9,000,000 milestone +I mean this with all my heartSeveral years worth of cheese
Somehow, this silly page has hit 9 million views!
Just to be absolutely clear, I do not think the views make me any better than anyone else. I mean, I'm sure some of those are from people who don't even like me. But I guess my point is that it's crazy to imagine that this page has been opened up that many times, and I can't help wondering where all these hits have come from. And I just feel so grateful that a select few people in those millions have come to be irreplaceable friends to me.
It's been a wild ride with all of you guys through all this time. To me this isn't just a page where I simply showcase my artwork or the cosplay photos my friends and I come up with. This site has opened up so many opportunities for me, and has introduced me to some of the most wonderful people I've met in my life.
It's been a journey, and my interactions with the people here have taught me more than I can express.
Apart from that, one thing I absolutely did not ex
Before Cosplay Makeup: Basic Skincare!Before I write about cosplay makeup, I figured I should discuss some skincare basics. I feel it's important to know how to take care of your skin before you start putting gunk on it! This is really very basic so I think those of you with your own regimens already might be bored by it! But here it goes!Before Cosplay Makeup: Basic Skincare!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm not an awesome guru wizard thing, but I'll just share some general concepts and products that work for me. It's different for everybody, but I hope this will be helpful! For your sreference, my skin type is combination: normal to dry with an oily nose. Hahah! Not my T-zone, just my nose!
Recently, my male friends had gotten very interested in makeup for cosplay and asked me for tips on how to go about it. (I think this was fueled by Kaname's visit to our country for Cosplay Mania '12, and they saw how beautiful he looks. ) I decided to ask them about their skincare regimen to figure out what products might work for their skin type.
When I asked what they wash their face w
Mulan & PotC Photoshoot + Clinique PaintingDisney Cosplay Shoot!Mulan & PotC Photoshoot + Clinique Painting3 years ago in Personal More Like This
These pictures were from June last year I'M SORRYYYYY
First time we wore our our Disney cosplays was for Toycon 2011:
The weekend after, a few of us got together to do a studio shoot because we were just excited, and I wanted to finally try out a pseudo movie poster photo treatment for cosplay photos. It was definitely a challenge. But it made me really happy to show my friends how the final images turned out.
Test shot on Miguel merkymerx before he wore his Jack wig
Erving taking a REFLECTION SELF-PORTRAIT FACEBOOK DISPLAY PIC stlye photo halfway through putting on his Shan Yu costume
This is what the setup was for merkymerx Miguel's Captain Jack portrait. I edited the rope in. He was actually holding this stick held up by Dom Weakman. I made sure his pose was right, and that all the details were arranged and lit up properly while Erving adjusted the light settings a
On misunderstandings about cosplayThis is a topic I've been meaning to talk about for quite a while now. I finally got the motivation to when Sarah sorairo-days emailed me to share my thoughts on what cosplay means to me, and what I feel it really means to be a cosplayer despite all the misconceptions about the hobby. It's for this article on Random Nerds, in which Sarah shares her side of it as well.On misunderstandings about cosplay2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Over the years, I've witnessed how cosplayers are constantly looked down upon, which makes people apprehensive towards it. It's such a shame because it's a wonderful and rewarding hobby which brings people together. And in general, I am firmly against making anyone feel bad about doing something they want to do.
I am aware that the concept of cosplay might be too much for some individuals, but our intention definitely isn't to get all up in everyone's faces and say everyone should cosplay or whatever. We just want to promote a
Revisiting Naruto cosplay + Road to Ninja Movie!So I've heard of this film for a long while, but never got to watch it for lack of a proper subbed copy/DVD release. (There was that Korean dubbed one that some people watched online, but Naruto has my favorite Japanese voice acting so I didn't want to watch it any other way!)Revisiting Naruto cosplay + Road to Ninja Movie!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Sometime last month, some happy news reached our shores — Road to Ninja would be showing at our local cinemas!! I know it's been a while since its first release but I'm glad I waited before resorting to well, less legal ways of watching it! Hahah! Here is a stupid rap I wrote and slapped on a manga panel:
Would Killer Bee be proud of me? HAHAH
I had the honor of being invited to the special advanced screening at Director's Club before it hit the cinemas! Major thanks to Ica and Movie Punch for having us over!
