Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wig: Saya Takagi

Today my Saya Takagi wig, Highschool of the Dead, arrived. And I have to admit that I was really nervous about this wig, because pink is one of the harder shades to find, where it doesn't look too synthetic, and also the package was waaaay smaller than the ones I usually get twintails in.
BUT my lover on the side, Lady Luck, had a good day, and the wig is thick and pretty.

I tried to take pictures through-out the styling process, but my DSLR ran out of battery and the smaller one has the worst automatic focus. So here's just the before and after:

As always it's a more natural interpretation, just because that's how I like wearing my wigs, and I've also used slightly more hair for the bangs, since I've seen the more screen accurate look been done on a wig and I didn't care too much for it.

I still haven't worked one the twintails, they need a little more layering at the base and some volume, just so they don't look like extra attachments.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Portrait Tip: Personality Angle

As a cosplayer, you're more than likely to have your picture taken, at cons you cannot control what the photographer does, but at a photoshoot, it's easy to know what to expect and you can help your photographer with guidance to how your character is supposed to be perceived.
*Do mind that everybody's face and body is different and my tips are not rules!

I got one example here, about how much a slight angle, can change your look.

In photo number one, the camera is pretty much right in front of my face, possibly a little higher up. This angle will make your head look bigger, and most of your facial features smaller, while your eyes gets bigger.
not just your face, but your torso also changes, since your neck appears to be shorter and your shoulder pulled up.
This angle is perfect for young characters and also the generic cute girl, and also if your character is more vulnerable, because the viewer has the dominant height.

In photo number two, the camera is obviously lower than my face, but not by much. This slight change makes an obvious impact, your head will appear smaller and proportionate to your body, therefore more adult and serious. Your neck looks longer and also taller.
This angle is good for adult characters, and if you're like me; a shorty, it will make you appear at least an inch or two taller. It is a more serious angle and not used often for cutesy pictures.

I hope this helps those of you who need it, it was very much a spur of the moment thing, but fun non-the-less