Character: Dark Elf - Lineage II (Based on this artwork Photography by Anna Fisher Costume made & modeled by Yaya Makeup by Yaya
I keep meaning to write up the construction notes but I'm constantly rushing off to a con lol. Anime Weekend Atlanta is this weekend so yeah, I'll have to wait till next week to properly write up how I made this costume. But this photo shows off the details well.
Character: Dark Elf - Lineage II (Based on this artwork Photography by Ljinto Costume made & modeled by Yaya Makeup by Yaya
Construction notes: Thanks, Ljinto, for these great photos showing the costume in it's full! I have had this costume planned for a few years - and been collecting the fabrics and materials for about 2 or 3 years now. I remember just stashing the gold quilted silk taffeta for years waiting to use it on this project. Often the reason I wait for years to finally make a costume is either time, an appropriate con to wear the costume to, or a technique I need to still master. Finally for Dragoncon 2012 I asked Riddle to make elf costumes with me - I would make this Dark Elf and she would make a regular Elf and we would help each other with portions of the costumes that were our expertise. I sewed for about 3 days on Riddle's elf costume since I was a fast seamstress, and she made molds for my torso pieces while I was at a convention in Singapore.
I started sketching the designs on the torso and refining them into lineart, then transferring them onto foam. I made the top. thigh highs and sleeves between working on the scale maille for a few days. I got the supplies from The Ring Lord, and learned the technique by watching youtube videos and cursing a lot. And messing up. I really loved learning a new technique for this costume though! During my trip to Singapore I took the scale maille with me to continue working on it. Riddle molded the filigree pieces for the torso, and cast a pair of shoulder armor which I designed and prototyped. Sadly the shoulders were too rigid and heavy and I decided to not use them since I wanted to be able to move my arms. I made entirely new lightweight shoulder pieces with wondeflex and foam, and used the same technique to make the elbow guards and ankle guards. It took a good day to make and paint those pieces. I did a lot of hand sewing on the sleeves and gold top, attaching ornate trim onto it and also sewing the finished scale maille sleeves onto the fabric. The wig was sponsored by Epic Cosplay and I used a hair razor to cut it. The elf ears were from my line of cosplay accessories and I dyed them grey to match my skintone. The filigree designs were made of urethane rubber and I attached them to a corset I already owed with special glue made just for urethane. I spent the two days leading up to Dragoncon finishing up this costume, making sure to create all the details such as the leather briefs, chain adornments, hair accessory, embroidered leg details, attaching all the armor pieces etc. I used Mehron cream based makeup for the grey skintone, and Final Seal to seal it.
All in all I took on this costume in too short of a time lol. Riddle sadly didn't finish her Elf, and I really had to push to finish mine. For future wear I want to tweak some things on this for sure but it was nice to get super obsessed with a costume project and pull all nighters to finish it. Creativity achieved!
I have never posted an iPhone photo on Deviantart before because of the lack of quality, but this shot actually turned out pretty well for an iPhone camera and I'm so excited about the costume, I just have to share!!! I color corrected the image a bit and added a watermark but it is not photoshopped otherwise.
So here you have a sneak peek of my newest cosplay: Jessica Rabbit - Who framed Roger Rabbit Costume made & modeled by me iPhone photo by Brian Boling
Jessica Rabbit has always been one of the most mesmerizing cartoon characters to me - as a kid she made me watch the movie over and over again, and as a cosplayer, she was always a huge challenge for me to portrait. I've been collecting materials for her for almost 2 years, and wanted to make this costume to the best to my abilities. I drafted & made a custom corset to create the extreme shape and then made the dress to fit over it. I engineered 2 Victoria's Secret Miraculous bras into the corset, which is steel boned coutil. The extreme illusion is created by pulling in the waist, padding the top and wearing a booty bump hahaha. No photoshop, although even with my final measurements of 41-23-39 it's still not Jessica Rabbit's accurate measurements. Hers are probably indeed humanly impossible. ^_^;;; Also, I went with the hot pink (fushia) colored dress from the movie, deliberately, instead of red, because I've always viewed Jessica as orange hair, pink dress, purple gloves. Here is a reference image of Jessica in the pink dress. Here is a youtube video of Jessica in the pink dress doing her famous stage performance from the movie. Here is a work in progress collage of my Jessica Rabbit dress.
There are Swarovski crystals on the dress & gloves, which were glued on with help from Mary Cahela!
I adore my wig which is a Matilda from Arda Wigs! Styled with help from Ara Fernando!
The exaggerated bedroom eyes makeup involving covering up eyebrows with wax was created by me!
Photo by Brian Boling Makeup and styling by me Model was me Leather by Crimson Chain Leather Works Bodysuit by BEBE Belt by Ralph Lauren
Makeup-wise, I went for a harder & edgier look, using Ben Nye red pigments to create the bold extended eye shadow, and MAC and Sephora brand shadows (3 shades) to my eyes, from highlights to the blackest black color. MAC and Sephora both make great black shadows and I highly recommend them. For this look I "overdrew" the eyeliner (MAC Fluidline) to the inner corners of my eyes. It's usually something I only reserve for very staement-making makeup. I finished off the eyes with thick false lashes and bold eyebrows. For my lips I used dark brown eyeliner pencil to contour, a dark red lipstick, a brush to blend the color to the lipliner, and gold shadow pigment for highlight. My blush is Bare Minerals.
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CharacterL: Art Nouveau Chun Li cosplay (designed by ), Costume made and modeled by me Photo by Benny Lee Chun Li gallery is up on my website!! Head over to my site to read the full construction notes on how I made this costume and check out my favorite photos of Chun Li.
