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 1016 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
You Mad Con? ... and Finalist!Hey Everyone!You Mad Con? ... and Finalist!1 year 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
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
New Years and Selling!!Happy New Years!! A few days late, I always write my resolutions for myself on dA, so here they are!New Years and Selling!!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
3,500 Watchers [10,874 Achieved]
150,000 Page Views [363,496 Achieved]
Actually start my webcomic [I've started drawing it... but it's not yet posted anywhere, not achieved]
2,000 Subscribers on Youtube [4,770 achieved]
Finish the "Hello Sweetie EP" [Achieved, but the Project has ended]
Get an internship [Technically achieved]
Go up two leagues in SCII [HAHAHAHA, Nope. Went down a league]
NEW 2013 Resolutions
600,000 Page Views
Start and continue my webcomic through the year
10,000 Subscribers on Youtube
Get an internship
Get accepted and do the Disney College Program
Stress less, and have more fun
Travel more, go to more cons!
Have Sempai notice me
Also: I'm selling my Korra costume to make room for future costumes to come! This isn't the end, just the beginning for bigger and better things!! Bidding starts at 99 cents, so you can catch it at a de
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!)
KuroBasu cosplay portraits + shoot outtakes!Generation of Miracles casual outfit portraitsKuroBasu cosplay portraits + shoot outtakes!1 year 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
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-tutorial7 months 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
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 thingy2 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
Sasuke's Picture DiaryLeave comments to keep me company?Sasuke's Picture Diary11 months 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:
So I've been thinking....Well loves,So I've been thinking....1 year 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? ^^
Cosblog and MORE!Pax East!Cosblog and MORE!1 year 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!
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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
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!9 months 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!
gethypeThought I'd announce the Angelicate Avenue team officially.gethype8 months ago in Personal More Like This
Head Animator / Storyboard Artist / Sound Design : Me
Rough Animation / In-between Animation / SFX Animation : HeartBloodRose
In-between Animation / Colourist : SkittyStrawberries
Background Artist : SparksOfTheStars
Thank you for the birthday wishes!I woke up one morning and then decided to check my DA. I was pleasantly surprised to see that my inbox was full of warm birthday wishes! There were so many of them, but I did read all of them. It would take forever to reply to all of them so that's what I'm doing here:Thank you for the birthday wishes!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes!
Photography Tutorial 1 - BackgroundsBackgroundsPhotography Tutorial 1 - Backgrounds4 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
Plushie Making GoodnessI have been making plushes for about 2-3 months now, and have found the community amazing in providing guides, tutorials and advice on all aspects of plushie making.Plushie Making Goodness1 year ago in Personal More Like This
For that reason I thought it would be a great idea to gather all of the information that I have used into one place so that other plushie makers can get great help and guidance as well.
Here you can find a collection of free and paid patterns, tutorials and guides on pattern making.
Free Patterns & Tutorials
Voodoo-Tiki's Pony Plushie Tutorial - http://browse.deviantart.com/artisan/customdolls/plushies/?qh=§ion=&q=mlp+plushie+pattern#/d4u0t6a
haiban's Pony Pattern Tutorial - Part 1 |
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!2 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 &
Katsucon and Kuribohs (Now on Etsy!)Edit: Kuri-plushies are now for sale on Etsy! Only 8 available, and they go fast. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MalindachanKatsucon and Kuribohs (Now on Etsy!)2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There are 2 normal Kuribohs, 2 normal Kuribohs with squeakers, 2 Winged Kuribohs, and then 2 Winged Kuribohs with squeakers. Normal Kuribohs are $25/$27 and Winged Kuribohs are $30/32 (the ones with the squeakers are an extra $2). Shipping/etc is $5 for buyers in the USA and $10 for buyers overseas. Once these 8 Kuribohs are sold, I probably won't have any more for sale until possibly Fanime. It really depends on what I'm in the mood to work on and what I have time for.
Kyle and I won't be at Naka-kon next month because we're going to Katsucon!
-Friday morning/early afternoon - Cloud Strife (FFVII: Crisis Core)
-Friday afternoon/evening - WRGP Yusei (YGO 5D's)
-Saturday Morning/afternoon - Skyloft Link (Zelda: Skyward Sword)
-Saturday evening - undecided (Maybe Rarity?)
-Sunday we'll just be in street clothes since we'll be packing up
To the West Coast!I'm sorry for the lack of updates from me! My life has been pretty crazy lately luckily with all (hopefully) good news! I've announced it a few places but next week I'll be moving out to California! Who knows how long I'll be out there, but hopefully for the next many years! I know a few of you know that I got a job out there, but I don't want to say anything about it until it officially goes through!To the West Coast!9 months ago in Personal More Like This
But because of that my con schedule con a bit rearranged! I will no longer be attended Colossalcon, which bums me out since it's one of my favorite cons, but I will be attending Anime Expo and hopefully San Diego Comic Con! (And if there is any other good west coast cons, you should let me know!)
I'm really excited for warm winters, as a northern midwest girl... I'm a bit tired of the cold. Hopefully I can make some new friends out there!!
I also want to do a shout out for my friend who makes awesome jewelry! I already own a piece of hers, but I might
CPRWeird poll to have, huh?CPR2 years ago in Personal More Like This
There's an advert on UK television at the moment, sponsored by The British Heart Foundation, talking about chest compressions, and how people should do that if they haven't been trained in mouth-to-mouth.
The background research for the video was quite interesting:
A new poll conducted across the UK and involving 2,000 respondents showed nearly half were put off from performing CPR because of a lack of knowledge.
A fifth worried specifically about the thought of the kiss of life or about contracting an infectious disease.
Four in 10 people were worried about being sued if they did something wrong, even though the BHF argues no such case has ever succeeded in Britain.
"Thirty thousand people have a cardiac arrest in the UK every single year and half of those are witnessed, but in most cases no-one acts, no-one knows what to do, people panic."
This information got me thinking.
I had a basic First Aid course... over four years ago now. Chest compression CPR
Sexuality Polls?WARNING FOR THE RAMBLINGS OF A TIRED, ILL PERSON!Sexuality Polls?2 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
QvQ Future Livestreams!>//w//< Yesssss I am going to start doing Livestreams!QvQ Future Livestreams!1 year ago in Personal More Like This
I know you guys have been asking about it, so yeah! >v<
;w; I recently got a tablet and have been playing around with it, so I figure it will be fun to Livestream! I haven't been able to get Livestreaming to work with an external camera to record me working on traditional media yet, but it looks like it will work just fine with digital!~
TvT So yeah! I wanted to give everyone a heads up that I will be doing that in the near future. I've been away from home for the last week but i'll be back soon, so once I get a time schedule all situated i'll post another journal giving an exact date and time! >v< That way you guys can try to catch it! I'm hoping that i'll be able to do it starting around mid-day here and then go through to mid-night so that way in case some of you live in different areas it'll be easier to catch at least some of it~
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!5 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