Friday, June 15, 2012

Avengers. Dude.

Okay so...I've seen Avengers about three times now...and is it one awesome movie or what?
So awesome, in fact, that its been messing with my ability to do anything that isn't related to it in some way or another.

Which has caused some...interesting results.

This is the LokiScarf, the first doubleknit I ever did!
Getting more to the point, I've opened an Etsy account.
Its nothing big or shiny or awesome, but its hopefully going to be worthwhile in the end and I'm rather proud of myself for going out and doing it.
You can find it here, at LokiKnits!
Currently the only thing available is custom, double-knit scarves, but that will be changing very soon. I'm in the process of figuring out how best to do my reversible wrist warmers, and once the basic pattern for those have been figured out they'll be available as well. Unlike the customs, however, they'll be more by what I've already designed.
The first ones will be Captain America themed at the request of my besty and they should be available by next week if I'm able to finish the prototype and modify the pattern in time.

In the future I also play to sell legwarmers--probably not knit, unlike most everything else--coaster sets with favorite logos on them, possibly some messenger bags...and various other little things from a polymer clay, FMA themed chess set to Cutie Mark Crusader capes.

Did I mention they'll be shiny gold on the inside~? Shiny. Gold.
Aside from my new shop, which is taking a good chunk of my energy, I'm also beginning to spend more time out at the barn as well. I'm working for my trainer by tacking up her horses and cleaning tack for her, which makes it so I can get "free" lessons. ;P Which is great, 'cause I've got a show coming up in July that I am crazy excited about. So much so, in fact, that you guys might have to deal with the occasional grooming/braiding/horse-related tip every now and then...sorry ahead of time?

I couldn't find a good picture of my horse where he wasn't looking have this instead!
But lucky for you guys, I haven't COMPLETELY forgotten about cosplay...and what this blog is...ya know...about.
In fact, the next few months are gonna be pretty cosplay-tastic.
Funds wise I'm treading on eggshells, but I'm pleased to say that I haven't forgotten Penelope Spectra, and am basically just waiting for enough money to pay for the wig materials before I her costume has kinda been put on the backburner.
Rainbow Dash, however, will be done by this winter, as I will be presenting her at Ikkicon in Austin this year. ;] With me will be a hipster!Twilight Sparkle, as well as a lolita!Fluttershy and a very possible Pinkie Pie as well. As for the be honest we three just don't know. It will depend on how...enthused our group decides to be.

And for those of you who recognized my friend's Clockwork Droid mask--I am sorry that I never continued the "GUESS WHO" dealeo, but things moved quickly and we all literally got sick the days we were supposed to do the photoshoot anyways...--there will be a Doctor Who themed group con pretty soon. I'm not entirely sure when I'll be presenting my character--End of Time Master, ladies and gentlemen!--but it will likely have to wait until when Walmart starts selling hoodies again. xD They are...surprisingly hard to find in the summer. Every place we went--including some awesome thrift stores, one of which presented me with my fabulous new friend Cow, who I will give pictures of next time--had literally everything but a hoodie. And yet I still ended up with short blonde hair by the end of the weekend.
Oh well.
Now that my roots have come in I look awesome so its all good. -thumbsup-

The huge wall of text scared me so here's a moose.

More in my line of "Must. Have"s, however, is the costume I've been designing for the last couple of days.
Several of my friends are doing Avengers cosplays--one genderbend and two we are all disgustingly in love with the movie and the kinda...grew.
And got corrupted somewhere along the way.
So now we are in the process of planning an all-gender-bent Avengers get-together...and it looks like it actually might get done. Included in our cast is a female Banner--who, I must add while staring threateningly at the screen in a warning manner at her, will be letting me at her costume and will be wearing a motherfuckin' skirt with a motherfuckin' shirt that shows off motherfuckin' cleavage on this motherfuckin' this table. We also have a girl Tony, a girl Cap, a lady Thor(potentially...we should...probably ask her first), a chickie Hawkeye and a male Widow. Ironically our Widower is actually gonna  be cosplayed by the cutest member of our group...who is very much a girl. She is also making a true Widow, which I know for one, I am bouncing on the balls of my feet to see. She's gonna look incredible.
...I will probably have to handcuff my hands behind my back to resist the urge to squeeze her at regular intervals.
Its like one of those really really really cute things you can't not touch.
Think of me as Patrick in a jellyfish museum.

