lørdag 23. mai 2015

Cleopatra costume

This costume was originally made for a music video project, but after I had finished it they suddenly changed their mind and didn't want to use it anyways. Last time I work for free, I can tell you that.  

But I did then end up with a brand new Cleopatra costume for myself and any occasion for a dressing up and taking some photos is appreciated. 





For my Cleopatra look I was first planning to wear a black braided wig, but the wig I had in mind was so ugly I had to do something else. So I made a headdress to hide away most of the hair.

The head dress
I started with a Styrofoam head and wrapped it in tin foil. If you don't have one of these then just start by wrapping your head in tin foil and then use a balloon as support for the rest of the build.

Then I covered it in masking tape. This will be my base :) A very fast way to get a dome without waiting for paper mache to dry. You should test to see of your Aluminum foil hat fits your head before moving on ;) 

Turning to my trusted cardboard I cut out two bases for the wings for the sides of the headdress. 

Slowly I added smaller strips of craft foam like feathers. Gluing them on with my glue gun. 





Keep adding foam


The back is also covered with foam. 

I had this ugly necklace with beetles, so I took one of them and added it to the front of my headdress.   

When done I covered it all with wood glue (another of my trusted materials). You might notice the "ornament" on the top of the head. This is just more foam wrapped in masking tape and glued on, the ball also, foam and masking tape. And then covered with several layers of wood glue. 

The headdress was hand painted with a rustic gold color (what I had at the time) 

And then weathered with watered out brown acrylic paint. 





The jewelry
I realized that some of the jewelry I had made for Morrigan Cosplay could work very well for my Cleopatra - win!


The chest
The dress was supposed to be a golden wrap dress, but I didn't have time to put it on for these photos. But I was still going to use my cardboard chest plate which I used for my dragon warrior the year before. 

The makeup
Youtuber Sabrina makes these amazing videos of historically accurate makeups and she had done one of Ancient Egypt. So I replicated some of her tips. 

Here's her video btw. She also did an historically accurate 1920 flapper makeup which I used while I did my own version of a Flapper Girl in January. 

More photos of me ;)




Because wrath XP

onsdag 20. mai 2015

New hair - Red from Transistor

Sometimes my hair deside what I should cosplay, as with the time I cospalyed Bellatrix Lestrange. With my new hairdo I had to quickly pull together something for a Red Cosplay. I have wanted to cosplay this amazing character for ages and will do the full cosplay for EuroCosplay 2015, that is at least the plan :)

But until then I asked my hairdresser to style my hair like Red before going home (I think she likes my unusual requests).
And now I'm even more eager to cosplay from this wonderful game. 

tirsdag 19. mai 2015

Liara T'Soni revisited

In 2012 I made a Liara T'Soni cosplay from Mass Effect. I'm a huge fan of this game and love every character there. Looking back I saw that I have learned so much more and wanted to upgrade my Liara. Here are some photos of my first iteration of the costume
Photo and edit by Heresetai Cosplay

The head piece.
I made a completely new head piece. It didn't turn out quite as I wanted, so when I'm making Aria this summer (uh yes, more asari) I will most probably make a whole new headpiece. Here is the tutorial for how I made it years ago, a little updated though. 
- Sculpting
- Molding
- Casting



I know I want to upgrade Liara even more in the future, and also make some of her other outfits. Until next time, here are a few more photos. 
Photo by Karin Olava, edit by me. Paladin by Orion Works


Photo by: Karin Olava Effects. Editing JC, Fandomily Cosplay. Paladin guns by Orion Works. 

 Photo by Karin Olava, edit by me. 

 Photo by Karin Olava, edit by me. 

 Photo by Karin Olava, edit by me. Paladin by Orion Works

Me as Liara and JC from Fandomily Cosplay. Photo by: Karin Olava Effects. Editing JC, Fandomily Cosplay 

Photo by Karin Olava, edit by me. Paladin by Orion Works

fredag 15. mai 2015

How to present yourself on stage for a competition

I just wrote a post with some tips on how to present yourself to the judges, sum up: Brag about your costume, don't be shy! (And it looked like you enjoyed those tips)

But let's not forget the play in cosplay. If you enter a competition you should always prepare as if you are going to the "show round". It is more common (at least in Norway) that a competition consists of two rounds, one catwalk with prejudgeing and a "show round". For the second round you often get to use microphones, pre recorded music, video and influence the stage lights. 

The show is mainly for the audience, who might not know who you are cosplaying. The main key is to entertain no matter if someone know you character of not ;) Fandomily cosplay have written a sum up about what they think is the most interesting to see in a cospaly show when preparing, check out the post here.

So since they have covered most about the content, let us plan the rest of the show together. 

Music
You should always bring music. It is terrefying to stand on stage and everything is quiet (and you feel like 30 seconds lasts forever). If you don't have a specific plan, at least bring the themesong for your character on a memory stick. 
Vi theme song, just listening to it make me feel more in-character. 

But you can do way more with sound, I have written a small post about editing audio earlier. You can add dialogue, sound effects, quoted, background noice. Everything to set the mood. If you are "shadow fighting" on stage it looks way more exciting with epic music and "clink" sounds. And if you character is "lost in the wood" during a rain storm, then rain sounds and some eeire music. 
The music layers in Audacity for my Adjutant performance. 

