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THIS... IS.... RBF! by RBF-productions-NL THIS... IS.... RBF! :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 4 1 AC - Odyssey Alexios and Ikaros Cosplay by RBF-productions-NL AC - Odyssey Alexios and Ikaros Cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 158 7 AC Odyssey Alexios cosplay costume by RBF-productions-NL AC Odyssey Alexios cosplay costume :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 160 8 Assassin's Creed - Odyssey Alexios Cosplay by RBF-productions-NL Assassin's Creed - Odyssey Alexios Cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 100 4 The Witcher 3 - Geralt in Velen marshes cosplay by RBF-productions-NL The Witcher 3 - Geralt in Velen marshes cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 107 4 The Butcher of Blaviken - Geralt of Rivia cosplay by RBF-productions-NL The Butcher of Blaviken - Geralt of Rivia cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 131 9 Luke and Vader by RBF-productions-NL Luke and Vader :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 152 5 STAR WARS - Boba Fett costume by RBF-productions-NL STAR WARS - Boba Fett costume :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 89 5 The Witcher - Geralt and Triss cosplay costumes by RBF-productions-NL The Witcher - Geralt and Triss cosplay costumes :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 116 3 STAR WARS - BB8 costume cosplay by RBF-productions-NL STAR WARS - BB8 costume cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 50 6 STAR WARS - Boba Fett costume cosplay by RBF-productions-NL STAR WARS - Boba Fett costume cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 118 8 The Witcher 3 - Geralt of Rivia cosplay costume by RBF-productions-NL The Witcher 3 - Geralt of Rivia cosplay costume :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 91 11 Ac Origins - Bayek out of the Animus - cosplay by RBF-productions-NL Ac Origins - Bayek out of the Animus - cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 1,606 41 The Witcher - Cosplay group by RBF-productions-NL The Witcher - Cosplay group :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 181 7 AC origins - Bayek costume cosplay by RBF-productions-NL AC origins - Bayek costume cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 192 21 Ultimate Assassin's Creed cosplay by RBF-productions-NL Ultimate Assassin's Creed cosplay :iconrbf-productions-nl:RBF-productions-NL 546 32
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THIS... IS.... RBF!
Hello to all who would find and read this; I killed my social media channels a few weeks ago. 
I must say, it feels good but a little... ungrateful to all the people who took the time to comment, like and share our work. So I thought I'd explain it a wee bit here, even though not explaining and just putting a point behind it felt better for me personally.

Here's the deal; I  am done with the competative, self-absorbed 24/7 online digital PR-machine you need to become in order to stay "relevant" for a digital audience. To be blunt, I'm a bit to busy for that kind of thing. I am a father of 3 wonderful kids, have an amazing wife, work as a teacher, got a big social life and oh yes I own a company that is dedicated to delivering high quality costumes and props. 

On the otherhand, there is the part where ofcourse I (like anyone else) appreciates recognition and compliments to the work I deliver. I put blood, sweat and tears into my work and when people appreciate that it's really nice. There's a catch though... and that's ofcourse that nowadays it's a game of having to be seen and/or noticed in the hopes companies, event organisers or investors see/notice you and let you work for them. Obviously a high exposure rate makes it logical for such a  party to have you spread their commercial franchise or event.
Logical ofcourse, especially from the companies viewpoint, but it kind of shifts the exposure status amongst social media platforms from seeing and respecting quality work to a downright popularity contest. Everyone checking their phone first thing in the morning, last thing before going to sleep to see how far your reach has been in terms of likes/comments/sharing... well that's what I mean.

I've been struggling with these things for a while but recent events made it clear that I did not want to feel the way I sometimes do, after seeing social media exposure declining, in my opinion wrongly distributed, or letting my own opinion of my work be influenced by the social media feedback. (it's ridiculous, I know, but it just happens sometimes).

I have been fortunate enough to have some very strong supporters within Ubisoft and I cannot thank them enough for the oppertunities they have provided me with. I can only say that I doubt those oppertunites arose from a high exposure rate, as it was workking with Ubisoft that provided me with exposure before I ever had it. They noticed my work and how I present it at conventions and/or promotional video-photoshoots to represent their franchises and they put their trust in that and stuck with it, calling upon my services several times in the past few years. 

I am not done with that.... AT ALL! I am not done with creating awesome costumes, props or well... whatever I want to create :) And I hope I'm lucky enough to be able to sometimes combine that into commissions that help in raising funds for next projects or invest in new tools/equipment to expand different ways of crafting, next to travelling a bit and meeting awesome people :)

So.... I apologize for cutting off social media so bluntly, but it feels like an anker has been cut loose to be quite honest.

RBF-productions-NL is far from dead though, and new projects are coming on soon enough. I will be updating our website and it will most likely feature a subscription button that will allow you to get a message if I update my gallery or a progress shot of something I'm creating. That website will feature as a professional online portfolio and a place where, should people still be interested,my work can be followed, free from a like-stigma though. Untill then I'll upload a bit on Deviantart everynow and again.

So, a big thank you to every follower I had on social media platforms, I really appreciate all the great and nice feedback you've been sending over the years and I hope you can appreciate where I'm coming from in my decission to stop social media.

All the best and see you out there!!!
Rick

Ps. the AC gamecovers are still around, I'll be sending a few out asap, sorry for keeping you waiting.
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AC Odyssey Alexios cosplay costume
An awesome shot of me as Alexios made by the amazing Eosandy_

costume made and worn by Rick Boer rbf_productions_nl on insta :)
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Rick Boer
Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
Netherlands
30 years of age, married, and the father of two beautiful daughters!
I work as a biology teacher during the week.
This page is dedicated to my creative hobbies and activities, most of wich are related to portraying specific game and movie characters.

Look around in my gallery and you'll get the idea.

Thanks for dropping by!
-Rick
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shipain Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:iconbummiesplz:Happy Birthday! Have your cake and eat it too
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CosmicRick Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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Lionheartssj Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :party::cake:
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EshiSnu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Happy Birthday. Hope you have a good day!
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gmdwilcox Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!
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mobius2684 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017
Hi Rick,

Good to see that you still stuck it out with cosplay all these years and didn't quit =) You've definitely have come a long way and have done a ton of lovely work. Hoping you're doing well and hope to see more amazing work from you in the new year!

Take care,
Amanda
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RBF-productions-NL Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks Amanda!!! 
Still rolling with it :) 
Thank you for the kind words!!!
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connectedbylateralus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're one of the best cosplayers I've seen so far. It's impossible not to see that you're putting a lot of work to make your costumes to seem realistic as much as possible. A lot of details man... Keep up the great work!
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CherrysDesigns Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! Love :happybounce: happy bday 
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Lionheartssj Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday! :party::cake:
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