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Serious Cosplayers Here

Journal Entry: Mon May 28, 2012, 9:43 PM

My post Fanime 2012 journal  (stupid photos included)

So, about two weeks before Fanime, I played Journey and got it into my head that I wanted to cosplay the little characters in it.  I immediately wen to alcedinidae as she had done a random last minute cosplay with me before 2 years back
(as seen here)

So I made her play the game and we decided to go through with the cosplay.  She found a guide of sorts online here:… which we used for most of the cosplay.  
We found a wonderful color fabric really easily at Jo-Ann's and started immediately by cutting out the pieces for the cloak and taking some stupid photos with fabric scraps

the sewing of the pattern on the cloak took a loooong time and a looooot of bias tape (we raided the two closest jo-ann's for all of their goldenrod yellow tape)
It took even longer because our pets were so helpful throughout the process

The main difference between our guide's and our costumes was in our scarves which we did through silk-painting.  alcedinidae's mom is into silk painting (and has tons of cool silk paintings throughout the house) and she helped us with the scarves.
First we bought some plain, white scarves and then we set them up on this thingamabob (I believe that is the technical term) and painted the white part of the pattern on in a wax-like substance that prevented it from getting covered.  We then painted the entire scarves yellow and let it dry before painting the outline of the red sections.

To finish, we painted in the red and let it dry


We then took it upon ourselves to get some orange clothing to go underneath the cloak if it was blowing so we bought some white tights, shorts, shirts, and ballet flats and dyed them (as it was impossible to find that color of rust orange in anything).  

delicious shoe stew
also look at alcedinidae's weird elbows

This worked out alright - the tights were approximately right but everything else ended up kinda salmon colored after it dried (that was alright though as only the tights really showed).

After that, all that remained was the hoods and the masks.  We decided to go with paper mache masks.  We bought some plain creepy white masks but they had noses and lips so we had to make a slightly different shape with crumpled newspaper and masking tape.  

Then we layered paper mache over this and eventually painted them black and added a layer of white fabric behind the eyes (which we could vaguely see through) and the yellow stripe on the forehead.  

alcedinidae made the hoods for us - I think they look quite dashing.

all put together, we get this!
Journey Cosplay 2 by RoochArffer Journey Cosplay by RoochArffer

also Journey character playing Journey

Fanime itself was a lot of fun
lots of walking around though and ballet slippers are not comortable @_@ We had to get gel insoles for the shoes after the first day

We went with the lovely ariodante28 who cosplayed as Aerith - or Sunglasses Aerith as we addressed her most of the time

We met one other Journey cosplayer along the way

And had donut sushi

"spent a lot of money on cool things" goes without saying and all of us had a lot of photos taken =]  ariodante28 even got randomly involved in an adorable marriage proposal between two other FF7 cosplayers

It was a lot of fun =]

There was also a very strange man "dressed" as pikachu but I won't get too into that

Finally, I  want to showcase a couple of my favorite cosplays I saw:
A Ramona from Scott Pilgrim with a good attitude about her

A Phoenix and Iris/Dahlia

Hipster Link (his sign says "I was saving princesses before saving princesses was cool")

He was worried people would throw things at him

and finally, the adorable pro-bending family

So that's it for fanime, thanks for reading!

  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: Witches Abroad
  • Watching: Sailor Moon
  • Playing: Skyward Sword
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Vodos Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012

-My best attempt at trying to contemplate the awesomeness of the situation but failing.
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Kilayi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your Journey costumes! But a quick techincal thing... I think what you did is more considered silk painting instead of screenprinting, since you didn't use a screen to print it on. You did a fabulous job, either way! Love it! :)
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh woops you're right! I'm not a silk panter/screener/whatever myself so I got the words mixed up - sorry about that!

and thanks =]
Kilayi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh no, I just didn't mean to sound bad... In case you wanted to look more up on it or something, I wanted you to have the right words! I've been given the wrong terms for things before and would have the hardest times trying to find things on the internet about them...

For your first silk painting, it came out beautiful! Mine.... was horrible, haha
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no, it didn't sound bad or anything xD no worries

and technically, my first silk painting was when I was about... mmmmmm... 7? or so and I was at a birthday party and I drew a... well a somewhat less than impressive blue cat... so yeah my first was horrible, too xD
Kilayi Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha, well then I guess you improved a great deal :P I kind of gave up after I wasn't required to do them for my textiles class anymore. It didn't agree with my messy way of doing pretty much anything, haha
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah, well i'm overly neat when it comes to art haha
I just took a pastel class and the whole quarter my teacher was telling me to use looser strokes xD
what else do you do in a textiles class?
Kilayi Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well Textile Design was my concentration in art school, so we did all sorts of things. Silk painting, indigo dyeing, screenprinting, construction, fashion shows, design for industry, different dye techniques, etc. We basically did whatever we were interested in after a certain point in our course of study, haha
The class I mentioned was a survey, which is like a first level beginning class, where we did a little bit of a lot of things, so people could decide if they wanted to continue on with textiles or not :)

I wish I could have taken a whole class about pastels. I only got to use them in my beginning figure drawing class, we weren't allowed to use them in my other drawing classes :(
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, that all sounds pretty fun haha - nice that they let you try a wide variety all in one class

they're pretty fun once you get used to them but they're a bit too messy for me to use often xD
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