A wild Ninja Panda appears!
Look at my baby sister! How phenomenal is she! Arielle has been putting more stuff up on her Facebook page, and hopefully LOTS more to come as she had an exciting job opportunity pop up.
(Her Facebook page also has some modeling pictures as well!)
My youngest sister has her very own Facebook page devoted to costume and makeup work!
Arielle has been jumping at the bit to do more costume work. She’s been making her own cosplay for the past couple years, along with doing costume design and creation for some local theatres!
Hit up her page and give it a like! She’s still in the learning process, but she’s just as much of a perfectionist as I am, so you’ll be sure to see some cool things.
riomotley asked: I don't know if you do any, but would you ever do a commision for newt sleeves?
Ahhhhh… I would LIKE to, but, given the time it took, I’d need to charge $150-175 for them. And even then, I’d be a little nervous just because I wouldn’t be sure if the fabric would stretch itself okay once you tried it on. I could try and get some width measurements of your arm and maybe make some sort of arm form, but I’m not certain if that would be effective.
So I guess, I COULD, but I’d be a bit nervous about having the final product be what you would be expecting.
(Answered publicly for any other curious parties.)
Newt tattoo sleeve master post! ‘Cause some people asked? SURE.
- Art guide! (Sure, there’s screenshots and art book concept art, but they weren’t great solid guides. So I took a shit ton of refs and made my own and tried to be as screen accurate as possible. If my art guide can help you, please use and abuse it! That’s what it’s there for!)
- American Apparel Opaque Pantyhose (or whatever. pick your poison. i bought, like 8 pairs of pantyhose of various types to test on before picking one)
-Copic markers (a bunch of green, a bunch of yellow, a bunch of red, a bunch of blue, a very very very very light blue to fill in the areas that would be white, and a warm grey 9 to solidify outside linework)
- SetaSkrib Fabric Markers (two reds - a lighter and a darker, and a yellow)
- Graphite (for the initial outline)
- A whole lot of patience
Step-by-step (at least, what I can remember):
- Tell husband, Steve, he’s going to be Newt and that he should deal with it.
- Test out markers and stuff on a couple different pantyhose types. I decided on the opaque white ones to retain color integrity (and because American Apparel is right near where I work, so it was easy).
- Cut pantyhose in half so you have a right and left, cut off excess on top, cut off foot. You could probably make a thumb hook if you wanted, but given I used white pantyhose, we couldn’t do that without making him look weird.
- Have significant other wear the pantyhose on their arms as you work (to reduce the chance of any image warping). Or create some sort of arm form. I mean, my husband sat for a total of almost 10-12 hours which isn’t a great thing to force someone to do.
- Use graphite pencil to rough in the design. (This step was GREAT given that I used white pantyhose. The pencil showed up very well.)
- If wearing on self or someone else while you work, prepare to get marker bleedthrough ALL OVER YOUR ARM.
- COLOR THAT SHIT IN. The three fabric pens I bought were a significant portion of the base, whereas all the blues and greens were copic markers. My fabric pens were running out of ink near the end. I’d suggest having some backups just in case.
- Bleeding was almost non-existent (well, there WAS a small amount, but pausing and letting things dry out make this problem minimal). One of the arms, however, was stretched a bit more than the other, and I did notice that the coloring was far less sharp on that side. I mean, you probably can’t notice from the pictures, but if you’re a perfectionist like I am, it’ll bug you. Try and stretch each pantyhose over the arm as close as possible to each other.
- Use body tape to hold the upper part and lower part in place. We put body tape around Steve’s mid-upper arm and around his wrist. Doesn’t damage the fabric, and sticks things pretty well and good, even if you’re sweating all day.
- The arm tattoos CAN BLEED ON OTHER FABRIC! If you look closely, you can see that Steve got some red on his sleeves. Haven’t washed that shirt yet, so not sure how it will fare up, but whatever. That shirt was, like, $14 so we weren’t that upset. No other bleeding on pants or backpack or anything. We figured it was just the continuous friction between shirt and pantyhose. I might try and use some fixative spray on them and see if that helps.
- Ahahahaha and since we were at PAX (Penny Arcade Expo), the free swag capitol of the world, Steve kept being asked what booth was giving out the sleeve tattoos. So… I guess I did too good of a job?
PAX Prime Newt pic spam number one BECAUSE I CAN. And because I made those tattoos, so I will now shamelessly show them, and by proxy, my husband, off.
I like taking pictures of him when he’s not posing. He doesn’t know how to pose for cosplay. Actually, I think this is his first time cosplaying! Poor poor husband.
THEY’RE FINALLY DONE. A day late and a significant portion of my PAX lost to getting them done, but HAH. I WIN.
Many gracious thanks to my husband for being a truly awesome sport and (1) agreeing to cosplay Newt, and (2) for sitting with those sleeves on for about 10 hours total while I worked.
Rough color refs of Newt’s tattoos for cosplay purposes! Or drawing purposes really I suppose.
Left went fairly well, right… The right was a lot of guesswork. The scant few movie stills I collected of his right arm were quite different from the concept art in the sketchbook. I like how the on screen versions of his tattoos have more swirls and curly q’s.
Actually had some more guidelines set up in Photoshop as well, since I had measured the length of my husband’s forearm, as well as the width of his arm. So I’d think you can squash or stretch the design depending on the size of the arm (I think these are a bit squished from what’s on screen as my husband has skinny forearms).
What does one do when afflicted with such a terrible condition? Where does one turn? Tune in later for the next installment, as our tragic heroine must confront her friends, her family, her husband, and most importantly, HERSELF.
(No, seriously, there will be a next part. I had a larger idea but needed to delegate my time to other tasks at the moment. And no, I actually personally have not gotten as far as closet cosplay. I’d rather spend my time drawing silly things.)
I never get to brag about my sisters enough. My youngest sister, Arielle, wore her Codex costume to Geekgirlcon this year. She also wore it at last years PAX for a good bit, and is fixing it up so she can wear it again at this years PAX (along with a Quorra costume).
Arielle is awesome. She’s a theatre major so has had lots of make up and costume experience, including costume experience for a few plays. She made Codex here from scratch, from the shoes to the dress to the staff! (And she gets to put her natural hair color to such good use too.)
Arielle is going to help me with applying makeup for my Terezi costume this Saturday at PAX, and I am very grateful one of us is able to do this stuff! I’ve been trying to get her to make up a pricing scheme so she can make costumes for other people. ;)
I’m kind of stupid excited and apprehensive for this. I’ll be at PAX this year, cosplaying for the very first time. I chose Terezi from Homestuck because I needed something stupid simple to do, and a friend already had the horns and glasses! (And even though I think Terezi is not very well developed as far as her character goes, I love the IDEA of her.)
I’ll be getting the wig I bought styled on Wednesday or Friday. And given that my awesome hair dresser is doing the styling, I have no doubt it will look bitchin’.
Now I just hope people will be nice and won’t think I’m a crazy Homestuck person. There are normal ones out there…
The last of my Emerald City Comicon commissions!
This one ALMOST got left behind! Took the commission on Saturday from an incredibly nice guy, wanted a drawing of himself in his Resident Evil getup. Finished it about midday on Sunday (hence the not-so-good photograph, didn’t have access to a scanner) and was really worried when it was almost 6PM and the commissioner was nowhere to be seen!
Thankfully, when I was on my way back from registering for a table for next year, I spotted him getting a sketch from another artist and was basically “You! I have art for you!” So, about 20 minutes before the exhibitors hall closed, everything came out all right!
(From now on I’m taking emails or phone numbers from commissioners. I’d hate for someone to forget their art!)