Le jour de Miku

I've been a fan of Vocaloid since 2007, and the fandom is easily one of my favourites. All of the content is completely fan-generated, which is something that I still find really amazing and inspiring and truely unique to Vocaloid. It's a fandom that can be enjoyed on a lot of different levels (music, art, costuming, stories, technology etc.) to varying extents - you can get as much or as little from it as you like!

Because of this love, I've had a bad habit of putting off Vocaloid cosplays, until recently, as I've wanted everything to be perfect. However, with a crazy day of shooting Miku on Wednesday, I think I've finally managed to do her some justice and give a bit back to the fandom. I've been wanting to do a proper shoot with the checkered background for World is Mine since I first made it for Christie and my Madman trip to Tokyo, and it finally happened! Unfortunately, work tried to interfere with this and called me in the day before the shoot - ruining my plans to make the background. But hey! That's what 2am's for, right?

We started the day with me picking up Aeryn before we turned my lounge room into a mini studio which involved pinning the backdrop to my couch, weird limb positions, neck exercises, stuffing pillows under the backdrop to hold my head up and me sending Aeryn around the house to find things whilst I tried to hold that darn pose! D:
I'm so turning that backdrop into a blanket now!

After we'd taken an odd 400 shots of the World is Mine set up, we tidied up and I re-styled and make-up'd for Saihate. It's been a song that's really affected and helped me a lot lately, so I've been very picky with who I've wanted to shoot it with, and I'm so glad it was with Aeryn and Kate. I was close to tears a few times during the afternoon, but I don't think my make up was going to let me cry. XD;
We started Saihate in a cemetery near our houses (and the train station!) which is one of Aeryn's favourite places, and we came across these toadstools! So pretty!

We were somehow only 15 minutes late for meeting Kate (which I think is still some sort of miracle...our whole shoot day was on time!) and ended up walking to the location in the city as I wasn't 100% sure where it was.
Kate turns to a wig-brusher extraordinaire!

Who has matching photographers? I DO! Lots of love goes out to Kate and Aeryn for their help, support, laughs and friendship. <3

And a small preview of the shots that Aeryn's already processed!

(Note the mushrooms to the right!)


Celty Progress: Part 1

As promised, the first lot of progress shots for Celty. She's something that I'm determined to pace myself and take my time with. Officially started perhaps two weeks ago when I first got this helmet off of eBay for the fantastic bargain of AUD$20.50! It was local pick up too, so a drive across town and I had a new gadget to play with.

My first concern's that the helmet was going to look too large on my head and make me look a bit like a lollipop, but after cross-checking this with various people, it's been deemed 'not so silly after all'! 8D

What a helmet looks like with all the gadgets and padding and bits taken out. When I do wear it, I'll more than likely leave the cheek padding out for comfort.

After dissecting it, all the stickers had to come off the back and visor - this is what happens when you take off a sticker that expressedly tells you not to. D:

For most props that I do, I'll always print off to-scale images to work out the sizing of things in relation to me, and to get things looking how they should. First print off I was scaling the helmet bases to each other which left the top/ears way out of proportion to the helmet. Then I re-scaled the helmet heights which works a lot better. Because if things don't work on paper, they'll never work in real life.

Now the real work! After masking off the rubber guard, visor slots and visor opening and giving the whole helmet a light sand, I applied two coats of ESP. It stands for 'Easy Surface Prep' and has a claim of bonding paint to any shiny or high-gloss surface - 'even glass!'. I still have to test out the extent of this, but it's looking good! I've also applied several layers of spray acrylic undercoat to get my helmet to a matte white where I can plot points more easily and assist the vibrancy of the final finish.

I still need to give this a sand with wet and dry to diffuse splutter from the spray paint - it's been so hard to work with when it recommends 15C+ temperatures and the daily max's been 16! Next stop will be ears! From what I've been able to gather, other cosplayers have used craft foam, paper clay and combinations of paper and expanding foam. None of these are really appealing to me at the moment, so I'm leaning towards laminated and sculped blocks of balsa wood. But we'll see how it goes!

CrackCon 2

Some behind the scenes shots of our Durarara!! shoot at CrackCon 2 yesterday. It was a really lovely sunny day, and there were so many more people than last time! Channel 7 even showed up to do some filming for their new show, 'A Minute to Win It', so there might be some crazy cosplayers in an add for that sometime in the future.

Izaya <3s Simon Brezhnev.

After setting up all of the tape with !-kun

Poor !-kun got turned into diffuser-kun, and was then replaced with diffuser-sama!

Other cosplayers at CrackCon 2.

Shizuo and Anri approve of bias binding bow ties!

A huge thank-you to all of our on set helpers! Much love to Val, Patryn, Sefie, Sasu, fangirl!Renge and of course, our photographer Elias!

That's all! C'est tout!

Get your week-end cosplay on!

I'm really liking this finish-a-costume-before-you-need-it business! Just a quick snap shot before tomorrow:
The skirt was made in ground-breaking, earth-moving 3 hours yesterday, and the blazer was a fantastically lucky find at the op shop! All to do now is just covering those ugly buttons with extra fabric from the oh-so-80's! should pads.

Sadly Anri wasn't my first choice for Durarara! characters (or...rather she was before I got over everyone being sick of seeing me in a body suit OTL), unfortunately time and material sourcing issues came into play for CrackCon2, but these things will be done! Progress will go here and I'm really looking forward to it! =3

Hello World!

First post and this is all very confusing! I'm not quite sure how to work this thing, but I'm really looking forward to having a little corner of the web to spam insanities. I haven't been very productive since March. So here's hoping that blogging gives me insentive to be good! XD

Recent fabric hoard:
L-R, T-B: Silk sateen and silk for Modern Vongola!Chrome; op-shopped print skirt for Amira; velour dress; calico for mock ups; op-shopped red dress for PotO modding; blue stretch poly-blend for Red/Anri; white chiffon and black lace for Sheryl; black faux suede for Amira; amazing cyan brocade and gold trims from Japan for (hopefully!) Main Animania.

And speaking of fabricgasm - I went to Ziguzagu for the first time today. It was definitely worthwhile! So many baskets of beautiful kimono silks, cottons, brocades and tidbits. This would be so perfect for TYL!Chrome's kimono...why is it $20 per metre? ;_;


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