|With flash. Actually a much better representation of the colour|
|With flash. Actually a much better representation of the colour|
A large proportion of my past blog posts seem to be about Lighting, I wonder why. Current ones aren’t going to be much better!
I kind of feel like I’ve hit a brick wall with cosplay, and without going into detail about that now, I decided to stop making the cosplay I was doing yesterday and start something new today. I feel like I need a new project to start on, rather than trying to finish things that have been ongoing for a while. And I’ll get to that in a minute.
Anyway, so today I decided to do a makeup test for Lightning, since I needed to style my wig properly and why not?
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?
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.
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! =]
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!
Okay, so, a long gap between my last post and this.
Especially since that Toko post has been sat half done in my drafts for ages, waiting for me to upload some pictures.
But still, I’m here now. Life has been busy. It’s going to get a bit more chill now, hopefully.
Onwards to EXPO!
Current plans are
Friday – Lighting (FFXIII)
Saturday – Morning: Lightning (FFXIII), Afternoon: Dragonite (Pokemon)
Sunday – Yeul (FFXIII-2)
Lightning and Dragonite are clearly complete. Post-Expo I will have decent pictures of Lightning to show the world and you’ve seen Dragonite already (below).
Yeul is in progress. Beads were bought today, skirt has been started, boots were bought a while ago, wig was styled about 2 weeks ago.
So good progress. And should be finished in plenty of time for Expo.
Have also entered into the masquerade on Sunday, on my own, scary times =3
I am also intending to buy an SLR camera and continue my experimentation with being a photographer since I loved it so much in May. A few friends have said yes to letting me do photoshoots for them which is a good start =]
So Tokonatsu last weekend! Went on holiday the day after, meaning I had to leave early, hence the delay in a blog. But I still had a great time =]
It wasn’t as cosplay intensive as I was expecting, but then, as I only had Lightning and Dragonite with me that was probably a good thing.
Wore Lightning for the majority of Saturday as I was in the masquerade, also managed to drag me in a Snow so I wasn’t alone =p
I am 90% sure that I won 3rd place!! As mentioned, I had to leave before the closing ceremony on Sunday so I only heard from a friend. Foxy told me he ‘had something for me’ too, so I’m taking that as a good sign.
Which means a win in my very first masquerade =3 Not something I expected to get!!
After the masq I changed into Dragonite to be a bit more comfortable and took a few pictures of some friends.
Rewore Dragonite again on Sunday morning and the lovely Jimbo took some photos for me.
It was only even intended to be a simple, easy and cheap cosplay, but man, do I love the photos from it.
They be done!!
But first, just a brief point.
Last Saturday was Manchester Expo to which I gave Lightning her first test run. I put everything I had on the day before and I hated it. I just didn’t think I suited her at all. But it would have been a waste to not go and not wear it, so I went anyway.
And had a great reaction =3
Apparently I’ve managed to pull off that ‘doing her properly’ thing that I was aiming for. Sure, I had bits missing (the gloves and no gunblade) but everything else was done properly and not half-assed and was accurate as can be. I think that was recognised by people which made me happy =3
So I’m finishing her properly for Toko next week and will hopefully end up at least being satisfied, just about.
So anyway, gloves.
I had originally attempted to make them out of real leather. Bad idea. Zero stretch at all.
So then I realised I had several metres of a bright blue fabric to make them out of. Though it’d be easy, but from this fabric, the first attempt was too small around 2 fingers and the second was just badly shaped.
I decided to either wait and buy some more stretchy fabric or make pieces to go inbetween the fingers, giving me the space I needed.
Then I went on a brief shopping trip yesterday to buy some other cosplay supplies and ended up buying some small stretchy leggings from Primark. For £3.
Et voila. (Also shown is a previous attempt)