Prop-building 101In the Fighting Dreamers Productions I am usually the guy who builds most of the props (though both twinfools and Yuna are getting better and better at it all the time, and Val and Mavi are fearsome prop builders on their own right).Prop-building 1017 years ago in Personal More Like This
Since I tend to focus on manly characters with huge weapons, I receive quite a bit of mail asking for instructions on how to make them. Rather than writing hundreds of individual emails I wanted to create a series of articles on the noble skill of Cosplay prop-making.
And what a better way to start it than go through the basics of making giant weapons! In this first installment I will talk about materials and tools I use to make my props.
DISCLAIMER: there are many, many great Cosplay prop-builders, and in no way do I think my methods are superior to theirs. This is for those people who want to learn the methods to my madness.
Below is the list of the materials I use most commonly to create my props. Note that this is not a comprehensive list by
Vocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.Jin's Flower Wreath ProcessVocaloid JBF Flower Wreath + Ciel lenses, etc.3 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!)
KuroBasu cosplay portraits + shoot outtakes!Generation of Miracles casual outfit portraitsKuroBasu cosplay portraits + shoot outtakes!2 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
Photography Tutorial 1 - BackgroundsBackgroundsPhotography Tutorial 1 - Backgrounds5 years ago in Personal More Like This
For the first lesson of photography, we’re going to start with BACKGROUNDS. The background is an important part of the picture, whether or not the main focus is on the doll/subject. No one wants to see random objects, people or a mess in the background. Do not ever assume that shallow depth of field or bokeh will ‘hide’ away the mess in the background in a blur. It is still possible to make out a human head or arm in the blurred background.
DO NOTE: This tutorial is extremely IMAGE HEAVY. Most photo examples are contributed by us, while some are credited to the respective owners. So all necessary photo copyrights still RETAIN. DO NOT USE ANY OF THE PICTURES OR ANY PART OF THE TUTORIAL WITHOUT OUR EXPLICIT WRITTEN PERMISSION.
Granted the fact that not many of us stay in places with a whole variety of outdoor locations to shoot or simply have the
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
Prop-building 101 Rifa Special &#150; WonderflInstead of the next installment of the weapon tutorials, I will respond to a request of our very own :iconRifa:, and do a special on using Wonderflex, one of the main materials I use for my building my props. Those waiting for the next part of the Weapons tutorial -BLAME RIFA! 8D jk! I will start working on the next part of the weapons tutorial soon.Prop-building 101 Rifa Special – Wonderfl7 years ago in Personal More Like This
So what is Wonderflex, then?
Wonderflex is a type of thermoplastic that is shaped with heat. Inside the plastic is woven fabric that holds the sheets of Wonderflex together when it is heated and malleable. It comes in white color, in sheets ranging from large to enormous, so you can make pretty much any Cosplay prop out of it. All my cosplays that you see in my gallery have some Wonderflex in them.
Wonderflex can be acquired at:
There are two main things you'll want to do with Wonderflex: cut it and heat it.
The best feature of Wonderlex is the fact that it can be easily cut with a good
2011 cosplay review + 2012 plans!I realise this is, umm, rather late to be doing a wrap-up of last year's cos, but I've never done one of these composite pics before and I kinda wanted to XD2011 cosplay review + 2012 plans!3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So here's a compilation of all the shoots I did in 2011!
All of these photo sets can be found here: http://0zimiel0.blog132.fc2.com/
Hmm, there seem to be rather a lot XD;; And so far this year, since coming back from Japan in January, I've done 10 photoshoots! 8D Here's looking forward to another year full *3*
I don't have any concrete convention plans at this stage, except that I will be cosing UtaPri to SMASH! with kaguyaxhime to sell our photobook!
Other than that, here are the cosplays I have planned for this year (at this stage, subject to innumerable changes no doubt XD)
- Shinomiya Natsuki (Uta no Prince-sama) various for 'Resonance' photobook
- Alibaba Saluja (Magi)
- Ichinose Tokiya (UtaPri)
- Takasugi Shinsuke (Gintama)
- Jinguuji Ren (UtaPri)
- Barnaby Brooks Jnr (Tiger &
Sasuke's Picture DiaryLeave comments to keep me company?Sasuke's Picture Diary2 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:
2012 year with R and R2012 year with R and R2 years ago in Personal More Like This
2012 year was not easy for us. But we tried to joy you with our work.
Happy holidays by Ryoko-demon
Bloody bride by Ryoko-demon Reborn Queen by Rei-Doll
Lyum (albino bat) - original. Backstage (video)
Righteous Fire by Ryoko-demon Magical Artifact by Ryoko-demon Taboo by Ryoko-demon
No need for Tenchi! by Ryoko-demon
Trinity blood. Backstage (video)
Foreign land by Ryoko-demon Duchess of Erin by Rei-Doll Battle by Ryoko-demon Royal Blood by Rei-Doll
Asuka and Rei. Backstage (video)
School time by Ryoko-demon No more school! by Ryoko-demon White Scars by Rei-Doll
Loli Asuka and Rei ^^
Happy holidays by Ryoko-demon
Xmas in Gotham City by Rei-Doll Joker by Kifir Sweet Christmas by Ryoko-demon
And works of girls from our team
Lust by Eva :iconEndleria:, Re
Tutorial thingyAs I type this journal, I have the dried (acrylic) blood of the hemospectrum all over my hands. Progress on the ~ATH book is good.Tutorial thingy3 years ago in Personal More Like This
Some of you requested a tutorial, I have no pictures but I can go over the process in this journal.
