We just bought a house, and it’s going to have a two-car garage, potential backyard space for a workshop shed and my sewing area will be doubled. We’ll finally have a room we can put all his grandparent’s antiques in and not leave them somewhere and hope they don’t get scratched. The house will be built to the design we want, and will be ready in a few months. Which means we have to move again.
Hubby’s working on a large vacuum former, which right now is taking up a lot of space in our rental place, but soon things will be changing. We’re one big step closer to renting out our original home after this weekend. In the mean time, we’re plotting up next DragonCon’s costume line up. I think the bug finally bit my husband and now he’s eager to put his workshop skills and tools to use on some fun projects.
This year, we went as our first ‘paired’ costume set, Rocket(te) and Groot. By DragonCon next year, we’ll likely again be Upgraded (fursuit)Rocket and (latex)Groot, some D&D characters from the cartoon back in the day, and a RIFTS duo. His costume, I think is secret for now, so I’ll just say I’m starting plans for making myself a Lay-line Walker and leaving it at that. My purple padme gown will make four costumes, and hopefully by then I’ll be in shape to wear Cursed Midna again, making that more or less my costume limit, allowing for one surprise outfit of some kind, maybe. I’m finding myself just not wanting to change all that often anymore. I’m having more fun wearing a well-made costume ‘all day’ rather than switching out to something I haven’t spent as much time on.
Poking around for Rocket Racoon reference images, I think this is my favorite thing that showed up. (artist and original comic book unknown)
This was possibly our most successful DragonCon to date. Last year was much more hectic and stressful, but despite managing 7 costumes and making last minute hot glue gun repairs in our room, we had a great time. My husband and I and a good friend all made it to the giant 600 person Marvel Photoshoot and we had a blast.
We are planning improvements to next years ‘Guardians” group. My green friend there put her outfit together last minute and rounded up our Ronan and Star Lord. I’m going to update to a full or partial fur suit, and Groot will be updated with an internal cooling system, a better paint job and longer legs. My husband survived his first full body suit experience quite well, and still give tons of “Groot Hugs” on the way back to the hotel room when by all rights, he should have been exhausted.
The rest of my costumes went over pretty well, but none of them were really meant to be amazing this year. Mara was a repeat and my lightsaber only lit up half way. I thought I’d forgotten ALL my wigs, my Zelda crown crumbled in my hands and my bow got tangled in some chick’s armor and pulled it apart. I almost lost my friend’s elf ears, and Catra wasn’t done before Sunday night. At DragonCon. I forgot hubby’s green belt for his Jedi, and I couldn’t find my other silver glove for this photoshoot. The only costume that worked 100% correctly was Ginger from Legend of Korra, and now I want to go back and shorten the skirt. Oh well. Other than costume malfunctions, it was a great weekend.
This was the first year I didn’t paint myself blue at all either.
We’re already talking about next years group plans, and roping more people into them, so we’ll see how it goes.
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.
So some drama happened out in the Wilmington office – a copperhead snake got in the building. They’re in a building were they can’t kill snakes, so they had to remove it alive somehow.
I whipped this up for them on the fly.
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.
Made this for a friend. Heard about Ford’s on set accident, looked it up, went to Wikipedia and found out he is an honest-to-god helicopter pilot and really has personally saved a couple of lives. Pretty awesome, actually. My husband’s alternate title was “is actually a pilot”.
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.