My Weekend In Vegas


So I spent the weekend in Las Vegas. I know that ‘What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas’ but I didn’t do anything scandalous enough to warrant lying about it.

I was there for a convention called SOE Live. SOE stands for Sony Online Entertainment: the makers of online games such as Ever Quest and Planetside. These games have an active online social community of players who rarely have an opportunity to meet in real life so the SOE Live events are designed to give players a chance to visit in person.

I, myself, am not a gamer. I tried playing Ever Quest with the Curmudgeonly Lion for several months but was never able to give it the time or attention it deserved and eventually gave up on it, but the Curmudgeonly Lion has been playing Ever Quest since it came out in the late nineties and has been attending the conventions (formerly known as “Fan Faires”) since the beginning. He encouraged me to attend them as a vendor to sell my artwork and suggested that I offer to do drawings of players’ in-game characters.

So I did, and the rest, as they say, is history.

It turns out that gamers LOVE their characters. The opportunity to get their characters turned into a work of art is an opportunity too good to pass up. I’ve been doing artwork at these conventions off and on since 2006 and I am beginning to get some name recognition which is extremely edifying. It warms the crusty cockles of my salty little artist’s heart to hear people walk past my table saying “Oh, she’s really good- I had her draw my kingelf-warriorbadass-clericpants in EpicSuperDuperRealms armor and it’s hanging over my computer at home.” (I only understand about a third of what Gamers say- more now that I’ve played for a while myself, but I’m still glad I have a translator).

So I spent the weekend huddled over a drawing board doing rendering after rendering after rendering of in-game characters. I happen to think this year’s work is some of my best yet, and I have fifteen orders still to work on so I will likely be spending the next day and a half grinding away on them.

And on the plus side, I just made up for about two months of not doing my hour-of-artwork-every-day new years resolution.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on August 5, 2013.

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