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.
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
Cosplay photo blog for ToyCon 2013!ToyCon 2013!Cosplay photo blog for ToyCon 2013!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
So we went to Toycon last Saturday and as usual I... didn't really get to take pictures of toys and stuff. It was so crowded around the merchandise hall that I couldn't stop and take photos because people were constantly threading through and shoving. It was like a river of people with an actual current, hahah! Sometimes I'd find a friend to chat with but we'd eventually be pulled apart by the tide, it was kind of funny.
I wanted to wear something simple and comfortable so I posted on my Facebook that I would wear my old Ichigo cosplay in his Karakura High uniform. The Bleach manga is so crazy now that it just made me miss the days when Bleach was simple.
I think this is the last decent picture of myself that I have wearing this, and it was taken ages ago.
And here it is on me again, with a new wig, better contact lenses, better wig styling and cosplay makeup skills (somewhat), and Kon plush that was give
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 Experience3 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
Animated GIFs + video of our Ozine Fest adventuresVideo footage from last weekend's con, filmed by our very talented friend Resh Haydee / Reskiy! I usually share pictures, but I think his videos make you feel all the more like you were there.Animated GIFs + video of our Ozine Fest adventures4 years ago in Personal More Like This
(Click here to watch on Vimeo)
To give you a little preview of just some of the things you'll see in the video:
1. I am unable to keep a serious face for too long
2. Melo BallistaShark shopping for furry ears
3. Batman taking pictures with the Batcam, and posing with pirates
5. Chinese Good Luck Cat pose
6. Nothing wrong with a little bromance cuddle
7. Ysabel SavingSunlight as Taiga in her angel costume, and Bok Somemaskedude as Ryuuji from Toradora
8. Too much adorables
1. Persona 4 teammates walking
2. Youthful Dinner!
3. A good bro helps a bro fix his hair
4. Kat moonlightflight being... Kat
5-6. Persona 4 tra
9,000,000 milestone +I mean this with all my heartSeveral years worth of cheese9,000,000 milestone +I mean this with all my heart4 years ago in Personal More Like This
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
Cosplay Photoshoot EtiquetteMy good friend hikaraseru has written a very good guide on how a standard cosplay photoshoot should be conducted in a conducive manner. I got her permission to post the entire article up, so hope you guys like what she is presenting to us.Cosplay Photoshoot Etiquette4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Want to plan a cosplay shoot, but somehow things just don't turn out right? Maybe the photos were not how you visualised them, or that the photographer seemed to be extra grumpy, or you just don't know what's going on? Read on for how to get the best out of your cosplay shoot:
The 4 Ps:
Having a plan is essential and should take up the most time overall in your shoot. Speak to the photographers closely, because they will be the ones producing the photos that will be the end result; make sure they are aware of the concept and background of the series you're shooting. Some photographers will want to do their own research prior to the shoot (reading the manga/watching the anime/looking up reference photos) - so make sur
A Happy Holiday Journal EntryThank youA Happy Holiday Journal Entry4 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm still a bit overwhelmed by the responses to my previous journal entry, but I will do my best to make proper replies to some of you soon. But to everyone Thank you all for constantly giving me reasons to be grateful.
I've got a bit of free time today before another Christmas party so I thought I'd post a holiday journal with miscellaneous moments from the past month or so. Thank you so much to Miss-It-Girl for extending my subscription so I can keep sharing these photos with you guys!
The holiday decor at home was a joy to look at and photograph.
I enjoyed the added details of these swirly twigs that make me think of Tim Burton landscapes.
After all these years, the sight of sparkling lights and shiny Christmas ornaments and even the smell of tinsel and synthetic trees gets me in the mood fo
Custom Order Update + Review: A and R Cosplay LensCustom Orders OpenCustom Order Update + Review: A and R Cosplay Lens4 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)
Harry Potter cosplay tomfoolery at Fantasy QuestFantasy Quest 2011Harry Potter cosplay tomfoolery at Fantasy Quest4 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
WHAT TIME IS IT? AAAADVENTURE TIME COSPLAY ...TIMEAdventure Time cosplay at Fantasy Quest 2WHAT TIME IS IT? AAAADVENTURE TIME COSPLAY ...TIME3 years ago in Personal More Like This
A couple of weeks ago, we attended an event called Fantasy Quest 2. (The very first Fantasy Quest was when we cosplayed Harry Potter characters.)
It was a pretty special day for us because four years ago, we had our first shoot and bonding day with Ysabel SavingSunlight at the venue, Fernwood Gardens.
