Ah, now I remember. Can’t actually put the Hypergirl costume on without cramping up and putting my hip out.
RIP Mike Brown. His momma said she didn’t want anymore pics of him laying dead on the street so she shared pics of him as she knew him. This is one…And I swear if it’s the last thing I do on this bloody website we are gunna make sure this doesn’t get forgotten. If we can’t get justice we’ll get change. The event in ferguson show that things have to fucking change
Fixing up Hypergirl for this week’s EGX. Dave ‘The Penguin' Collier has kindly requested my presence at his 'Cosplay Electronics' panel. I'm very excited to see James Bruton make an appearance… especially in his very complex Iron Man suit! His youtube channel collects videos on a plethora of subjects, anything from 3d printing to painting to wiring up an audio system.
Which is why I’m still dubious about bringing forth my meagre offering of ‘eh, I bought some fairylights on amazon and glued them in, yay’. Then again, there is value for fellow electronics novices in showing them how to make a start without being too intimidated.
All that aside, I’m again struck by the usual social anxieties and dilemmas. Severely split between the joy of wearing Hypergirl once again, and introducing her to a potentially new audience… and the gut-wrenching, panty-bunching anxieties of appearing in public and drawing attention to self.
Cosplaying is hard!
Poking around through operas on the back of the successful Magic Flute initiation (first I ever saw last week). This one was very amusing, even with only a vague idea of the plot and barely a few words of German. Joyful surprises throughout; amongst them one character humming part of a song due to being muted by faeries, then two characters stuttering at each other in lustful song. Then, a skilled rendition of this aria.
Thankfully, youtube has plenty of productions in stock. For specific reasons, decided to have a go at The Tempest. After Mozart’s singy-song-styled work, this one feels like sudden hardmode. X) But, when I was done incredulously wtf-ing and giggling, everything after the first thirty minutes captured me enough to keep at it. Thank goodness for subtitles, or Ariel’s frantic high-pitched squealing would have remained a mystery (she seriously grew on me). Certainly not for everyone, least of all novices. I managed to enjoy it, despite being severely limited in my understanding of opera… but then, I enjoy arty farty shit. Creativity (almost) always has great value to me.
Another poster for next week’s ‘Dublin International Comics Expo’ (DICE - 27th - 28th September).
Yet more warm browns and golds in my palette. :) Worked to steer away from the usual harshly outlined shadows on the faces and aimed instead for subtle, soft and realistic shading. Kept in mind areas where to keep the skin matte and where to bring out some shine (such as the nose and lips). I learn about colouring as much as about drawing when working inks like these.
Gary requested I colour one of his Alien commissions.
Skin colouring is still somewhat scary, but I think it’s getting better. Used screen captures to work shadows, highlights and bouncing light a little more subtly on the face.
This should be available at next week’s DICE (27th- 28th September).
I’m going to work on my cosplay today!
Some folks post selfies.
With me, you get yet another action shot of wip pants.
About the third iteration of the pattern and… we might be getting there? The trousers are meant to resemble fairly simple Iron Age breeches. The test calico is about the same weight of the lovely washed and ironed drill that I have waiting. It’s cheap, but very bright and of good quality… still, I’m very nervous putting scissors to it without being 100% sure.
The garment does appear rather baggy, but that’s to allow for free active movement (fabric is non-stretch), and extra strategic padding. The belt pulls up easily over the widest part of my hips and sits tied lower than usual. This is all guesswork before the shirt, vest and armour are patterned, but methinks loose layers draping over my hips should help sell the crossplay.
Whilst on the subject of performance, yet to find useful ‘masculine performance’ videos. Search terms ‘masculine walk’ seem to only offer up the scary kinds of ‘alpha male to hunt for bitches’ clips. Even ‘cosplay posing’ rarely deals with male characters.
Anyways, what do we think so far?