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PotC: Bring Me That Horizon by behindinfinity PotC: Bring Me That Horizon by behindinfinity

Miguel *merkymerx finally got to do one of his dream costumes Captain Jack Sparrow! And we were able to have a proper shoot for it last weekend :D

Walls of text ahead for those interested in some background info on the shoot and costume!

:bulletred: About the photo:
:iconmerkymerx: Miguel as Captain Jack Sparrow (based on the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie, On Stranger Tides)
:camera: photography and lighting by Erving
:halfliquid: makeup, direction and post-processing by me

This shot was based on one of the images from the Pirates of the Caribbean shoot by Annie Leibovitz (my hero) :pointr: [link] For anime cosplay shoots, we usually mimic artbook illustrations for our photos. Since this costume is based on a movie, we used promo pics as reference. :)

We shot our photo at a studio. Erving handled the photography and lighting, while I handled the art direction. That entails things like making sure that the significant pieces of the costume were in place, checking if the light was hitting Miguel's face correctly, and directing the way he was posing along with his his facial expression. (I made him laugh a lot in the process.)

I also handled the post-processing extracting Miguel from the raw photo with the studio setup, composing the background image, tweaking the colors, adding atmosphere. It's a lot of work and I'm still practicing and learning, but ahh, I enjoy what I do. :) One of my dreams is to work on movie posters. :D

The sky photo in the background is actually just one of the photos I take on random days when I see a beautiful sunset outside my window. It sure came in handy! :lol: The rest of the stocks are from free stock photography sites.

:bulletred: The captain's makeup (LOL):
Miguel had me help him with his makeup, and I was quite happy about it because for once, the eye makeup doesn't need to be neat! :laughing: I really have no makeup training and only treat it the way I would treat paints and pastels. I put a gunmetal base under the black kohl for the eyes because seemed to look better than just using plain black.

Contouring was really fun to do. I found that apart from shading around the cheeks and jawline, shading around the curve of the nose defined his look a lot. The facial hair also helped modify the natural contour of his face.

To make his skin darker, we used some sort of spray-on makeup. We're looking into other options because it still kind of rubs off on the inside of the shirt.

:bulletred: About the costume:
The costume was a whole other adventure! As always, our group of friends helps each other out with our costumes, so we were with him every step of the process. It was pretty amazing to see how passionate he was about getting things right to do justice to one of his favorite characters. :D

We assisted Miguel a bit, but he really did a lot of the work himself. He made the dreadlocks for the wig, a lot of the objects in Jack's hair, distressing the sash and bandana, tea-staining the shirt, and so much more. The first time we saw him put everything on, we were all pretty much floored and felt like we were looking at Johnny Depp. :lol: (He even practiced doing the voice and gestures, hahah) I personally think the final outcome looks fantastic, but he's still not completely satisfied and intends to keep working on it.

Some of the people that Miguel wants to thank:
people at KeepToTheCode forums
Richard Maldonado for the belt buckles and sash
Sparrow Goods's wig making tutorial
Janty Chattaw's costume tutorials
Tyrranical Piratical Treasures for the wig gear and belt effects
Mary from Gemsandknots for the butterfly bead
Badj Genato for tailoring the clothes
Angie for embroidering the pattern on the vest
Daisy and her crew for making the boots and baldric
AC Hernandez ~Karumaru of Pahimo-bai for making the pistols and sword

:bulletred: A little story:
One part of this costume the piece of snake vertebrae Miguel and I chanced upon a store with accessories made of animal bones while we were in the island of Boracay. It led us to make the acquaintance of a fascinating character who calls himself Payat. He gave us a night's worth of interesting tales. It comforted us when he said that the bones used in the store were not from animals that were hunted for that purpose. They're remains dug from the ground by natives in a mountain region. Sharing stories and isaw (grilled chicken intestines on a skewer they're yummy) with him was one of the highlights of our trip. :D

:bulletred: Daily Deviation!
We are incredibly honored that this has been featured as a Daily Deviation! Sincerest thanks from me and our little crew for everyone's appreciation! =tanya3286 and ^pullingcandy, you have no idea how happy your words have made our captain! Bring out the rum, me hearties!