That too.
Aside from the not-touching thing though, its gonna be pretty awesome. I've been cast as the female version of Loki--interestingly, the girl we're asking to be my lady-Thor is also cosplaying a male version of Loki.....and we're pretty similar in could be pretty fun too--and I'm knee-deep in the redesign of his costume.
There are a lot of pretty good lady Lokis that are made to match the comic book version of her--and is she a doll or what? Look at this picture for a second.

Is she not class on a bass? I mean...look at that crazy crazy lady. Geez.
I'm in love with most of Loki's designs--I have a few the wolven Narnia coat I'm too lazy to dig up--but for the most part, you see that one of up there being cosplayed...and I won't lie, they're pretty awesome. But I've only seen a couple people even take it upon themselves to design a new lady Loki based off of the Avengers' design of the costume, and I haven't even heard the slightest bit of murmur about a full costume off it. Well...except for some half-assed stuff that, I'm sorry you guys, but it just doesn't cut it. Putting on a store bought version of his movie costume, refusing to bind, wearing the wrong wig and heels...does not a Lady Loki make.

So I've been doodling a redesign of my own that tries to maintain the basics of Loki's costume in the movie, but that isn't a cookie-cutter exact replica. I'm also using some influence from the women in the Thor movie, as well as the Valkyrie and Enchantress just to get a feel of how the women dress and how the men dress and the big differences...aside from ya know...boobs. I'm going to try and stay away from the comic version, though. I love it, but it ain't what I'm after this time.

This is what I've come up with so far. It still has a lot to go, but I'm pretty fond of it so far. I plan on modifying a lot of the individual pieces of his costume, but there's a heckuva lot I'm working hard to keep. Like his chaps. I bloomin' love those things. They're awesome. I want to make some just to ride in they're so awesome.
This is just version one of who knows how many though so...I'll be posting a few updates on it I'm sure.

And last but not least in the cosplay world, I have a dream.

Uhm...close..? ...but no cigar.
I do have a dream though.
And while it does not include cupcakes or puppets or seeing glowing lights or playing does involve unicorns.
Kinda sorta..
Changeling close enough to a unicorn?

Queen Chrysalis is currently my favorite pony of all time. I mean...c'mon. She's incredible, right? Right. Anyways, it is nothing more than a dream at the moment, but I really want to cosplay her. I say a dream, however, because I outright refuse to cosplay her without full freedom and the absolute ability to do like...whatever logic-defying thing I want.
As in...I need to be rich.
So when I'm rich, I'm digging this baby up and making something awesome.
This is a version and a half of what I'd do...these with heels. There's a HUGE part of me that wants to use digilegs to do this though, which would give me some crazy-awesome looming potential...and would give me the freedom to do some really manic stuff with her legs. Unfortunately digilegs cost around 700 US dollars...without the chance of that is slim as they come.
Which is too bad...'cause digilegs are awesome. And stuff. Plus my friend is actually planning on doing in the beat-up-i've-been-living-under-your-house version...and being able to stand and just loom over her...behind her...around her...all of that would just be amazing. But hey. I gotta get rich first.

Aaand I may have lied as I have one more thing to mention. Just a tiny mention though because I'm gonna be good and wrap this baby up...but here it is;

That's right. The Once-ler. A dear friend of mine is comissioning me to make this costume for her--and I am dying with excitement not only because the money would mean I could actually...ya know...make some of my costumes, but also because I mean....just...just look at him. Gawdyes--and I am very excited. So there.
As a side-effect of her and her mega-heels for her mega-long legs for me to make mega-pants I will be cosplaying the less-psychotic version of him at some point with her...if one of her sisters doesn't take the part. -le sigh/le shrug-

But yeah. That's what's goin' on in the world and its pretty awesome.
Stay tuned and sometime this week I'll do something useful and maybe hand out some kind of tutorial....or more likely I'll do a breakdown. ;P
In fact, I'll definitely do a break-down along with a bit of a 'why break it down' and a 'how break it down' to go along with it~
See?! I can be useful!

