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The Hornet's Sting by SerenadeStrong The Hornet's Sting by SerenadeStrong
There are no words for how much I love this shot <3

It took a lot of running back and forth and jumping and trying not to get out of frame and losing my shoe and then my wig, but we got it in the end.

costume made and worn by me.

photography by the infinitely patient :iconda-rk:



construction notes!
This was my first wig! It's a plain bob that I trimmed a bit. The pigtails are the nylon core of a rope with pre-made bias tape woven around them. At the ends there is embroidery floss in a loop holding up gold bangles.
The sleeves were cannibalized from an old unitard.
I made up some sort of pattern out of thin air for the halter top out of muslin before making it for real out of the black stretch cotton, but really it's a miracle it turned out as well as it did! I purposely made it a little more modest than Soi Fon's real outfit.
For the hakama I followed online instructions for a costume hakama provided by someone awesome on deviantart. It's been so long I don't remember exactly who. It may have been ~Midnight-Zephyr.
Soi Fon doesn't wear the normal shinigami sandals, she wears tai chi shoes! So for shoes I layered white socks with black socks cut to a stirrup shape and bought tai chi shoes.
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NTSEFAN Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
What a woman.
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00eternalfantacy00 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
this shot is just perfect, you bring the characters personality into it and i love the expression and attention to detail as well ^_^
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Thank you! I picked Soi Fon because she has such a strong personality so I'm glad some of that came across :)

And thank you for all the favs! :love:
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GenghisQuan Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
Nice kick.
Found this pic while searching for "wushu" on DA...do you do wushu of any kind?
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
thanks! Yeah, I started learning with my school's club a couple years ago. Nothing serious, but I think it's a lot of fun :)
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GenghisQuan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Cool. What type is it? Contemp wushu or more traditional stuff?
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
It's contemporary, but a mix of different styles as it all depends on what the students who are teaching are trained in.
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GenghisQuan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Cool。 Sounds like the wushu club at my uni, actually. Where do you go to school?
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swirlheart Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Nice shot. I took photo so I know how you feel. I only managed to get a couple good moving shots. It's hard. I'm trying to convince my mom to get a Soi Fon cosplay for me, but she wants to know what I'd do with it.
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Uh, to have it?
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
thank you! Yeah, it was a little tricky but we got it eventually ^^

Soi Fon is a fun costume to wear :D Good luck getting one, and if you think of making your own feel free to ask me any questions you have ^^
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swirlheart Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
sure thing!
^-^
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Isram Featured By Owner May 22, 2010  Student Artist
It's just awesome O_O
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner May 22, 2010
thank you! I'm glad you like it :D And thank you for the fav :love:
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greyfoot Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
This is astonishing! I mean damned near perfect. I hope to see more from you.

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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
thank you so much! I'm really flattered >w< And working on new costumes as we speak xD Check back soon!
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greyfoot Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
Awesome!
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
...xD;; ORZ clearly by "soon" I meant "after Anime Boston".
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Shi0nTheCookie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Artist
gorgeous :iconamazingplz:
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
thank you! :love: and thanks for the fav! >w<
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Ninja-Fox-Kitty Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
this picture is awesome beyond words!
I don't think I'd ever be able to do a kick like that!
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
also you have the cutest gaara icon I have ever seen >w<
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
>w< thank you~! :love:
thank you so much for the favs! I'm glad you liked the photoshoots ^^ (and you can totally kick like that! It just take a few years of ballet and martial arts lessons ;) )
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slsleo Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
awesome...now that's dedication!!
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
thank you~ :love:
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slsleo Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
ur welcome
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lorienfairy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
SERIOUSLY awesome xD I love doing shots like this :D And you pulled it off so well <33
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
and thank you for the favs!!! :heart::heart::heart:
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
thank you~ XDDD This was my first shoot outside a con so I was having tons of fun <3
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lorienfairy Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
You're very welcome : ) I recently had my first one like that, it's so exhilarating >w<
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gk-reiko Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
awesome kick!
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009
thank you!
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youngpaduan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
WOOWWW
That's really impressive! You look so relaxed!!
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
thank you!
I'm glad I look relaxed - make it look easy, right? haha XD

thanks for the fav too <3
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youngpaduan Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Yeah, it certainly looks easy, but in a hard way xD
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potterpuppetpal Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Do I detect a hint of Princess Tutu in ther? :)
This is truely an amaziing photo, I can't believe how your able to do that :D
I could barely do anything when I was wearing a bleach captains outfit, it was too much fabric to be able to move fluidly...
props to the photographer too! ;)
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Maybe just a little Tutu!
Hm...Soi doesn't have too much clothing on total, only the hakama is bulky, and I made it out of a stretch cotton so it's not bad to move in. It feels like walking in a prom dress lol. Jumping was pretty easy to get used to :)

And yes, Dark was great! Very patient haha xD
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potterpuppetpal Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, your lucky then, the captains clothes were all swishy, it felt REALLY strange...
and the stretch cotten probably helped :)
even so, jumping like that in a prom dress isn't esy, or so I've heard...

I'll bet he was!
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da-rk Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
And trying not to fall in the lake! XD
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
lol, that too!
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DrMistyTang Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
Ooh, you are just too awesome!
I seem to remember you taking ballet, correct? 'Cause that would more than explain how you're able to pose like that. X3
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
thank you!! =^^=
yep, years and years of ballet and I recently started martial arts :)
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DrMistyTang Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
You're welcome.
Ooh, that's awesome! I should like to take some kind of martial art someday. :nod: Which one are you taking specifically?
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
I'm taking Wushu (it's what Jet Li does :D ) more performance than practical, but rooted in practical moves and very fun to do.
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DrMistyTang Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Ooh, sounds fun! ^o^ I hope you have a grand time learning it~! :nod:
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coloredimage Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
wow. that really is really cool :D
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SerenadeStrong Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009
:D thank you!! And thank you for the fav :blowkiss:
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coloredimage Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
you're welcome darling :3 It really is a great picture. Great job to you both!
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