I was up until 2am getting the drawing done. It’s not my best work, but I’m happy and Husband is happy and that’s what matters, eh? Originally I didn’t have Trinket the bear in the picture, but Husband insisted that Trinket is important so I got to draw a slightly derpy looking bear. I think my favourite part is the Raven Queen Necklace. I actually decided to try and make a raven queen necklace too, but bailed when I realised it wouldn’t get done in time. My sculpting skills aren’t good enough to finish sculpting a bird skull in less than 24 hours, or at least not one that I would be happy to gift.
Unfortunately Laura Bailey had to cancel due to a death in the family, so I only got the chance to embarrass myself in front of Travis Willingham. He was very kind and seemed genuinely excited when we gave him copies of the picture I drew. When we told him we wanted to get the entire Critical Role cast to sign something, he told us they were hoping to make an appearance at CalgaryExpo next year. Nothing official yet, but still an exciting prospect. If they do go to Calgary I’m definitely going to make a raven skull necklace. I may or may not have already acquired a (ethically obtained) skull from which to make my raven queen necklace.
SaskExpo as a whole was extremely well organized, or at least seemed that way from my perspective as a con-goer. Signage was easy to read and well placed. The crew was courteous and kept everything moving in a timely fashion, from the panels to the ticket lines. The guests didn’t seem over taxed, although I’m sure by the end of the weekend they were exhausted, and the photo lines that we were in moved at a good pace while still getting good photos. It’s a small convention, but a good size for a city like Saskatoon, and with amazing guests. I felt like the organisers wanted to focus on the quality of guests, the safety and comfort of guests and con goers, and quality of panels that they could produce instead of trying to going for quantity. These choices really paid off, and we had a great time. There were a few areas that felt crowded, but that’s par for the course. I think if I can get something together I will want to go as an artist/vendor next year.
I started listening to Critical Role on Saturday night, and now I am hooked, or as Travis Willingham said “…and now the obsession begins.” It will probably be my go-to listening program while I work on arts for the next little while until I catch up. It’s probably for the best; my Terry Pratchett audio books can use a break. Husband asked me who my favorite is, and I told him Matthew Mercer the best. I’m probably biased towards other storytellers. Also, he has fantastic hair. Also, also, just realized that Matthew Mercer liked my fanart posting on Twitter! Ermagerd, sempai noticed me.
I started developing my own D&D character, Ellie the Cheerful Barbarian, though I’m not sure if or when Husband and I are going to join a campaign. For now I’m enjoying it as an exercise in character design and development. I’ll share more about that later when I’ve got something I can show, though. Speaking of things to show, I also finished a whole bunch of cherry blossom pins.
And remember, I’m going to be at the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market this coming weekend for the Etsy Made in Canada Market, so if you would like to commission some artwork or pick up some of my fancy floral kanzashi hair accessories come and check it out!