See ya Space Cowboy!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Guess who's back?

Ladies and gentlemen!

..I'm back.

Yeah, I know. You're probably looking at me with a brow arched and that "what the hell happened to you?" face...and I could go on about nameless adventures and chaotic sidestories and a rather interesting affair with a giraffe...but instead...I'll just smile and wink and shoot ya my quote/unquote "mutated peace sign rock-on sign baby" and get a song stuck in your head.

Anyways. I'm back, and I should be here to stay. With any luck my lit-major buddy will send me on enough casual guilt-trips to make me keep up with this thing, and even if he doesn't I'll end up back here somehow or another.

For those of you who've actually stuck around--..oh hey. I've actually still got a couple followers. Excuse me as I poke you profusely to make sure you aren't a corpse.


... -withdraws hand slowly-

Back to you poor souls that are still around...I guess I'm sorry for my absence..but to be honest, it was for a pretty good reason. xD; Last y'all heard from me I was moving to Missouri...well..since then I've moved back. Yeah, yeah, little weird. But it is what it is. I'm now living in my hometown--for me to know and you not to, sorry loves--in lovely rental home with my army of fish and my dutch shepherd/lab mix Lal.
Lots of drama has happened both in real life and in the cosplay world since this whole shebang, but I'm leaving it where it belongs--in the past. All that matters is I'm back, and I'm happy.

I have a sewing room all my own now, and the only thing hindering my work is the shedding monstrosity that likes to steal my pins. Yeah, weird dog is weird.
I'm not currently in school and I am not too sure I'll go back, for now I'm spending my days working out at my barn and getting my jumper back in shape. Will also be training my three year old soon, so look forward to "oh my god I'm dying he's too tall I need a bigger ladder" complaints in the near future.

Lazy Halloween
Some of you may remember my promise to show y'all photos from our Ouran shoot way back when? Unfortunately, I can't show you those due to a contract we signed as models for it. They're copyrighted under his name and while we've all posted them on our facebooks, any more than that is stealing his work and, believe me, I don't wanna do that. I will eventually post a link to his work, but for now how about some older pictures I never posted here? ;]

This was a great day to be in a graveyard too. Dim sun, crazy clouds...very nice. And the temperature was AWESOME. Plus WIND.

The "Bustle" shot, as Kaasan so cheerfully calls it.

Anyone who's seen my photos has seen this one; its a favorite.
All of the above--with the exception of the Halloween shot--are casual Undertaker. They were taken because I needed to get used to wearing that wig, as well as get used to the coat and its butt-long sleeves. I was also testing a pair of pants to see if I could get away with using them temporarily...and decided I could despite them being navy rather than the deep gray or black I was planning on getting.

The following are con-photos. ;P Some are walkin-clothes--appropriately named when my heels for the weekend were ruined and replaced with riding boots--and the rest are Undertaker. I must apologize for my eyecolor, as I was unable to afford the contacts I needed. On the plus side I need them for another costume, so if I suddenly get rich I'll be purchasing them soon..ish. xD;

