Photoshoot: Saiyuki

Taken at MCM Comic Con October 2015

Nesabi as Sanzo
Ickle as Goku
BladeyCakes as Hakkai

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MCM Comic Con October 2015!

Sorry for the slight delay in this week’s post! I’ve been trying to finalise my plans for the upcoming MCM. Doesn’t look like the weather is going to be very nice, especially on the Friday, which has given me pause to think!

But I can now confirm these plans – sort of.

Friday: Panty – Panty and Stocking
Saturday: Lan Fan – Fullmetal Alchemist
Sunday: Thief Edea – Bravley Default

Originally on Friday, I was planning to cosplay Jibril from No Game No Life. I didn’t quite get it finished for Kitacon this year, so I wanted an excuse to finish it. But with the weather looking a little rainy, I didn’t fancy walking around with only one shoe on! Though not much better in terms of coverage, Panty is a cosplay I’ve been meaning to do for a couple of years, but have never quite managed to get round to doing it. This time I’m going to take it easy and buy a dress. I already have shoes and jewellery from when I planned to do this at Kitacon 2014. If I wake up on Friday morning and the weather is completely awful, I may end going in civvies that day.

Lan Fan is another cosplay I’ve been wanting to do for years, and I’ve finally got the chance to with an FMA group that’s been organised by Nomes =)

Edea I’m talking along to show some Bravley Default love, though unfortunately I’m missing the main group on Saturday as it clashes with the FMA one!

Should hopefully be a good weekend though. Looking forward to seeing lots of my friends and meeting lots of new people at the Square Enix Collective meets each day.

Incoming Comic Con!

MCM Comic Con is now less than a week away!I hope everyone is managing to finish those last minute details on all of their cosplays, I know I am 😉

Every year I say to myself, I won’t leave things to the last minute. I have been better this year, much better in fact, but I probably could have done more earlier in the year. Still. I have nothing major left to finish, it’s just little details and finishes, which makes me feel okay about the whole thing.
So what am I wearing I hear you ask? (Okay, maybe not asking, but I’m telling).
I did post this on my Facebook page a few weeks back, once I had decided, but I thought a reminder wouldn’t hurt.

Saturday – Jibril from No Game No Life
Sunday – Lightning (Midnight Mauve garb) from Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Friday I should also be there, but only as a photographer. Depending on the weather, I’m also planing to do some photography on the Saturday as well =)
Hope to see some of you there! =)

The Rest of 2014

There aren’t many months left in this year and there aren’t many more cosplay events happening. But I’ve still got a few to do, and I thought I’d do a run down of my plans for them =)

EGX London
Warrior Rikku – Final Fantasy X-2
Although to be honest, I’m highly considering dropping the cosplay, in order to focus on photography, but, in all likelihood I’ll end up trying to juggle the both of them! Hoping to try out my new steadicam =)

October MCM Comic Con
Saturday: Joker – Kuroshitsugi
Sunday: ???
In all honestly, I’m not 100% set on what’s happening for Expo, but I should be there, if only to keep an eye on the SEC on Saturday =) Which is why cosplay plans are kind of up in the air =p The two cosplays I had considered wearing, I’m now putting on hold. So it’ll probably end up being Rikku (again) or the Midnight Mauve garb if I get it done!

Distant Worlds
Lightning (Midnight Mauve garb) – Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
Okay, so I know Distant Worlds isn’t a convention, but there’s a bunch of us going and I’ll be in cosplay so I’m just going to count it anyway =p This is my aim date to get Mightning Mauve at least wearable for. It should definitely be possible, as long as I don’t get distracted or procrastinate!

Auchinawa
Ooo, what I’m most excited for! I really don’t know what I’ll be wearing for this yet, it’s a case of seeing what’s finished and ready to wear! I may try to sneak in another cosplay between the end of Midnight Mauve and Auchi, but we shall see!!

And then comes a long break. And it may be even longer than you think….

Photos of Rosa Progress

No, so like, I have a perfectly good excuse for leaving it over a month. I’ve been revising and examing and I’m almost done now and found a break to blog!

So let’s show you some of my Rosa progress yes?

So these are the boots. All very simple. Need to add the purple bits and the top bits.

They’re also very comfy. I wore them for a week in France in the snow. And then thought I should probably stop wearing them to make sure I didn’t break them before Expo =p

Let’s alternate sides shall we?

These was a rough attempt at getting the bun in the wig. I need to actually move it down a bit since this sat basically on top of my head and did not look good.
I’m waiting to get some more hairspray and wax before I do this properly, so I can basically cement it in place. And by waiting I mean being lazy and not going to a shop to get some.

These are some of the gems I made out of polymorph. Love this stuff! First time working with it, so they’re not perfect, but I shall improve. Have since had layers of mod podge, ready to be painted.

Capes capes capes capes!

I love capes. So swishy ❤

And yes, these are Rosa’s capes.

Patterns are all hand drawn and tbh, I’m pretty damn proud with how they look together.

