It's a 1.5" wide sublimated ribbon lanyard with printing on the front and back side as well as a lobster claw style clasp for your badge/id.
This is an item Julia has wanted us to produce for some time, but I was always hesitant about, but after ECCC last year, I surrendered and started looking into the manufacturing options (Thanks here to Jim Demonakos & James Kim for their help).
Below are some of the process for creating the very thin and very long art.
In playing with a layout, I dropped in some art from character paintings I did for SDCC last year and liked how they looked so I redrew them as crisp ink drawings. I also did new art to add in Celanawe and Gwendolyn (and I would have added in Rand too if he'd have fit). I inked the characters in two groups (even though Lieam overlaps Sadie) so that I could fit them easier on a sheet of bristol board and perhaps make the original art more sellable.
That meant I needed 51" of ivy 3" wide. So, I broke up the ivy into 3 segments that overlapped slightly that I could piece back together in Photoshop after scanning (you can see some registration & calibration marks in the margins). The inks for these were done on a sheet of 14" x 17" Strathmore bristol with Copic Multiliner SP pens.
The characters colors were pretty well established from having draw and colored the same characters for years (though I always make micro adjustments to compensate for the colors surrounding those established colors). I also established color holds (areas where I want the ink lines to be a color other than black) on the ivy veins and Gwendolyn's dress.
I played with the ivy colors for a while too--there are lots of shades of green and I needed these to be a bit warmer and more subtle than most ivy you'd see in the wild.
I used the Dodge and Burn tools in Photoshop with a stock textured brush to add all the shadows and highlights.
There was also a period of experimentation for how best to make sure the logo & emblem didn't get lost in the business of the ivy, but I'm happy with the final results.
As I said above, the lanyard will be available at Emerald City Comic Con at the end of this month and in my online store shortly after we return home.