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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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UnoChara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey! I saw your cosplay on a few journey-centric blogs and I was wondering what kind of fabric you used for the hood and cloak? Your costume ended up looking really nice :)
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why thank you!
i think it was a lightweight linen, but honestly i am terrible with fabrics and don't really know what i bought @_@ I got it at my local Jo-Ann Fabric store, and it worked out great though! my friend and I were mainly hunting around for the right color, as most of the journey cosplays we had seen online were bright red and not that kinda burnt orange color.  
Anyways, here are some up close images of the fabric itself: and maybe you'll able to discern what kind of fabric it is from the texture
hope that helps somehow!
UnoChara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! (for the pictures, too :) )
Ah I know what you mean about colors~ I've done some scouting for fabrics at Jo-ann's too, and even if one color is miraculously there for a certain type of fabric, the other (for the triangles) is usually not. I might end up with the white robe out of necessity!
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh it's not problem =]
yep, it's hard to find both, and my friend and i definitely got lucky with the multiple shades of red and orange in this fabric haha
the white robes are pretty cool, but i do looove the color of the normal ones aha. but orange has been one of my favorite colors ever since i discovered i like the taste of oranges and orange popsicles, so I am possibly biased 
UnoChara Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Orange is my favorite color too (though not because of oranges haha)! So yes, I want to do the red robes!
Guess I'll have to get as lucky as you! Thanks so much~
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good luck finding some fabric!
Vodos Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

-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
alcedinidae Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Aaaaah how did I miss this journal? So many beautiful pictures... Stupid faces and Sunglasses Aerith and Phoenix and Iris and I will never get over that pro-bending family. :iconiloveitplz:
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do not know it is quite lovely

you know who I forgot? real life Tiger and Bunny
MysteryGreenTea Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Haha, the pictures of you and your friends are adorable! It looks like you had fun working on your cosplay. :D

And I've never heard of donut sushi but it sounds delicious. xD

Ho ho, and saying that something like "I won't get too into that", makes people even more curious! xD I'm just going to take a guess by your quotes around "dressed" that some guy painted his body like pikachu or something? xD Haha.

Anyway, I'm glad you had fun! :D Oh, which reminds me, I was watching stuff about E3 on TV last week and they showed part of Nintendo's conference then cut it off! I have to go look up what new games they revealed~ :D *scurries off*
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you! it was a lot of fun =] silk painting is so cool D=<

there's this... restaurant? ummm place that sells donuts. Psycho Donuts. yes. right near the convention center and so they were selling their stuff there and to appeal to the anime crowd they had created donut sushi! They were rectangular donut bars that came in a sushi container. very tasty =]

and yep that's pretty close. except he was the main performer for the musicfest thing... also add two buff guys in nothing but speedos, sunglasses, and headscarves. I'd link you to a video but i forget his name... chiba? i can't remember

yeah, I haven't payed much attention to e3 this year... any good news? The one thing I heard about that I was interested in was Beyond by the people who made Heavy Rain
also that reminds me, have you seen this? [link]
MysteryGreenTea Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to hear that! :D

Oh, so it's a local restaurant and they made donut sushi to attract the con goers? That was a great business move, I know I would have totally bought their donut sushi too. xD

And that sounds like it would be very funny (and slightly awkward) to see. xD

Hm, and I wasn't really blown away by anything at E3, but I am still kinda interested in the WiiU, but the details on it is still a bit fuzzy, I'd probably have to look it up to understand more about it.

Oh, and there's some games that I'm interested in, mostly for 3DS. (Which I don't have yet...) xD

AH! And when I clicked on the link, played the video, and read the comments, my eyes almost teared up when I read things like "it's not real!".

Wow, whoever made that is amazing! It looks like it could be a real game.

You haven't had a chance to play the game yet, right?
There's this campaign called "Operation Moonfall" where fans are begging Nintendo to have a 3DS remake like they did for Ocarina of Time.

But thanks for sharing that video! Even though it's fanmade it made me feel excited because it shows that fans are still enthusiastic about the game.