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-07-03
The suggester says; "One of the best POC cosplays I've seen.. the backdrop, the setting, pose and costume along with all the physical effects and aspects are absolutely stunning."
The excellent execution of this costume makes me want to drag out all my Pirates of the Caribbean movies and watch them in a row. Gorgeous work.
PotC: Bring Me That Horizon by *behindinfinity ( Suggested by tanya3286 and Featured by pullingcandy )
WhiteSpectre43 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
He looks just like Jack! really good! 
PerscenexArts Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh. My. God.
Great job, my dear! :O
ShikkieChan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh my lord! That has to be the most accurate and most amazing Captain Jack Sparrow Cosplay I have ever seen! Truly amazing. Absolutely love it.
JohnPD Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Professional Photographer
wow!~ good job~~
shaolinmonk3 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2016
It's so hard to find compelling cosplay, but yours are totally awesome!!!
NightPriestess09 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Kuya, galing nyo po!!
CameronKobe Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome. The background really makes this.
deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeeeeesus... Johnny Depp would be proud :D
ChatLunatique Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of the most intricate and beautifully detailed cosplays I've seen recently. Superb photography and an awesome backdrop. Amazing work!
Vachetta Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Asian Jack Sparrow!! :D
seregond Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
ахахах, лолкка X-D
Ladyofsteam Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Greetings...this is a most admirable cos-play!!
Faithful-Imagination Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
MallowGirl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Student General Artist
I found the Asian version of him. XD
CrypticPython Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job!
Domo-Domo-kun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
the asian version of depp :D
BSG222 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's amazing! You look exactly like Jack!
MuccNoMiya Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
İs that you!? ajtıghıjgjagjgjajgjajgj
BattousaiBlade7 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
u look so much like Johnny Depp it's so scary
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Sure, why not... ... ? =P :peace: :D
aly-uchiha913 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
This is absolutely stunning! I love it! It's so great that when I showed my mom (she's a PotC fan), she thought it was really Johnny Depp! XD Wonderful job! :D

Peace Out! ^_^
Broken-Lust Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Student
o.e he looks so much like jack sparrow its amazing!
Thefringedninja Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this so much! :D
fuzzypaw01 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
that's the best Cap'n jack costume i've ever seen!!!!
blanket86 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing photography! :-)
Hellsing-Order Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
ba da da da da da ba da da da da.....and really BAD eggs......Drink up, me hearties. YO HO!!!
doyles-slave Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :wave: Just wanted to let you know that your work has been featured on my page. Have a great day! [link]
WolfxTracks Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omfreakin gosh i thought you had a pic of jack. danggggg

LeahLevi Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OAO you look almost as the real Jack.... amaizing.....
a-Arietis Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Cool as! :music: =)
SweeneyT-DemonBarber Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I can't even... Omg. This is just, too perfect! Words cannot describe how impressed I am with this. I wish I could produce such good quality cosplay photos.
Awesome photo, amazing cosplay. And the effort you all put into this is amazing! I honestly would never guess that this is a cosplay photo, it looks so professional and matches the original promotional picture so well.
Saraclaya Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Once again you all don't dissappoint! Nicely done!
rapturedoni Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
ayos pre!
Purpl3-ShaDoW Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you look almost exactly like Jack O_O good job!
BertMel Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
SaffinDrakosh Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great)) Real Jack Sparrow x)
t-tasha Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist
Beyond amazing.
nikkaroo Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Student General Artist
this is AMAZINGGGGG, Miguel really looks the part here, and the entire photo looks a little like a painting, even. wow i am floored by this. worth all the effort and time yall put into it, definitely :heart:
EvilVampireDucky Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
my heart skipped a beat and died
AletheiaFelinea Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012
Hello! Your work is featured here. I hope you don't mind? :)
Eveei Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how awesome.. I'm actually gonna do a school play and I'm playing as Jack.. and I'm a girl xD I hope I could look like that xD
Thriem Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy... What a masterpice!
silvadiva Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Holy! I thought it was Johnny Depp!! Awesome!
ArtisticBubbles Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just simply wow. It looks spot on I actually thought that it was Johnny Depp posing for you til I read your comments on it.
FATALxFRAME Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Student
What fine cosplaying <3

Never fail to amaze me~
Imiko-Rukai Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On the smaller image I thought that was Johnny Depp, zoom in and THEN, you can notice behind the detail it's Miguel. Wonderful cosplay and make-up effects!!!
Jlaaag Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Same here!
Vanerasa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Student Artist
Love IT!
SweeneyT-DemonBarber Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
Wow, that looks amazing! You seem to have gotten every detail in place and the lighting in this photo is perfect!
Piscea Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
hello! you're art is a featured favorite in this group :iconda-pinoys:

keep up the good work! :)
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