it’s time.

First: Page 2 is up online!

Second: BOOKS

(I’m freaking out. In the best way- they printed so well!)

Third: This weekend from Friday till Sunday I will be selling these from table d308 at Boston Comic Con! If you’re in the area and attending please please stop by and grab a copy, a button, a hug and/or let me sketch something for you!

If you can’t make it and you’d like a copy, I’ll be waiting to see how things go at the con (this is my first time selling my own work, so I have no idea what to expect). Online availability will depend on if there’s interest enough around here for me to make another (larger?) print run! So let me know and I shall formulate a plan!!

Today is the best day. I am so grateful to be able to do this, and holding my very own book from start to finish is like the Maleficent project times ten. God is good- making art is hard, and I am so thankful to be at a point where I am actually making comics for fun and for profit. 

Lastly: Book selfies for joy reasons!



Nick’s finally releasing Jellybots!  Let’s all sit here and be jealous of his ability to finish things.  He’s gonna be at Boston Comic Con this weekend at Booth D308, so maybe go say hi for me and check out his work?  I’m not saying you should steal copies for me, but

steal some copies for me






Dear White People Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Comedy HD

all I see is black people talking about this. white people. go see this movie. you need to see this movie.

YESSss it’s finally happening!  So smart, so hilarious, and so rare to see a concept trailer make the jump from dream to reality- October 17th can’t get here fast enough. :D



Hello all! It’s already late July which means that tomorrow begins San Diego Comic-Con International.

A few related announcements:

I will be there! My sister shoomlah​ (who designed the Arrested Westeros shirts) and I will be wandering around the whole weekend. If you want to say HI, Claire will be on the following panels, which means I will be there as well! 

Female Heroes, Then and Now
Thursday, July 24 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Room 32AB

How to Be a Nerd For a Living: Career Paths Within Nerd Culture
Friday, July 25 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Room 4

Is It Steampunk?
Friday, July 25 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Room 29A

The Witty Women of Steampunk
Friday, July 25 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | Room 24ABC

Secondly, if you come find me, I will have t-shirts to giveaway! I’m going to set aside a few shirts each day to giveaway if you find me.  If I don’t have your size on-hand, I’ll ship it to you free. I’ll also sell them through Square if that’s your fancy as well!

How to spot me in the crowd:

  • I will probably tweet my location from @arresteros
  • I’ll be either wearing the t-shirt, or a shirt that says I’M FAT LET’S PARTY (thanks seibei!)
  • I might be wearing a wolf hat (depending on how hot it is / how much I want to dress as the Red Wedding)

Finally, after I return from Comic Con, shirts will be on-sale again! I’ve had a lot of inquiries, so it was time for another run! Details are at, and you can sign up for updates here.

Em’s coming to SDCC with me this year for the first time WOO!  She’s gonna have Arrested Westeros shirts to give away (as she mentions above), so if you track down either one of us you can probably get your hands on one. :D

…Yes. Yes it is.

It’s inexplicably mid-July all over again, which means it’s time for San Diego Comic-Con International!  I’m not tabling, but I am on four panels this year in some feeble attempt to spend as little time on the exhibition floor as is possible.  I’ll also be dressed as Asha/Yara Greyjoy on Saturday, because what is SDCC without sweating through several layers of waxed linen.  Here’s my schedule, if you want to track me down:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Heartbreakers, a groundbreaking science fiction series that was one of the first action comics starring female heroes, and the only one written by a woman when it debuted in Dark Horse Presents. Today, there are more women than ever reading and creating comics-not to mention cosplaying and writing about comics-but it seems a lot of the old biases are still entrenched. What’s changed in 25 years, and what hasn’t? Join Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett andPaul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee (Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), for a lively discussion of sexism, science fiction, comic books, and geek culture.

Want to work in a fandom-related industry you’re passionate about, but not sure where to start? These professional “Nerds for a Living” will discuss careers within gaming, film, comics, illustration and more. Lee Joyner (director of admissions, Cinema Makeup School), Tom Kurzanski (art director, TeeFury), Claire Hummel (production designer, HBO; concept artist, BioShock Infinite), Karen Hallion (artist and illustrator), Brad Herman (lead product designer, DreamWorks Animation), and
Pat Loika (Comixology, Loikamania Podcast) will share their career-building experiences. Topics include training, online resources, networking, and tactics to use (and avoid) for breaking into your dream industry. Moderated by Wendy Buske (marketing director, Nerd For A Living). This panel will conclude with an audience Q&A.

You’ve heard of Steampunk, but what exactly distinguishes this unique subgenre from other branches of science fiction?Andrew Fogel(The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett (Boilerplate, Frank Reade), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), and Thomas Willeford (The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide) dissect and debate pop culture examples of literature, movies, TV, video games, comics, and more in a rapid-fire showdown that will push boundaries and defy expectations in a quest to finally answer the question, “Is it Steampunk?”

