CYO Interview with Cat58
1. When did you first start designing CYO?
2010, about a year after I joined DivaChix.
2. What made you start designing CYO?
I think it was something I wanted to do since I joined. Learning how to create “paper doll clothes” in Photoshop, which also had shading and highlights and depth, took a while.
3. What is your favorite CYO piece that you have created?
That’s hard! I have many designs that I love. I’m very proud of the steampunk range “Florabella” that I created for Rene. I also love the “Julianne” dress for Sophie.
4. What your biggest CYO accomplishment so far?
Being asked to join the Design Team. That was a thrill and an honor, and although my time with them was short, I learned so very much from the other designers on the team.
5. What is the best thing about designing CYO?
That’s another hard one! I guess it’s a way of expressing yourself, putting your own stamp on the game. It’s always a thrill to see other players’ dolls in my designs, and especially when they win DOTD.
6. How long does it take you to create a CYO piece?
There’s no hard and fast rule. It varies from a few hours to a few days to a couple of weeks (and if it’s not done after a couple of weeks, best to abandon the project).
7. Who is your favorite CYO designer?
Are you trying to get me in trouble? lol, I could start listing them, and just go on and on, and still forget somebody I love.
8. What’s one tip you can offer to new CYO designers?
If you use Photoshop, and you’re not doing it already, learn how to use the pen tool. I was reluctant to try it, because it’s difficult at first, but it makes such a difference once you’ve got it. My earlier designs all have slightly uneven edges because I was drawing with a brush tool, which is very difficult with a touch pad or mouse. You can get much smoother lines with the pen tool.