tirsdag 31. oktober 2017

Cosplay on a budget October: Monsters

The theme for the 100NOK/10EUR/10USD challenge for October was Monsters! I have so many monsters I wanna make. But some of these I might have to save for later. 

But I made a creepy clown as my monster (and as my Halloween costume)


In addition I pimped up my old Spider Queen, by using parts from other cosplay I didn't have to spend anything on making a new concept. 
Photo by reflective.photography and cosplay.studio

But for future monsters I really want to make a version of Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. But a little more vintage pinup style on the dress and hair. This is also a perfect budget project as I can use a lot of scrap fabric. I don't think my costume will be like this illustration, but it gives you an idea of where I'm going. 
Art by Veebsy

Also Hannah Alexander revealed her complete design of Sally yesterday, so I might find some inspiration within her design too.  
Art by Hannah Alexander

And maybe make the full costume for Emily from Corpse Bride. But I don't think I can make this under 100 NOK.

mandag 30. oktober 2017

Updated Spider Queen

Last Halloween I made a Spider Queen inspired costume, but I was not really happy with the completed look. Therefor I did a redesign for the Halloween event at the hospital. 

Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

I wanted a more regal look and ended up reusing my Morrigan cosplay for some of the parts. And I had tons of spider web left overs from decoration my apartment. 



To get more spider details I used this table runner as decorations down the front. 

The finished result
Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

Here is also a recap of how I made the Face application:
I wanted eight eyes for my costume, that meant a little sculpting. I already had a face cast of myself (gift from my sister) and I used Monster Clay to sculpt the overall shape and details and resin eyes for the eyes.

Then I cased the sculpt in plaster. After it was cleaned out I poured gelatin into it. 

Gelatin mix is one part gelatin powder, 1 part glycerin and 1 part 50/50 honey and warm water. 

My raw cast


Then came painting. I base painted it with PAX (50/50 pros aide and acrylic paint) This way I can continue using acrylic paint for detailing with out it chipping off. 


Video tutorial for the makeup 

And while taking the makeup off I realized it looked kinda cool without the wig, like a spider alien almost

Crown
The crown is made from left over worbla pieces. The web is hot glue. The crown is attached to my head with the help of a plastic headband.


This is Halloween

I love fall and Halloween, all the colors and creepy creative. And every year I make a few looks inspired by this season. Here you can see some of my earlier tutorials, eg how to make a zombie makeup.

For this season I give you fist a cute look with the witch Mercy (closet cosplay)

And another closet cosplay Emily from Corpse Bride

I also visited the children's ward again as a Spider Queen (updated version)
Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

And here's the full group of cosplayers, with Nordic garrison in strong numbers. 

And while in the middle of taking off the makeup I realized this could be a great look with a bald cap too - Spider Alien. 

I also hosted my own Halloween party this year (I never get the time to do so) And created this clown inspired look. 


All of NCC team Norway 2017 represent, me, Superhero Girl Creations and Bettcanard. 

And as a tradition I made a new purse for my costume, to match my freak show spirit of the night. 


And decorated my house for a Halloween party


Lastly there was a Halloween part at the office at work and my darling sister Bettcanard casted a third eye for me and I created this Fortune teller look.




onsdag 25. oktober 2017

Wizard Diablo 3

I won't write a very detailed tutorial for this cosplay as you can already find one of the excellent work by Kamui Cosplay.

But I really wanted to make to purple wizard from the Diablo 3 concept art by Wei Wang. And there are a few details I still want to highlight, and I want to add some photos of my version. And I had a huge focus on how to design the attachment so I would not be dependable on other to get dressed. 
Official art by Wei Wang

The crown 
Made by sandwiching a piece of foam between two layers of worbla. 

Heated up and bent into shape. added some more worbla details. 


But the main difference between my costume and Kamui is the crystals. I did not have any more resin left and ended up shaping transparent worbla over spoons and then painting the inside of the domes with nail polish. Also: it is quite cheap and doesn't need special ventilation. 





and the wig
The wig was styled and I added ribbons and beads to match the wizard style. 


The makeup
Quite ordinary beauty makeup with some oriental inspiration. I might post a video about this later. 

The chest armor 
My progress is very similar to Kamui here, and she even made a video of her process.  



I forgot to take any more progress pictures. But I spent a lot of time on painting, using airbrush, markers, dry brushing and fine tip detailing. 

To have the harness blend in with the costume I covered the straps with the same fabrics as the garment I would wear under. I attach it only with a clip buckle in the back (super easy).

and the shoulders
Which will be attached to the breastplate harness. But I made with with folding worbla over foam shapes and adding more details. 





For super easy attachment I first put on the chest plate, then I put on the shoulders as a separate piece (this way I can take them off in case I want to wear a jacket etc). The shoulders are attached in the front with veldro. 


The Dress
I loved making the light purple dress the wizard wears under the armor and corset. To keep the fabric from fraying every seam is finished with an serger. 

Here are some of the smaller details under the arms. The skirt was lined


The corset
I used a previously made pattern and sewed a under bust corset from a black brocade fabric. For the details I sewed on red Asian inspired fabric on top and made the ornaments from worbla. 


The golden details were made from worbla. 






The scrolls
On one hip the wizard wears a set of three scrolls. These are made from cardboard with foam and worbla details. 





They are sewed onto a red flap. This flap is sewn as a pocket with a welt pocket opening. 


The spell book
On the other hip the wizard wears a spell book. This I made hollow using MDF and faux leather. The spine is curved worbla and everything is glued together using contact glue. The corner details are bought online. 




The arm bracers and shin guards
Much the same as a the rest of the armor parts, covering foam with worbla, shaping it and adding worbla details. 









The backsides are all covered with black felt, both for comfort and to hide the ugly backside when using the edge fold method. Both arm and leg bracers are attached using elastic bands and velcro. 

The gloves
These are actually kinda cool. I did not sew the gloves, but the finger armor is made from laser cutting worbla using a filigree vector pattern I made, scaling for each finger and each joint. Then each worbla piece was shaped to my fingers, painted, detailed, first glued on and then secured with small stitches.  





The leggings 
I did not fancy showing so much thigh (it gets cold) and to prevent the stay up stockings from slipping I rather sewed everything as one pair of leggings. The black parts was a high DIN legging where I cut off the top and then resewed the top part in a flesh toned stretch fabric with a Serger. Then I cut a hole for the heel of the shoe.  



The shoes
Also made from worbla and designed so they can be taken off the show base. 






Most of the look

The sword
I needed a weapon and a sword would fit my idea for a performance. I based the design off another Wizard reference photo and a Tai Chi Sword design. 


With this design I made vector files in InDesign and laser cut the shapes in plywood. 


The middle was made hollow so I could add two strips of green LED lights. These were covered with polymorph (both for stability and to diffuse the lights)

And to be able to change battery I used a soda bottle and cap. 


I will post more photos after I have had a photoshoot, both of the entire costume and details of the costume. While we wait for that here's my performance from Desucon Cosplay and Japan 2107