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Broken and in despair by straywind Broken and in despair by straywind
This is probably my favourite shot from Ohayocon 2010 and possibly my favourite photo of my Heather costume that's ever been taken. X3 I didn't really think it was going to be anywhere near as fun as it turned out to be re-wearing my Heather costume.

I fixed up the costume a little bit before wearing it (like adjusting the boots and covering some of the badly stitched seams). It's sort of neat to re-wear this costume because I can see how far that I've come since making it in 2007. The vest is still kind of meh, but it's pretty decent considering the fact that it's made from an old windbreaker with the pockets being made from material taken from the sleeves that I had cut off. XD That windbreaker was a really lucky find at a thrift store. I only wish the material was just a bit nicer.

The wheelchair was brought to the shoot by Derange (that's her Cosplay.com ID) and her friends. It looked absolutely amazing! I was beaming when I got to sit and pose in it. X3 The SH photoshoot at Ohayocon was wonderful. Thanks to all the great Cosplayers for making it so memorable!

Photo Credit - Elemental

Edit - April 1st, 2012: Thanks everyone for the wonderful feedback! I'm so honoured that a photo that I'm in has been featured as a Daily Deviation! Elemental really created an amazing atmosphere with the lighting and positioning that she achieved with this photo. I'm really thrilled that this photo has had such an amazing response.

I always thought the original Silent Hill 3 promo image that I based this pose from was a very powerful image and it was really a fun experience to recreate that scene.

I appreciate all the support that I've received. It means a lot to me! :3
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Given 2012-03-31
Broken and in despair by ~straywind ( Suggested by Laurelin-CosPlay and Featured by pullingcandy )
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Mireilles-epitaph Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shot! Lovin' it
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Thanks very much! This is one of my favourite photos of me in costume.
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Mireilles-epitaph Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are welcome
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Dragoon3060 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
Awesome costume! I didn't know you did Heather also!

Ahhh yes that wheel chair. It really is epic. She and her friend did such an amazing job with it. I love being able to see it whenever I go to their house next door! It will be making a trip to Mansfield Reformatory in May for another photoshoot there!
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straywind Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thanks! I've done quite a few Silent Hill costumes. Lisa from 1, Maria, I have a closet Cosplay Angela costume, Alessa from Origins, Lisa from Shattered Memories, Heather and one of Heather's alternate shirts. I haven't made a new Silent Hill costume in a few years though. I might Cosplay a Nurse from SH3 at some point.

That wheelchair was so cool! They did an awesome job on it. I think I giggled a bit out of joy when they said I could use the wheelchair for a few photos. It's cool that you guys are a close knit group! I wish I lived closer to my survival horror Cosplay friends.

I am beyond jealous that you guys have been able to shoot at Mansfield! What an amazing looking location! :D I hope you get some great photos when you go next. (^^)
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Dragoon3060 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Wow! I didn't realize you did that many Silent Hill Cosplays! That is awesome. A nurse would be sweet also!

Aww... I wish you didn't live so far away! The place is amazing! Its my second home lol. I can't wait to go back there in May for more Silent Hill Pics! Last year was such a good time.
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
I've been making Silent Hill costumes since 2007 and my very first SH costume was Heather way back then. I haven't been doing as many Silent Hill costumes lately, though. The last few games haven't caught my Cosplay fancy aside from Shattered Memories. We'll have to see what comes up in future Silent Hill games. (^^)

One day I would love to see some of these amazing locations like Mansfield. One of these years maybe I can manage a road trip. XD
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Dragoon3060 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Awesome that Heather was your first!! Mine was Vincent. I want to do more Silent Hill costumes down the road. Just haven't found the right character yet that I want to do.

Yes you for sure need to go to the Reformatory one day! I volunteer there so I will definitely give you a tour of the place. If you ever do make a road trip you are more than welcome to stay over my place. Friends are always welcome! So excited for the next Reformatory shoot. Little over a month away.
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Silent Hill can be a bit hard to find characters to Cosplay which makes sense since most of the games have maybe 4 or 5 characters tops. XD I think you would be a great James if that helps. (^^)

Wow! It must be pretty cool to give tours for a place like that. There is a lot of history to discover. A lot of it is dark, but it's important to never forget the past. I appreciate the invitation! It would be a really amazing trip to go on one day. Thanks!
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Dragoon3060 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
I have thought about doing James. I will have to look into it more!