Kaasan and I; she was in her Christine Dae dress...which was a butt to get through doorways...but so worth it.
Me'n Kaasan again! She was about to laugh the entire time. I couldn't hardly keep a straight face either...I blame those nails. They are too easy to have too much fun with.
DEM NAILS. I got them caught on things. A lot. Interestingly enough, though, they were never caught on the sleeves. Just...walls. And food. And soda bottles. My god it was hard to get into a soda bottle..
This wig is being replaced at some point, by the way. When I can afford it I want a much longer one because I have a thing for getting my head wrenched backwards when it gets caught in elevators and car doors.
I spent the majority of Ikkicon 12 in this get-up with various different pairs of pants and shirts beneath the corset. The jacket is my pride and joy, and all those stars? Yeah. They glow in the dark. Yeah. The top hat has since been semi-destroyed by mishandling and a dog...but I may fix it yet...we shall see..
Well, there ya have it. Enough pictures to hopefully keep you folk satiated enough to not want to see me for a while.
This year I will not be going to A-kon, nor will any of my group unfortunately, so this is probably the newest pictures you'll get to see for quite a while. The next con we have semi-plans for is AnimeFest, but we'll see if that happens or not. Ikkicon will be the only certainty this guess that one's next year. Ah well. You get my meaning.

You can, however, look forward to more construction pictures and what-I'm-up-to work. I'm beginning to make saddlepads and the like for my barn, as well as saddlecovers, and I've taken up knitting as well. I currently have two finished scarves that will be up for sale on when I get my butt in gear, and am working on two more right now. One of which is on hiatus until the company actually dyes their yarn correctly. -sigh-
Most of that is to fund the infamous Tom Baker scarf, from the old series Doctor Who.

For those of you who have no idea what I"m talking about, that's this guy:

Because antics in front of Daleks are Safe!
Who is my mom's favorite Doctor as well as the one famous for his crazy-long scarf. The shortest one was 9ft, and the longest a whopping 26. The one I'm doing is the 2nd-3rd longest and will take over a dozen skeins of yarn--multiple colors--and almost $120 to make.

Aside from scarves and saddle pads and covers, oh my...I'll be posting my progress on a few other things as well. I'm currently in the very beginning stages of making Penelope Spectra from Danny Phantom--i.e. making a mock-up of her jacket to figure out dem bloomin' eye-takin'-outer shoulder pads--as well as continuing on my old Wrath. Wrath is a project I really can only work on when the mood takes me--one of the many reasons I am more hesitant to do groups these days is because whenever I put the effort in the group disbands before it gets anywhere--and even then its hard to stay actively interested in it, while Penelope is entirely fund-based. I have the materials needed for her clothing, but I have to save up to get all the materials for the wig and other accessories before I can hope to premier her. I luckily have a pretty simple plan for the damn hairpiece of doom, which I'm actually looking forward to. When I have the 50-ish bucks necessary to buy everything I'll get right to it. (For those who wonder, I have a wonderful family member who allows me to buy fabric and patterning.)

I also have a continuing plan for Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo from My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic. I'm pretty sure RD will be taking precedence as Kaasan is currently working on Twilight (I made her a hipster scarf!) and our crazy midget-fearing monkey is making headway on Pinkie Pie. For those who think there's no such thing as a human quite like Pinkie, I present to you our monkey:  she is tiny, hyperactive, bubbly, makes up songs and drags people she makes amazing cupcakes...and sings about them. And this was before she decided MLP was the bees knees.

 For your patience here's a preliminary sketch of my RD. ;P I'm going away from the whole 'athlete' thing and going more towards the toughie she is with a mixture of pilot, biker, and rider. I say rider because, for those of you who've never seen a jumper or eventer's gear, we're pretty tricked out. I plan on making a pair of chaps as well as a blue jacket that'll either lean towards Biker or towards Fighter Pilot, depending on patterns available.
RD will not go into production for a few months, as she won't be even possibly premiered before Ikki. And even then, it depends on whether or not I have a job capable of funding it. So..we shall see.

Thanks for sticking around, guys, and thanks for reading my MEGA post! I'd love to hear from you guys and love suggestions, so feel free to comment away.
Oh, and as a reward for those of you who stuck with me...

..I'll tell ya a "secret".

On the 26th of May I'll be going to Dallas.
I'll be getting a hair cut and our amazingly professional make-up artist the Lady M will be messing with my face.
The next day she, Kaasan and I--schedules permitting--will be going out on the town as three characters from Doctor Who.
I won't tell you who as, but I'll start dropping hints as we go along.

And your first hint?!:

The magnificent Kaasan will be wearing could she be..?