So on the left we have the belts and pieces, roughly tucked and pinned in place. More detail to go, but almost there!
I just wanted to see how it was all going to fit together. Pretty damn close to the reference methinks.

And on the right, we have the bits of how I made the jewelled part on the belty pieces (what do I call them??).
Cut up some bamboo pieces, spray them gold.
Coloured some clear gems I found with nail varnish, and then, well, there you go!

Also, decided to make myself a new gunblade for Lightning, since I’m entering her into the masquerade and into Eurocosplay qualifiers.

Okay, I know it’s made out of cardboard, but shush.
I couldn’t afford anything more fancy (or rather, couldn’t justify it) and it only has to last 1 day. Not even that, one afternoon.
I’ve layered it with paper mache newspaper. Needs priming, sanding if I have time and then painting.

I still have a fair bit to do, and one more exam on Friday, but that gives me a week to find things before Expo. Let’s hope I can do it!

And here are my Expo plans, because I doubt I’ll get time (or even have a need?) to blog again before Expo. So we have God Tier Rose (Homestuck), Lightning (FFXIII) and of course Rosa (FFIV). Also wearing a normal version of Rose on the mornings, whilst I have photoshoots, since I wanted something more comfortable to wear whilst doing them.
Come say hi if you see me! =]

 

The remains of October Expo

You remember October Expo right? It was only 5 months ago. That’s barely anything.
I had a good Expo, lots of photoshoots (though I could have been more organised) and some fun cosplaying times!
Didn’t cosplay on Friday (at least, I have no memory of doing so xD) but I finally got to break out my finished Lightning cosplay on Saturday!! Had a small photoshoot (in the freezing cold) by the lovely Aaron

 

Unfortunately my gunblade bent when I was travelling to Expo, and so I struggled with it in the wind. And then to go home I decided to snap it completely so it would be easier to transport. This does however mean I need to fix it or remake it for May, when I hope to be in the masquerade with Lightning, but I still haven’t quite worked out what to do yet!

Had a quiet Sunday as Yeul. I wasn’t feeling 100% comfortable as her tbh. But I went into the masquerade for the first time! It was a little scary, but I’m glad I did it. I don’t think I was on stage for very long at all (of course, it felt longer to me at the time) but I can only learn.
I got some lovely photos back from Yuka, who managed to make me look much better than I felt I did!
I met her in October for the first time, after chatting a bit on Tumblr. She was lovely, and it was definitely a highlight of the weekend, meeting someone I admire =]

 

And as I mentioned, I did a bit of photography of my own! Various shoots for various people. It was a nice learning curve, and I’m only improving more. A small selection is below. I took hundreds of images of course, these are just some of my favourites =] (I’ve got more in my DA gallery here).

 

 

And that was October Expo!
Not long left til May now, but I’ll keep things a little more up to date =p
Will get some Rosa progress up here soon, between procrastinating on my revision and writing my report. You may even get a brief post about Birmingham Expo, but I’m planning a full one for Just Cosplay, so maybe look out for that instead!

Yeul Progress

(So I only left it just under 3 weeks, getting better…..)

Anyway, have some Yeul updates!

Firstly we have the skirt, though this is what it looked like a week ago. I have since cut it to the right length, just waiting for me to hem it tomorrow.

It’s a weird kind of skirt. Yeul’s skirt looks like it’s supposed to be a wrapped skirt, but that’s kind of impossible difficult to do (would require recutting everything, probably, and a lot of trial and error) so I decided to cheat a little. There is a zip in the back of the skirt (hidden) from which the wrap pieces on either side come from, so they at no point cross round the back (which would have caused problems).

So yes, quite proud as I haven’t used any sort of a pattern. Just common sense and some trial and error.

Needs dying, but that’ll probably be one of the last things I do as it’s fairly simple.

Next are just some small photos. One shows my recolouring of beads. Gotta love sharpies, saved me having to buy 3 lots of beads when I only need what you see in the picture of red and green (also 2 of the original yellow). I have quite a few left, but no where near how many I would have had.
Also is the beginnings of the head piece. Has a craft foam base and then I’m building up the shape with air drying clay.

 

Lastly comes me looking all gangster.

Innit. Bro.

But I’m actually showing you the various bracelets Yeul has. Not shown (as they’re not done yet) are the ‘straps’ (for want of a better word) that go across the back of her hands, they’ll be pretty simple to do though.

There are still other various beading bits to do. She has other strap bits further up her arms. The main trick with that will be getting it to stay up, but I’ll manage it somehow.

And then, that’s about all the updates I have for now!

Still left to do is the top (not started at all), the beads straps as mentioned, finishing the headpiece and hemming her fur butcape.
Shoes were bought about 4 months ago, though I don’t seem to have taken a picture. But they’re just shoes, I’m not altering them at all.

Tomorrow I plan to bring out the sewing machine, get the skirt sewing finished and do the fur. Keep putting off the top, scared to start patterning that out!