Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Pop Princess Illustrator Winner is...

I would like to start out this post by thanking all the candidates, applicants, and supporters of this illustrator contest! Your avid support of this undertaking has meant so much to me, and to the illustrators for cheering them on and supporting their work. I am so excited we get to share the experience together!

[ I would then like to apologize for not announcing the winner on time, or in a speedy fashion. Because apparently, the answer is, yes: you can in fact have the flu virus and a bacterial infection of strep at the SAME time. I was down with a fever of 103, and have been recovering for a couple weeks now. So sorry, guys! *c* ]

The winner is... Starry Gardens by Flor! <3

Meet the Illustrator! ♥

This is Flor, isn't she cute? ^o^

-Hello, darling! World, meet Flor. Flor, meet the World! Say hello. 

Hi world! 9u9

-Would you tell the readers a little bit more about yourself?

Um, I’m not really sure what to say. I’m really happy for this and I hope it to be an amazing experience! I also really love my kitty Toulouse, even if right now he is in his rebellious phase.

-Are you excited to be announced the winner of the Pop Princess contest?

Of course! Who wouldn’t? Although I got a little shocked when I received the news.
Also I’m really glad that the other designs will get a chance to be printed, they are so pretty, and of course Annika wouldn’t have let them go away. 

[Edit from Annika: So if your favorite print/illustrator didn't get selected, no worries! <3 We will hopefully have these cute designs printed later this season! ^-^]

-Were you surprised by how many wonderful votes you got? Was it exciting to watch the polls come in?

Yes, pretty much. I wasn’t so confident about my design, since even in the prompt sketches the other designs were so beautiful, and mine was kind of messy. I’m really grateful for everyone that voted for me, really many thanks <3 I will keep trying my best!

-You are obviously a stupendously talented and fantastic artist! Can you tell us how you first got into illustration/art?

I liked drawing since I was little, typical story really. Since I lived very very far away from down town I didn’t really had friends to go out and play and stuff. So I enjoyed my afternoons drawing and creating stories! Then all this got serious in high school, and now I’m in my final semester of college in animation.

-What was your inspiration behind the Starry Gardens print? Did you know where you were going with it right away? Or did you have a bunch of sketches at first?

Well, I really got inspired by some of your words in the description you gave us. That Hopscotch is wishing upon stars in heaven. I thought it would be so whimsical and a nice and unique touch for a bunny print, since there are so many, I wanted to do something new.

-You put SO much gorgeous detail into your illustrations! How long do illustrations usually take you?

It depends in what style I am working, it can go from 2 hours to 7 and more. For this print it took me like 8, mainly because is not only an illustration but is a pattern and it takes some time to make it seamless.

-Are you excited to see your design go to print, and be turned into cute garments?

Yeesss! It will be amazing, I can’t wait to see what Annika has prepared for this <3

 -Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers? 

First of all, again, many thanks for those who voted for me. It was really a surprise for me that it would be so accepted! And finally that I hope this isn’t the first and last time you hear about me, I really want to continue working in illustrations and things inspired by and for Lolita.
 

xo What a fantastic interview! Look for more info on the upcoming Starry Garden design as we send it for test prints and swatches! 

8 comments:

  1. Ahhhhhhh yay! Congrats to Flor! ♥ This was definitely one of my top favorite designs! I'm so glad it was picked! I hope to see the dress come to life soon! I will totally buy it X3
    And another congrats to the other entrants! Everyone did such an amazing job!
    Kieli~♥

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    1. ^o^ Kieli, yay yay yay! <3 We hope to send it out for swatch/samples later this week in all the colorways to make sure everything is good for pre-orders. In the mean time, I will be sketching away to come up with designs! <3 I am so happy the print has taken such an interest!

      The other applicants are fantastic girls! <3 I can't wait to work them in the future!

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  2. Awww... I voted for her too ^~^
    The print is so adorable cute I would love to buy the dress if I'm able to afford it. Congrats to Flor ^~^ she's very talented.

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    1. <3 I hope you will too! I will be doing a variation of skirts, jsks, and possibly a one piece in this fabric! xo

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  3. The print is going to make such a lovely dress. I can't wait to see a finished sample. I hope I'll have enough money to order it when it comes out.

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    1. <3 ^-^ For sure! I hope so very very much!

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  4. Aaaaaaw ♥ She looks like a totally adorableand natural person,such as her print!!
    Cant wait to see ot finished!!!I hope to be able to buy it someday QvQ

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    1. ^-^ Right? She is really such a sweetheart too! I will be posting design sketches sooooon and then the real thing. :>

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