Costume with Claire Hummel
Length: 00:45:26
Synopsis: On this week’s podcast, we talk to Claire Hummel about costuming, cosplay, style, and more. Claire is an amazingly talented artist and currently a Production Designer at HBO. Claire has a passion for costuming, history, materials, and style, we chat with her about how she found her love of costuming, the importance of reference, her experiences both professionally and personally.

Lindsay from Light Grey Art Lab just posted the podcast we recorded last week about clothing and costume design!  I ramble on about research, inspiration, making cosplay, all sort of good stuff- head on over and check it out if you’re curious. :)

listen to the podcast here!

Meet Sirrus ahem Cesario, my character for Light Grey Art Lab’s Great Personality show and dating sim!  He is a forceful, authoritative sunovabitch, and a not-so-subtle tribute to one of my most formative crushes.

The show opens on the 24th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and the dating sim will be available for download as well!  Pretty damn cool.  The crew at LGAL know how to put together one hell of an art show.

Light Grey Art Lab just posted the podcast for the lecture that launched Colin’s and my world-building workshop this past weekend! We talk about visual development and production design, make stupid jokes, answer questions about getting into the industry- it was a pretty good time.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to say hi in person! :D

So I was chatting with the lovely Justin Oaksford yesterday, and he casually asked if I used photo reference for my recent Rolemodels piece- not as a bad thing, but because the pose and the camera angle read well.  Pretty sure I grinned like an idiot when he brought it up because, goddammit, I’m proud that the work shows!  I’ve felt like my work has been somewhat stilted as of late- I could feel myself subconsciously trending towards easier angles, easier poses, easier expressions just because it’s slightly less frustrating for my brain to process- so getting that confirmation from a colleague was pretty damn satisfying.

I think there’s a tendency for artists to take pride in being able to draw out of your head, and, while that’s an admittedly important skill, what’s actually important is what that skill implies- it implies that you’ve internalized reference.  That you’ve spent so much time looking at the world around you, studying it, drawing from it, breaking it down, that you’ve amassed an extensive mental library that you can draw from.  You are Google reborn in the shallow husk of a human being.

But heck, the world’s a big place- what are the chances that you ever get to a point that you’ve internalized all of it?  Internalized it AND ALSO are never going to forget it ever?  Probably no chance at all.  Sorry buddy.  So rather than bemoaning the fact that we don’t have impenetrable search engine cyborg brains- yet- you sure as hell better still be using reference to fill in/refresh those empty shelves in your mental library.  You shouldn’t have worm-ridden books about dinosaur anatomy from the 60’s in there.  Stegosauruses with brains in their tails?  CLEAN THAT SHIT OUT.

So my general process for using reference of any sort is:

  1. loose thumbnails and brainstorming.  If you have an idea, get that raw thing- unadulterated in it’s potential shittiness- onto paper.  Good art is a combination of both instinct and discipline, so you don’t want to entirely discount those lightning strikes of brilliance.  Or idiocy.  Happens to all of us.
  2. research and reference.  Start gathering and internalizing whatever reference is pertinent to your piece- could be diagrams, art, photos, good old-fashioned READIN’, whathaveyou.  Please note that this doesn’t mean find one picture of a giraffe- this means find tons of photos of giraffes, read about giraffes, understand giraffes, and learn how to incorporate that knowledge into your art with purpose and intent (Justin uses the word “intent” a lot so I’m stealing it).  Don’t blindly copy what you see, but understand how to integrate it in an interesting and informed manner.
  3. studies and practice.  Could be lumped in with the previous step, granted, but it’s worth reiterating- if you’re drawing something new, it’s worth doing some studies.  You discover things that you wouldn’t otherwise by just staring at them.  It’s weird how I’m still learning this- “Gee golly, six-shooters are way easier to draw now that I’ve drawn a ton of them!” Yes wow Claire BRILLIANT.  Gold star.
  4. go for the gold.  Finally, I’m sure it goes without saying, you integrate all of that research and knowledge into your initial thumbnails.  If you learned something about anatomy, or fashion, or color, or butts, now you can drastically improve your original idea with this newfound knowledge.  Also, per the images above, this is also your chance to improve on the reference- photos are a fantastic tool, but trust your instincts.  Cameras can’t make informed decisions.

