Monday, September 19, 2011

Adeste Fideles

*Be present, faithful ones

Since I wasn't completely satisfied with the first shoot I had in my Kiris cosplay, I dragged mustacheranger out for a quick shoot.
Didn't get much out of this one either /I really need my Raenef, haha.
But I still got some solo shots, which I think are pretty neat, so just because I can, I'm sharing them here.

I've edited to look more cartoon-esque, just for the blog. Enjoy.
*As always, click to see larger version

Sunday, September 18, 2011

SDotP: Layers and Chrest

This weekend have been dedicated fully to the start-off on Kaito.
My very lovely cosplaypartner, Kiba, arrived friday, to help and be my sparing partner in this, I must measure up!
I started out, running by the patterns I'd chosen for the different parts, and then started cutting up, some of the fabric. The pants got tossed to the side, since I don't really need any sudden help with them (for now).

The shirt/jacket itself, actually have five different kinds of fabrics all together, but it's not something you'll be able to tell, unless you're wearing it. The outer layer is the exact same fabric all over, the see-through bottom you can see in the picture below, and oh god, it looks so nice, you won't even believe it!
Front piece is lined with red, as you can see below and above to the bottom-right, which I find a lovely contrast to everything the costume will have going on. Nom.

If you know me on facebook, you might have seen me ranting, about me and the chrest that I had to redo, and since I could, I did that tonight. I also altered it slightly, since this would be a neater version, when parted down the middle.

The chrest I'm using for Kaito is the Khanda symbol, of Sikhism, representing "The Coat of Arms" ; truth, willingness to fight, and one God, never beginning, never ending. How this translate into the story we're going to perform, I'll let you think about.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sheryl Nome: Shading a wig.

I've just finished shading my Sheryl wig, since the wig I got, I felt didn't really relate to Sheryl's hair, as much as I wanted it to. So I got cracking with the markers, which I borrowed from my lovely room-mate Nadia.

Putting streaks and shades into a wig, is really the easiest thing in the world, though very time-consuming.
If it's your first time, shading a wig, you should use a tone slightly darker than the wig's actual color, just to test it out, by doing some vertical stripes on a layer that isn't too visible.
Once you get a good technique working for you, continue with the rest of the wig, with the actual color you need. Though it's always a good idea to go lighter at first, and then layer the color if you must.

When I finished putting in the pink shades into the blonde part of the wig, I moved on to the solid pink, which looked fine underneath the shades blonde, but I wanted a more real look to it, so I used a marker, a few degrees darker than the actual color, and put in very few, very thin and separated streaks.

At last, remember... when using markers and other sorts of pens, which is used for paper... Know that the color most likely won't stick in water (some will though).
You are, in actuality, drawing on plastic, which most inks (unless designed for it), don't stick on.
Markers will stick better to a heat-resistant wig, because of the different texture, but I do not recommend doing shading, the night before the con.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

SDotP: Fabrics and Armor

 Sheryl's fabric on the right, SO EASY.
Yesterday I went to buy fabric with my dear cosplay partner, Kiba.
Took us the good side of two hours, to get everything that we needed, alternate cosplays as well. /SO MUCH FABRIC
But now we're set for the actual sewing part of this cosplay. At least it seems like we are.

Today we've been talking armor and how we should actually put together the spine, thankfully, we had pretty much the same idea, with a few alterations of course.
Browsing eBay, we've also found what we want to make our armor out of, very great, much cheaper than expected as well.


We've also bought our wigs, and are totally excited about receiving them. They'll be so beautiful!

Not the actual wigs, but an estimate of the colors.