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10 July 2013 @ 11:51 am
a short story by sigil  
The scene is 1999
A 14 yr old me is browsing Elfwood after creating some art of my own for the first time:
http://www.elfwood.com/~mel/Finished-(1999).3030256.html
http://www.elfwood.com/~mel/Mottled-Dragon-(1998).3030232.html

I stumbles upon this:
http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Ursula-Vernon/UMithras.jpg
and this
http://www.elfwood.com/art/u/r/ursula/crux.jpg
and this
http://images.elfwood.com/art/u/r/ursula/blackkirin.jpg

and my world is changed forever, thanks to Ursula Vernon~
I read Black Dogs probably before I'm old enough to really appreciate it, but there's scary unicorns and sex in it and that's pretty great.

Life happens for over a decade, and all these things are kind of forgotten, though filed away in the inspirational images I lock down while going through a loss of faith, dropping out of college and a divorce.

It's 2011 and I'm at Anthrocon, sharing a dealers table with a friend. The name on the banner at the table next to me is suddenly familiar. Ursula...VERNON and it ALL COMES RUSHING BACK. Black Dogs has been published, I run and immediately buys my copy of the books and have URSULA FUCKING VERNON sign them. Ursula is nice and friendly and has a great smile. Ursula likes my watercolor pieces and says I should try the non-furry con circut too. I go home and process this all with some level of disbelief.

Fast forward to 2013. I follow Ursula on LJ and twitter and we've talked some. I've made colleague/acquaintance with other amazing folks like Miss Monster and Charles Urbach and am now an Art Director at a company I really believe in. I paint some of Miss Monster's masks from a project I abandon, hoping that maybe someone will take them off my hands. Up they go in the art show and Ursula V buys them both. In addition, I bid on one of Charles Urbach's prints, and he tells me later "Why did you do that, I would have traded with you!"

So in short I don't really have a lot of celebrity worship but I kind of flip out in my head a lot when the people who inspire me ARE INSPIRED/ENJOY MY WORK BACK. and it's happening and they don't teach you ever what to do other than "not be weird", which I hope I'm not being!

It's weird knowing that I am now having this effect on other artists, when I say I will do a trade with them, or say I like THEIR art! I'm just melissa/sigil/whatever, come on now!!
 
 
 
*leahtaur on July 10th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
Ursula Vernon is the best. I have no personal interaction with her but have been following her for ten or twelve years and just bought the Digger Omnibus. She is so cool. <3

I was going to tell you that she mentioned you in her blog but I guess you know. XD
sigilgoatsigilgoat on July 10th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
yes I purchased all the diggers and have been reading them and then passing them off to my 14 yr old brother to get him into Good Comics, though i wish i would have waited for the omnibus!

though i can always pick it up later right omg
darkheartsclubdarkheartsclub on July 10th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
best story :>
The Alchemistalchemist on July 10th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
I find the best thing to do is just get the fan gush out of the way, and then be normal people. Works for me anyway. *grin*

(See story of when Mel Hines and I fanned at each other, and then were cool, somewhere in my back archives. AKon 2010, I think it was?)
sigilgoatsigilgoat on July 10th, 2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
I try to just get all of my "screaming in a pillow" out at once, which I thought I did back in 2011, but apparently I missed the "and then the awesome artist BUYS YOUR STUFF" corner, haha 8D

I should be good now!!! XD