This costume was a collaborative effort with my hubby to go with his Subject Delta Big Daddy cosplay. Unfortunately I hadn’t had time to start on the Big Sister suit until about a month before Dragoncon because I was helping him earlier in the summer with his Big Daddy for Cosplacon (I helped sew together the bodysuit and painted stuff). After Cosplacon he had a lot of things to remake on Big Daddy, but he took a break from it so we would for-sure have Big Sister done. After we were in the safe zone on that, I went back to helping again on his.
(This will contain spoilers if you haven’t played the game ) Just to clarify, this is Eleanor’s Big Sister suit – not one of the regular Big Sisters that most people think about, which have different features (the cage and larger tank on their backs, the extra leather on their torsos and legs, the red light, etc). Eleanor’s suit is like an incomplete Big Sister suit, and her light shines Green in-game because she’s an ally. I’ve had people ask me if my light could turn red or why I hadn’t done the extra bits, but doing those things would no longer make me Eleanor specifically. XD Something I learned was that the artists couldn’t make up their minds about a lot of the details. There were differences between the in-game renders, cutscenes, the figurine, and original artwork. I ended up going more with the in-game render, but I did some picking and choosing for areas where I couldn’t get a good reference, or if there were things I liked more about the artwork verses the game.
So onto the construction! I made the bodysuit out of Denim using the mock-up pattern that I had made for my Journey bodysuit last winter. From there I made a bunch of fake seams and patches to match the references. I tea stained it slightly, and while it was still wet I painted it with acrylic before letting it air-dry. Those spots that were painted spread out thanks to the damp-ness to add a really cool effect. Once it was dry I went back in and did more dry-brushing and finer details.
The helmet was originally going to be a fabric-mache globe before our spray foam idea ruined it and I had to throw it out. XD A friend of ours suggested using an acrylic globe from Amazon (the kind used for lamp covers), and that ended up working out great! The porthole is actually the original opening from the bottom of the globe, and we cut all out all the other holes with a hot knife. I first sketched everything out with some sharpies first so I could know where to glue everything later. The details were made out of craft foamies and EVA foam (It’s floor mat foam! Same material as craft foamies, but thicker). The tube is a plastic flexible tubing. Once the foam was all glued in place, I coated the foam with two layers of mod podge before spray painting the whole thing with a hammered paint. Once dry, I painted the rims around the holes and then dry-brushed darker areas, dirt, and highlights with a variety of acrylics. A stretchy green fabric was glued over the holes, and a battery powered LED Push light is on the inside. I can actually see well enough out the porthole when the light isn’t on, but when it is it’s like being in a bright room and trying to see outside when it’s dark (in other words, I cant’s see very well when the light is on XD)
Kyle constructed the shoulder/neck piece and tanks out of EVA foam, and I painted them using the same process as the helmet. I swear – half the work on this costume was all the hand painting. D: To curve the Eva foam pieces, he used a heat gun and held the shape in place as it cooled over our air conditioning unit. XD I attached Velcro to the front underside so it could hold the whole thing forward (though the tanks are very light, the weight distribution causes the whole thing to shift back without the Velcro). We got the platform boots from Salvation Army, and all the buckles from a local fabric warehouse for super cheap. I had to spray-paint the buckles silver since they were originally gold, and the boots were painted brown with Angelus leather paints. I cut out strips (for the belts) from a leather piece we also got from the fabric warehouse. EVA foam was used for the pieces attached directly to the sides, and Kyle helped me with the braces, which were made out of wooden slats with EVA foam on the outer sides. He had to drill holes in them so that they could still rotate on the pivot points at my ankles and knees.
I made the gloves and the knee/elbow pad things. Used a pattern for the gloves, and attached foam pieces for the plate looking things, and the elbow and knee pieces were just craft foam with fabric glued around them.