…So that’s my soapbox- it’s pretty easy, and it’s totally worth it.  Research and reference lets you stand on the shoulders of giants- it lends legitimacy, specificity, and allure to your work that wouldn’t be there if you were just drawing out of your head 100% of the time.  To put it simply- it makes your work ownable.  It makes you stand out.

It makes you a better artist. :)

-C

My finished piece for Light Grey Art Lab’s ROLEMODELS: The Battle for Vyk’Tornaahl show, which opens this Friday!
This was an insanely cool idea for an art show- all of the participating artists were asked to draw themselves as RPG characters, the results of which were then compiled into a working card game.  My character is Hrimgunnr Kolfrost, an ornery ranger from the Norther Kingdom with a penchant for big guns and smush-faced dogs.  Makes sense.
You can buy the card game HERE, and prints from the show HERE- definitely check out the rest of the show!  The results are just gorgeous.

My finished piece for Light Grey Art Lab’s ROLEMODELS: The Battle for Vyk’Tornaahl show, which opens this Friday!

This was an insanely cool idea for an art show- all of the participating artists were asked to draw themselves as RPG characters, the results of which were then compiled into a working card game.  My character is Hrimgunnr Kolfrost, an ornery ranger from the Norther Kingdom with a penchant for big guns and smush-faced dogs.  Makes sense.

You can buy the card game HERE, and prints from the show HERE- definitely check out the rest of the show!  The results are just gorgeous.

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WEEKEND WORKSHOP: WORLD BUILDING WITH COLIN FORAN AND CLAIRE HUMMEL
We’re pleased to announce our newest weekend workshop will be headed by Colin Foran and Claire Hummel, two prodigious artists from Microsoft Games!
For more information, read the blog post!
Then, if you decide a weekend of world-building with the coolest people you could ever hope to meet is totally for you, sign up for the workshop!

Colin and I are doing a joint 3-day workshop out at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, SO EXCITING!  And daunting.  It’s right after Steamcon and right before CTNX, so here’s hoping I don’t go insane.
Really hoping I’ll get to meet some of you cool kids
-C

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WEEKEND WORKSHOP: WORLD BUILDING WITH COLIN FORAN AND CLAIRE HUMMEL


We’re pleased to announce our newest weekend workshop will be headed by Colin Foran and Claire Hummel, two prodigious artists from Microsoft Games!

For more information, read the blog post!

Then, if you decide a weekend of world-building with the coolest people you could ever hope to meet is totally for you, sign up for the workshop!

Colin and I are doing a joint 3-day workshop out at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, SO EXCITING!  And daunting.  It’s right after Steamcon and right before CTNX, so here’s hoping I don’t go insane.

Really hoping I’ll get to meet some of you cool kids

-C

Some teaser images from my piece for Light Grey Art Lab's Role Models show!  The concept is goddamn brilliant, getting a ton of artists together to draw self portraits as D&D characters- I had no time whatsoever this past month, but I wasn't about to pass up that opportunity.

The show doesn’t open until October, buuuuut I figured I could post a tiny bit to whet everyone’s appetite. :)

My finished piece for Light Grey Art Lab’s upcoming Station Zero show!  Proving that LGAL has the best themes for art shows ever, honestly.
The original cover was pretty obtuse, so I read the book to get more meat- kinda cheesy, granted, but it’s Andre Norton!  Social issues, sentient animal companions.  Pretty solid.  I was trying to channel some Moebius/Geof Darrow for the linework, which is a fool’s errand, but it’s something.
You can already buy prints HERE on LGAL’s website- definitely check out the rest of the art in the show, the pieces are INSANE.

My finished piece for Light Grey Art Lab’s upcoming Station Zero show!  Proving that LGAL has the best themes for art shows ever, honestly.

