home at most, and certainly not enough time to write. So, Fridays I could post something, but I usually forget or am too exhausted to think come Friday evening. From here on out, I am going to try and post Tuesdays and Thursdays with the occasional Saturday post. Those days tend to be the most free with our current schedule--that's of course subject to change come spring when my husband gets an all new schedule at work (it's one of those things that is both absolutely awesome and "the bane of my existence" type thing about his job). Since that's all I have for this post, here's a little bit of sketchiness.

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