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!
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
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
9,000,000 milestone +I mean this with all my heartSeveral years worth of cheese9,000,000 milestone +I mean this with all my heart3 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
WHAT TIME IS IT? AAAADVENTURE TIME COSPLAY ...TIMEAdventure Time cosplay at Fantasy Quest 2WHAT TIME IS IT? AAAADVENTURE TIME COSPLAY ...TIME2 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
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
Vocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.Jin's Flower Wreath ProcessVocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sometime last May, Kat moonlightflight and I cosplayed our favorite Vocaloid song, "Just Be Friends".
Their outfits seem simple at a glance, but that actually makes things more complicated sometimes. Hahah. Despite Luka's dress looking like something you could probably find in a mall, Charmie yaoiangel14 made the dress from scratch exactly as it looked in the artwork, just for Kat moonlightflight. Kat and I also did our best with the part of their outfits that had the most amount of detail (which also happens to be our favorite parts) the flower wreaths.
I have some pictures of the progress of my wreath, so I thought I'd share them. This probably isn't the best method of going about this, but this is how I did mine and I found it pretty easy. (I wish I could have taken more photos or a video, but to be honest I wasn't quite sure I'd pull this off at first. Hahah!)
The Host Club is now open! (updated)Ouran High School Host ClubThe Host Club is now open! (updated)6 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)
Team Kakashi invades Photoworld Asia 2008! + Art!Do you have a question for us?Team Kakashi invades Photoworld Asia 2008! + Art!7 years ago in Personal More Like This
Before you ask, kindly check out our Frequently Asked Questions page! You might also want to check out my Cosplay Photography Guide.
Added a new section of pictures from Photoworld Asia, taken by Kat moonlightflight! Hope our dorky antics cheer you up somehow! And I'm really sorry it's taking me so long to respond to comments and notes! Been unbelievably busy! I'll get to them soon!
Aaand I should be studying or sleeping right now but Miguel :iconmerkymerx: posted new artwork and I just HAD to feature it here. Flippin' amazing. I was floored.
Miguel, you're my best friend and all, but sometimes I just gotta hate you.
:iconnekozumi: Nekozumi does it again!
How will we ever thank you for the honor of having your adorable artwork dedicated to us???
Sorry I ke
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
FANIME CON 2008 REPORT (Part 1)I don't even know how I'm going to write a decent introduction for this but let me say that OH MAN WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME AT FANIME I HOPE WE CAN GO BACK! And... I TOLD YOU I WAS SHORT! Also, this entry is going to be really loooooooong. And this is just the first installation!FANIME CON 2008 REPORT (Part 1)6 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sorry I couldn't update sooner! I've been wanting to make this post since right after Fanime but after that I spent a couple of days catching up on sleep and going around San Francisco, then it was time to fly off to Maryland to visit my cousins who dragged me over to New York right after I got there. Now we're back in Maryland, and I can have my quiet time.
I was actually feeling kinda down right before we left. I'm just very sentimental when it comes to departures, I guess. Ever since vacation started, I spent a lot of time with my friends, and I couldn't help thinking about how much I'd miss them while I was on the other side of the world.
While waiting in the airport, I took pictures to kill
Shingeki no Kyojin cosplay shoot outtakes!It's time for another outtakes journal post! This one is for our Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) cosplay shoot!Shingeki no Kyojin cosplay shoot outtakes!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
(Click thumbnail to view the full image!)
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel - Eren Jaeger
:iconbehindinfinity: Jin - Mikasa Ackerman
:iconneko-panigiri: NyanKat - Armin Arlert
:iconweakman: Dom - Jean Kirschtein
:iconsomemaskedude: Bok - Bertholdt Fubar
:iconellensmere: Alex - Annie Leonhardt
:iconcatherinejannelle: Cat - Christa Renz
:iconreskiy: Resh - Erwin Smith
:iconberamonde: Chase - Hanji Zoe
:iconhana181: Aki - Levi
:icondorkydea: Myk - Nanaba & Mike Zakarius
much of the wig-styling was done by me behindinfinity
a lot of everyone's makeup was by Charmie yaoiangel14 and Alex
photos by Huzafan
post-processing by behindinfinity
I'm happy to present my friends who had come together to do this group cosplay! It feels surreal to me to have friends who happen to have faces who suit the characters
Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!When my friends and I first heard of "that swimming anime" called Free!, this is pretty much what we expected:Free! Iwatobi Swim Club cosplay shoot outtakes!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
Not that there's anything wrong with that hahah, but all we were expecting was to be able to laugh at how exploitable and full of fanservice this show could be because swimming would require everyone to be half-naked. Although it started out that way, the more episodes we watched, the more we realized...
We were wrong. So wrong.
What we got was a heartwarming coming-of-age story with endearing characters and interesting dynamics. It spoke of friendship and learning your self-worth and figuring out what drives you forward.
I'd write more about how I feel about it but it would take up too much time and space over here, so here are a couple of posts that have already done the job well:
1. A detailed literary analysis and trope driven deconstruction of H
New Cosplay Contact Lens Review! (Image-heavy!)Alice and Rabbit's Shop has a new set of lenses and it's about time I replaced some of my older ones so I'll be talking about this new set! This series is called Cosplay Plus Lens.New Cosplay Contact Lens Review! (Image-heavy!)1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Store link: CosPlus Lenses on A&R Shop
The Cosplay Plus lens is a larger variant of Alice and Rabbit Shop's popular Cosplay Lens series.
