Saturday, April 27, 2013

Jason Todd: Bodysuit, Cape & Mask [Progress]

Some weeks ago, I was out fabric-shopping, for my extra costume for Desucon 2013, but didn't find a type of fabric that I wanted to use, and since I've had a lot of Jason Todd feelings, I decided to 'bring him home' instead.

I'm making the 'cameo' version from the series Young Justice, since it's the Robin version of him that I like the most, I like the details and think they fit his character a lot.
I know I'm not nearly ripped enough to actually imitate the 'boxing athlete' body of Jason, but I my love for the character just makes up for it in my mind. 8D

I wanted to make the whole suit and cape in pleather, but since the store didn't have the right type, I went with the 'generic' lycra/spandex-types, but since it is my first type doing something like this, I thought it was a fair middle-ground!

If I can't find a full-body short or licensed design of a character, I make a costume sheet, at least 90% of the times, this really helps, because I don't have to keep the whole design in my head, and remember details.

Most of the base bodysuit was finished by day one, and I realized I should stop slouching so much, haha.
The top is baggy, and that's because I've been unsure about how to make the top part wider (in a maaanly way)

I then started on making the cape, this was a first for me, and I have to say it's been one of the most challenging things ever, one; because I wanted to get it right in the first go. Second; I had no idea what I was doing.
But I'm satisfied with the result, and I like the way that it moves.


I bought a full-face mask for the 'cowl' (I wish, haha), just because I wanted to try it, next time I'll make the base myself. I'm still debating weather or not to cover it with pleather and then add some gloss (because I think it looks good when it shines)

Looks sorta uneven here, but I swear it's not XD
The thing I'm working on now is the details on the side, which I realized today is upside down, but unfortunately I have no way to bend my body in a way so I can actually pin them on, so for now (as you can see in on the left picture) it'll look like a mecha-suit for a futuristic magical girl.


 I can't wait to finish this costume! Super psyched!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

J-Popcon 2013

J-popcon 2013 was last weekend, the same venue as last year; DGI Byen & Øksnehallen.
I've had a pretty ambivalent view on this con for a few years, because it've felt unorganized and not at all worth the price, but on the other hand it IS still the biggest convention in Denmark and the show is always amazing.

This year I was very surprised, I very much enjoyed the convention actually. I'm not one who attends panels or anything of the sort, so I can't talk about those - but what was great; was the maturity and spirit of the attendees and staff.
Everyone was very welcoming and I didn't at all feel uncomfortable as I have done some of the past years, because of maturity level and the bursting of the personal bubble. - Not at all an issue this year!
And also the show was amazing, oh gosh, so many great acts, and I want to list all of them here, but I don't want to leave anything out!

Check out this user on YouTube who has uploaded all of the showcases!

Onwards to the cosplays I wore!

Friday: Humanized Lady Marian from Disney's Robin Hood
Partner: Bàra as Robin Hood.
Feels: I thought I would be very uncomfortable in this cosplay, just because it's so feminine, but I actually enjoyed it a lot and got a lot of positive response on it, which definitely boosted my confidence in cosplaying girly girls - The best thing was definitely the parents at the con recognizing my character and being truly happy about that (all my face-character feels!)
For next time: I will completely redo the outer layer dress, because I wanted a different look for it and I also got too skinny for it (How I met your mother, anyone?)

picture by Ame Photography

 pictures by Kelevar Photography

Satuday: Argentine from the DNAngel mangaFeels: This is definitely a cosplay I'll wear more than once, I liked wearing it and I was just really happy to finally have it done after so long! And I love the fabric-types I've chosen! I didn't get recognized really, people were mostly confused, but that doesn't matter too much imo.

pictures by: Saks Photography

Sunday: Saya Takagi from Highschool of the Dead
Partners: Chikara as Rei, Zuum as Saeko, Mie Rose as Takashi
Feels: Well... our sailor fuku's didn't arrive in time, so the yukata's was a back-up plan, that I guess turned out alright, but I was pretty sad about now actually wearing the 'proper' costume, and actually had to buy back-up glasses, because otherwise I'd not at all feel into the character - The glasses helped and I actually had a good time, pigtail wig and all. It was fun cosplaying with a group of four, something that could be really addicting! We've recieved our uniforms now, so I'm super excited to get out and shoot!

pictures by: Saks Photography