Kyle also did most of the work building weapon props, and I painted them using the same processes as before. They’re made out of EVA foam, wooden dowels, plastic tubing, and a piece of a cardboard tube. I made the pressure gages out of googly eyes by cutting them open and replacing the backing. Before gluing them I inserted little compass hands from a set of scrapbooking stuff I got ages ago for steampunk jewelry ideas. The syringes of Pure ADAM (green) and EVE (blue) were made out of glass test tubes we got from a science store that I filled with dyed resin. They strap in place with leather straps. The bottle for the red ADAM is made from a condiments bottle that had the tip trimmed and sealed up with hot glue. That part is covered with a nipple meant for a baby bottle, which is held in place thanks to a ring made from an empty mod podge bottle (because the rubber nipple does not take glue well at all). The whole top piece screws off so we can hold red Gatorade in it!
I was working at Katsucon, but I managed to get myself up early enough so that I could wear Aqua for a few hours! I've been wanting to wear her again for a while, but I had been holding out until I got a new wig and remade my shoes. I am super particular about the color of her hair, so previously I had been using an ebay wig that was super quirky because it was the only place I could find that had the right color. I managed to convince my boss to make this color at Arda though, so here it is! It's a Magnum XL in Denim Blue AR036.
My shoe armor used to be made out of craft foam, but they were pretty delicate and had been getting messed up from a lot of use. The new ones I'm wearing here are made out of worbla, so they're nice and sturdy!
Cosplay made and worn by Photo by my friend Dewey!
Hey all! Irrational Games is having a Bioshock cosplay contest, and my husband Ex-Shadow & I made it in the top 20!!! Unfortunately you can only cast one vote, but we'd appreciate any votes regardless of who you pick! This is a different image than what I entered, but our cosplay names are listed below them, so it shouldn't be hard to figure out which ones are ours! Click here to go to the poll: j.mp/1kQGgZv Voting ends on the 24th!
More Magi shots from Anime Revolution! We just wrapped up the con yesterday and I gotta say that this con was something I really needed. I haven't had much of a chance to hang out with my close friends lately but because we were all together at AR it was the perfect time to hang out which really lifted my spirits Also got to meet (and re-meet) a lot of really awesome people at AR, overall it was really chill :3
The Magi shoot was a highlight for me. It's been so long since we've had a group shoot where we've derped around so much XD
I still wish I had gotten the base wig I intended to use for this costume, because the wig I ended up using wasn't really the best base wig to use and I think that did effect the overall integrity of the wig :S Not sure when we'll be doing Symphonia again but hopefully I'll get to try a different base wig for that :3
I loved the shots that got of our Symphonia costumes, huge thanks to him for taking photos!
Had SO MUCH fun this weekend cosplaying Magi in a big group for Anime Revolution. I had a real blast as Judal, it was fun to portray him and it was also a very comfortable costume. In addition this cosplay was also a challenge because of the eye makeup I did for it which is something I've never really done... I had no idea what I was doing XD
"Although they didn't know how their actions would affect the worlds they visited or the lives of those that they came to call friends. Terra, Ventus, and Aqua did what they could to help protect the balance of light and dark, fighting the Unversed as well as the Masked Boy and Looking for the lost Keyblade Master Xehanort.
Although their journeys would be wrought with pain, sadness, betrayal, and darkness, the three of them where heroes in their own right.
And one day, those heroes would be called on once again to help fight for the balance once more..."
In our little private BBS photo shoot we had two lovely Aqua's. One was, as you know, was WHCGP's *Malindachan. The other was a good friend of our photographers and sweet girl we now call a friend as well: ~Hachiko77 - who is now expecting a baby girl!
Congrats again to her and her husband!
Ventus was made and cosplayed by (Myself- Look in the comments box of the Picture titled Adventurous Heart as to how I made it) (Hint: It has a star right next to it XDD)
"For some it was an area in which ivy grew, vines draping over concrete walls to give the area of look of age and beauty. It was probably for this reason it became a card. A card that, may have a low level, yet was useful for defense and it's effect of which when activated could block an opponets spaces and deal direct damage.
But, for Izayoi Aki, it was a place she would run too sometimes when horrible stares of fear, and the ugly whispers of awful names became unbearable. And it was a wall that would protect her heart from the unbearable pain that would erupt each time her monstrous power would lash out as she played another attack..."
I must confess, each time I pass this wall I end up running my hand through some of the leaves. It's just so pretty.
