Okay ya’ll, indulge me in one more ECCC photo spam (I have more followers on this art blog versus my personal blog, and I want to give proper shoutouts to all these fabulous people), this time of both the Saturday and Sunday Pacific Rim meet ups. I did not attend the Saturday one, but my husband went dressed as Newt and took pictures for me. I went to Sundays and took my own pictures. :3

Sadly, I have no idea who ANYONE is, aside from my husband and the Sasha (who is the wonderful apocalypticash). But seriously, all of you are cute. Pacific Rim cosplayers are my favorite cosplayers (well, next to H2G2 cosplayers who I NEVER see).

31 March 2014 ·

Emerald City Comicon is still in swing, but today was pretty damned eventful, so here’s a post about it. Well, and I want to gush and brag a little bit.

First up is my amazing sister as Chandra! Arielle made it as a finalist in the cosplay contest, which is just so awesome. First time she molded armor and painted and she did GREAT. Look for her at PAX Prime this year!

Then there’s my husband, who was gracious enough to bend to my fangirl ways and dress as Newt once again, with apocalypticash as Sasha. I love seeing Katie’s cosplays. I see something different EVERY TIME. Then there’s me with my seestor because I couldn’t resist. She was too awesome for words.

Pony commission! I don’t do many convention commissions because I just spend too darn long on them, but I love the ones I do. :3

Wicked cool xenomorph in the cosplay contest! Dude did an AMAZING JOB.

And finally, my acquired items this far! The Pacific Rim print from Benjamin Dewey of tragedyseries fame (it is GORGEOUS in person). It was a pleasure to say hi and introduce myself! Then shoomlah's new art book because I can't resist one of my favorite artists. That Quality Time print was something my husband randomly found and had to get because it fits us so perfectly ( I believe it is from jefbot.com ). And what is easily the coolest thing I think I got this weekend was an eths-skin's booklet from sfemonster who I GOT TO MEET IN PERSON and I may have gotten excited and hugged him without asking first and I was terribly embarrassed. I AM FROM A FAMILY OF HUGGERS I AM SO SORRY I WANT TO HUG EVERYONE.

I’ll probably make a couple posts later about ECCC (I have to blab about Newt cosplayers), but I needed to get some feelings out!

29 March 2014 ·

Get sad over seeing awesome cosplays. Totally can’t make cool cosplays. Decide to draw out a cosplay idea for an Otachi because I saw this picture (from this post) and was just “oh shit, Otachi cosplay, I want to do that.”

Because Elizabethan influenced Otachi seemed like a cool idea? Make her a queen I suppose. Not fond of my color choice, but really, it’d be more of a “what fabric would work best and be closest” kind of thing. Almost made her blonde since I was making this as a kind of “dream cosplay” for me, but for design purposes I just went with brown since, hey, there’s some Newt there.

Shoulder and neck pieces would be rigid. Cape is pretty long with scale detailing on the back, and a bright blue and white on the inside. Inner dress and sleeve patterns are golden spirals, outerdress is a mix of Hannibal Chau’s coat pattern and Newt’s tattoos (outer patterns are a lot more subtle, viewable with change in lighting as it moves).

I thought about this way longer than I should have. I guess this could go with the Pacific Rim Couture stuff I was doing?

22 March 2014 ·

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.

https://www.facebook.com/airbubblescosplay

(Her Facebook page also has some modeling pictures as well!)

3 October 2013 ·

My youngest sister has her very own Facebook page devoted to costume and makeup work!
https://www.facebook.com/airbubblescosplay
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.

My youngest sister has her very own Facebook page devoted to costume and makeup work!

https://www.facebook.com/airbubblescosplay

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.

25 September 2013 ·

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.)

3 September 2013 ·

Newt tattoo sleeve master post! ‘Cause some people asked? SURE.

Supplies:

- 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.

Miscellaneous:

- 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?

3 September 2013 ·

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.

1 September 2013 ·

I’ll probably spam more pictures later if I get some more good ones of my husband. Sorry but not sorry.

(I mean I guess it’s art related since I did the arm tattoos, so… that’s okay then?)

I’ll probably spam more pictures later if I get some more good ones of my husband. Sorry but not sorry.

(I mean I guess it’s art related since I did the arm tattoos, so… that’s okay then?)

1 September 2013 ·

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.

31 August 2013 ·

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).

28 August 2013 ·

My husband’s (AKA, significant other Steve) response: “Yeah, I figured as much.”

I really wonder how I got married.

28 July 2013 ·

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.)

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.)

25 July 2013 ·

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 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. ;)

27 August 2012 ·

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…

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…

13 August 2012 ·

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