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Artemis Fowl: Holly Short by VandorWolf Artemis Fowl: Holly Short by VandorWolf
Another shot of my Captain Holly Short cosplay from the book series "Artemis Fowl".
I love this character so much. When I first started reading the series quite a few years ago, I was more of an Artemis fan, but as the series went on, Holly became my favourite. She's a kickass female character.
I can't wait to do more photoshoots for her because there is so much I want to do with her: different wig (one that is more orangey) and so many props. One of the best things about Artemis Fowl is all the crazy inventions the fairy folk have :3

We were using a reflector during this photoshoot and it made my face all orange XD

Costume Information:

First off: The Fabric
I chose a stiff leather-like material. This was a mistake. Not only was it very difficult to sew, but it was extremely difficult to move around and pose. I would suggest finding a leather-like material that has a bit of stretch to it.
Second: The Bodysuit
There are sewing patterns that you can buy, which are one-piece jumpsuits, but they usually have a seam down the center of the top. To avoid this, I made pants and the top separate pieces. Then, I sewed them together at the waist and put a zipper in the back. So you could use a regular pants pattern-- making the measurements thinner so it is tight around your leg-- and a turtleneck pattern. Then follow the sewing instructions that come with the pattern :) Because my fabric was so stiff, I had to put in two darts on either side of the jumpsuit's top so it fit my body better, but if there is a bit of stretch to your fabric, it should form around your body nicely.
Third: The Belt
I actually made this for a different costume, but thought that it would work nicely for Holly. I sewed 4 pouches together and two "panels"-- one for the front and one for the back. The panels were just a rectangular piece of fabric with surged ends. Then I attached piping to it, matching the colours as closely as I could. Then I made the actual belt. There are things called belt kits that you can probably find at your local fabric store. It contains a stiff fabric, grommets for the belt holes and then buckle. If you can't find this kit, buy the grommets and buckle separately and then get a stiff fabric (interfacing or a leather) to give the belt the firmness it needs. Cut out a long strip of fabric a little more than double the thickness you want the belt to be. Sew that together (leaving at one end open), turn it right-side out then slip the reenforcement fabric inside. Fold the open end into the belt and pin it closed. Next, you are going to sew the fabric at the top, bottom and sides on the right-side out so the two sides of the fabric and the reenforcement are forced together in the position you want it to be in. While you are pinning, place the panels in the position you want them to be in-- pinning it to the belt at the bottom. Sew the bottom and the sides. Before you topstitch the top of the belt, place the pouches where you want them. Pin them to the belt so the bottom of the pouch flap (where you open it) is in the path of your sewing line. This will attach the pouches to the belt and still allow you to open them. Sew the top. You should now have the complete belt-- minus the buckle and the belt holes. Attach the buckle and then place the grommets where you want the holes.
Fourth: Boots
I bought a pair of green boots from a local store. If you can't find any locally, there are lots of nice boots on Ebay or you can go with a different colour that will still fit the theme-- like a nice tan boot to match your belt or a brown for a more "earthy" feel.
Fifth: Ears
You can attach the ears using something called "Spirit Gum". It is an adhesive that is made for the skin. There is a remover that you should buy as well. I usually put the spirit gum on the ears then place them on my real ears. Then, I hold them in place until they are mostly dry so they don't fall off.
Finally: Accessories
Holly has lots of fun gadgets! Googles are always good. Toy guns would be another good choice. Whatever you decide to get, make sure it looks high-tech or "alien-like" since the fairies have advanced technology!

Myself as Holly Short
Costume made by :iconvandorwolf: (me)

Googles were lent to me by :iconjj-dreamworldz:
Boots were bought locally.

Ears are from

Photo by :iconkolibri-chan: :heart:

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LaCucaracha100 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018
I read that book in school.
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015
Spirit gum...the most uncooperative substance on the planet.

Also...I think Holly's suit would be more olive drab, low-reflection in unshielded conditions.  Other than that...awesome.
angeline-black Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the first time I see an Artemis Fowl series cosplay, and I love it! ^^ great job!
KittyMarspian Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
WOW!!! This is SO awesome! She looks exactly like I was imagining her! You're awesome.
IrisHawthorne Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Why's the hair red?

I don't like it, to be honest.
ChiakiMori Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
OMG! Your cosplay of Holly is phenomenal! *W* -love- :heart:
Azedarach Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're so cute! I really really like that hairstyle better than her alleged crew cut. xD
MKC7162387 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The only thing that would make me love this more is if you had the colour-swapped eyes.
m00-UZUMAKI Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

great job !
thefountainofyouthft Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
Brilliant Cosplay!

