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Thranduil: Detailed Construction Notes by Detailed-Illusion, literature


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Thranduil: Detailed Construction Notes by Detailed-Illusion, literature

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My Bio
Niq van der Aa, known online as Detailed-Illusion, is a cosplayer and aspiring costume designer from Ottawa, Ontario. He has been cosplaying since he was 14 years old, going to his first con when he was thirteen as Fai d. Flowright from Tsubasa (which to date is still his all time favourite fictional character). He is an avid gamer, a lover of fantasy and a frequent reader of both American comics and Japanese manga. In high school, Detailed-Illusion studied theatre where he ended up focusing on backstage work as a set and costume designer. After high school, he toured a theatre show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, for which he was both a costume and set designer, as well as a performer. Since, he has dabbled in Fashion Design school (finding it far too slow paced and restrictive for the cosplayer/costumer he is at heart), worked as a costume designer for an independent film project, and of course continued to go to as many cons a year as he can afford, creating plenty of new costumes for each one. He has worked his way up the ranks, entering masquerades in America and Canada, and is now a master level cosplayer. He considers his specialty pattern drafting, and detailed sewing and accessory work. As part of team "Detailed Mess" has won the first World Cosplay Summit Canadian preliminaries and will represent Canada along with Miss Messy Mia in WCS 2015 in Japan. His most notable awards in the Masters category were for Best Reinterpretation for his Genderbent Elsa (Costume-Con 32, 2014) and Best in Show for his Thranduil (Pop Expo 2013).

Favourite Movies
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Black Swan, Cloud Atlas
Favourite TV Shows
Princess Tutu
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Lady Gaga, Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire
Favourite Books
Tsubasa Chronicles
Favourite Writers
Favourite Games
Final Fantasy (all of them!), Pokemon
Favourite Gaming Platform
Tie between PS3 or 3DS
Tools of the Trade
Sewing Machine, Surger, Vacume Forming apparatus
Other Interests
Dance, martial arts, theater
I am very overjoyed, proud, and simultaneously humbled to let those of you who were not at Otakuthon 2014's Masqarade Award Ceremony know that Miss Messy Mia and I (as team Detailed Mess) won Canada’s World Cosplay Summit's preliminaries and will be representing Canada in 2015. I also had the wonderful opportunity to judge the regular OtakuthonMasquerade Saturday night (before I found out the WCS results) and all I could think the entire time was HOW AMAZING Cosplay is in Canada, and how it would be the GREATEST honour to get to represent this country’s amazing talent. We will work hard to do you all proud on the world stage. I a
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Otakuthon grows ever closer and !linami ( and I are smashing our faces (and everything else) into these costumes to get them ready! Sorry for the lack of updates, but new content/photos, WIP's and a list of all the cons I will be attending will be coming down the pipeline soon! In the meanwhile, checkout my Facebook page, which is about the only thing I can keep updated atm! *back to work*
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When purchasing cosplay prints, do you prefer there to be no watermark/logo? Please elaborate if you wish in the comments!

34 votes
I don't mind a watermark to identify the photographer/copyright holder.
Logo is fine as long as it looks awesome and doesn't get in the way.
I don't want any markings on my print at all, except maybe an autograph.
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Cosplays are great^^
I would like to ask if I can post some on my tumbr, with the link to your page of course ^^
your gallery is breath-taking sir hmmmm if you dont mind i hope we can watch each-other.
Cosplays are great^^
I would like to ask if I can post some on my tumbr, with the link to your page of course ^^
Wonderful deviantart :D Keep up the magic, congrads on the new job. Hug 
Cool cosplay pics
It's so hard for me to find really good genderbent cosplayers now-a-days! But you, sir, take the cake! :D
You cosplays look great, I can only hope to be like you when I get my hobby on its feet son... Hopefully I'll even be posting my first WIP pictures by the end of the week! :)
Keep up to great work, perhaps we may cross paths at a con one fine day. I do the east coast ones most often, you?