So whatever else has been going on recently, I saw The Lion King musical today.  And just... Wow.  Total visual overload. As much of a mask whore as I am and as much as I love fantastic lighting, and as fascinating as I find puppetry, I just feel like my brain is overstimulated with amazingness.  I was super lucky to be offered a trade for tickets and dinner for art and just... wow.  I have been hoping to see that show for ages, and am still just vibrating with exitement and happiness. And really stoked to incorporate some of the wild colors and patterns into my art and now the urge to make masks has been amped up even more.  I also got some great ideas for the masks of my masked sphinxes and how to make the soft bodied dolls I've been thinking of... (thinking hair tufts and maybe cane pieces... still mulling things over).  So yeah.  So incredibly thankful for the opportunity to go see this amazing show and so jazzed and energized from the experience. 

In other news, I leave on Friday to go to Chicago for MFF. Yes, MFF isn't until the weekend after, life/planetickets/friends schedules are funny, so I will be up there for 10 days. I hope to get a lot of work done while I am up there, and am excited about attending the con.  While my fantastically awesome roommate will be watching my puppy, for which I am eternally grateful.  When I get back I will immediately pick up my puppy and drive her up to fort collins so a fantastically awesome friend  (have I mentioned how grateful I am to have these friends? No? Really? Because they kick some serious ass) can watch her over thanksgiving because my father, my brother, and his girlfriend will have flown in shortly before me and I will meet them out in Boulder for two days in boulder and then two days in Vail.  I haven't been to Vail since I was a kid and I haven't seen The fam or Catherine in a couple months (really long for me in regards to my brother, as we are pretty close). And am SO excited to be able to spend some quality time with them.

So if I'm a bit slow to reply there is your reason, though I should be able to check mail and update etc at least once a day while in Chicago.  Just may not be uploading *sad* 

So! I have been out of town for a full week now, and it was just what I needed!  The purpose of the trip was to hit up FAUnited, but to keep airfare cheap and because I really wanted to, I built a couple days on either side to see family.  The family time and getting to relax in PA was just what the doctor called for.

FA United was a great little con. I do emphasize the little bit. Pretty tiny little thing, with a proportionally sized dealers room. But the people were fantastic, both the artists and the general con-goers. I only had good things to say about the dealers room guard guy 'Kittens' who was super sweet and helpful. The last day had a minor run-in with con staff when they tried to charge my aunt more than the reg price on the site, which was strange because they said they 'raised it for the last day'. After she argued that there were just a few hours left and it never said anything like that on the site she got in for the right price, but, that was very strange.  She generally enjoyed the con, and it was nice to hang out with her/have someone else at my table so I didn't feel guilty walking around.  LOVED hanging out with all the super sweet and cool artists, made homework night so much more fun and interesting. So all was well on that front. Also had great neighbors, so that was fab!

In terms of personal vacation, well having that time to catch up with my grandmother, an uncle, and various aunts was so nice. Had been two years since I had seen my uncle, a bit less for the rest, and am looking forward to catching up with them again when I drive up for AC.  I got a chance to see my aunts beautiful garden, have lots of good food (cannolis, and hoagies, and scrapple, oh my!) and brought back TastyKakes for my brother and I.  Just overall beautiful, soaked in the gorgeous green of the east coast and breathed in the fresh damp air.  I am so incredibly jealous of all the STUFF that grows up there, my aunt gave me quite a few seeds from her garden (various columbines, wood poppy, bleeding heart, and helleborus) in hopes that it will grow down here.  We talked veg gardening a bit (as that is my primary gardening experience), and really I just enjoyed myself.  