I dressed up as Minato (the Fourth Hokage) and Marien dressed up as
Custom Order Update + Review: A&R Cosplay LensCustom Orders OpenCustom Order Update + Review: A&R Cosplay Lens3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since there is a number of you that commented to say they liked the lenses but:
1. Need a higher prescription (-6.00 to -10.00)
2. Need lenses of mismatched prescriptions (ex. left eye -3.75 right eye -4.50)
3. Require prescriptions that are of +.25 steps. (ex. -1.25, -2.75 etc)
I thought I should let you know that you can now make custom orders for them over here http://www.aliceandrabbitshop.com/customorders.htm
There are new lens models up for order too! And as always, if you have any questions or inquiries, don't be afraid to write to my friends at Alice and Rabbit's Shop using their contact form http://www.aliceandrabbitshop.com/contactus.htm They're very nice and accommodating!
Non-graded Cosplay Lenses Available + Special Deal
My friends at Alice & Rabbit wanted to share the news that non-graded (as well as graded still)
We present our first attempt at video!We're venturing (clumsily) into another medium! Video! Here it is!We present our first attempt at video!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Killjoys, Make Some Noise!
Click here to watch the video!
I know there's room for much improvement, but we're quite happy with it for our first piece of video work! I actually picked up After Effects for the first time just to be able to edit this video to fix the colors and add the text and lasers and stuff. It was fun!
Happy anniversary, Danger Days! On November 22, 2010 My Chemical Romance introduced the world of the fabulous killjoys. One year later, we're still here singing it to the world in our own way!
Some background info
For those of you who aren't familiar with this usage of the term killjoys it's based on the My Chemical Romance album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. A description that was given on
The Rurouni Kenshin Movie ExperienceSome months ago, a rumor surfaced that they would be showing the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie at our theaters here in the Philippines. After some weeks of torture, we were finally given an official confirmation and screening date! The day they started selling tickets online, I got a bunch for me and my friends, even though it was a couple of months too early, hahah!The Rurouni Kenshin Movie Experience2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Nearing the screening date, I received a wonderful surprise from :iconup-ame: UP-AME.org.
They invited me to be a guest and cosplay competition judge for Swordplay, a Rurouni Kenshin fan event, and also to the special advanced screening days before the official screening date. I've often thought that if there is one cosplay I would like people to remember me by, it would be Kenshin. I was very honored and touched that they had thought of including me to a day celebrating a series that means so much to me, and a movie I had been looking forward to for ages.
My friends and I had decided s
Tux Team Guide to Posing and Convention EtiquetteMan, I miss the feeling of being able to roll around in bed and sleep for as long as I want. Nowadays, my friends and I haven't been able to experience that even on weekends.Tux Team Guide to Posing and Convention Etiquette6 years ago in Personal More Like This
As of now, my brain is too fried to write up a proper journal entry about our volcano GARventure, and one of my usual event reports (as you can see on the right side of my journal) about Cosplay Mania, but I'd like to take this chance to share a part of our lecture of sorts at the Cosmania cosplay workshop last Sunday.
China snowpeachdrop, Kat moonlightflight, El rosiael and I were invited to talk about general cosplay planning, like fabric selection, wig styling, cosplay makeup and photography. My friends might post the other parts, but for now here is our silly guide about posing for cosplay photos, and convention etiquette. The actual presentation was actually longer, and with lots more examples, but here is a condensed rundown of what we talked about, fo
Harry Potter cosplay tomfoolery at Fantasy QuestFantasy Quest 2011Harry Potter cosplay tomfoolery at Fantasy Quest2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Many, many months ago last July (that's how late this entry is) a cosplay event was held in the most beautiful location that the local cosplay community has ever seen. Fernbrook Gardens the wedding & events destination which you might recognize from our Kuroshitsuji http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com/gallery/29228688 and Harry Potter cosplay photoshoots http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com/gallery/31767781
It was around that time that the world was getting ready for the final Harry Potter movie, so my friends and I decided that perhaps it was about time to push through with our plans to cosplay Harry Potter characters. Parts of Fernbrook Gardens also looked like Hogwarts so we figured it would be appropriate.