We've been really into Adventure Time, so many months ago we decided we'd do AT cosplay, and that Fantasy Quest would be a fun opportunity to do so. It feels weird how we had been looking forward to this event for ages, and now it's over!
some were taken by me and my friends using my camera
photographer friends on dA :iconjrjs: :iconz3llll: :iconnikocruz: :iconroxwindy:
others were from Facebook friends who tagged me
KuroBasu cosplay portraits + shoot outtakes!Generation of Miracles casual outfit portraitsKuroBasu cosplay portraits + shoot outtakes!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
(Added on November 7)
Not everyone's Teiko uniforms are ready just yet, but we wanted to get a feel of things for the proper shoot so we did this for practice. It gave us a chance to try out our wigs and makeup and junk to see what we need to improve on for our actual cosplays.
The following portraits are the full-sized versions of what was squeezed into the above banner thing
:iconhana181: Aki as Tetsuya Kuroko
We're sorry Tetsu, you have no face in your portrait!
:iconcazzu-chan: Cassie as Ryota Kise
Bringin' out the kira-kira model-kun aura!
/slightly envious of such long limbs
:icondorkydea: Myk as Tsuntaro Tsunderima Shintaro Midorima
Today's lucky item is apparently a ninja's frog wallet
:icondancingontightrope: Aruki as Daiki Aomine
In the Zooooooone
Daigo Sen / Mark as Atsushi Murasnackibara Murasakibara
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-tutorial2 years 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
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.4 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
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!3 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
Mesti Datang! The HobbyCon 2013 Experience!Earlier this year, my friends and I were invited to be overseas guests for HobbyCon in Sabah, Malaysia.Mesti Datang! The HobbyCon 2013 Experience!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Time flew by very fast, and before we knew it...
Our first day was spent doing a lot of eating, thanks to our guide Alyssa I will justify it as us fueling up for an action-packed weekend! We tried nasi lemak for the first time (LOVED IT), had some shaved ice desserts after, then a big dinner of clay pot rice, stir-fry noodles with clams, really tasty chicken wings, etc. and THEN we still raided Pick N' Pay for our midnight snacks because we love convenience stores and we wanted to try things we don't have in Manila.
We planned our cosplays ahead with Team Kachang Puteh, the guests from Singapore. Our theme for the first day of HobbyCon was Shingeki no Kyojin!
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Eren Jaeger
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Mikasa Ackerman
:iconweakman: Dom - Jean Kirschtein
:iconkitska: Kitska - Levi
:icondorkodile: Tessie - Hanji Zo
The Host Club is now open! (updated)Ouran High School Host ClubThe Host Club is now open! (updated)8 years ago in Personal More Like This
We recently had an Ouran High School Host Club photoshoot, organized by Cyfliq. It started out as a Honey-sempai & Mori pictorial for Ysabel Ken-chan-Byakushi and Kune kunebitt, and she invited the rest of us to come hang out during the shoot. We said we'd be glad to help out with taking pictures and anything else, and later figured that we could join in as characters as well. The rest of us didn't have a lot of time to prepare their uniforms so we just used casual clothes we already had. So yeah, sorry about the outfit and wig inconsistencies for now. This was just closet cosplay for a lot of us, haha.
That day was a lot of fun but we're also looking forward to the second Ouran shoot with a slightly different cast and proper costumes. Hopefully we get to do more than the usual school uniforms since the Host Club cosplays as well.
:iconouranhostplz: Aya as Tamaki Suou (no DA account)
Sasuke's Picture DiaryLeave comments to keep me company?Sasuke's Picture Diary3 years ago in Personal More Like This
I am about to spend the next 6 hours or so sewing and painting to finish up costumes and then packing for an adventure. I will soon after leave for the trip and it's going to take a while to get to where I'm going to it'd be great if you leave comments to keep me company on the way there! I'll be reading and replying as much as possible!
Team Sasuke at Ozine Fest Day 3
So here are pictures from our day out last Sunday! Some are from my phone, others are from Facebook friends (Thanks, Jannibee and Benelyn!) and people who have sent me snapshots over Twitter!
Let's start with a group shot! Our theme was Sasuke and his teachers (and his flirt of an alternate universe self from Road to Ninja)
12 year-old pre-Shippuden Sasuke — Jin :iconbehindinfinity:
older Swagsuke/Charasuke from the Road to Ninja movie — Miguel :iconmerkymerx:
KnB Event + New Capsule Toys + Upcoming Drama CDsHi everybody! I’m 51390、 your new contributor in this group.KnB Event + New Capsule Toys + Upcoming Drama CDs3 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
I just wanna say Thank you to all the awesome artists contributing their beautiful art all the time and all the KnB fans for making this fan club active and sharing the love for this anime!!