This was the relaxing trip that I think I really needed. I had a lot of alone time to just be, most of my commissions were at a good spot to set down while I left so I could do some work, and overall I really enjoyed myself. I look forward to heading back up there in the fall.
But the dealers setup for MFF was not acceptable...  And they plan on doing it again this year.  For those of you who didn't go, the dealers den was in the lower basement level.  It wasn't well marked and sales showed it.  Meanwhile, the artists alley was right beside registration and next to the art show.  I had a friend who was in the art show come downstairs for 1/2 a day Saturday and then say, 'sorry guys' traffic is so much better up there. And he left. I had numerous people e-mail me after the con saying they looked for me in the Den and why didn't I come. After I asked where they were looking (i.e. di they come down to the basement) they were shocked and said that they didn't realize it existed.  Apparently the Dealers Room advocate (Brendon) wants to help us but he says that he can't convince the rest of the staff that its a problem and asked us to start a thread over at the MFF forums.. The thread is here and if you could go ask them to DO something (if you are at all involved or whatever) it would be greatly appreciated.

I am still all nervous and shaky because I don't like to be confrontational (especially with people I don't know) and I just wrote how I felt. Which is affronted. We pay for a space, we pay to go out there, and then we get told that our friends in the artists alley who don't have to pay the dealers fees are making twice as much because no one knows where we are? Not okay.

I am giving MFF a chance to make this right. But I won't be back if they don't. And if they don't fix it I know quite a few artists aren't coming this year. I am sorry, I did love the people I met there, but I can't justify poor sales when the staff doesn't seem to care.  It's funny - if they at least apologized and said they were trying I'd be fine, if the staff cares, I'll go out of my way for them (and again, Brendon has been great), but in general, the con staff is treating the dealers like they don't matter, and I don't feel the need to go out of my way for them if that is the case. So, again, if you are/were involved please speak up, it is looking like the Dealers room is going to be awfully empty otherwise.
I mean, just wow.

Texas Furry Fiesta, you totally just rocked. A HUGE thank you to all the staff/volunteers etc who made that event possible.  You were SUPER helpful, ever so sweet and kind and just generally amazing. So again, just thanks thanks thanks.

I rather liked what I did about good/bad/learned thingy so I'm doing that again.

We'll start with the bad (why? because there was hardly ANY of it and none of it was the cons fault and yeah - want to end with the good and the learning)

Couple of uncomfortable people who assumed since they watched me online we were like BFF's - made me a little squirmy
I'm a great big dummy head and kept leaving important things at home *D'OH!* the perils of a local con is that I am worse about keeping my S**T together and making sure everything is packed properly
A-KON Reg was Sunday night so I couldn't hang out after the con/packed up a little early
Hmmm only thing I Maaaaay have changed is the times on friday seemed a bit odd (in that it opened rather earlier than I expected and didn't stay open as late - since people are coming in from work etc) a few artists went over to do work in the alley, but as I'm local I was having a problem justifying that
To that regard also sad I missed having dinner with the group that went to Peruvian, just couldn't do it do to scheduling etc.
Didn't sell anything in the art show (but whatever, I rarely do)

SEEE! Not many bad things at all!!
The Good!!!
The staff was FANTASTIC! Just lovely people all around who were super helpful and even had a scanner setup so some of the badges I really liked doing got scanned in :) Didn't get a chance to get them all done but that was super sweet to offer that service
The People! Dude - this was one of the more friendly cons - I thought I remembered that from last year, but definitely confirmed, so many awesome people who took the time to say hi and that they liked my work - less people that just did the glance and give you and odd look (which always seems a bit awkward I haven't deciphered that look yet)
Got a chance to have dinner with the lovely Kyell Gold and Kit Silver, and meet the fantastic Mitti - that was just such a blast, I am so glad to have had a chance to hang out with you all.
Met and talked food with a lovely commissioner, that was super fun and I can't wait to find the recipes later
Was RECOGNIZED by people -*blushes* I mean this is my first repeat con so that was just really cool, lots of people who remembered me from last year
I finally made enough at a con to justify actually buying something for myself at the con - Got a book from Kyell :) super fun
This con was the best by far that I have been to, so I am super excited about that, the size was right the vibe was excited but not uber-excited-oncrack like they can get, the fursuit parade came right by - which was kind of cool  - I never leave from behind my table so wow, fun! (and mad shout out to whoever was in the Beautiful Plague Doctor costume - just lovely work)

