Thursday, January 13, 2011

Quick Progress Update

Here is a crappy picture of the staff I'm making for the aforementioned Blizzard prop contest. I don't expect to win, as there will be many entries that were built more carefully over a longer period of time, but it is pushing me to make things.

I'm trying a lot of techniques I've never done before on this one, so it's really taking forever. It was a quite risky thing to do under a time constraint, but... meh. I couldn't use my usual methods due to the nature of the thing.

Trying something new often requires trial and error, even with careful planning. I hate struggling with a technique, only to realize further in that I could've done something from the beginning to make the process easier. But, at least I can use that knowledge for the next prop. ^_^ I'll be more specific about the trials and errors here when the staff is done.

By the way, you're looking at the top of the staff here. I know it's blurry. And unfinished. But you get the idea.

Also of note is that, for the first time, I designed the staff to come apart into two pieces. There happened to be a good place in the design for this to happen. This will help with moving and storing it. ^_^

The goal is to have the staff ready to paint by the weekend. Once it's in the painting stage (less completely-room-consuming and easier to clean up at the end of the day, at least in theory >_>), I can so some significant work on props for Anime Boston. Sewing will follow shortly. Much to do.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


So, prompted by yesterday's post of forward-looking optimism, I started getting into gear with my costume research immediately. Now I'm filled with a driving force that's a mix of emotions - annoyance, jealousy, irritation, and, above all, passion and desire.

This may sound like a weird combo to you, but there's something you should know about me. I'm a jealous person. Not in a "my boyfriend can't speak to other women" way (not even a little), and not in a "I wish I had that car" kind of way (I hate cars). I get very jealous of the skills and work of other people. This is an attribute I hate about myself, but I can't get rid of it altogether, so I'm trying to put it to use as inspiration.

In the many hours of costume research I've done over the past few days, I've seen a lot of photos of great costumes. Not just great costumes, but great costumes that I'VE always wanted to make (for years) but haven't, due to space and time constraints, laziness, or whatever else. A perfect example of this was seeing a female Illidan when I went to Blizzcon this year. I have been thinking in earnest about making that costume for several years, and have a big folder of research, lists, and references. But I was afraid of the expense, and the money and space I didn't have (I still live in a small room, and have little income). Today I found someone who's made many sets of WoW druid tier armour. Who has a burning desire to do just that?! Yeah.

So, now I'm determined. And a little pissed. I'm funneling a set amount of money into my costume fund each month. I will try to get more commission work. I will do at least a small something in the name of costuming every single day. Let's see what I end up with by the end of the year.

My research has yielded many positive results for me to begin some things I was afraid of or unable to work out the mechanics of. I will carve foam. I will sew my butt off. I will make a mess of my tiny room, and try not to worry about it too much. I will make my boyfriend a costume. I will make 20 for myself.

Okay, maybe not 20.

But I'm inspired, and ready. I'm done being lazy and coming up with excuses. This site will also look like a bit more than this by Anime Boston. Won't you follow my journey? You'll either watch me succeed, or fail. But it should be interesting. Oh, and pic is related. It's my druid, Tariine (was Tarine... stupid realm change...), in a portrait I commissioned at Anime Boston one year. She is going to inspire me. I am a lot like her.

Alright, let's do this. LEEEEERRRROOOOOOOOOY...

Monday, January 3, 2011

It's Kicking In!

So I'm settled in at the new job, and hopefully will be settling into an apartment in the near future. The holidays are over (wonderful, but a time-suck :3). It's time to start in on some costumes! Reflecting on last year, I did a pitiful amount of costuming. That was mostly due to money issues, but this year, I'm going to make it happen. I have a lot on the docket, and it's all going to happen!

Here is what I have planned currently, roughly in the order it will be completed/worn:

  • January

    • Prop for the Blizzard prop contest (which I just found out about, and is EXACTLY up my alley... holy crap! D:)

    • Commission: American Mcgee's Alice, for my friend Sarah ^_^

  • February - March - A group cosplay and masquarade (that's right!) entry with some fellow cosplayers from work. For Anime Boston.
  • July - Bellatrix Lestrange. For the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2. The last Harry Potter movie... ._.
  • October - Lady Gaga. For Halloween. Or a concert. If she has one. And I go. :3
  • Late Summer/Early Fall - Night Elf Druid in Stormrage. For Blizzcon (hopefully).
I'd also like to fix up some of my other costumes, namely Pokemon and Souseiseki.

I'll be posting some progress updates as I'm able on each project. I'm excited about costumes for the new year! :D

Oh, and the photo is what I ended up wearing to the Monster Ball (as mentioned in my previous post). I only had time to make a lightning bolt, but I liked it. :3 Also, awkward arm is awkward.