Ah, now I remember. Can’t actually put the Hypergirl costume on without cramping up and putting my hip out.
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!
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).
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?
Helmet progress update as no further progress has been made. And that’s terrible.
Matters are somewhat complicated by the fact that I’m doing my personal variation on the character. Planning to add a manually raised/lowered half-visor to the face. It’s inaccurate as far as character and historical accuracy goes, but the option of retreating behind a mask is there for my personal well-being. Pootling around in the midst of people, barely naked-faced, but in character still fills me with anxiety.
LSCC ‘15 may not be until March, but that time will melt away like sorbet in summer. So much to do…
Behold, a new episode in my occasional online series ‘Yel makes things - but they turn out a bit of a mess’. But… the thing actually works!
It flattens down my profile and is comfortable to wear (so far). The folded in elastic bands allow for a tight hold without restricting my breathing.
A four part pattern fits my ribcage and underbust measurements. Cotton fabric looks a touch flimsy, but doesn’t yield and is reinforced by generous seam allowances and folding over doubly.
Didn’t feel keen to shell out for a new zipper or bra hooks, decididng that velcro would allow for readjustments. The haberdashery shop had bra straps in stock, so I folded those in to prevent slippage. Functional enough for a first go!
:) Good, now I can get on with patterning the shirt, vest and armour for Project A.
Progress is slow, however it is being made. More photos soon.
It’d be taking shape faster if it weren’t for the shortage of components.
Spending more time testing material compatibility rather than crafting. X)
Went on a fabric buying expedition down to Berwick street today.
Quested for cotton to craft the Project A pants. A handful of possibilities, though all of the samples are ever so slightly see-through… and I’d rather not advertise my drawers. Brushed cotton feels comfy but with my limited experience, I’m not sure if it’ll end up looking like jammies.
I’m after prominent, rough thread textures much like in linen. Unfortunately, the price is too steep for my budget and the fabric is tricky to deal with for an amateur.
Anyone have any tips for good fabric to use for trousers?
In other news, found no metallic spandex at all, but did find an unimaginably beautiful faux fur. It’s expensive beyond measure, but thankfully their minimum is 10 cm, more than plenty.