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Jun

VIP SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE! Plus: Interview with artist Ginger Hoesly

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Your patience has been rewarded — it’s here! The first ever VIP shirt for PotterVerse! The art, drawn by Onezumi Events graphic designer Ginger Hoesly, features four rather familiar animals getting comfy and looking absolutely adorable.

The shirt is available at VIP tier 2 ($60 in addition to registration), which also includes the tier 1 perks of a special badge, limited-edition artwork, early access to the Dealers’ Room, and an invitation to a special “House” party. Hit our registration page to grab yours!

 

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We sat down with the shirt’s designer, Ginger Hoesly, to talk about her work on this and other projects. Onezumi Events attendees may recognize Ginger from (Re)Gen 3’s merch table, and her art and designs from this year’s cosplay badges, VIP art print, and regular con shirt. By day, she works for Oswego’s Imagination Print and Design. But after work she works to create the awesome graphics you see on our websites and social media, and creates art and merch both as fan works and for her own original creations!

 

POTTERVERSE: So, first off — what’s your background in art and design? How did you get started before you started working professionally?

GINGER HOESLY: My background is one I think a lot of artists have. I’ve been drawing since forever, and when I was five my ambitions were “artist or astronaut”, so I at least got one of those down pat.

I went to art school, originally with the laser-focused goal of majoring in graphic design. Three weeks into the program I went “nope” and switched to illustration, which I have my BFA in.

After graduation, I just had to wait a few months, do a lot of job scouring, and have gallbladder surgery, before I was hired to be a graphic artist at a home decor company. Chicago is a pretty good area for design-y jobs so it was mostly just GETTING one.
PV: And in addition to your day job, you do a lot of fan works, too. Where might people have seen your work outside Onezumi Events?

GH: I have pretty absolute claim over usernames “randomthunk” and “Kataoi”. Instagram, Tumblr, and Etsy for the first one, Twitter and an old DeviantArt account for the latter.

Outside the internet, I’ve had work on display at San Diego ComicCon a couple years, on tour with the Doctor Who World Tour, and had a few pieces displayed during some airings of BBC America’s “Doctor’s Notes” specials.

Back briefly to the internet, last Christmas I did a couple pieces for the BBC that were on The Doctor Who Fan Show, promoting Twelve Doctors of Christmas.

To put it one way, I’m pretty fond of my time traveling alien show.
PV: Speaking of Doctor Who, you’ve done some work for (Re)Generation Who as well. What’s it been like working with the group so far?

GH: It reminds me a lot of my day job, actually, and I mean that in a good way because I like my day job (hi boss).

I think more than anything I like being able to fit into the team, where everyone is working towards the same goal, and there’s very talented and smart people who are working very hard to put on a great show. I have a lot of love and passion for my work, so being with others who have that same level is awesome.
PV: We recently premiered the basic con shirt, which you designed, but today we’re premiering the VIP shirt which is pretty much all your own art. How did you come up with the concept and style for this?

GH: I mean, there’s two things I wanted with the shirt – “appealing”, which I want with any design, and a sense of togetherness. So my solution was “cute animal smush pile”.

Whenever you go to a con you get to meet people who are into the same thing you are, so even though we all have our own house or favorite characters, we’re still there because of a mutual love of the series.
PV: Tell us a little about your workspace when you draw. What’s comfortable for you?

GH: For the most part, I’m going to be at my desk in my office. Maybe it’s an age thing but I can’t settle into my bed or on the couch and use my laptop like I used to (I just want to sleep at that point). Usually I have a YouTube video going (Game Theory Live is a favorite to play), or a Cubs game if they’re playing (as I do right now),or just some music. It means I know a lot of specific songs and videos really really well.

I tell you what though, a very important thing to have is a comfy chair. I finally got me one for Christmas and I haven’t had the back issues like I used to. Funny, that.
PV: It’s probably hard to pick, but is there something you’ve done in your art and design work recently that you’re especially proud of?

GH: I think it’s a good sign that my first thought was something rather recent. I’ve done a couple drawings recently where, one got retweeted by The Doctor Who Fan Show, which was cool, and another that got on Anglophenia, which was also cool. Never had those things happen before.

I’ve started doing a lot more shirt designs in my free time in the past year, with the biggest hit by far being this one that says “Thank God and Scotland for Peter Capaldi”. People have met Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat wearing the shirt, which is amazing, but I think the best to come of that was Elaine Collins bought two of them. If you don’t know who that is, my dad likes to call her “Mrs. Doctor Who”, so.
PV: It’s PotterVerse, so we have to ask — what House are you?

GH: Gryffindor.

It’s not so popular in online communities I noticed, maybe ’cause it’s the one of the protagonist and all, but it’s the one I’ve been sorted into several times over throughout many years, so I can’t even pretend to deny it’s my house.

Also lions? Lions are awesome? Come on.
PV: Anything else you’re up to or have coming up that you’d like our fans to keep an eye out for?

GH: Well if your fans are interested in my art and or shenanigans, I’m pretty active on social media. Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram are where I post artwork and things I’m working on, along with some general shouting about like, baseball and things of that nature.

I run an Etsy shop which I update fairly regularly with new items and such. I’ve been focusing a lot on shirts and buttons recently, so if you think my Potterverse works are appealing you may be interested in other items to put on your torso.

Lastly, I have a book coming out soon! There’s so much going on, haha.

It’s actually the second book in a series. If you like your paranormal romances but would really rather prefer to skip the common pitfalls of those stories, then you should check out Owl’s Flower. The first book is available for free in e-book format!

 

Remember to hit the registration page to sign up for VIP tier 2 and get your own awesome shirt! Tier 2 will only be open for a limited time, so get in while you can!

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