I just love apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic, and end of the world stuff. xD It's just interesting to me. I've been watching this anime called Casshern Sins every Saturday night and I really like it because it's all post-apocalyptic. xD

Oh, and I finished Skyward Sword around the end of last month and I thought it was a fun game, but I didn't think it was the best zelda game ever like some people have been saying. Majora's Mask, Twilight Princess, and Wind Waker are still my top 3 favs. I also thought that the final boss on Skyward Sword sucked, it was anti-climatic. xD

I know some disagree though, I've read some comments saying that the final boss was the hardest or best ever, and I thought, are we playing the same game? I completely disagree. Ah, well. xD

Did you ever beat the game yet? What did you think about the final boss if you did?
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i bought the donut sushi twiccce
it was good and my friends and I kept splitting it so the cost wasn't bad ._.

3DS... it was worth it to me to buy it just so I could play the new OoT xD I plan on getting Theatrhythm soon too (as it just came out) and I've been meaning to play the kid icarus game for a long while now >_>

clearly i should join operation moonfall...

and your comment just gave me the motivation to beat Skyward Sword. I literally finished it like... 5 minutes ago haha (I was stopped right before the dungeon with the moving rooms)

I liked it on the whole but I'm with you - I prefer wind waker, twilight princess, and ocarina of time

As for the final boss... I actually had a hard time with it until I figured out when I could hit it... So I fought it twice using the recommendations from guides online (I pretty much always look up boss guides for anything) and died horribly both times without a hope of winning. I could fight him to the point where he started doing the Skyward Strikes and the guide told me to fight back with those so that's what I tried and I've always been awful with them and the lightning made it twice as bad. On my third attempt I was getting annoyed and somewhat desperate so I tried something else that none of my guides mentioned... basically I was hopping in a circle around him and every now and then he would strike so after he swung straight down I noticed that he was wide open and I could hit him from the side (and continue bashing him till he fell over) and it actually worked... He was dead within 30 seconds after that (got him on the second time he fell over) and I didn't lose any more hearts haha xD

So maybe those other people did it the skyward strike way and it was hard? Unless you did it like that and didn't have any trouble xD maybe it's just me

I think it's actually kinda funny that Ganon is usually... surprisingly vulnerable... It's like you go through this whole process of getting the master sword just to beat him so they have to make him vulnerable to it xD I think it's much more difficult to beat the dungeon bosses because usually only one thing will work on them and it's never the sword until you stun them. In Ocarina of Time you could hit Ganon with pretty much any weapon you had... it was kinda hilarious haha. I remember in Wind Waker it was harder right? Wasn't a mirror (being held by Zelda) involved? and arrows? or am I thinking of something else....
MysteryGreenTea Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My brother bought Kid Icarus, he really liked it. And I like Pit too (he's one of the players I choose on SSBB).

Haha! xD Really? I'm glad I gave you the motivation to finish the game.

Oh, and I'm glad someone agrees with me! xD I think some games are fun but they get a little too overhyped.

Oh, and I think I died the first time I fought Demise, but the second time I beat him since I learned his attack pattern. I think the problem I had with him was hitting my sword against his when his was charged up with lightning.

Hm, and I think the difficulty of the final bosses just varies. I think the fight with Ganon on Twilight Princess was one of the most epic and memorable for me. :D

I think on Wind Waker, Zelda used light arrows to shoot at Ganon to weaken him and you had to attack him after.

I thought Demise seemed kinda rushed and unimaginitive as a final boss, I thought Ghriahim could have been better as a final boss. I thought his fights were more fun.

Oh, and I was replaying Wind Waker again on the second data where Link wears his blue shirt with the crawfish. The last time I played Wind Waker was last year and currently I'm looking for shards of the triforce. xD

Oh! And I wanted to ask a long time ago if you were enjoying your new user name? Haha. I noticed you changed it.
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah I play Pit on SSBB, too xD
also Marth (as Roy is gone ;_;) and Sonic... occasionally falco

can I just say that the electrified weapons were the bane of my existence the entire game aaagh
I just can't hit from the right angle - for me the hardest boss was the one on the ship in the sea of sand because he had an accursed electrified sword ughhh

I honestly cannot remember the final boss fight of Twilight Princess haha

Girahim was his sword - does that count? haha
You know, it took me till the very end of the game to realize the similarities between girahim and Fi haha

I am enjoying the change very much, thank you xD It matches some of my other accounts now and is more related to my current interests in games and thingsss
MysteryGreenTea Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ha ha, I agree that it's really awesome when the actor is friendly and cool. :D And whenever I hear professional dubs I always try to link to what other characters the person could have voiced because I begin to recognize voices over time.