You may read my review of the Cosplay Lens series HERE
Let's take a look at one of my favorites from the Cosplay Plus set, which I'll now refer to as CosPlus. Here's a look at CosPlus Grey:
The pattern is very similar to the original Cosplay Lens, however they differ greatly in diameter.
Cosplay Lenses — 14.2 mm
CosPlus Lenses — 14.8 mm
0.6 mm might not seem like a lot, but for something tiny like a contact lens, the dif
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 adventures2 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
Tip of the Day: DreamsWe all know people that are very grounded. They have a very realistic view of what is possible... and they are generally right.Tip of the Day: Dreams2 years ago in Personal More Like This
But it's the dreamers that change the world!
Keep dreaming big.
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Cosplay photo blog for ToyCon 2013!ToyCon 2013!Cosplay photo blog for ToyCon 2013!1 year 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
Did You Know?There's this blog on Tumblr http://knowyouravatarfacts.tumblr.com/ that posts all kinds of things that you may or may not know about the legend of Korra and avatar the last airbender. It's really interesting becomes I thought I knew everything that there was to know about avatar and Korra. But I didn't. There is a whole lot I did not know.Did You Know?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Did You Know? John Dimaggio, the voice actor of Bender from Futurama and Jake on Adventure Time, voices the actor of Toph and Iroh in the episode "the ember island players".
And that Dante Basco (the voice Zuko), older brother voiced the actor of Zuko in that episode also?
Did You Know? The pink roses that Bolin was going to give to Korra resemble trust, happiness, and confidence?
Did You Know? As far as we know, none of the previous avatar have had siblings.
But there are things that i was shocked that they got away with on a kids shows. Like sex for one!
Did You Know? It is implied that Mai and Zuko had sex in the episode "Ni
Tip of the Day: ConcentrationAn essential ability for success is to bend your concentration towards the things that matter the most.Tip of the Day: Concentration2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Punch your mental distractions in the face and start concentrating on what matters.
If it's a loved one that is distracting you, don't punch them... just ask them to give you time to concentrate
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Do you know the rules of Pro-bending?I honestly think they should convert Pro-bending into some sort of fandom game, board or video game. That would be beyond epic. Here is an extensive and detailed page on the Pro-bending game. Lore sweet lore.Do you know the rules of Pro-bending?2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tip of the day: The darkest momentsThe moment to shine the brightest is in darkness. Darkness can bring chaos but with it comes opportunity. Many times throughout my career when I pushed past the point when I'd usually give up, this is when I end up achieving my biggest successes. Fate seems to have a way to test us and only the ones that want it the most shall receive the fruits of their labor.Tip of the day: The darkest moments2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of LifeI used to spend all my free time on games. Arcade games, card games, home entertainment systems... etc. Until I found the best game of all - LIFE. Not the board game but the real thing.Tip of the Day: Playing the Game of Life2 years ago in Personal More Like This
You only get one life and there are many levels that you can pass. Try to think of life as a game. Always trying to get to that "next level." Identify what you could achieve to get to the "next level" in your life and put your energy into it!
sending positive vibes to you all!
Tip of the Day: CuriosityKeep learning. Stay curious. Always give it your all and great things will happen. Make it part of your lifestyle to constantly keep learning, studying, practicing. The world is changing faster then ever. It's important to change with it if you don't want to be left behind. Be a 'student' of life and stay curious.Tip of the Day: Curiosity2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Sending positive vibes to you all!
Publishing Opportunity for New Artists!Hey guys! I want to spread the good news about my friend DeevElliott's two new anthologies that will be strictly reserved for up coming artists here on DeviantART! If you're a new and aspiring comic artist looking for a chance to be published with a seasoned professional, this is it!Publishing Opportunity for New Artists!11 months ago in Personal More Like This
I've met Dave many times and he is always looking to help younger artists in need of a kick start! His current projects are detailed in this journal http://techgnotic.deviantart.com/journal/Dave-Elliott-An-Authentic-Citizen-384734344 along with lots of great advice on how to get into the publishing industry. His two anthologies and how to participate in his project is also linked in there.
Tip of the Day: Getting your foot in the door*Take note that this advice is meant for people that are completely unknown beginners that have no options and are looking to learn***Tip of the Day: Getting your foot in the door2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Comic legend Lynn Johnston (creator of "For Better or For Worse" gave me today's tip of the day. She wrote to me with some advice after listening to my audiobook "The Perfect Bait"
"I wondered if there should be a portion dedicated to people- students etc who are completely unknown, who just want to get a foot in the door.
Working for free is the answer. You might balk at this because some critics say this gives the appearance that there is NO value to skill and talent. However- consider this: Working for free gives you amazing experience. It allows you to practice on someone else's project, see your work in print, establish a reputation and learn- big time. People who won't work for free WILL pay for a course! What better learning experience is there than to work with a client- such as a library or an independent book store or a school- producing poste
Doodle-ness~Meanwhile at Nickelodeon Studios... The masterminds behind our favourite show, Korra, have some doodle fun whenever that have the time~Doodle-ness~1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Domo-Tar!, Fat Mako
Korra meets Futurama
Many Eska and Desna's in many different styles