Photos are from my friends, some from albums I was tagged in on Facebook, and some from my own camera.
Here I am with most of my friends that I went to the event with, along with Arnel akagii2004 whom we met that day as he was
How I cosplayed the cast of Free! sort-of-tutorialGroup cosplay, forever alone style! Yeah, that's all me.How I cosplayed the cast of Free! sort-of-tutorial1 year ago in Personal More Like This
In this post, I'll get into how I did each one!
Intro, and some bad old pictures
For those of you who have the patience to read for some extra info!
When I started cosplaying, I didn't think makeup was such a major part of it. I was so hesitant to even put eyeliner because I'd think, "This character is a guy, I shouldn't look like I'm wearing makeup!" And I guess I was silly enough to think I looked enough like the characters I chose without doing anything to my face?
I can't find more pictures of my really old cosplays (which is just as well, hahah) from the time I didn't want to use makeup apart from these:
I cosplayed as Haku from Naruto. I don't remember wearing any makeup for this. It doesn't show too well on these pictures but I saw some others where the natural redness of my lips made it look like I was wearing lipstick even if I wasn't. I felt it made me look more feminine than I should. Haku is still a guy after al
Critique Personality TypesI thought I'd type up something on the type of people you're likely to meet in critique groups and how to handle them. For those wondering, I am a Pit Bull Trooper.Critique Personality Types3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Feel free to add other types; I don't think I got them all.
Also, feel free to donate so I can buy another Premium Membership: http://Droemar.deviantart.com/?givepoints
The Toxic Snark
Most likely to be: Parents, self-described elitists, jerks in general
"When are you going to write for real? Why are you wasting your time writing this junk?"
Attributes: This person is inclined to hate your stuff. Without fail. They don't read what you write, or they read "real" literature. And your work is so far below what they like, you're obviously in desperate need of their opinion and correction, which is largely that you should abandon what you're working on and start writing their idea of a story. They hate mainstream, or hate a genre
Attention NeededDD-Catalogue needs a higher folder limit!Attention Needed3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Currently deviantART imposes a limit on the number of folders/subfolders allowed in all group galleries.
Unfortunately, this means DD-Catalogue can't keep up with the number of new folders created in the main dA gallery.
We feel, as a paying supergroup, this limit should be raised.
Add this journal to your favourites to show your support against the current limit!
Two bags worth checking out! (and boys in skirts)Hello! In this entry, I'll be talking about a couple of bags that might interest you guys. One is a camera bag for you photography enthusiasts, and the other is a Japanese schoolbag-inspired backpack for charity.Two bags worth checking out! (and boys in skirts)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've got another long-overdue cosplay-related journal entry coming up in a bit!
dA PRO Camera Bag
This is a rather late review, but better late than never! This has been my camera bag for a while the dA PRO Camera Bag.
I find it just the right size to carry my essentials, without being too bulky. A lot of my camera-wielding friends with too-large backpacks have repeatedly expressed their envy. Those straps on the front are for carrying tripods. They're removable if you don't need them.
Rubber dA logo on the back.
And here's how it looks when opened. What I've got in there currently is my camera, extra lens, LED camera light panel, charger, USB cord, extra battery, extra memory ca
The Ultimate DaArt Styles- An Artist Horror Story.Once upon a time, on a little internet island named dA there lived a naked tribe of artists. They dressed in nakedness and painted themselves with bodypaint, revelling in their creativity and their nakedness.The Ultimate DaArt Styles- An Artist Horror Story.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
One day, the most clever of the artists, who also had the biggest head, created a magical tool called the 'airbrush' tool. And it was wonderful. With this new tool he painted portraits and artwork on his naked hiney. All the other naked tribesmen and uncensored women rounded round his round posterior to gaze and marvel at the creations.