Costume thoughts: I absolutely loved the design by and thought it was a great stylish translation of an Iconic character. I created the full costume, using luxurious fabrics such as dupioni silk and silk taffeta. All the trims and swirls are embroidered on, free hand. I had a lot of fun making the charms, hair buns and spike wristlets. I read the spikes in the design artwork as ivory or marble instead of metal, and in keeping with the turn of the century art nouveau style, my spikes are an opalescent ivory color. Some people remarked that it looks like I'm not wearing underwear - well, I am wearing 3 pairs of tights so I am decent lol. Again, it's to follow the art design accurately. I also cut up a pair of white pleather boots and embroidered the gold swirls on that. The charms and the boots might be my favorite part on this costume!
I got to shoot my Jessica Rabbit at Edifice Studio in Manila, Philippines, with Jay Tablante and his full team.
Jessica Rabbit costume made by Yaya Han Make-up: Yaya Han Wig styling: Ara Fernando Art Direction: Jay Tablante Photography MIA Production Design: Raffy Tesoro Digital Imaging: Ryder Aquino Model: Yaya Han (I should note that Jay's team decided to change the color of the dress digitally from fuchia to red for this image)
Costume construction thoughts: Jessica Rabbit has always been one of the most mesmerizing cartoon characters to me - as a kid she made me watch the movie over and over again, and as a cosplayer, she was always a huge challenge for me to portrait. I've been collecting materials for her for almost 2 years, and wanted to make this costume to the best to my abilities.
The shape is not photoshopped, just clever cosplay engineering. I drafted & made a custom corset to create the extreme shape and then made the dress to fit over it. I engineered 2 Victoria's Secret Miraculous bras into the corset, which is steel boned coutil. The extreme illusion is created by pulling in the waist, padding the top and wearing a booty bump hahaha. The dress itself is made from a spandex sequin fabric, and 1000+ S20 Swarovski crystals are glued on the fabric for extra bling, tedious time consuming handywork with help from Mary Cahela. I specifically chose pink instead of red for the dress because in the movie her famous singing scene features a pink dress. I also like the color combo: orange hair/pink dress/purple gloves more than the red dress which can sometimes come across as "lady of the night" in certain lighting. Pink makes the entire outfit look more cartoon-y! Here is a reference image of Jessica in the pink dress. Here is a youtube video of Jessica in the pink dress doing her famous stage performance from the movie. Here is a work in progress collage of my Jessica Rabbit dress.
I adore my wig which is a Matilda from Arda Wigs! Styled with help from Ara Fernando!
I also went with the route of cartoon makeup, covering up my eyebrows and painting over them. It was a risky choice for makeup, and since Dragoncon I got my share of comments about going drag lol, but when I decided to portray such an iconic character as Jessica Rabbit, I didn't want to fall short of the makeup when everything else was so exaggerated.
Character: Yuuko - XXXholic Costume made and modeled by me Photos by Mario Vargas
I made this costume in March 2008 - as a long term CLAMP fan, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I cosplayed Yuuko XD. I loved this design specifically for the butterflies.
The photo location is a historical hotel in Mexico City, during my guest appearance at TNT 15.
Construction: I got a heavy black poly/wool blend for the kimono, and a beautiful burgundy silk for the lining and ruffles. After sewing the outer layer but before putting in the lining, I appliquéd about 14 or 15 butterfly shapes onto it. The pattern for the butterflies was just free drafted - I cut them out of a yellow fabric and after spending a few hours stitching down the edges neatly, I got to paint the details onto the appliqués for the next night and part of the morning lol. I remember watching a whole season of CSI while painting the butterflies, and it became quite the surreal experience. O_O As the butterflies dried, I made many yards of ruffles and also did my own gold trim for the costume. Stitched it all together with the lining and a big part of the costume was done. I love the fabrics I scored because they are almost wrinkle free, no matter how much I shove the costume into a suitcase. The waist cincher is made of a burgundy pleather and I plan on remaking it soon. The material was bought in a rush and is not very sturdy. The cincher has a fake lace up front. Lastly I worked on the wig, which took some engineering. The main problem was balancing the weight of the extension loops on my head, but in the end it worked out great and I can bend over and sway my head without things shifting. The bat crown and hairpieces are made of styrene plastic that's been heat formed.
Character: Psylocke - Marvel's X-Men Costume made/modeled by Yaya Photography by Adam Jay Psychic blade made by Volpin Props
This is a brand new Psylocke costume! I cosplayed Psylocke back in '06 but wanted to make a new version, more grounded in Reality. I drafted my own patterns for the bodysuit, arms/legs, boot covers etc, and sewed everything in a day utilizing two contrasting fabrics, heavy duty spandex & stretch pleather. The only piece I re-used from the old Psylocke costume is the sash. My wig is sponsored by EpicCosplay!! It is incredibly thick, heat resistant, smooth and soft. You can see more of Epic Cosplay's wig line at [link]!
*When we hit 50,000 Likes on my Facebook Page, I will give away lots of free stuff as a Thank You, including a hand made corset by me! You must "like" the Yaya Han Facebook Page to be eligible for the free goodies! ^_~*
I got another amazing photograph of Fiora back!! Mega Epic-ness! The statue in the background is called The Awakening.
You guys must check out Elysiam Entertainment's page for more Katsucon images! [link]
Costume: Fiora - Nightraven skin - League of Legends Made/modeled by Yaya Han Photographed by Elysiam Entertainment [link]
For my first armor project, I guess it could have gone worse lol. This was DEFINITELY a trial run, lots of things to tweak and fix and improve upon. Also, ouch, wearing armor hurts. But it didn't fall off or apart, and the paint held up really well, too. Material used is Worbla Thermoplastic, which you can purchase at my online store at: [link]