Well it’s still a few months away from Anime Boston, but I have a lot of work to do! Emeraude is starting to come together, which makes me quite happy.
My sister and I did a photo shoot on Saturday, in freezing temperatures. We are lucky enough to live close to a sculpture park that has a lot of diverse landscaping, so it’s very easy to get lots of different types of shots.
I really like how the shots came out (especially since they feature my wig, which I restyled myself). For more about the costume, see my Chizuru costume page.
This past summer I revived a blog character at work called Pitan, the Pivot Mage. Then for July-o-ween, I opted to dress up as her. Meet Pitan! Photos are up: Pitan.
Also, I decided to show my love of Hakuouki by cosplaying Chizuru. I crunched this out in a week and a half – my fastest cosplay yet! I was very pleased with the results: Chizuru Yukimura. (Pictures of me in a wig pending).
Here is the first preview of Emeraude’s chest plate! I’ve made the shape out of children’s craft foam sheets (about 1/8″ thick) and then added the shapes as layers. So far this has given me a rather floppy chest plate, which I am actually happy with. Some of the cosplays have made Emeraude’s chest plate stiff, which I knew would look silly with my bust. One girl said that she made hers out of an old mousepad, which gave me the idea to use foam and keep the shape flimsy.
Once I add the beads and attach the pearls, it should be weighted down correctly in all the right points for it to hang properly.
Also, you can’t tell from this picture, but it actually needs a lot more paint. The gold is very reflective, but also sheer. When bathed in light, it reflects brilliantly. However, it you hold it up to the light or look at it in semi-darkness, you can see the yellow underneath. I suspect I will be painting this for days.
Note to self: if you have an air brush – use it…. ^_^;; (I forgot I had one).
My sister approached me recently to become a member of a group that would compete with a set of costumes for Magic Knight Rayearth, based on art book images (as opposed to anime or pure manga). The roster included celestial versions of Hikaru, Umi, and Fuu, as well as the twin sisters Tarta and Tatra. She asked if I would be Emeraude and I said yes – mostly because I saw it as an opportunity to focus on accessories and other parts of the project aside from sewing.
I’m going to chronicle my journey from design to competition with the Saga of Magic Knight Rayearth as I create my costume (and organize a group of girls in 3 different parts of the country).
For this project, I’m staying on top of things with Trello. Trello is an online organizational tool that we’ve adopted in my workplace. I’ve become so fond of it that I wanted to give it a try for cosplay as well. My Emeraude Trello board is public, so you can follow along (if you’re so inclined).
The Magic Knight Rayearth group is also on Facebook.
I’ll try to post as I make progress – especially with any tips and tricks I find along the way!
Check out my new costume profile: Cleric/Healer from Disgaea 2-4!