While the Victorian era was known for its constraints on morals, behaviors and bosoms, Steampunks have turned things on their head by reimagining a history that never was. Women creators have loosened those traditional corset laces and have begun to explore multiculturalism, science, sexuality, class politics, and much more. Panelists explore just how liberating the age of steam can be, featuring witty women Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Ay-leen the Peacemaker (editor for and Tor Books),Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Sarah Hunter(Steampunk model/performer), Sheyne Fleischer ( The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs).

Can’t wait to see some of you guys there! :D


darkflame7 asked:

In regards to the file resolution question, do you think it's harmful to work in significantly larger resolutions? (Say, 900dpi+)

I can’t imagine any instance where that would be “harmful,” per sé, but it also seems like you’re dealing with diminishing returns at a certain point.

The only times I find myself using 900+ dpi is when I’m scanning something that I plan on enlarging for print or display- if you have long term plans to zoom into/enlarge your piece then knock yourself out, but 900 dpi seems a bit egregious for day-to-day work.  My big takeaways:

  • 11 x 17” at 900dpi is the equivalent of a print-resolution 33 x 51” file, and that’s gonna most workstations slow to a crawl if you’re working with any substantial number of layers
  • brushes and brush textures have a set resolution (they aren’t vector), and they can start to look crappy when they’re enlarged past a certain size
  • there’s no significant difference between printed 300 and 900 dpi to the naked eye, and the same can be said when you’re shrinking them down to 1000px tall for display online

Again- not harmful, but not necessarily helpful, either.


artarray asked:

How big are your drawings pixel/resolution wise? I've been wanting to give line art another try (i found out you have big files so the detail of the lines aren't noticeable and you don't do all of them with one stroke!!) I do my things at 200 resolution pixels/inch

Well it’s not just the dpi that matters!  You could have a 200 dpi image that’s only 400 x 400 pixels, and you’re still going to get some pretty shitty artifacting from your strokes. :)

I work at 8.5 x 11”, 300 dpi at the least, but most of my finished pieces are 11 x 17” and up.  This is some of my lineart at 100%, par exemple:


high resolution is a must, even if you’re just downsizing it and posting it online- it allows you a sharpness and level of control that you can’t get at basic screen resolution.  You can get away with 150-200 dpi, I’m sure, but I wholly suggest upgrading to 300 and up!

It’s also awesome if you ever need to resize your work for promotional purposes- if you’re working in the 300+ dpi range, you have a lot more leeway for what’s going to look good on a giant banner. :D


supercakeattack asked:

Why are you so awesome?! Do you like potatoes?! What is your favorite potato?!
  2. yes
  3. Russets if I’m mashing ‘em, possibly a mix with yukon gold if I’m in the mood.  Boil, strain, mash (there will be no ricing in this house).  Melt in butter, add milk for creaminess and texture.  Salt, pepper, sour cream, and sautéed leeks to taste.  Basic, simple bliss.

5ouda asked:

Where does your username come from? Like, what made you choose it?

shoomlah answered:

Shoom’lah is a portmanteau of two words in D’ni, the language from the MYST franchise- shooth, meaning “death,” and m’lah, meaning “lizard.”  So I guess it means “Death Lizard” or “Lizard of Death” or “Ew it’s a dead lizard don’t touch it” or something comparable.

I came up with the name when I was trying to design creatures for my own Myst age back in 2000 (the Shoom’lah was some semi-aquatic reptile that was an omen of death), and when I needed a screenname in the now-defunct Rivenguild forums I went with that.  I can honestly say I didn’t expect it to stick, especially not for eleven years.

And, if you’re curious, my drawings of the actual shoom’lah creature over the years:

I’ve gotten three or four asks about this recently, so it seems as good a time as any to reblog this sucker. FOURTEEN YEARS STILL GOIN’ STRONG

There’s a moment in Myst where you find a bolt of Black Ships fabric in Sirrus’ room on Stoneship, and I’ve always thought it would fun to redraw it at higher resolution… aaand make it a little fancier.  Why not.
The idea that Sirrus probably sews his own clothes is just…  It’s just great.  What a fuckin’ dandy.

There’s a moment in Myst where you find a bolt of Black Ships fabric in Sirrus’ room on Stoneship, and I’ve always thought it would fun to redraw it at higher resolution… aaand make it a little fancier.  Why not.

The idea that Sirrus probably sews his own clothes is just…  It’s just great.  What a fuckin’ dandy.

riptidemonzarc asked:

You probably get this all the time, but how is your first name pronounced? It's a word in French (roughly pronounced 'leen-yah'), but that doesn't mean that's how you say it (or prefer it said).

Haha that’s just the name of my blog!  My actual name is Claire Hummel, hidden down there in the blog description.

I went with Ligne Claire as a blog name since it does double duty as 1. a French comics style that I adore, and 2. a pun on the fact that I’m an artist, named Claire, who does a lot of clean linework. :)