I have been busy working on dolls and making a new costume so I am a little behind on sharing my other A-kon costumes so here they are. As I probably have mentioned a million times, Sakizo is one of my favorite artists and I have cosplayed 6 of her designs so far. I keep telling myself it is time to step away and do something different but I keep finding new artworks that are just so inspiring. I have quite an obsession with corsets, ruffles, and all the intricate details. They are just so much fun to create so I do predict a few more in my future cosplays.
As with all my cosplays, I tend to not be accurate but rather do my own interpretation of the design. I am not one to follow rules and often have my own vision of each character. Plus I like to work with fabrics and pieces that I already have on hand to keep cost down.
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A-kon 26 is over and while I am feeling a little bummed that I work so hard on my costumes only to wear them for a short weekend, I try to remember to keep optimistic about my upcoming events. Mechacon, although not as big or exciting as A-kon, is only a month away. I am working on a new costume (Sandstorm Katarina from LOL) and I also plan to rewear my Rydia again so I am happy about that. I believe so far this was my favorite costume that I have made and worn. It was such an exciting experience to finally create it and bring Rydia to life.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to take as many pictures as I wanted but plan to do a better, more fitting photoshoot soon. I always find it hard to get the best images when the conventions are so packed (always people in the way or most of the interesting spots are taken). I absolutely loved Rydia on the stairs at the Hilton Anatole however every time we would get to snap a picture, a million people would start walking and we would have to move but I am at least happy we got one shot. Anyway, definitely a more interesting, magical photoshoot coming soon.
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Less than 2 weeks left until A-kon and for once in my life I am almost done my costumes on time.
My main costume is Rydia from Final Fantasy iv. I have been wanting to do my own interpretation of her character for so many years now but never got around to it. After shopping at the $2 goodwill I happen to come across a beautiful green prom dress that I thought would be perfect to cut up and use for her corset and arm pieces. This gave me the motivation to finally bring Rydia to life. All the stars are handmade from scratch using tiny gold beads, hand cut fabric stars and gold trim. I also used star sequins and jewels that I painted gold. All the beads are hand stitched and painted from brown to gold. I still need to add gold trim to the leg pieces and a few other minor things and I will be finished Also the shoes are not quite the shoes I imagined for her but since it is summer I am having issues finding some good smaller boots that are the shape I like. I had these boots on hand so I will use as last resort in case I can’t find anything else. I have rub n buffed them from brown to gold and still need to add another layer to even them out.
My dark elf doll is now finished and can be found in my Etsy shop.
She has been inspired by my love of fantasy, anime, and video games.
OOAK ribbon jointed art doll hand sculpted over a strong, sturdy armature. No molds are ever used in my art. All work begins with a strong wire armature, a lump of clay and a sketch/idea. Much love and many many hours go into their constructions. Each one of my dolls is truly a ooak and can not be duplicated.
She measures approximately 18″ from head to toe and 10″ when seated.
Made with cernit doll clay, painted in acrylics and varnished for protection. Her costume is made from fishnet and many layers of hand cut leather. Each individual piece has been painted in purple and white and finished with a varnish.
Her hair is white viscose.
Taking a quick break from my dolls to work on my costumes for A-kon which is just around the corner (beginning of June) Luckily I started early this year so I have a good bit done on both of them. I am hoping I can finish them ahead of time so I can begin my costume for Mechacon which follows right after in July. Sure, I could wear a an old costume but for me the fun part of cons is showcasing a new costume plus I enjoy making them so much and there are so many I have on my list that I want to make….
I think this may be my 5th Sakizou costume (and I still have plans for 2 more designs that I really love…then I think I will call quits on the sakizou cosplays…maybe). I can’t help it…I really love her artworks although honestly I am getting a bit tired of making ruffles…
So this is what I have done so far…obviously I am changing things up a bit and doing my own interpretation. I still have a lot more details to go…
Pay no attention to the yellow shoelaces lacing her top..it is only temporary…as is the black piece in the front holding up the garter belt…and the bows on the leg pieces will have some black jewel/pendants (like the arm piece)….and they will be attached to a pair of stockings..
Every year around March/April I start to really get into cosplay mode, researching character inspiration, cosplay ideas and preparing for upcoming cons. I think that is why I felt the sudden urge to make a dark elf inspired character. In fact, I also have several other doll ideas inspired by some of my favorite characters. Currently I am working on a Rydia costume from Final Fantasy and have been dying to make a doll inspired by her.
I chose to experiment with a dark elf after finding some old scraps of leather I had plus I wanted to play around with painting an unusual skin color. I also wanted to step out of my normal pattern and experiment with new ideas. I am absolutely loving this doll and having so much fun creating her. I think the idea of cutting, painting and layering leather opens new possibilities for my future dolls and I definitely plan to try to make more elaborate pieces using this method.
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One month until A-kon so I have been focusing a lot of my time trying to get my two costumes completed. I am very proud of myself for not waiting until the last minute like I often do. Yes, I admit I am highly guilty of being a last minute person. Sometimes I tend to work better under the pressure however for these two costumes I knew there would be a lot of hand painting involved and didn’t want to stress myself out like I usually do. I am also excited that so far I have hardly bought a thing for these costumes. My goal for them was to improvise using things I already had on hand so I wouldn’t have to make a lot of trips to the fabric shop like I normally do. Not to mention that right now money is a bit tight and me and my boyfriend share a car so I wanted to make this process as stress free as possible. Anyway I am just excited about my progress and that I have a little less than a month left and I am very close to being done. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot more to do, mainly on the mermaid but I will NOT be working in the hotel room like I do every year. I am refusing to let that happen. My goal is to have this done a week before the con (something that in all of my years of cosplaying has not happened yet)….seriously. I literally always have something that I am working on in the hotel room.
So here are the costumes I am working on. Both are designs from the artist Sakizou, and I have done my own interpretations of them.
I love all of Sakizou’s designs and their are a large handful of them that I would love to recreate but for some reason this Geisha image really stood out to me. My only regret is that I didn’t use a deeper red for the costume but like I said earlier, this was the only red I had available so I am working with what I have here. I have almost everything complete on this one minus a few details here and there, the other arm piece (which I am dreading b/c I hate making duplicates of things), some more details on the headpiece (such as the chopsticks and some more hanging beads) and figuring out what I want to do with the lower half of the body (shoes, stockings?). I need to order a red umbrella and was contemplating painting some designs to compliment the costume (if I have the time) and also need to purchase some white powder, eye makeup and some red lipstick. Very excited about the face makeup.
All the details were hand painted and the wig was also designed by me.
My second costume is a mermaid and yes I guess that is going to be odd having a walking mermaid however I just loved this design and the colors so much that I really wanted to do it. I have changed the colors up a bit and simplified the headpiece and wig.
All the scales are hand cut and painted and taking FOREVER! So far their are over a 100 and I still have a lot more space to fill. The repetition is starting to kill me however I hope it is worth it in the end. This is not a good choice for an impatient gemini but I have to finish the job. I still have a bit more to do on this one but luckily I have the majority of the Geisha out the way so I can focus on this one.
Hoping to complete the tail inspired skirt this week and finish all the details on the bra. Like the geisha, I am very excited about the makeup design on the face….especially the purple lipstick. 🙂
Doll making will continue when I return from the convention so be ready…I have some new ideas developing.