I agree that the electrified weapons caused headaches in Skyward Sword. xD
Oh, and you mean that mechanical pirate you had to push off the edge of this plank thing? Yeah, that was pretty tough for me at first too. But once I learn the enemies attack moves I turn out okay. Haha.

And the final boss on Twilight Princess was Ganon, but he had many different forms. It's been years since I last played too. If you think about it, if you play a game you haven't touched for years, when you go back and play it can feel like playing a whole new game again. xD

I think Demise should have been Girahim's sword because Girahim was just more epic I think. Haha.

Yeah, and it's amazing how much your interest can change in just a few years, I think in the past three years my interest have kind of "refined" I think? xD Like wine, I think my interest and outlook on things have matured.
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh but then you start making such weiiiird connections between characters with the same voice o.O

it was like the wiimote couldn't tell when you were trying to just get your sword to the other side without slashing and when you were just hacking away
and then half the time they'd just spastically switch their guard anyways... I ended up using the shield for a lot of it and just shield bashing away

I remember it being Ganon but that's all... I have thought about replaying it =] and it's lovely to replay old games because it's like new but there's an added nostalgia bonus!

Girahim was so creepy xD I couldn't believe some of the things he said and did!

that's a good way of putting it, I think
Still have old favorites though =]
ariodante28 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
'Man "dressed" as pikachu' indeed. Let's forget about that ASAP while we still can. XD


I see you're still trying to make sunglasses Aerith into a meme. the mean time how about we make a staff?
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I keep thinking of his back up dancers and laughing

and yes we diiiiiid! (sadly this didn't make their scarf charge)

I just need to think of a meme slogan
let's make a staff! I am totally into that idea and have learned to paper mache if that is at all of any help haha xD We could shape the top out of cardboard and use that as a cover before painting perhaps...
also I want to do Journey and Aerith photoshoots o_o seriously, we need some non-con pictures of these cool costumes!
ariodante28 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
We should absolutely make stuff/do photoshoots! Location hunting ought to commence soon.
(I vote for pvc piping for the staff)
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have a link to the version of the staff you want to do?
what kind of location would you want to use?
ariodante28 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I'd say normal staff.
As for a location? That's undecided.
RoochArffer Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
we can discuss the next time we get together =]
Lynchly Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your cosplay was cool! 8D And such a cute pro bending team.... :iconloveloveplz:

Tell me about this proposal. 8D *Sucker for good proposal stories*
RoochArffer Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! and a picture really doesn't do the adorable bending family justice xD

the proposal was between two women who were both cross-playing - one as zach and the other as cloud (so it got a bit confusing xD). One of them set this whole thing up with the ff gathering manager ahead of time and they had this whole fake marriage skit between said Zack and cloud (though the Cloud didn't know). In the skit the women of FF lined an aisle to walk through while the men lined up against a nearby wall. Sephiroth walked Cloud down the aisle. My Aerith friend ended up the flower girl while a Tifa acted as best man. There was also this hilarious script that the "priest" read off. And after the skit ended the Zack brought out a sign asking her girlfriend to marry her for real. It was pretty random but really sweet in an odd way xD
Lynchly Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's adorable! XD
PuddingValkyrie Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That all looks so awesome :heart: Ah I wish I had friends who would randomly agree to cosplay with me X3 Actually, I probably do but they live too far away :iconcryforeverplz:

Glad you had a good time =3
RoochArffer Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and aww, it's sad when friends live far away =\
SporeRedland Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Student Writer
That hipster link reminds me of this ->[link]
You always see some really interesting/unusual characters at cons, or so I understand.
RoochArffer Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you really do
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