1: "Normal": With regular or irregular, geometric or other repeating patterns in single or multi-coloured examples.For more information on FB's you can visit nimuae's Bracelets-and-Knots speciality: group, and comment or strike up a chat with one of the FB-making members...and whilst there check out the hundreds and hundreds of FB's in the Galleries...
2: "Alpha" which have graphic designs depicting anything from the keys on a piano for those seeking a musical theme, to a favourite Chibi, Pokémon character or other abstract or natural image like diamonds, watermelon segments, flowers, sailor moon, the evil dead and Charlie Chaplin...
Commissions and Prize Arts ProgressUpdated May 5, 2014
And I'm a professional procrastinator :iconshionlaughplz:
☯ Commission Me!
.: Present Commissioners :.
.: Things I am Waiting for :.- from date up to present -
11.21.12 = PAID = two (2) custom centaur from :iconkatara-adoptables:
09.21.13 = PAID = last one (1) of three chibis -Bridgette- from :iconkumadi:
02.02.14 = PAID = one (1) full body -Chase Castle- from :iconfaintlaughter: [link] and [link]
.: My Own To-do List :.
:iconshaman-hearts: one (1) full body sketch http://comments.deviantart.com/1/341810535/2852618952 DONE!!
:icondevangelic: two (2) full body sketch http://comments.deviantart.com/1/341810535/2856132400
:iconkcireseyer: five (5) full body sketch http://comments.deviantart.com/1/341810535/28
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Weaving her magic through every piece of the enchanting princess gowns and fantastical fairie wears she creates, JoEllen is here to show that Cinderella isn’t the only one with a fairy godmother. Armed with only a love for cosplaying, a passion for costuming and a can—do attitude, this self taught costume designer began her professional costuming journey in 2002. Eager to learn as much as she could in both business and design, JoEllen used every opportunity to pick up a new sewing technique or internship. Primarily through trial and error she went from creating her first pillowcase to whipping up her own dream–like creations, and after being on DeviantArt for 10 years, is now a fairy godmother to her customers, making their dreams come true through her commissions.
Before her days as a professional costumer JoEllen found her way into the fantastical world of ‘cosplay,’ a term much less prevalent at the time than it is today. From the comical anime Hand Maid May, she picked the character of May as her first cosplay costume creation. From there her love of costuming and cosplay was sparked and only continued to grow with each stitch she sew. She compares cosplay to “a very addicting drug”—you could say she was hooked (many other deviants can probably relate). Her most recent cosplay was a collaboration with The Zelda Project where she shines as Princess Zelda.
Years later as a fully established professional costume designer and makeup artist, JoEllen has been able to turn her hobby in a real life profession. Working out of her whimsical studio in Los Angeles, she has crafted hundreds of costumes and props, worked on several Hollywood productions, been showcased in magazines, and invited as a guest to several conventions where she’s shared her knowledge and love of costuming.
As effortless and magical as JoEllen seems to make constructing her glittering gowns and transforming herself into her favorite characters, she is the first to tell you that it took her a long time to get to where she is today. She’s been kind enough to share a few tips for aspiring costume designers and cosplayers from her years of experience and sits down with us to talk about what it takes to bring to life a Firefly Path creation.
How much of your identity is based on Lillyxandra and how much in JoEllen? Reading your descriptions of the various Masquerade Fairies and Dragoon Warrior Women (costumes you design and create) begs the question: Does cosplay sometimes blur the lines between fantasy and reality, especially when the costuming is of such high quality? Is cosplay an outlet for creativity or an escape from reality?
When I first started cosplaying and posting my work on forums and web pages back in 1999/early 2000’s it was a big faux pas to post your real name for fear that someone would find out where you lived and steal your identity haha. Creating a handle for yourself was customary so I came up with my handle "Lillyxandra". It was not my intention to create a separate persona around my handle, but through posting my work under that name I developed one.
Cosplay is Fantasy and Escapism all wrapped up into one beautiful eye candy package. With each costume I create I'm bringing a fictional character to life through costuming. Every part of a costume should tell a story about the person wearing it. When you put on a costume it has the ability to transform you into something beyond your everyday life.
Is cosplay a form of rebellion against society’s “adult” structures against youthful creativity and imagination?
For me personally Cosplay has always been positive activity. That being said it is a much more an “acceptable hobby” now than it was 10 years ago. It's become more mainstream through entertainment throughout the years. Thank God I don’t have to over explain what it is anymore. From TV series, Movies, Video Game, to Mobile Phone Games the fantasy genre is everywhere and it’s not just for kids!
How do those non-familiar with cosplay react when they learn of your passion? Is it generally positive and inquisitive or negative and dismissive?
It’s very positive. Any time I’m out in public doing a photoshoot I always have lookie—loos coming up and asking questions about the costumes and what we are doing. They have always been positive and complimentary of my work when I tell them my profession as a costume designer and are generally interested in what I do.
As a professional designer who also appears at conventions in character, are you sometimes looked upon as a dealer who’s gotten to involved with her product? Or do cosplayers question how much your participation is a true commitment to the cause and how much is advertising your wares? Or are we over-thinking all this, instead of just enjoying it?
Over my career as a costume designer and cosplayer I have developed a brand name for my company, Firefly Path. But that does not take away from how special or enjoyable creating and wearing a costume is. Making costumes is my full time job so I rarely get to cosplay for pleasure, so when I do cosplay it’s for my own enjoyment and not for promotion. What started out as a hobby had developed into a career, so of course anytime I wear my designs it inadvertently acts as advertisement.
When you are contacted by members of the DeviantArt community wanting to “do what you do” what do you advise them? If so, what is your best piece of advice for an up and coming cosplayer or designer?
As cheesy as it sounds.. my advice is do what you love to do. You. Are. Unique. Nobody shares the exact same view as you do. So take your individuality, create something amazing, and share it with the world. And keep doing it!!! Persistence is key.
What do you see as your longer term goals in costume design, special make-ups … and cosplay?
I really enjoy being a couture house with my team of talented seamstress making one–of–a–kind garments for a limited number of customers every year and really pouring our creative hearts into each design. If I could balance offering my designs to a wider market while maintaing my unique custom designs, that would be ideal!