One of the tribesmen spoke... 'I wish to do the same as our most clever, and big-headed kinsman, where can I illegaly download this airbrush tool so that I too may paint portraits of my favourite anime characters, game characters and ponies?' The most clever of the artists replied, and he shared his secrets, and soon, all of the tribe, with various levels of skill, adorned their peachy posteriors with pedantically painted portraits of people, and a
Devious Journal EntryHi. I'm uploading pictures/journals on to this site for the next couple of months for Yoru who's out of the country. Yoru unfortunately has no access to the internet where he's at so he's updating his journal entry to help answer a lot of questions. I'm sorry if I don't stick to his submitting schedule, but this site is really confusing.Devious Journal Entry2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"Hey! Sorry for the sudden disappearance on everyone, and I want to assure everyone that I'm fine and dandy, but yes- I won't be back online till at least mid-August. as to the reason of my disappearance, I don't want to get into details because it's rather embarrassing, but I am in no way in trouble or anything of the sort.
 I made enough artworks to help keep my schedule well past August, so no worries on that.
 You'll all be wondering who is submitting my comics while I'm gone, and to be honest,I don't think it's a big deal. If they don't reveal who they are to you, then I suppose it will remain a mystery.
 I was told that t
Why Can't Warner Bros Get Their Act Together?Over the weekend at SDCC, Warner Bros announced that the new Man of Steel sequel will also feature Batman. The team-up movie will be followed by a Flash movie and then a Justice League Avenger's style team-up movie. This has a lot of people scratching their heads and wondering what exactly is wrong with DC and Warner Bros respectively. Why Flash and not Wonder Woman? Why add Batman when reports have been told that Christian Bale doesn't want to return and we'll likely get a completely new Batman? Why do a team-up so soon after the first Man of Steel movie instead of fleshing out Superman's modernized world better?Why Can't Warner Bros Get Their Act Together?1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Well... to put it bluntly I don't think Warner Bros really gives a shit about comic book themed movies and they're only going through these motions because they feel like they HAVE to rather than because they WANT to. Just take a look at their track record.
History of Bad Marketing
First off, Warner Bros has a problem of relying too heavily on the people th
10 ARTIST TIPS from yours truly.10 DETAILED ARTIST TIPS - From my own view (related to deviantART):10 ARTIST TIPS from yours truly.7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I am too lazy to write a "long" version so I'll throw out tips from time to time. I have been asked for advice many times so here's some advice now! Follow my facebook to get more info!
1. Once you have a "very good" customer base, try putting into your commission agreement that you do not accept rushed ordered and can take as long as you'd like.
This is risky because you're not making promises to your commissioners. In order to "keep" my customer base, while still not putting pressure on myself, I "reward" patient commissioners by simply doing detailed coloring. The secret to having this agreement be successful is making your final drawing "worth the wait", however long that may be for you is your decision.
2. Time management & pricing. This is just something I do, I spent around 5-10 minutes roughing sketching a comm. I do not spend
What to do if a website steals your art/game/IPJust thought maybe this could help other people! T_T I've gotten my stuff stolen a bunch of times and it is very annoying. I am just summarising in this journal what I do when someone takes my stuff.What to do if a website steals your art/game/IP2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Useful links (the forms are taken from these really helpful websites!):
Step one: Find out who the admin is, and their contact information. Also find out if a company is hosting their website.
The website should have a "contact us" page, where you can find email addresses, contact forms, and they might also have a copyright policy page. Find out their email and how to contact them. You can also use http://www.whois.sc/ to search for the registered owner of the webpage, sometimes.
In my case, the company was trying to market my game on the An
Psychopomps [Species Info] *September 17th ; Edited info on Wanderers, - note for the purpose of story developments.Psychopomps [Species Info]1 year ago in Personal More Like This
from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός - psuchopompos, literally meaning "the guide of souls"
What is "Psychopomps"?
A title of a story in development by kai-choo, we will be exploring the concept of the world between the living and the afterlife
What's it about?
Long ago, the Angel of Death
(or GrimReaper-san?)got tired of trying to deal with the recently dead's sheit unresolved business and left many souls wandering among the living. (can't blame the person, he's only one being.)
This created problems for both the living and the An
My first FAQHere's my first V.1 FAQ, to help me save more time answering the same questions again and again, I will add more questions later.My first FAQ5 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm still getting used to using proper words for English, But I hope this FAQ could be useful and easy-understandable for everyone. : o
Q: Mind If I watch you?
A: I don't mind, And thank you very much for the watch.