The Learning things
Learned that I need to bring more treecreature prints :) Which is awesome! Thanks guys!
My mugs sell pretty well, I will probably always stock five designs or so, but as a reminder I can ship ;) can't stock too many - breakable, take up a lot of space, and everyone has their own idea about what design they want, but the chicken and tea, cheshire and tea, and treecreatures are pretty good (and dragon librarian was quite popular)
TFF sold more bunnies than any other con - interesting - tribal and otherwise, people wanted their bunnies!
My steampunky owl needs more product :)

And the 'list' - this is everyone that I have down that has CUSTOM work and it is in order of payment (so workload as well)

Asurea - Full Body Dragon Badge
Ceolan - Bust Cu Sith Badge (sorry don't know how to do all the fun things on letters here)
Coyo  - Watercolor sketch with three char
QuickKyk - Watercolor Sketch of Coyote and fire
De_Sade - Cheetah Full Body Badge
James Swift - Bust Badge dragon
Cometfox - Bust Badge Dark Red Fox
Niku & Indu - 2 badges TBD
Glacier - Bust Badge with Sharp ink linework

SideNote List- (everyone who ordered product that needed shipping)

Xia - Shiba Inu Magnet
Glacier - Keychain with Red Dragon
Kyle - Tribal Fox Die Cut Magnet
Araya - Dragon Librarians on a Mug
SveeMon - Red Dragon Magnet to ship elsewhere as a gift

IF you ordered something and don't see yourself on either list let me know - I will double check receipts

But seriously.


Made me have much more faith in what I'm doing and that maybe, just maybe, I can make a living doing this. Thank you all.
Whew... well, FC was quite a whirlwind. 
I flew in on Thursday (coincidentally I ended up on the same plane as Mitch and Balto, which I thought was AWESOME) and got in eeeeaaaaarly... in the hotel by 9:30am and they didn't let us in the room until 3 - blagh. Told me I could leave my bags with the bellhop, but he wasn't paying much attention and I feel funny leaving art and things that are hard to replace with someone who isn't really paying any attention to what he is watching.
Got to meet up with the most awesome Wolf-Nymph and her boyfriend at noon, whereupon I kept them company as they waited in the CRAZY line for pre-reg (for her boyfriend, as he was assisting her). Then dinner and a chance to hang out with them for quite a while.
Friday through Sunday was crazy and hectic.  Selling went pretty well. Didn't do great, but definitely justified the trip out there.  Got a chance to hang out with a bunch of amazing people (SOooo many...  Balaa, Bagheera, Artlan, Idess, Jadesay, Dark Natasha (however briefly), Ebony Tigress, Hawaiin Style, and so many more)!

The High Points!
Flames Diner - Nom. and Nom. and more Nom. OMG Nom.
My Roomies! FTW guys, seriously!
Meeting FANTASTIC people I had only previously seen online. 
Selling art to people who I admire *blushes*
Being RECOGNIZED by people I admire *blushes even more*

The WTF Points
Elevator Fail
Dear GOD the waiting line for pre-reg - SO loud - So ConStenchful - SO nasty
The Fairmont. I had heard great things and then they treated legit concerns like we were nothing
The girl who inconvenienced me for a quite a while, and treated me like I was a robot then changed her mind about a purchase, thanks.
Awkward Cub Porn Guy :/

Things I learned
I still need to make my sign better
No more half tables EVER again
Bring more stickers
People like my tribal work
People like my tree work
No more half tables EVER again
My arctic wolves sell.
Bring a couple of mugs.
ACEO's sell better in their own binder
I need a better way to present my work.
Prematted work sells well
No more half tables EVER again
Bring more badge examples
Bring more sketches for sale at the con

So overall. NO MORE HALF TABLES EVER AGAIN. Is makes my sales fall down go boom.
Erm, yeah. People kept thinking I was Myenia or vise versa, or we were a team like Blotch. So yeah...

And super mad props to the people who pimped my work KyellGold you are full of awesome. And if you guys don't know him you need to go check out his work and his LJ, for he is amazing.

Still exhausted and catching up from the con.
Next up, Furry Fiesta
Soes I promised a report...