There should NOT and probably will not be an AF movie
Zreena Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011
Wow this is awesome. Never in my life did I think I'd see Artemis Fowl cosplay.
SorrowBegetsSolitude Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally don't see how they can have cosplays this good and still not be able to scrape up the cast for the movie.

Just saying.
Sweet-Insomniac Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student General Artist
I've never been able to picture Holly. It's nice to finally have an idea of what she looks like! Very amazing cosplay, by the way. An interesting choice :3
Dracolover3 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Student General Artist
that is so realistic!
LHOTD Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
This is so cool!
LiraRainy Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
It's really amazing! You've done great work. For me this cosplay is the best one.
I've read book "Artemis Fowl" when it was first published in Russia with this image on a cover [link] and I always thought that Holly should be like this one. You show me my child dream ^^ Your cosplay is so it is similar. Thank you for your art.
And excuse me for my English ^^ ""
HeartNexus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You make a great Holly.
Dawn-Writer Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
dude that is some amazing cosplay!
xxBlueLoverxx Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're amazing. This is so sweet.
umeboshi3on3ur3back Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
Too EPIC!!! ^^
MaTtXmELLo112 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
You look.. more shiny did you do anything with your makeup or anything?
It looks awesome!
RoyMustangIZLIFE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is a truly brilliant cosplay. I think I'm in love....
st33frn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011   General Artist
That's awesome. I always wondered how Holly Short would look like in real life, now I know. Great Job!
bjmac Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
This is epic! XD
Are you wearing red contacts? :)
destroyer-of-drama Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
I LOVE YOU for doing this! Artemis Fowl was one of my favorite series as a teenager, so this is awesome!
divxrmad Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Wow!!! awesome cosplay!!
TwilightandAnimefan Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! This is such an awesome cosplay!
Beannababy12 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
ps.. happy almost bday!!!
TempestFury76 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
you don't look like yourself......didn't think it was you.......awesome cosplay Nova!
GrimDC13 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's about time someone did AF cosplay !!:) Was this an original design or from the Graphic Novel?
HollyRoseFowlCasson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
fameandforune212 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
You are sooooooooooooo awesome
Puddle-of-Whales Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OHMYGRRRRSH. Awesome. Simply awesome. ♥
EstrangeloEdessa Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great pose! It's really true to Holly's character. I like the costume you put together, too. The wig is fine--I don't think you need to find a different one; it's just the right color. :)
If you're planning on doing more photos, I think it'd be pretty awesome if you included those mechanical wings--that's just my opinion, of course, do as you will.
NaniKawaii Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
omg u look soo awesome!!!:thumbsup:
Soofii-chan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Another great cosplay. If you don't mind me asking, where did you get your goggles from? :P
Zombie-Matrix Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The goggles are awesome. And so is this picture. This just looks so perfectly like the character. Just awesomeness all over.
addictedtogerardway Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow awesome cosplay!!!
arcblasterblitz Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome cosplay!! I think I like Artemis and Holly pretty equally but, back that's kinda irrelevant..
You make a good Holly Short! *salutes*
Zuum Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
You're so amazing! ;w; Holy is my fav fav FAV character from Artemis Fowl. ;w; She's so awesome! You did a grate job! :D :heart:
KamiRenee Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do admit I've never read anything Artemis Fowl related, and didn't even see the movie.
But I still love this cosplay of you and the red wig suits you so well *w*
(Having my bestest friends fangirling behind me, Fowl-followers xD)
NoDoodleIsSafe Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
This is freaking FANTASTIC
MidnightsRose Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Ah the Artemis Foul series... how I've missed it... *proceeds to dig up packed away Artemis Foul books*

You did amazing on this cosplay, especially considering (to my knowledge) that there are no official physical pictures of this character for reference. Beautifully done.
Quolia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconinloveplz: Awesome! Love Artemis Fowl!
Down-a-Rabbit-Hole Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
ur cosplay costumes are freaky good
i know nothing of cosplay, ive never done it and probably never will but i was still inspired by this :)
FakeWings18 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the colors just feel so right, just hte kind of environment i imagine holly in i can express how awesome this is i envy you guys Cx
Kurobook27 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
jeniashi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the hair ^o^
celebitimetraveler36 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Holly is my favorite character (next to Artemis and Butler)! She kicks ass!
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