* Mod Podge
* Tons -o- acrylic paint
1. Acquire programming book.
I used this one here; http://www.sebodomessias.com.br/loja/imagens/produtos/produtos/363128_363128.jpg
It was $10 at a local used book store and it was already mostly black.
2. Paint it black.
Not the most exciting step of the process, but necessary. I used 3 or 4 coats of black acrylic paint to get an even coat.
3. I blew up a picture of the book in MSPaint (how appropriate) and cropped it down to the face. I experimented with sizes and found one that
worked. Then because I'm a masochist, I cut out a free-hand drawn face for the spine. I also pr
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!1 year 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
applique tutorial◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ Naraku on Facebook ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊applique tutorial3 years ago in Personal More Like This
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After my dear friend :iconaigue-marine: (and a lot of other people before) asked me, how I make my appliques, I thought: hey, you work at a costume with this appliques again. I can make a tutorial!
And here you see step by step how I make on a easy way all my appliques.
What do you need:
- paper, pencil and scissors (maybe a rubber)
- fabric and thread
- Interfacing /Interfacing doubl
King of the Nerds guest judging!I guess I should drop a line on DA as well...King of the Nerds guest judging!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Tomorrow night is the King of the Nerds episode where I'm guest starring! Thursday, Jan. 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), on TBS!
Here's the episode synopsis! Make sure you guys tune in!
"Imaginary Realms" – Team Blue and Team Orange face off in a fantasy cosplay Nerd War challenge, hero-vs.-villain style. The losing team must send two of their own to the Nerd-Off, from which one will never return. As the competition heats up, an unusual roll of the dice determines who will stay and who will go. Hosted by Curtis Armstrong and Robert Carradine.
Guest Judges: Adam Busch, Yaya Han and George Takei.
You Mad Con? ... and Finalist!Hey Everyone!You Mad Con? ... and Finalist!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I'm heading to Youmacon to next weekend, and it's going to be a brand new experience for me! I'm really excited, but for the first time ever I'm working at an Artist Alley table! So if you are going I'd love to see you guys at the table I'll be selling mostly charms and buttons, but I'll also have a few prints up for sale! My supply is super limited because it's my first time out
As for my Cosplay Schedule... That's still up in the air. I'll announce my official cosplay schedule over on Youtube this week! http://www.youtube.com/CourtoonXIII
Also... I made it to the North American Finals for the Otaku house competition!!
I would really appreciate the vote, you can vote up to four times! One on each photo, and once on the top!
Lastly I'm still in the Arda Banner contest, and I'd appreciate the quick vote for the as well! I'm in second p
Con-Report: LA MOLE COMIC CON Mexico City + pics!Hello my friends,Con-Report: LA MOLE COMIC CON Mexico City + pics!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I was again cosplay guest in MEXICO CITY last December and here is my report!
The con was LA MOLE COMIC CON. The conventions I visit are usually more Anime/Manga oriented and it was my first experience with a more comic oriented convention. So I also did my first comic costume!
On Friday I visited the con as Siesta 45 from Umineko no naku koro ni :3. I had my own little booth where you coud buy prints, talk to me and make photos together.
I was guest together with 4 other amazing cosplay artists!
DAYNA BABY LOU from Canada :3~
Cosblog and MORE!Pax East!Cosblog and MORE!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
We attended PAX East 2013 last weekend! We debuted our newest costumes from Dishonored, and had an all around blast.
You can read all about our experience on our new Cosblog!
Which is the next news! We have added a Cosblog to our Website! It will be our new place for posting about convention experiences, tutorials, and W.I.P!
That way we aren't cluttering our Tumblr, Facebook, or here at our DA.
Our prints are still on sale! But get them now, because we will be closing our Print shop on April 15th!! due to us being apart.
Also, if you aren't following us on Tumblr you should be! We'll be doing a giveaway of some prints, some Dishonored Bone Charms, and more swag soon!
Young Justice Returns January 5!Get ready YJ Fans, because on January 5, DC Nation returns to Cartoon Network, with Before the Dawn!Young Justice Returns January 5!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hopefully now the show doesn't get any other hiatuses for a while!
Also, if anyone's interested in voting for Young Justice in TV.com's Best of 2012 under the Animated Series category, do so right here http://www.tv.com/features/best-of-2012/votes/poll/SpecialFeatures:list:best-animated-series/ !
But anyway, who's excited for YJ coming back?
So I've been thinking....Well loves,So I've been thinking....2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I feel like it's time to say goodbye.