Before-Con Adventures.
Well as most of you probably know, I took the opportunity of going to CO as an excuse to visit a dear friend who moved up there. Unfortunately didn't get as much done (work or play wise) as I would hope due to her BF's grumpiness. But did get to have some adventures... Two hikes, one up grizzly creek, which resulted in some sweet photos, the sighting of a dipper bird, a trout tinier than my pinky nail, and a snake. And one hike up the VERY STEEP mountain behind her house, which resulted in the finding of MANY bones. Unfortunately most were too old (i.e. crumbling) or too new (i.e. still covered in fur/hair/sinew) for me to take home.
Also did a really nice trail ride for about 18 miles on her horses in the park by rifle canyon, which was pretty awesome. Also resulted in fantastic photos, of aspens, of horses, of a bird of prey as yet unidentified, and me nearly loosing myself and my very nice camera into a morass of mud when my horse misstepped and went into the mud up to his belly. Wheeeeee....
Sooooes took a ton of pics, still sorting through and figuring out where to upload...

Then drove to Denver, with a side trip to Mount Evans which is the highest scenic byway in the US at 14,000 ft. So cool. I remember doing that trip with my parents as a kid and loving it. We used to ALWAYS see bighorn sheep, and occasionally mountain goats. So that was the goal. Which was not realized. By the time I made it to the top it had started sleeting so I turned around and went back down. My various pulloffs got photos of fantastic scenery, lots of atmospheric perspecitve, marmots, pikas, chipmunks, and woodpeckers.

Then into Denver!
And the people I was going to stay with ended up still out of town so I stayed at a Super 8 - which was okay, but I realized I accidentally left my favorite down pillow there so I am a bit bummed... and the room was rather overpriced for what it was.
Then the con started!
Got there at 8
way before staff was ready for me, oops! But they were SUPER COOL! Mad props to the con staff and volunteery people for just being awesome. Got set up. Realized I had a 1/2 table not a full table (oops) felt all squishy as the other 1/2 table was a group of two people.
BTW - 3 people PLUS con gear do not fit well behind one table. Oh well. They were cool.
Cool things that happened at/because of the con.
Got to stay with a family that is basically like second family to me that I hadn't seen in years.
Met the fantastic wolf-nymph  wolf-nymph wintersoul  wintersoul vantid  vantid kitewanderlust  kitewanderlust and more that I haven't found you on FA yet so apologies. All of whom are not only great artists but fantastic people too. So if they aren't on your watchlist go look them up.
Got a chance to chat with the fantastic guys from Sofawolf, and even made them some badges, hope they like them, I was pretty darn pleased. BTW I LOVE doing couples badges, and they tend to get a bit involved just because I LIKE THEM! Anyhow.
Chatted with Heather Bruton quite a bit, and Dark Natasha. Love those ladies, wish we had more time to hang out.
Got to GO TO THE ZOO WITH ARTISTS. Rocking hells ya. Love it. TONS OF PICS - Ladies who went with me, if you want copies let me know where to send them.

The bad/indifferent/weird
There was a moment of panic when it was thought an artists money bag was lost. It was found, life was good.
Thou shalt not steal thy neighbors customers. I'm just saying. It's rude.
Had a couple foot in mouth moments that I rather regret. I swear I didn't mean them how they came out, so if you think I said something mean, I apologize I don't always speak well - especially when I am exhausted at cons and getting odd questions when I am trying to get details from another customer. I really am a nice person though I SWEAR. Or I try to be :( I hope I didn't hurt anyones feelings.

As always a HUGE thanks to everyone who helped me out at a con, either financially by getting prints/commissions/etc, or by being sweet chipper people who take the time to stop and say hi. You all rock.

Drive back was long.
I almost cried when the mountains disappeared. The rockies will always be my home I think. It is my goal to move either to CO (preferably) or Northern NM/Western PA in the next year, at most year and a half. I NEED the topography. It makes me calm and happy.

Now, I need to get back to my commissions.
BTW - Next Con I hit will be OKLACON - I hope I will see you ALL there!
To Rocky Mountain FurCon!

