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!
Or, more costume takeover of my blog.
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.
So, I accidentally discovered the way to keep my face from flaking and otherwise losing color.
Last night -3/16, I was Aayla Secura with Rebel Legion at the FireAntz game in Fayetteville. I’m doing my usual routine when I realize that my blue bodysuit and headtails have faded a bit since I originally made them, and I’d need to alter my color a bit. I didn’t want to use straight liquid blue, but I couldn’t use my Ben Nye powder and have exactly the right color too.
What I used:
Latex wedges (completely destroys them)
Ben Nye liquid medium blue – MagicColor liquie- Cosmic Blue
Ben Nye cake – MagicCake powder – Blue
Ben Nye Final Seal
Ben Nye Neutral Set powder
Blush, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, white shadow.
Make sure your face is clean, and layer on a fair amount of neutral moisturizer and allow to ‘soak in’ before applying makeup. Use a body moisturizer anywhere else you will be applying paint.
This only really works if you’ve used up enough of your cake to make a well in the container. Pour enough Cosmic Blue into the well to fill it, dip a wedge into the final seal in a separate container and wipe around until the cake is moistened and the Cosmic blue begins to mix in. Using the wedge and re-dipping into final seal and the cake/liquid mixture, apply your first and base coat. This coat will not be all that even, but it only needs to be a first, thin layer that will get your second layer to really work. Starting with your face, apply every where you need to, adding more final seal and liquid to the cake as you need it. Use gentle, short strokes and cover completly, even if it doesn’t look totally even.
Switch to your makeup brush, something with a good edge to get around your eyes, but allows good coverage. Use two brushes if you prefer. Paint on the same cake/liquid mixture on top of your base coat, saving insides of elbows and under your arms for last, if covering. Allow to dry, then liberally dust on the neutral set powder with a powder – fluffy brush. Go nuts with it, because anywhere you don’t use you risk it either rubbing off or sticking to yourself.
Now that this is done, you can use your regular makeup to do eyes, lips, ect. I ALWAYS use a lighter and darker blue or shade of base color to highlight and shadow my face and body where there should be natural lights and darks. I use a white or very pale blue shadow under my eyes, down my nose, center of forehead, and just above the lip. I use a darker blue/or shade just under my chin/jawline in my neck crevices, collarbone, near the ears, and below my blush. I typically have to use shadow to re-cover my eyelids, but this paint combo actually stayed on my eyelids pretty well on it’s own. Don’t forget to color in your eyebrows as well!
This will become my base method for everything from now on – I didn’t crack or flake all night. I only lost a little bit on the inside of my elbow, but I was impatient and didn’t let it try fully. I also forgot to moisturize my arms.
Work in Progress for a Journey full cosplay. I’m following Turnonred’s cosplay tutorial, more or less, plus adding a few tricks of my own, and making my own under-suit. Additionally, this will be fully lined.
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.