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And 2014 was over - what a cosplay year!

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Thank you for a another fantastic year, this one has brought me so many new cosplay related experiences, new friends and a bunch of new costumes. Photos by:Martin ErikssonNils Katla PhotographyDanarkiSAKS photographyand Kake Costumes
And as tradition I want to sum up what I have done and some of my experiences, and this is also a great overview of this years tutorials. 

My first great achievement was finally completing the Adjutant cosplay from StarCraft 2 that I had wanted to do for ages. And I even won a few amazing prizes and got to meet Yaya Han and Kamui at DreamHack while wearing it. See makeup video here. 
Photo by Martin Eriksson
Besides doing a few big and detailed cosplays I focused this year a lot on fast cosplays where cheap materials were used (eg. cardboard), mostly to show that it is possible to make cool stuff no matter how much money you have to spend :)

Poison Ivy was mostly a makeup project with a flare of closed cosplay (meaning that I used clothes I already had)

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The Grinch who pranked her colleagues

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Last year I made a Couture Deer makeup for a Christmas party with my colleagues. This year I though the Grinch would be a perfect "costume", as it is only makeup, but will still got a lot of attention. To make matters even better I conspired with my talented sister Bettcanard to put on the same makeup and just confuse everyone I work with.

So operation "The Grinch who pranked her colleagues" was initiated. And the whole makeup process was filmed. Since I don't think you want to see an hour of green stuff being applied to out faces, you have to wait a bit for it to be edited down ;) 







Merry Christmas

Bellatrix Lestrange

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As I mentioned on facebook a long time ago, you get your cosplay inspiration from the most random things. One day i woke up with very messy hair and I had to make a Bellatrix Lestrange cosplay. 

It might not be screen accurate (especially since I had a sidecut hair style at the time), but I am so looking forward to be this evil.  Photo by Nils Katla Photography
Wand, there is no place like Ollivanders. I needed to make a wand like hers, with limited amount of time and budget. 
My solution was two chop sticks glued together in an angle and covered with paper clay. I used a blunt pencil to carve out the wood grains. 
Base color

And a dark wash

Clea coat finish (even Bellatrix needs a nice wand)


Jewellery
The bird skull was hand sculpted in paper clay and painted silver. 



The clothes
I had a lot of stuff already, like a leather corset and boots. But for the skirt I found a light flowing wool fabric that I could distress nicely along the hem and add silver markings with a fabric pen. 


Dark MarkAnd las…

Demon Hunter Helmet

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I altered the the designed a little, since the resolution of the concept art of this feature was a bit undefined. I wanted to add a bit more edges to the horns and detailing in the back. 

I had no idea how to begin this build process, so I did what I know best - cardboard. 


And then wrapped the cardboard mock up with worbla. Sine the look of the helmet is forged it works great with this slightly uneven surface. Still a way to go, but we are getting there. 

The horns were expanding foam base (see horn for the pauldrons). 



Then the horns were carved out and covered in masking tape. 

To get a different texture on the helmet than on the pauldron horns I added Glue gun glue around and round the horns (took forever). Then They were spray painted gold and heavily weathered with brown acrylic paint. 



Back to the base of the helmet, testing horns, not happy yet. 

Details added. 

The base was painted the same way as the horns. 



To attach the horns I have embedded 5 mm nuts in the horns and secure them w…