Driving - and staying with a friend for a week and a half so my internet presence will be limited! Hope everyone is safe and happy and I am taking my 'homework' with me so never fear! There will be art when I return (and not just RMFC art!)

See you after the mountains guys.

I freaking Love Colorado, I'll be dragging myself back
Post Con Report for AC2010

In short... People are made of WIN Sales were full of fail.

Lets get the bad over first.  Didn't sell anything in the art show.  Magnets and ACEO's went over very well.  Slow commissions and slow print sales.  This seems to be an across the board thing.  Urusula Vernon, and a lot of big names had the same problem.  I was told to please not judge AC on this show, so I won't.  Sales were down by half for many big names.  So I will probably be back next year and try try again. So much for this being the biggest con of the year.  I barely broke even.


I got a chance to hang out with Ursula , Kevin , and Myenia (who I had met before) and met a plethora of artists who are FULL of amazing.  You should go check out their work.  Jennie , Mel , Lizardbeth , Spunkywolf , Foxfeather and her hubby, Heather , and a lovely artist who makes fantastic resin cats and I can't remember her name so if you know her you should tell me so I can add her to the list of amazing people here.  And I KNOW I probably forgot some people.  I'm sorry! It was a long weekend running on virtually no sleep (as are all conventions) so... comment/note me if you feel left out!

Myenia and I truly lucked out on roommates too.  They were just awesome.  Turns out I already knew one already.  I'll put your names/links down if you want ladies, I just feel funny putting out info unless peeps are artists ('cause then I'm plugging their art, and I know all artists are fantastically happy about that).  And the suits of one roommate?  Fantastic!  Just stunning.  Clockwork Creatures truly makes some works of ART.  It is the same company that made another friends suit (you know who you are my friend).

Oh and I got to meet James Gurney the artist of the awe inspiring Dinotopia books.  Bought a fantastic book on creating Illustration from Imagination and got a chance to ask a few questions I had in regards to scanning art.

Little bit of trip info.
For those of you that didn't know we (my boyfriend and I) drove to AC (which is in Pittsburgh).
From Dallas.
With a stop in Philly.
Ehm. This is over 24 hours in a car.
If I never sit in a car again, it will be too soon.
Unfortunately I still need to drive back.

So here is how the travels went.
We were supposed to leave on Tuesday, and my boyfriends boss came home a day early so we got to drive leave Monday.  So we left north Dallas at 11pm Monday.  Took a break in Arkansas for a 2 hour nap and continued on to Bowling Green Kentucky.  Where we stopped at the Lost River Cave and rode on a boat on a underground river, which was REALLY cool.  That was definitely worth the stop and leg stretch.  Apparently back in the 30's the opening to the cave (being one of the largest in the world) was host to a nightclub.  And people in their tuxedos and long dresses made their way down over a hundred feet of treacherous stairs carved into the side of the canyon down to the 'club' which was a roofed in part of the cave (so they didn't get dripped on) to dance.  And then walked back up after dancing and drinking all night.  I wish that was still active, be awesome to go swing dancing in a cave!
Meanwhile I had called my relatives in Philly and managed to get in touch with them.  So we navigated on to Philly.  Long leg of a trip that was.  We again, took a 2 hour nap break and kept on trucking.  Spend a full day in Philly with my grandmother and a couple of aunts and a cousin, which was lovely! I hadn't seen them in about 3 years, so that was fantastic.
Then on to AC!  Another 6 hours in the car, but through western PA, which is really just stunning land.  Got to see lots of horses and buggies as we passed through Amish country, and big draft mules helping till the land.
3 Days in Pittsburgh, which was a fantastic city full of great people and delicious food.
And then the drive out to Marion Ohio, where I will be until Saturday as my boyfriend competes in the Disc Golf World Tournaments in Advanced Amateur.

Soes! That is how it goes.  AC2010 was fun and a lovely convention, I loved that I got to hang out with so many great people, and got to see my relatives, and now I am enjoying the lovely temperatures of mid-Ohio.

So, updates will be sporadic until I get home, but thanks again to everyone who helped me out at AC, the artists, the lovely commissioners (you know who you are) and my fantastic roomies.


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