Izayoi Aki "School girl" is cosplayed by moi picture taken by the awesome
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's is (c) by the legendary Kazuki Takahashi-sama
"Ever since Izayoi Aki played that card during her first duel a power from within was born. A strange a frightening power that Aki could not control no matter how much she tried.
And she did try. Although a somewhere in the darkest corner of her heart she felt that her parents abandoned her on the Duel Academy steps, she did try. After all this was a school for duelist, there had to be one here that shared a power like hers...
Yet here she soon came to understand those with powers like her were misunderstood... some were even feared. And unfortunately she soon gained the reputation of one to be feared especilly after her first duel agianst a classmate which caused so much damage to the dueling arena.
All she wanted was to be accepted and to understand this power within that she was starting to hate with a growing passion. Yet in the halls of this school...
It was unlikely those dreams would come true..."
By Popular demand! A full cosplay shot! Yays!
As for this little story intro... sorry it's like not my usual ones and, well, sad. All I can say is, "Poor Aki!" I felt my heart go out to her in some of those scenes were we saw her past, especilly at the Academy.
I can't say I really went through the same thing but I know what it's like to be isolated and a bit of a social outcast. In fact I think I only started coming out of my shell within the past few years. I also know what it's like to being branding as something you're not... Something bad. It takes a lot to put that behind you but like her I have and couldn't be better.
I guess that's why I like her charater so much, cause a part of me relates to her more than I can ever really say. That and she's pretty kick ass too.
Izayoi Aki/ Akiza Izinski cosplay is modeled by Me and made by a joint effort of my mother, roomate, and myself Pic taken by the best roomate ever,
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's is (c) by the great Kazuki Takahashi-sama
UPDATE: HOLY MOLY, my second DD already? and twice within half a year?? Wow I'm so happy and want to thank all the support and feedback I got from this shoot T_T (Kudos to the model as well so do check out her work ^^) Also, thanks to for the feature!
= BIOSHOCK photoshoot = It was very fortunate that we got to shoot at the world's largest aquarium here in Atlanta for our Bioshock shoot. We couldn't ask for a better setting and we somehow ran into some staff members from Irrational Games as well!
= BIOSHOCK photoshoot teaser = Instead of doing another BIOSHOCK shoot near water setting or another aquarium setting, we have decided to do one in an abandoned warehouse like setting for that vintage 1960s look. It was a huge shoot and an exciting collaboration between me and many talented costume makers/prop makers. We actually have a Big Daddy Alpha, Big Daddy Bouncer, TWO little sisters, a Big Sister, Splicer, and Sander Cohen! (How rare is that?) Never the less, everyone did an amazing job and I can't wait to share the rest of the photos soon, stay tuned!
= BIOSHOCK photoshoot = Instead of doing another BIOSHOCK shoot near water setting or another aquarium setting, we have decided to do one in an abandoned warehouse like setting for that vintage 1960s look. It was a huge shoot and an exciting collaboration between me and many talented costume makers/prop makers. We actually have a Big Daddy Alpha, Big Daddy Bouncer, TWO little sisters, a Big Sister, Splicer, and Sander Cohen! (How rare is that?)
Finally some pictures from CosDay 2013 in Germany. They've been here for a while, but I was in Japan till like, 2 days ago... But anyway, here you guys are! Hope you enjoy it! I know Shingeki no Kyojin is really popular these days, but I've been cosplaying Eren for a while now, and I would hate not to have any pictures here >_<
as Eren (JAEGER) as Mikasa as Armin
Pictures were made by Jayawesome, do look him up on facebook. You can also see our Shingeki cosplays in his Cosplay video here --> www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFf8FO…
I've been on a HUGE Addams Family kick recently, and am almost through with re-watching all 60-someodd episodes! Gomez is an amazing character (and one half of the most perfect couple ever with Morticia), and I thought it would be a lot of fun to cosplay him!
Well, closet cosplay him. While I based my makeup off of the great John Astin (though I forgot forehead wrinkles, d'oh!), my twin Hopie did a makeup test for Christina Ricci's Wednesday (from the movies), and it's pretty eerily stellar if I do say so myself!