Photo by Ripptowne Photography
This is Liz Welsh, a member of Rebel Legion in our Blue Ridge Base of the North and South Carolinas division. I was base commander when her award came through and I was honored to present it to her in a special ceremony/gathering.
Congrats, Liz, and thanks for being a valued member of Rebel Legion!
Groot mask/head that I’m making for my hubby so he can be Groot for DragonCon. The suit is more or less done, he just needs to make his stilts for the damn thing. I have one more step with the mask, which is to add a brown or black cloth for the neck, do something for the eyes and add the green tree flocking to the face and chest plates.
Mask and plates are carved from EVA floor tile foam with a Dremel and sanding bit.
I’m ridiculously excited with how this is coming out. I haven’t had this much fun working on my own costumes in quite a while. Rockette is going to be a blast too. This will be our first ‘duo’ costume with myself and my husband, and it’ll be his second costume. The first one I made him was “Corran Horn” and I still gotta get him approved with Rebel Legion but I keep putting off taking the photos. I have five Rebel Legion costumes approved for myself.
I like rainbows. So sue me.
I actually got a LOT of positive responses from my facebook feed on this one, so I may try to convert him to an AI file and trace everything. lately I like black/white to rainbow ideas, and I’m pleased with how this one came out.
Last Pot Brewed #211, on the 3ft by 2ft white board. The board itself came to me a little scratched up, so I really ought to just replace it myself.
Because I haven’t done much interesting at work lately. I need to get back into my 3D object stuff.
Pretty swoops on the big board.
Pretty soon I’m going to have some pre-DragonCon posts with costume bits.
I didn’t use every color I had, but I came close. Combination of new markers and old markers. I like squiggly lines.
Trying out a new set of markers by “Chalk This Way” – the standard set of 10 markers with a mix of neon and regular colors: http://www.amazon.com/Premium-LIQUID-CHALK-Markers-Book/dp/B00CD33ML6/ref=pd_bxgy_ac_img_y
Pros: My favorite thing about these is that they can cover fully if you take your time with them. Expos, crayolas and every other dry-erase marker that I’ve tried leaves streaks when trying to fill in any solid. The saturation level is great – the colors are super bright and solid and don’t fade like Crayola’s are very notorious for. The lack of streaks put these at the top of my favorite marker of all time list. We’ll see how many uses I get out of them. They’re pricey, but they currently seem to be worth it, so for now I’m not putting price down as a ‘con’.
Cons: My least favorite thing is that once they dry, you are more or less stuck with the color. I was going to go back over the curly vines with black, but once the liquid chalk dried, it was like dragging a pencil eraser over the surface. Since that is a sensation I very much dislike, I stopped here. Next time I’ll have to do one item and outline at a time and just get it done before it dries. There is a reasonable about of time between drawing and drying, so I should be alright next time. It’ll be harder to do backgrounds and use the same markers for a foreground object, however. It takes about 2 minutes of shaking/tapping per pen to get them started the first time, but at least that lets me know that the pens were never used previously, even for testing.
Next test will involve more of a combination of expo’s and these new markers. I used some green expo here just because I wanted variation in color and a comparison.
‘Chalk This Way’ markers seem to do slightly better if put down horizontally rather than vertically. You have to tap the tip of the pen every so often to keep the ink flowing if using on a wall mounted surface. On the bright side, while marketed as chalkboard markers, they work great for white boards, which is why I didn’t know they actually existed until a few weeks ago.
I’ll be trying out mixing the white and black markers (while wet) to see if I can get any kind of consistent grey as well.
As much as I like having a GIANT WHITE BOARD to work on, I may have to suck it up and get another of my own. It just has too much previous writing on it, and it shows through.
I threw this together for my friend Danielle in about 30 minutes. I think she’ll be pleased. Still, I wish I could get people to give me original files instead of just the facebook upload photos. The bottom-most layer isn’t really good enough for facial details, but I think it works overall. I ended up just leaving the bushes behind her green just to leave a counter-color opposite all the reds.
Once again, going for kind of a ‘book cover’ sort of feel.
Danielle is Sorsha here, from Willow.
We had an informal Star Wars photoshoot this weekend with members of our local Rebel Legion group and one of the Carolina Garrison. Technically, I was in my Garrison version of Mara, since I have the purple lightsaber here that I picked up from SaberForge last year, as a gift from my husband for an anniversary present. This is the second lightsaber I’ve gotten as a present, and I got him one last year too for the Corran Horn Jedi Robes I’m making him. Eventually, I’ll make him a CorSec flight suit/uniform as well.
I made my original Mara cat/jump suit based off Twi’lek Pam’s information and instructions here: Mara Jade suit
I’m wearing a brand new suit made of 4-way stretch material. I broke down and bought the good quality vinyl/spandex for from Spandex World, after ordering some samples. I ordered from the ‘fake leather’ line, which is a 4-way stretch fabric that sewed surprisingly well. The suit is also extremely comfortable – I fully expected to sweat it in, but I didn’t. I’m not saying it’s breathable, but I could wear this thing all day with no problems. I haven’t added the piping yet – my serger worked fine on the fabric, but the regular machine that I was borrowing did not. I had finished up some details before crashing at her house before the shoot, and was unable to add the front or back piping using her machine. My first suit was a lighter, ‘dancer’ type material, and looked good in photos, but it did not hold up. The original material was so stretchy that I kept getting various lines of bunching when I stitched it together. This new fabric is much hardier and easier to sew.
We collected out at the Fayetteville Botanical Gardens and had permission to take photos an hour before the regular crowds started showing up. I got a few photos that I was more or less happy with, and so did everyone else, so I’m calling the event was a success.
I’ll be adding Mara Jumpsuits to my list of things I’ll do on commission, now that I’ve done a few and have figured out the little tricks to it.