7 October
1 April

Journey costume, FINISHED!

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Taken at Duke Chapel, in Durham, NC, by N3 Photography!

Journey Cosplay, with the Carolina D20 girls group! —

As always, thanks to TurnonRed for the tutorial!

20 March

Journey WIP, part 2

Or, more costume takeover of my blog.

WIP Journey

WIP Journey

This past Christmas, or my birthday, I forget which, my brother gave me a copy of Journey. I’d seen it before, a good friend played it for a bit to show it to me. Somehow the wonder of it didn’t really sink in until I got to play it myself, starting from the beginning. I played it over around three days. It was actually a very short game, maybe 5-6 hours in total length, if you aren’t trying to find all the trophies. My first play through, I did not go actively searching for trophies, but next time I will.

The game is stunningly beautiful in it’s simplicity. You only ever get two commands – ‘jump’ and ‘signal’, and that’s all you ever need. I can honestly say Journey surprised me greatly, both in story and in the act of traveling through the game itself.

I’ve pretty closely followed TurnonRed’s tutorial to make the cosplay, with a few of my own ways of doing things. http://turnonred.tumblr.com/post/22304756914/okay-that-took-forever-im-sorry-heres-the

I originally attempted to make the scarf above with just yellow fabric and iron-on backed red fabric for the details. I was not happy with the fact that I apparently cannot cut a straight line to save my life. In any case, after blanket stitching all the details on the cloak, I was DONE with blanket stitching the scarf. My second try, I tried painting with just a straight edge and a ruler, but I couldn’t keep the thicknesses of the lines quite right, and it just didn’t look that good, so I trashed it. For my third and final scarf, I hand cut stencils made from TurnonRed’s tutorial and PDF’s using an x-acto knife and copious amounts of freezer paper. I was able to reuse some of the stencils once – thank god – but for the most part they were all individually hand cut. The scarf is double sided, yellow Kona Gold cotton, stitched at the edges and left raw but Fray-checked to prevent over-fraying. Some fraying is good because of the style. The other side of the scarf has mirrored glyphs, reflecting how texture lays on single-layer polygons in games-the pattern goes straight through the scarf, rather than opposite, if that makes any sense. The light comes from silver safety reflective tape with a camera flash.

5 March

My Little Plushie

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Rainbow Dash plushie I made as a gift for Christmas 2012. Currently up for sale as an open commission on etsy.

I plan on making a few more plushies. I made 5 others in total for the holidays.

10 September

DragonCon 2012 and CNN

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Fighting off ConCrud. whoohoo. Not too bad though. I did call LifeSouth and told them they probably can’t use the blood I donated. I’m assuming they’ll double check it. The Red Cross called on the way down. They told me to ask for my THREE GALLON pin when I go in next time . DragonCon was my 31st donation, officially. DCon only had 2 donations on record, but I know I’ve donated at least 4 times previously.

DRAGONCON WAS AWESOME.

ALSO, I’M ON CNN. They used my photo on their before/after site. Apparently, I was also mentioned on air, but I haven’t seen the story yet.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/03/showbiz/gallery/dragon-con-cosplay-ireport/index.html

The crowds were really rediculous though. There were times we almost couldn’t move through the Marriott levels.

My glowing cloak was a huge hit, and bronies loved my Chrysalis w/ fangs.

Over all, I dragged most of the weekend. I nearly passed out Friday night and my anxiety level didn’t really start winding down until Sunday. For a change, i didn’t sleep well, even though we stayed in nearly the exact same room as last year (might have actually BEEN the same room. The adult sci-fi panel wasn’t as fun as last year – some stupid woman kept howling incessantly about every five seconds. Like, wolf howling, not laugh howling. The pony group apparently was a disaster. I missed being in the parade because I woke up late and thought ‘fuck it’ and didn’t bother costuming until later. I technically didn’t use 2 of my costumes, though one was meant to wear if the rained during the parade and one meant for if it didn’t rain.

The high points were great though – I got to see Morgan again and hang out a bit, meet some of Jason’s friends, have some great costume duos with Mary, and bought a bunch of t-shirts. I got to judge a Whedon-verse costume contest, and that went very fast and easy. We didn’t have time to really talk to contestants and there was no pre-judging, but it was pretty obvious who was winning and who wasn’t. The Firefly winners were the 2 guys who contacted the company that made the beads for the uniform jackets and had new beads cast just for their costumes. They made everything themselves, and researched the type of armor used by the troopers in Serenity. There was pretty much no disagreement, and I think it went really well.

I got told that I was the ‘best Midna EVER’, which I’m still super excited about. He sounded like he’d seen a few others. As far as I could tell, I was the only Midna of my type this year, but I could be wrong. I saw a few Imps around too. While I wish I’d had more energy this year, not pushing myself to stay in costume the whole con was kind of nice too.

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