The original cover was pretty obtuse, so I read the book to get more meat- kinda cheesy, granted, but it’s Andre Norton!  Social issues, sentient animal companions.  Pretty solid.  I was trying to channel some Moebius/Geof Darrow for the linework, which is a fool’s errand, but it’s something.

You can already buy prints HERE on LGAL’s website- definitely check out the rest of the art in the show, the pieces are INSANE.

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My piece for the upcoming Message in a Bottle exhibit at the Light Grey Art Lab, opening January 25th in Minneapolis!  Looks like it’s going to be a killer show. I would talk about the piece some more, but the whole point of this show is SECRETS on top of SECRETS
-C(You can buy prints and check out the other amazing artists HERE )

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My piece for the upcoming Message in a Bottle exhibit at the Light Grey Art Lab, opening January 25th in Minneapolis!  Looks like it’s going to be a killer show. I would talk about the piece some more, but the whole point of this show is SECRETS on top of SECRETS

-C
(You can buy prints and check out the other amazing artists HERE )

My Hatshepsut piece for the upcoming GIRLS: Fact + Fiction show, opening December 7th at the Light Grey Art Lab gallery space in Minneapolis, MN!
We were invited to draw any fictional or factual lady of our choice, so I went with Hatshepsut because, well, she’s Hatshepsut. If I am to believe all of those ancient statues of her, she looks damn fine in a pair of aviators.
I’m not going to be able to make the opening myself, but you can check out the invite for the show over on facebook if you’re so inclined and/or local. :)
PRINTS AND ART BOOKAlso worth mentioning is that the people behind Light Grey Art Lab have already set up an online store for the show! You can pick up prints of all the art, along with a limited edition art book collecting all of the pieces in the show with short blurbs about each of the featured ladies.
You can pick up a print of my piece HERE, and grab the art book HERE. Go forth and look at all the pretty art!
-C

My Hatshepsut piece for the upcoming GIRLS: Fact + Fiction show, opening December 7th at the Light Grey Art Lab gallery space in Minneapolis, MN!

We were invited to draw any fictional or factual lady of our choice, so I went with Hatshepsut because, well, she’s Hatshepsut. If I am to believe all of those ancient statues of her, she looks damn fine in a pair of aviators.

I’m not going to be able to make the opening myself, but you can check out the invite for the show over on facebook if you’re so inclined and/or local. :)

PRINTS AND ART BOOK
Also worth mentioning is that the people behind Light Grey Art Lab have already set up an online store for the show! You can pick up prints of all the art, along with a limited edition art book collecting all of the pieces in the show with short blurbs about each of the featured ladies.

You can pick up a print of my piece HERE, and grab the art book HERE. Go forth and look at all the pretty art!

-C

Light Grey Art Lab’s Girls: Fact + Fiction art show is coming up in a couple of weeks, and I’ve got a piece in the show!  I’m only posting a preview of my Girl Of Choice for now (pictured underneath the flyer), but I should be able to post the entire piece in a couple of days with a link to their online store.

Really excited to be in another show with these fine folks, alongside a ton of other amazing artists- just wish I lived closer to the venue. :P

-C

I finally finished up my piece for the upcoming Pokemon Battle Royale gallery show and, since a bunch of other artists have been sharing their contributions, I thought I’d post mine!  SEAKING.  That’s right.
I guess I’ve always just had a soft spot for fish Pokemon and their dead, vacant stares- how do they even function in a fight?  Especially if that fight is on land?  These are the questions I think we need to be asking.  Despite all that I tried to do my best to make Seaking look like a bit of a badass, but Misty’s probably helping him out a bit in that regard.

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I finally finished up my piece for the upcoming Pokemon Battle Royale gallery show and, since a bunch of other artists have been sharing their contributions, I thought I’d post mine!  SEAKING.  That’s right.

I guess I’ve always just had a soft spot for fish Pokemon and their dead, vacant stares- how do they even function in a fight?  Especially if that fight is on land?  These are the questions I think we need to be asking.  Despite all that I tried to do my best to make Seaking look like a bit of a badass, but Misty’s probably helping him out a bit in that regard.

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