Thanks to ~Astellecia for the invitation, or else I probably never kick myself to do another ancient costume *lol* the last one I did was for Saiunkoku Monogatari 5-6(?) years ago. I read the novels of 12 kingdoms some years back too, and had to recap various parts of it to get some emotions for this shoot.
This couple is pretty much narcissistic and eccentric, and particular about the aesthetics of everything. Which amused me. They don't appear much, and not my top favorite characters, but they are fun nevertheless.
Han-ou, Go Ranjou being known as a beautiful and refined man who looks like a woman, I feel stressed! XD To look as gorgeous on the outside like a woman, yet still carry ownself's posture and aura(?? *lol*) as a man. I tried my best to strike a balance. And to keep up with the arts and craftsmanship Han is known for, I decided to indulge in all the materials (oh how my wallet cried! And ancient costume EATS fabrics!). Since i rarely make ancient costumes, I refer to the novel illustrations of Han-ou as well as all the other characters' costumes to draft up my own complete version. It's also a bit tricky as Han-ou's wardrobe is closer to a female than a male. Eventually I also chose a gradient wig instead of a pure color~
It was hot that day when we shot! Close to noon too >.< The fun would be at the beach where we had difficulty standing as the tide came in. Many thanks to the helpers for carrying our stuff along, and flipping the fabric non-stop XD
This shoot was drafted last August, but postponed till this January to shoot. Since the first draft, the sketches have been redrafted a few times and the feelings kind of evolved as well. I'm happy it is eventually done!
Thanks to ~Chewyee for reading through my notes and screenshots, giving a deeper thought and did some more detailed storyboarding, ventured the location with me. Also thanks to ~sakana and ~KirieValient for preparing props as well. Many thanks to the helpers who spent the few hours helping us out with the lights and fine-tuning our positions. Couldn't have done it without all of you~
And since ~Chewyee took the extra efforts to process the photos, I feel I should put up the high-resolution versions on DA (yeah some of you guys should have seen the low resolution on FB already~) to justify them.
Series: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Character(s): Maria Renard, Alucard
I always wondered what happened after Symphony of the Night concluded - did Maria spirit off to find Alucard, and confess? My poor little heart could barely stand it! So...my husband and I decided to change this. Myself as Maria Renard, my husband modelling Alucard. All costumes, wigs and styling done by me.
Inspired by the artist and their beautiful depictions of romance between these beloved characters.
A lovely picture of myself, Pixiekitty, and Seiba Duffy at Katsucon 2012 in our Shining Wind costumes! Each costume was made by their respective costumer, though I did make Houmei's wig and Seena's sword
I love these girls - they are such wonderful cosplayers and friends!