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New costume: Banshee Queen Enira - Lineage 2

Snow day!! Since I'm stuck at my house, I decided to share a photo of the newest costume I made!

Enira, the Banshee Queen from Lineage 2

Why I decided to make this costume:
As soon as I saw this character, I knew I had to make the costume. It was an instant obsession! I began collecting materials immediately, which is the key for me to turn any cosplay wish list item to actual craftsmanship project. I really really believe that half of the work on any costume is done through research, break down of materials and techniques, and the acquisition of every bit of material you may need.
I also knew early on that I wouldn't be tall enough for the proportions of Enira. There were too many details on her costume for it to fit on my damned short figure. So in a crazed moment I decided to buy a pair of stilts online and incorporate them into this costume. This one decision made Enira instantly into the most pain in the ass costume to make/transport/wear, out of all 270+ I have made.

How I made this costume:
Oh Goodness, this build felt like a battle all the way, mostly due the time limit I had to set for myself. I knew I had to get this costume done before my convention tour for 2014 started, because my travel schedule is about to get crazy and last through most of the year. I have the most blocks of time to do intense crafting between December and end of February, which is why often you'll see my most elaborate costumes come out in Spring, not Summer.  
I used to not have the luxury of choosing from a wide range of materials, so these days, I buy in bulk and I usually get back up options as well. Time is my biggest enemy, so being prepared is the most important weapon I can wield.

To keep this post from turning into a huge novel, I will post a detailed breakdown of construction on each piece when I add Enira to my website. For now, let's just summarize that every piece on this costume is made from scratch.
My wig is 2 Arda Wigs combined, which a foam and Worbla base. It's like a helmet lol! Steel boned corset, custom patterned sleeves with foam backing, a lot of Worbla used on various pieces, made and painted wings, 5 foot long ballgown skirt, tattered with a blow torch, spiderweb skirt is neoprene with Worbla spines, Fred the skeleton and my horns are foam with fast curing plastic brushed over and sealed… I'm sure I'm forgetting something…
All together, about 50 yards of fabric, 100 yards of trims, hundreds of feathers, 1.5 full sheets of Worbla, 14 days of non-stop crafting with 1 - 3 hours of sleep each night, and a very scared Yaya not knowing if she can even walk on stilts with all this weight on.

I have learned a lot of lessons over the years about how to plan out and make costumes, and it felt very out of my element to take on a project that I didn't feel confident in. There were many variables that could go wrong, and it was an interesting journey to make Enira in such a short amount of time. A big part of me is glad that even after 14 years, I still have a lot to learn and there are tons of projects out there that provide challenges for me. The whole point of being an artist is to keep growing and learning, and I appreciate every lesson.

I have to give a special shout out and Thank You to the following friends, who came over for an emergency day of help right before I left for New Orleans. Yashuntafun Cosplay, Twinklebat, Jessie and Rachel work in my office and saw that I was super overwhelmed one day, so they came over and helped with tedious bits such as tattering the skirt, making chain tassels, spray painting, gathering tulle, packing up the big pieces for shipping to New Orleans etc. Brian also helped with Fred the skeleton and getting me dressed each time since it was a 3 person job lol. A special Thank You also to Kevin Spooner for mixing an amazing track of music for me to walk out on stage to. I'm all about giving credit and I appreciate my friends' support in this project. Sometimes, a  costume is bigger than you O_O.

Photo taken by Brian Boling…
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Puppetcancer's avatar

Until I read this, it never occurred to me that combining two wigs at once was even an option. Well done!

WeepingGrove's avatar
You look amazing
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shiroiminx's avatar
Hey i made a edit of one of these pictures of yours and uploaded it mentioning you.
I am starting with photoshop and i want to practice a lot. i hope that is okay, if its not, please let me know and i instantly will delete it .
it is right here ;   Banshee Queen Enira by shiroiminx  
JenniferStedmanArt's avatar
Lovely details. Magnificent work. Divine compilation.
GalvaEmperor's avatar
Is it wrong to think this makes a better Rita Repusa than the 2017 version?

Because it's really well designed.
Poetsiren's avatar
Finnick - Icon OMG.... I was thinking the same thing! I thought she looked just like her, only with blue coloring instead of red! I had to look up the Banshee Queen in the title, LMAO!! Wink/Razz 
chuyito007's avatar
Tons of detail, great work
ILikeCommas's avatar
Holy crap, just the accessories gotta weigh at least forty pounds.
robbob1866's avatar
Staggering! I don't know how you do it! This is one of my all time favourites of yours!
How did you manage the stilts Yaya? :-)
Vergil2501's avatar
So how did you enjoy NOLA Yaya? Been years since I've been back in the state.
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rurichan1988's avatar
Either I know who your Cosplaying as or not, your still beautiful Ms. Yaya!!! Your costumes are gorgeous and your a true inspiration!!! 
cutelildrow's avatar
Oh my goodness! As a longtime fan of both Lineage II and your works, this is, I think, your BEST Lineage II cosplay to date. Beautifully done!
Holy freaking crap!! That is one of the most ornate and best costumes I've ever seen. That must have cost thousands of dollars to put together, not to mentions all the man hours. Well done!! Bravo!

Sharkanite's avatar
Stunning detail!
MysticShadowSkull's avatar
This has to be one of my favorite's of your work ;w;
Keep being amazing and beautiful!
ArizonaCherry's avatar
Love you. saw you on that cosplay show on looked great.
cubular66's avatar
I love this costume! You did such an amazing job! So EXCITED to see you at Anime Revolution in August!!
Apep70's avatar
Awesome stuff. The detail is incredible!
AnimeandWoWFreak's avatar
Saw you make this on heros of cosplay. ^_^
Beautiful as always!
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