Also since this post is about preparing, bring you music with you on a USB stick. Even if you have sent it to the organizers, because they might lose it or delete it by accident. One time a con started the wrong music as I was about to enter the stage, I told them it was wrong and they couldn't find the one I sent them. But ta-dah! I had a copy with me on a USB in my pocket (yes, cosplay with pockets) and it worked out. Be prepared, the ;) 
Life saver ;)

Video
Not every competition lets you use video, but it can be very helpful if you are fighting a demon to actually have a demon screaming at on screen. 

And if you can't use video, maybe you can ask for a background photo. If you character lives in the jungle, add a jungle photo in the back. 

I am going to write a bit more about how to edit and use video in a show in a later post, I'm just waiting for a video of my performance to be released. 

Lights
Again, not everyone lets you control this, and the light technicians are ofter very busy. So keep it simple. 

Some ideas could to ask if you could start your show with a dark stage and add lights when you anter, and exit on dark stage again. Or maybe ask for green light if you are in a forrest, blue light if it is supposed to be night in your act. 

For NCC competition I actually made a very detailed request and we had several test runs of our shows. 

Here I also listed what I needed from the crew in terms of microphones etc. 


And this is what my show ended up looking like. 
I didn't know we could have a video in the back, so I just asked them to put up the League of Legends logo while I was on. 


Use the entire stage. 
OK, we have sound and settings, now to walk on stage. Remember to use the entire stage, don't stand in the back or only stand in the middle. Move around (if possible). And exaggerate your moves and hands. People are going to be looking at you from far away, kind of over do it ;)

And practice what you are going to do on stage, don't just wing it ;) This makes you look more in controll and you won't have "slow" parts when nothing happens. And move around. 

The NCC competition is so far the best example for large and extensive shows, So here's the entire show from 2014, and you can see how the contestants use lights, music, videos and props :D
I was a judge during this competition, easy job right? (No) 

And yes, not all competitions require all of this, but do not overlook the play part, it makes your costume come to life. And it is very entertaining to watch. 

I hope this helped a bit too ^_^

onsdag 13. mai 2015

How to present your costume in a competition

I have been a judge for a couple of different events now and I have attended several competitions with my own costumes. And even though I'm not an expert on everything I can still evaluate what I see and what you tell me. And there lies the punchline. "What you tell me".

Here are a few tips that can make the prejudging easier :)

First, the judges doesn't always know who you are cosplaying (Shocking right). They might have gotten the reference photo like 5 minutes before they are to judge 20-30 contestants. It is fair to say that they don't really know much before they meet you. 
Photo: Rune Olsen. Judges: Me, Martini's Workshop and JC from Fandomily cosplay. Cosplayer entering contest: Black Crane Creations

That also means that sometimes they don't see if the fabric shade is a little too dark or if you a missing a rivet. So don't tell them ;) If you point out your flaws then the judges will definitely see them. 

Of course if the judges asks you a direct question you have to answer honestly, but don't highlights mistakes if they don't ask. 
Photo: Rune Olsen. Judges: Me, Martini's Workshop and JC from Fandomily cosplay. 

My first question to contestants when they enter the prejudge room is "Hey, I want you to brag about your costume, tell me how amazing it is and what you are most proud of". Because cosplay is to have fun, even in competitions. And I know many contestants are very nervous. 

Also most judges will ask questions to guide you, not to interrogate you ;) We don't know if you have hand sewn all the sequins of just bought a fabric with sequins on. Tell us all the little work you have put into you costume. 

Once I was entering a competition and the judges only had two minutes to evaluate and for me to tell them about my costume. That is very short time to explain something I have spent four months building. Luckily I had made a list, with extra reference photos (that might not always be allowed, but best to be prepared). So I just started reading from that list and made sure I covered as much of my process as possible during my short time. 
My Preparation notes for a competition with some wip photos to better explain. (Written in a mix of both english and norwegian)

Another time I didn't have a list I just started explaining from the top of my costume and working myself downward. Explain what I had done with wig, makeup etc ending up with leg bracers and shoes. That way I also got to talk about everything ;)
Photo by Joacim Schwartz

Wow, this is a wall of text, but it could help someone prepare ;) The play/stage part of the competition I will explain in another post

søndag 10. mai 2015

Ringmaster

Ladies and gentlemen, come closer, come closer. Tonight, for one night only, we present Cirque de Chrix!

I was invited as a cosplay guest to Red Room Ball, a fetish event in Oslo. This was my first time at an event like this, so I needed a concept for what to wear as latex isn't my thing (unless it is applied as a zombie makeup). I remembered that my mother had bought me this amazing tail coat a while back. So ringmaster it is, closet cosplay style. 

My jacket is black and the traditional ringmaster do wear something red... hey! My Codex corset is red, let's resew that one. 

Strip away the gems

And add some show style ;)

And a top hat, I really need a top hat for this. 


I saw this amazing Harley Quinn makeup by Julia Graf, the color scheme match me perfectly. 






And there you go, a fast way to cosplay a Ringmaster. And I had the best time at the Red Room Ball, so open, understanding and unique people <3