Yes it is amazing learning the history of the place! Your absolutely right about not forgetting the past. Definitely don't want to forget any part of the history of the place both good and bad. I also help out with the ghost hunts there too! NP with the invitation! :)
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Oh wow! You help out with ghost hunts, eh? That's awesome! I love looking into paranormal stuff. I freak myself out with it though. I'm not sure if I would have the nerve to actually go ghost hunting or stay somewhere haunted. I would be so worried about disturbing something and the energy following me. In general I find it incredibly fascinating. That must be really cool!
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AmmieChan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Probably my fav shot of your Heather cosplay! I really love your wig and all the minor details you got on this costume. The boots! You painted the boots the right colors lol. Elemental sure knows how to shoot a wicked Silent Hill set!
If I didn't know any better I would say it's the actual promo image from the game!
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straywind Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Thanks Amber! I do love this photo. It's my all-time favourite photo of my Heather costume and one of my all-time favourite Cosplay photos. It's so dark and moody. I never expected such an awesome photo when Amanda and I decided to do a quick photo with the wheelchair. Boy was I ever surprised with the great result! :3
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quangbuk Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
The only thing I hate about Silent Hill is there is no happy ending at all. I just hate to see people not being able to find happiness in the end
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
That is true. Even when you get the best possible endings they can be quite ambiguous and pretty sad. Still, the games leave you to wonder and that's why I enjoy them so much. :3
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Trae666 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow you did an amazing job :)
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks very much! Elemental did such a great job capturing the moment. I was so happy to be able to pose with a wheelchair in my Heather costume. :3
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LateralusTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I saw this on the Daily Deviations and without reading the describtion I could tell it was Heather !!!!
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I'm happy that you like this photo! Being featured as a DD is so touching. :3
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LateralusTheWolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The March, 2012 Cosplay Daily Deviation round up has been posted. You've been featured, and you can find your amazing work HERE. :aww:
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thank you so much for the feature! I'm really blown away to be picked for such an honour. It was such a nice surprise to discover last Saturday. I really appreciate it. (^_^) I couldn't have done it without the awesome photography of Elemental. Her Cosplay photos really are something!
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's official! This too-epic-for-words photo's convinced me!!! I WANT DIS GAME!!! :squee:
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Hurray! I'm glad that this photo could convince you. :3 You should pick up the Silent Hill HD collection. (^^)b I hope you enjoy the game.
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I got the PC version of Silent Hill 3, looking forward to playing it this weekend! I might give the other games a shot sometime later! :squee:

Besides, I need a break from Battletoads on the NES. Level 10 in that game SUCKS. :frustrated: And cheating's not making it any easier. :boo:
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
I do hope you have fun with the game! I was just over at a friend's house last night playing SH3 too actually. XD We didn't get very far as he requested that we put the puzzle level to hard which does get tricky. (^^);; Still, it's a really atmospheric and neat game.

Hopefully you won't get stuck in Silent Hill 3 like you did in Battletoads!
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm enjoying the game, glad you suggested it! :squee: And it's a lot more manageable than Battletoads, which is basically "be perfect or die instantly." XP
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Joeycrick Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, at the same time, can I make a recommendation?

"Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney." The story is great, the dialogue is top-notch, the characters are memorable, and the music is AWESOME! It's like an interactive graphic novel. ^_^

Preview (with spoilers): [link]
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ReygarFaust Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional Photographer
Beautiful work! I love you!
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks so much! (^_^)
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apotheot Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Student Writer
Very well done all around!
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks! The conditions worked out nicely to create a really powerful photo. :3
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AlessaHaloSun Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Awesome!! one of the best Heather cosplay i've ever seen! i really love it, great job
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks! I really appreciate the comment. (^_^)
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TommyMcGann Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
This is the best cosplay of Heather I've ever seen! Congrats, you deserved the Daily Deviation! =)
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
That's very nice of you to say! I know several wonderful Heather Cosplayers and she's quite an awesome character to Cosplay. Thanks for the comment. (^_^)
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TommyMcGann Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Mmh... I've only seen a few "wonderful Heather Cosplayers" (I'm very strict on cosplays, I confess) and most of them have no real composition, or anything like that... Usually, it's only Heather holding a gun. Here, not only you do Heather, but you also do Alessa. The light is impressive, a very good contrast! And the composition has a strong effect, it has a powerful impact.
AND maybe you don't even really look like Heather (as we can't see your face, who knows?), but thanks to your body language and your composition, we really SEE Heather, not a cosplayer. It's absolutely perfect. =)
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very very cool ! knew it was Heather even form just the thumbnail!. :)
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks! I'm glad that the image is so clear. This is one of my favourite photos of my Heather costume. (^^)
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Null-Entity Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And you did a damned good job :)
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CyberB Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yay ^^ Just as I thought; Heather~!
Aww, love the game series, but especially part 3:heart:
Not only nice to see her after so long, but this is also a very awesome photo too. :clap: Yay~
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Silent Hill 3 is such a good game. I love that the game features a female protagonist. It was very well done. I had so much fun Cosplaying from the game. :3 I'm glad that you like the photo.
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massivelyattacked Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I knew this was Silent Hill from the thumbnail! This is amazing! Love it...
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks! I love how this photo turned out. It's one of my all-time fav photos of myself in costume.
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DarkxNeo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The cosplay looks amazing, and the pose is incredible!

Gorgeous picture~ The lighting really adds to the feel of dark and painful <3
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
I appreciate the comment! My Heather costume was the first survival horror video game costume that I made so it means a lot to me. Elemental really captured the moment nicely. :3
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DarkxNeo Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well it came out great!! You should be proud <3
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Laurentea Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist
Congrats on the DD you deserve it!! Your Heather has always been my favourite!
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straywind Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Thanks so much! This means a lot coming from another wonderful Heather Cosplayer. <3 Getting a DD for this photo was such a big surprise. I feel so honoured!
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Chey4ever Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is WONDERFUL~! ^^ i'm glad you took it and shared X3
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