fredag 25. mai 2012

Steampunk adventurer

For Banzaicon I put together my first Steampunk outfit. This is a presentation of the final result. Most of the outfit is made by me; skirt, hotpants, corset, watch-glove, monocle and arm guard.  





In this last photo I am portrayed together with my talented sister Elisabeth. She won second place in the style competition at Banzaicon with this steampunk attire, make sure to check out her blog, bettcanarddesign.blogspot.com

søndag 20. mai 2012

Cosplayshopping

The people behind cosplay.no arranged cosplayshopping today, which means experienced cosplayers guide a group of shopper's through the hidden jewels in Oslo. For my part I needed to get some supplies for my next costumes, Oola from Star Wars and Dovahkiin from Skyrim, and what better day to do this than in the company of enthusiastic cosplayers.

This is what I found today:  

For Oola
Photo: Wookiepedia

Green body paint. After studying images of others who has cosplayed her, I realized that her skin color is very pale green with a yellow tone. We went to Visage, who recommended crème make-up pure from Grimas, which will not crack or clutter as water based color often do.

I wanted to try color no 1521 (pale green/yellow) with shading of 404 (green). Fixating spray is also recommended so the makeup is not rubbed off. This makeup will still be removed only with soap and water. 

And I found a mesh fabric at Rainbow tekstil for Oolas slave outfit. They also sell good and reasonable skai here.


For Dovahkiin
Photo: Bethesda (fan made edit)

I already have the helmet and have started with the upgrade process. But for this I needed more filler. This time I chose a cheap filler from Clas Ohlson (NOK 39,-). A little grained, but ok for the rough surface of the helmet. 

For fur details around the armor I choose a gray faux fur from Saab teksil and skai from rainbow tekstil as previously mentioned. 
Faux fur

 Skai (faux leather)

My costumes for Desuson

I'm very ambivalent when deciding for new costumes, but I think I have landed on two costumes for this years Desucon


Day 1
I heard a group of girls are going as twi'leks and I have long wanted to make reality out of one of my old costume plans - Oola a twi'lek dancer in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Photo: Wookiepedia

Since I have never molded anything out of latex before, I put my faith in a gifted star wars fan, Pam Simpson behind Pam's Costumes to sculpt the Lekku. So the costume depends on the lekku arriving on time. Updates will follow. 

Day 2
Female Dovahkiin, upgrading my earlier costume, better helmet, full iron armor and battle axe. 
Photo: Bethesda (fan made edit)

mandag 14. mai 2012

Tali cosplay - Mass Effect 2

For Coscon 2 (October 2011, Oslo) I went as Tali'Zorah vas Normandy from Mass Effect 2. 


Photo: Bioware


Regrettably I didn't document the process very well, here are a few wip. The boot is covered with a foam mat and weathered. The gun is a modified nerf gun where I added a couple of LED. All the patterns on the fabric are hand drawn. 




The helmet is a cardboard base covered with a foam mat, plaster acrylic paint.  Due to poor ventilation I put in a small computer fan, sine the visor tends to fog up. A small LED in front. I was supposed to have a sensor activating the light as I spoke, but it arrived after the con, so it is still on my "to do list". The visor was a lucky find. I tried to thermo shape plastic, but that is hard to buy in small quatum in Norway. So I came across a nicely shaped packaging which I tinted with NITE shade spray (from biltema).


For the finished costume I won third place at Coscons competition for Norway's best cosplayer. 



Photo: H. Nyhus



The helmet close up
Photo: H. Nyhus

tirsdag 1. mai 2012

Big sister - helmet part one

The big sister costume was complex, but to all odds the process went surprisingly according to plan. For the different parts of the costume I will post work in progress photos and description of my process. When I'm lacking details, please comment and I will elaborate. For more "work in progress" pictures, visit my Flickr page.


Picture: 2K Games

I started of with a beach ball (50 cm diameter) which I covered with basic paper mache. I used old newspapers cut in strips, dipped in a mixture of flour and water, layer upon layer. I let it dry out beween covering it completely since I did not know how sturdy the paper ball would be. Since it only would support as a base for the glass fiber I stopped at 0,4 cm thick layer.



I left a hole open where the ball nozzel was, so when the glas fiber layer was dry it would be easy to get the ball out without destroying it.

Next step - Glas fiber
This is some nasty smelling stuff; you need a work area with good ventilation, mouth mask and gloves. (The rough man at the store said "this I do bare handed" - okey, but I like my hands soft and such, I'll wear the gloves). Standard latex gloved workes fine. I bought the fiber mat (1x1 m) epoxy and hardener at biltema



The mat was cut in stripes and epoxy/hardner was mixed according to the instructions on the box. Note - you should not mix this in a plastic bowl, the plastic might react and melt. 

Then I used a ordinary paint brush and painted epoxy on the ball, laid mat stripes over and painted again. I only needed one layer of glassfibre for this construction.

The surface of the glass fibre ball was roughly sanded and covered with plaster.



I then cut a hole for my head and another for the port hole in front. Then I added details. The edge around the port hole is a cork trivet, around it I glued a cable tube, the rest is nylon rope. More pictures on Flickr.



On the top there were even more details. This I have carved out of flower oasis, which very light weight and easy to shape, but very brittle. The output for the blue light on top of the helmet is the cut-off bottom of a cola bottle.



Now you have alot of sanding ahead of you. In the meantime I will guide you through how to make the lower part - the chest piecce.

The chest piece

This is a very improvised method. As a mold for my paper mache base I usen the bck of chair, dressed it up with a t-shirt stuffed with pillows, tighten with a belt to shape it, and a plastic bag on top. Voila - cheap bust mold. 



Then I repeated the process from earlier with paper mache and glas fiber coated with plaster. To get that hunchback look I build up the back with shaped foam which then was sanded smooth to follow the curve of the back.

Fast forwarding a bit. The shape is done by hand after studying pictures of the big sister.




This is all for part one, more will come, see part two here.