Q: When did you first starting drawing?
A: I start to practice drawing seriously since 2004
Q: What do you like using the most?
A: Watercolor and colored pencil
Q: what is your favorite size of the paper?
A: My favorite paper size is A4, Because it fits my A4 scanner perfectly.
Q: Your favorite kind of paper?
A: Cold-press 190g to 300g Watercolor paper with semi-rough surface; I can't fully control the color on Rough surface paper and hot-press smooth surface paper, And I use normal 80g printer paper for pencil drawing.
Q: Your favorite brand of paper?
A: Canson Monval, Sakura i-paint, Arches aquar
Fabric Stores and AndrocentrismA message from an artist and someone who works at a fabric store: Stop gendering your babies with colour!Fabric Stores and Androcentrism3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Every day I have parents and grandparents-to-be come in and have fabric cut to make quilts, blankets, baby clothes, diapers, curtains, etc for their soon to be newborn. And yet, I'm always asked the same questions over and over:
"What do you have that's for girls?"
"Where is the boys section?"
"We won't know the gender, so we need to keep it neutral until it's born"
And worst of all: "Does this fabric look too girly to you?"
I usually give some sort of half-hearted, "Well, it's your choice, I'm sure they'll love it!" response, but my secret answer is: QUIT IT. No, that fabric is not "too girly". Why would an infant boy care if his pillow has pink flowers on it? Why would a girl care if it has footballs or zoo animals on it? Why are pink and blue so wholeheartedly reserved for girls and for boys that the thought of giving that colour to the other gender is laughable, or worse
Jin Attempts To Explain Cosplay Photography As requested by many of you, I've submitted this guide as a dA news article. Here is the link. I'm happy this proved to be useful for a lot of you guys! It's the least I can do to give a little something back for your appreciation of our work. Thank you!Jin Attempts To Explain Cosplay Photography7 years ago in Personal More Like This
First of all, let me warn you that by the end of this journal entry, you may find yourself sick of my face. (If you aren't already.) I'll be using mostly myself as an example for the things I'm going to discuss, because I'm the only person I can poke fun at without restrictions.
I get asked a lot of questions about these cosplay photos that most of you have come to know me for. Sometimes it's about the techniques we use, requests for tips and advice for other people who want to do something similar. Other times, the comments come from people who aren't familiar with cosplay, but are curious about it and are interested to know more. So I thought of making this li
Could be canon: Fic rec listJune 14th, 2011: Three more.Could be canon: Fic rec list3 years ago in Personal More Like This
= ACE ATTORNEY =
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4241478/1/Unacceptable_Changes Unacceptable Changes by Ricchan
Summary: Meeting again after seven years, Larry knew instantly that something was wrong with Phoenix's head. It felt as if he'd become an entirely different man. Nobody believed him, of course. They saw nothing wrong. But, for once, Larry was right.
= ALEX RIDER =
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5573111/1/Hiking_Vacation Hiking Vacation by Sakiku
Summary: Alex is conned into a hiking vacation in the Brecon Beacons National Park. And for once, the trouble that finds him has nothing whatsoever to do with his secret occupation as Super Spy – merely a horrendously bad streak of luck.
= ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2010 =
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5851233/1/Shades_of_Grey Shades of Grey by fyd818
The Leviathan and the Death of HopeWarning: contains spoilers concerning the Leviathan DLC, Mass Effect 3 and my notions about what good writing is. Duh.The Leviathan and the Death of Hope2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are moments when I wish I could just turn off my writer's sense at a whim and "just go with it". Ignore that a story in a game, or a movie, or a book, or a TV show is flawed in my opinion, just to enjoy the views, get an adrenaline rush from all the flashing colors and have fun. And truth be told - it usually works that way... Just not for the universes I tend to care about. If you got me invested in your franchise, I will expect you to deliver the goods. 'Tis how the cookie crumbles.
Which brings me to the Leviathan DLC. I've seen a lot of positive reviews and emotions towards it popping up all over the internet before I was even able to check it out myself. My hopes were high, and, initially, I loved it. It had a sense of exploration Mass Effect 3 was seriously lacking and the TGES Mining Base really reminded me of Noveria... It was spot on.