Today I’m featuring the Kuroko no Basuke event in Namja Town (theme park). It’s in Ikebukuro Area (Japan), at the Sunshine City (Mall). This event started last July 14th, and is only until September 2nd. So if you’re thinking of going to Japan anytime soon, this is an event that you shouldn’t miss!
EVENT’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE: http://www.namja.jp/news/kurobas/
They’ll probably be adding more games and merchandise next month, but for now I’ll be sharing with you the things that I saw this time around.
One ticket costs 300 yen (around $4) for adults
This is the limited edition PASSPORT
Fairy Tail and xxxHolic cosplay + HP tomfooleryDay 1 PostFairy Tail and xxxHolic cosplay + HP tomfoolery4 years ago in Personal More Like This
Read about Day 1 over here!
Toycon 2011 (Day 2)
June 19, 2011
Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall
Day 2 report! It started out at our friend's place like the day before. We helped each other dress and fix up.
Over here Miguel merkymerx, me and Myk had teamed up to fix Karl's hair for Phoenix Wright cosplay.
This is Melo BallistaShark as the Davey Jones to Miguel's Captain Jack.
He also answers to the name Corporate Cthulu.
IT WAS RAINING OUTSIDE AND THIS KITTEN WENT UP TO THE DOORWAY AND GAH JUST LOOK AT IT
WHAT IS THIS SORCERY, CAT
We couldn't bear to make it go out in the rain!
These are just two of the 120381029 photos we took of it. Gaaaah.
Another team-up to do Jayem's Fairy Tail emblem for his Gray Fullbuster cosplay.
It's lacking a little something, don't you think?
There we go. Lovely.
AAAAA DON'T KILL ME YOU GUYSSSS
Well. This is... interesting.
Sooomeone's [coughBallistaSharkcough] enjoying
Personal thoughts I want to share.Portfolio Golden Nights Pixiv Twitter TumblrPersonal thoughts I want to share.3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Doujinshi Store Commission FAQ
On 10th September, my mom was diagnosed with lung cancer and metastasis on other organs. She left us
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!3 years 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
Featured Vic Panel: Vic Mignogna Meets Romi PakuWe'll occasionally Feature something AWESOME from one of Vic's Panels~Featured Vic Panel: Vic Mignogna Meets Romi Paku3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Two Eds are better than one!
This is something that's been featured before but I like to post it now and then for the newbie Rangers. And cause it's awesome. >=]
I love how Vic asks her to say the Mini Skirt line! XD
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 Photography8 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
Read The Books!I just found this on Tumblr, and HAD to share it with y'all.Read The Books!4 years ago in Personal More Like This
If you've never read the Harry Potter books, but watched the movies, you don't know what you're missing:
If you didn't read the books:
You wouldn't know who Peeves was.
You wouldn't know how the Weasley Twins made WWW coming from a poor family.
You wouldn't know about Dumbledore and Grindelwald.
You wouldn't know much about the Marauders.
You wouldn't know about Voldemort's past.
You wouldn't know the TRUE meaning of "Always."
You wouldn't know much about Neville's past.
You wouldn't know much about Remus and Nymphadora.
You wouldn't know about Teddy.
You wouldn't know or understand the struggle of Draco Malfoy.
You wouldn't know what really went on at the Quidditch World Cup.
You wouldn't know much about Snape's past.
You wouldn't know or understand the true depth of Harry's relation with Sirius.
You wouldn't know about Winky.
You wouldn't know about Dobby and his sacrifices.
You wouldn't know much about Horcrux's.
SO MUCH BROMANCE, EVEN NARUTO CAN'T BELIEVE ITKonoha Gakuen PhotoshootSO MUCH BROMANCE, EVEN NARUTO CAN'T BELIEVE IT7 years ago in Personal More Like This
We loved both the Shippu! Konoha Gakuen Den omake episode and the Michi ending (which we hope to do a proper recreation of when more characters are ready) so we really looked forward to having a shoot based on them. After several days of rainy weather, the sun shone brightly for us that day. I think everyone had fun speculating coming up with situations for that alternate Naruto universe, as well as revisiting our own high school memories.
And a new ID!
You might see more from us when we're not quite so busy. Everyone's currently doing a lot in preparation for Lights Out Convention. If you're going, please drop by our table even just to say hi.
5th Lights Out: Five Years of Fantasy
September 6, 2008
Ikeda Hall/Balay Kalinaw (next to Ilang-Ilang Residence Hall),
University of the Philippines Diliman Campus, Quezon City
Festivities will start at 1: