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!
Uh, don't read below if you want to avoid spoilers? XD
My husband wanted to finish his Alpha series Big Daddy for Cosplacon, but there was no way I would have had enough time to make Eleanor's Big Sister suit for that (my goal is to make it in time for Dragon Con though!), so about a week before Cosplacon I made a spontaneous decision to make Eleanor's concept dress and her Big Daddy doll because I had the time and it was fairly simple to make.
The dress was made out of leftover bridal satin I had, and the overlay is an ivory chiffon was from a friend that was going to throw it out (lucky find, haha!). I basically took a bodice pattern from a wedding dress and extended/flared out the pieces so that it made a dress. The overlay was draped. The lace was originally a wider lace trim that had gathering at the top, but I cut that part off and just stitched the part I wanted around the hem. The trim around the top and straps was originally a white home decor trim, and I tea stained it to darken it a bit.
Even though I work at a wig company and don't have to worry about shipping times, I had a hard time figuring out something for the wig on such short notice because the Magnum Longs and Pippins in Natural Black had recently gone out of stock. XD I used a Jareth in Natural Black instead...This particular style has wefts sewn in backwards on top of the normal wefts to add more volume, so I had to seam-rip all those wefts out (which was about a 1/3-1/2 of the wig) to thin it out. Then I razor trimmed it a bit shorter and tamed it down more with a hair dryer.
The doll concept changed in the game to better resemble the Alpha series rather than a Bouncer, so I stuck with that version for my reference when making the doll. Much thanks to the hubby for helping me with several parts of it (I don't have much confidence around power tools haha XD). Info on how I made the doll is here: malindachan.deviantart.com/art...
Photo taken by We live about a block and a half away from a beach along the shore of Lake Michigan, which is where this photo was taken. Someday I'd like to go back out when the sun rises for a reenactment photo like in the teaser.
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
"Although she had no idea what road lay a head of her, what trials she would face, what heartache she would feel, Tifa knew she would always be one thing deep down: A Small Town Girl from Nibelhiem who loved her family... And for her 'family' wasn't just those she was related to by blood."
Yeah this one is short... I blame the fact I have Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" Stuck in my head. You know with lyrics like "Just a small town girl/ living in a lonely world..." Okay I'll stop before for you guys get it stuck in your heads too. If you have because of this... Then my evil plan is working. Tee hee! JK
Here's some more Crisis Core! Tifa Lockhart for you guys!! Yeah I know I haven't made the infamous "saddle bags" yet but I kinda got caught up on Ivy for this con (which I didn't get pictures of! *smacks head* IDIOT!!) and I didn't get around to it. But I'm not complaining.
It may be some time until you see this cosplay again as I hope to possibly make a cowboy hat (this hat is now a collectors item as I got it signed by Nobuo Uematsu... Yeah it's going in a glass case needless to say), as well as those saddle bags myself. Plus I kinda want to give Tifa a break as she's seen two cons in a row and I got Sephiroth I want to show off as well as another FF VII cosplay that I've decided I'm going to go for after Enchanted Forest!Belle "Gold Dress version". Which one is that... well I'm going to keep it quiet until I get to work on it. Plus with FFX coming to the PS3... I'm gonna be busy. ^^
CC/Flashback/Dissdia!Tifa Lockhart is made and cosplayed by myself! Picture taken by Ron Berg Studios!
Final Fantasy VII, Crisis Core, Last Order, and Dissida is (c) Square Enix
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!
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…
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?)