CYO Interview

Catellen – Finders Keepers

1. When did you first start designing CYO?
About 3 months after joining the site early in 2009 – and, then, it was mostly just mall and freebie edits, augmentations, or re-colors.

2. What made you start designing CYO?
I think because, back then, it was far more challenging to generate moolah and coins (before Golden Tickets) and uploading was cheaper than it is now — so it was a way to make my funds go farther and to generate more funds through shop sales.

3. What is your favorite CYO piece that you have created?
While not particularly my favorite piece, I was very proud of a dress design called “glitter-drape” because it was the first time that I actually created an original piece – every detail was drawn.

4. What’s your biggest CYO accomplishment so far?
Receiving the Superlative Award for Makeup in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

5. What is the best thing about designing CYO?
Having an opportunity to be creative and hone new skills, while contributing to the diversity of DC’s vast design offerings.

6. How long does it take you to create a CYO piece?
Of course, it depends on what type of item I’m designing – but anywhere from 10 minutes to several days. Jewelry and faces don’t usually take as long as a dress, though sometimes I do spend a long time trying to make even a small item perfect. I’ll think I’m finished – only to notice a speck or issue that needs to be corrected after I’ve uploaded it! When that happens, I actually delete new uploads — something I couldn’t afford to do when I first started. LOL!

7. Who is your favorite CYO designer?
Because of the mall items and “bundles”, created by very talented DC staff designers, it’s difficult to know who is responsible for which items — though I’m very impressed by the perfection and diversity of Pandaimeec’s beautiful designs.

8. What’s one tip you can offer to new CYO designers?
I would encourage patience with your design attempts. Don’t rush your work or expect to be perfect immediately. Like any artistic discipline, CYO design develops with practice – so keep refining your skills and style. Don’t just say … that’s good enough and upload it: Compare it to the CYO designs you admire and try to emulate the qualities you notice.

6 Comments on Catellen – Finders Keepers

  1. Ronmedo

    Wonderful interview with Ellen, her talent and dedication and attention to detail is amazing. I love to shop in her store you can always find a unique face or piece of jewelry.

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