Lately nothing is working for me and I've come to realise just how annoying and frustration it is to work out a plot, type it up and finish off.
It's taking up all of my mind and I just can't stand it anymore.
I'm very sorry about those people who requested things from me lately and the kind people who entered my contest, but I can't do this anymore.
I'm going to deactivate in a couple of days when I've finished saying goodbye to people.
You've all been incredibly kind and wonderful people and I'm sorry to say I'll probably never speak to you all again.
....... April Fools! ;D
Couldn't resist honestly! Sorry if I've pissed someone off by doing this, but hey I've never pranked someone in my entire life before, so I thought why not now? ^^
COSPLAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL!Hi guys!! Thank you as always to all watchers and everyone who faves and comments - I'm so sorry I don't have much time these days to reply to everything, but I definitely do read and appreciate them all!COSPLAY MAKEUP TUTORIAL!2 years ago in Personal More Like This
I've been asked so many times I've lost count to put together a makeup tutorial on how I do my cos makeup - and I finally did it!
I hope this is a little helpful, although some disclaimers - I have Caucasian features, so my makeup will be very different to someone with a different face shape. I use a lot of eyemakeup, much more than a lot of people, just because I do lol. My eyes a pretty big naturally, so I line them right up the edge, as opposed to widening the eye by drawing further out. A few things like that to bear in mind ^_^ That said, hope you enjoy! *chu*
Any questions please feel free to ask!
Sexuality Polls?WARNING FOR THE RAMBLINGS OF A TIRED, ILL PERSON!Sexuality Polls?3 years ago in Personal More Like This
So, you may wonder why I made the polls about sexuality.
From the age of 12 to 16, I was straight. I was always straight, and always going to be straight. I only dated guys, and that was the way it was stuck in my head.
Then at 16, things started changing. I was in a relationship, but I also found myself attracted to girls. In appearance, especially, I found females more appealing than males.
At around 18 or 19, my attraction to men started fading entirely, replaced purely by an interest in women.
At 20, I ended my straight relationship to be with Jenn. By this point, I only found women attractive.
Now I'm 24, and once again, I'm on the fence. I find both men and women attractive visually, but I'm not SEXUALLY attracted to any of them. The only person I honestly find sexually attractive is Jenn. She's female, so I suppose that labels me as a lesbian, as I am quite literally only attracted to females.
But what if, in another world, Jenn
Someone left $20 in an envelope at Fanime''Someone left $20 in an envelope at Fanime2 years ago in Personal More Like This
Hey guys! Fanime was amazing but it totally left me sick for weeks after I got better, I went through the letters I got and found one that had nothing but $20 and a note describing one of my posters. It looked like someone made a mistake and accidentally gave me their money without getting a poster. I want to return that money so If it was you, please e-mail me with your name and address.
In other news, I will be at Anime Expo at table A24 and A25 Hopefully the Knite books will be ready by then!
Update and Thank youUpdate and Thank you3 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Hey people out there!
I just wanted to take this time to extend a heartfelt, profound thank you to everyone who wrote a comment on my last journal regarding my father (he had a heart attack a few weeks ago).
It was so nice to have a lot of support here. I'm so sorry I couldn't really reply to everyone, but I did read everything :iconsupertighthugplz:
I have just been so crazy busy. My father stayed in hospital for a bit over a week. But he's home now, and feeling ok. And we were super relieved that he somehow did not have to have heart surgery. That was really freaking me out . WHen I would visit with him in the hospital, the room mates with him all had been through it and it looked a bit scary. Though I know it is a very well-tolerated and refined surgery, we all would like for us and our loved ones to avoid such a thing.
They were able to send him for some really modern nuclear scans. And they are treating him with a Nitro patch and some other meds that are supposed t
STARFIGHTER CONTEST- sexy pin-up! WINNERSOK, thank you everyone who has participated, and voted in the poll - please see winners below! And please remember to fave any entries you like to thank the participants http://starfighter-fanclub.deviantart.com/gallery/45893342STARFIGHTER CONTEST- sexy pin-up! WINNERS2 years ago in Personal More Like This
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End of Hiatus, KatsuCon, and YouTube!Hey friends! Sorry it's been like a millenia since I last updated. ^ ^; I've come to say that I have finally ended my cosplay hiatus, and working on costumes for KatsuCon 2014. My costume line up will be Ocarina of Time Princess Zelda, Petra Ral from Attack on Titan, Yukiho from idolMASTER, and if I have time, Tharja from Fire Emblem Awakening. I'm really excited to be doing costumes and cons again!End of Hiatus, KatsuCon, and YouTube!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I also wanted to mention that I'm now posting videos on youtube! I'll be doing weekly costume progress reports, and biweekly music vlogs and cosplay tutorials (though they may be a little sporadic thanks to my KatsuCon costume crunch lol). But drop by my channel and check out what I have up so far if you haven't already. https://www.youtube.com/user/akuritamago
I'll see you guys at KatsuCon! X3