Monday, July 21, 2014

the summer swatches


Hiya lovelies!!

Now that I've returned from England / finished making cosplay / Anime Expo in LA, I finally have time to sit down and blog! I've returned back to my boring everyday life...sitting at home, drawing, working the part time summer job in retail...zzzzzz

Over the past year, my nail polish collection has exploded. My addiction got even worse when I went to England for the school year and had access to Barry M!! (Best nail brand ahh) Here are some of the colours that I've been wearing non-stop~ Pretty colours for summer!

 Barry M nail paint in Arabian, Barry M Gelly nail paints in Dragon Fruit and Guava, Rimmel 60 Second nail polish in Rose Libertine, and Seche Vite clear top coat (not picture because it's clear~)

I've been wearing these colours all through late spring and summer! Arabian is a really pretty blue/green duochrome polish. Dragon Fruit and Guava are Barry M's attempt at 'gel finishes', promising long lasting and glossy colour. Rose Libertine really is the perfect coral colour, a true mix of pink and orange! For some reason it photographed much darker, but the colour looks like how it appears in the bottle.

And of course, trusty old Seche Vite! I really can't use any other top coat. Seche Vite dries your nail polish very fast so you don't have to wait around for it to dry! Also protects from chipping, etc.


Which one is your favourite colour? :D 

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Syndra (League of Legends) Completed Cosplay

Hiya lovelies!!

Here are pictures of my "completed" Syndra cosplay. Completed in quotations because I didn't actually finish the skirt, I didn't have time so I just cut a few pieces of black fabric and tucked them into my shorts haha. Sssh don't tell anyone!!

Check out my other Syndra posts: 
(links will be updated when all of the posts have been published)


I'll be completing them for the next con that I wear Syndra to! :)


Here are pictures of my completed cosplay! Starting off with the makeup and circle lenses. Armor and outfits can look cool, but you can't forget about your face!

All of my armor placed together! 

Now, here are some closeup shots. I took all of these photos after I returned from Anime Expo aka fresh out of my suitcase, so please keep that in mind if you see any ripping/chipped/fading parts!


The bracers look quite black in these photos, but they're mostly dark purple and gold with silver detailing. Lots of weathering and drybrushing with dark paints to get the worn look.


Loops on the inside of my costume that attached to the main body armor piece through ribbons and hooks. 

Back and fromnt of my helmet. You can see the worbla/craft foam pieces on the front and sides but I'm planning to smooth them all out for the next convention! The ear pieces are made from craft foam and hotglued onto the sides of the helmet.


I bought my silver ponytail wig from wig-supplier.com. It was actually a twin-tail wig but I dissected one of the ponytails to create the two little long bits that hang out of the front part of her hair.

I am wearing the Vassen Bambi Queen Violet circle lenses that I got from Pinky Paradise. You can get them here! They are "natural" purple lenses (not super bright) that have a strong black outer ring and fade to yellow in the middle! I'll be doing a full circle lens post on all of the lenses I used at Anime Expo.

Selfie taken on the way to the convention! I'm not crying haha! I had just put my lenses in + some eyedrops ;)
I chose to do a strong winged eye, and thick dark eyeliner on the lower waterline. I really contoured my face to make it look more angular. I gave myself strong cheek contour/highlighting, contoured my nose to look more defined. Wore a sheer red lip balm. Didn't colour my eyebrows but filled them in with light brown powder. Syndra's outfit was mostly black and the helmet/wig were covering my eyebrows so I wasn't super concerned.

Jom chillin in my armor! Peipa-chan had to pretty much glue my into my armor because I didn't have time to make proper straps with velcro haha! At the end of the day I had to cut myself out of my costume ;v;

Was lucky enough to participate in Sky William's newest video! We pretty much just had to catwalk and put on our cosplay which they edited together and made into a timelapse. These cosplayers are so talented so I was honoured to be able to film alongside them! :0

Here's the video! Ahh It's so cool! :D

With the beautiful Domineau as Ironscale Shyvana on the right. On the left, met a super cool Graves cosplayer at Sky William's video shoot! His gun looked SO LEGIITTT and it was super light as well!!

SYNDRA ON URF MODE? SO MANY BALLSSSSS
Haha too bad I never got to play on URF mode, I think that was when I was at the Gathering? Or exams? I remember there was a certain reason why I couldn't do it and I hope they bring it back!

I was also featured in MLZ Studio's League of Legends showcase video! It was my first time seeing him again in 2 years (last time was Otakon) and it was so much fun to film! Luckily, we ran into a Super Minion cosplayer who agreed to be thrown by me for my Syndra E ;D




Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions about how it was made or painted. I'll try my best to answer them asap!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Syndra (League of Legends) Helmet and Claw Progress

Hiya lovelies! This is part three of my Syndra cosplay tutorial. You may want to check out these posts first if you haven't already! 

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Helmet


Another part of Syndra's character design that proved to be quite challenging. The Syndra from MCM Expo made her helmet out of EVA foam! I hadn't even thought of that, and found her progress pics after I started making mine (haha too late!) Instead, I decided to use the expanding foam method. 

This is one of the only parts of my armor that I am a little bit unsatisfied with, as I started this helmet two days before I was supposed to leave. So in result, it is a little bit messy. Still turned out alright though!! 

I used a can of "Great Stuff" expanding foam for gaps and cracks. It's comes in a can with a small plastic spout.
Made the base shape out of cardboard! Then I covered it in expanding foam and let it cure (which the bottle says to leave for about 8 hours). It foams up when first applied but don't put on too much at first!

The foam expands a lot when it is dried. I recommend putting on a coat and letting it cure, then cutting it into the shape you want and cutting again. This will be easier than trying to cut through a giant foamy monster! Also wear gloves since the foam is made out of weird chemicals and will irritate your skin. I forgot to put them on the first time and my arms got all itchy :<

Carved a hollow part in the middle where the helm would fit over my forehead. I also made a base helm/band that the "horns" would attach to! I made this band out of craft foam and worbla. It was curved so it fit right over my head.

Important!! If you are ever making a cosplay helmet, make sure it fits to your head + wig! If you fit it to your head like normal, it will be too small when you fit it over your wig!

Covered my helm with painters tape. Would have used paper mache but I was running out of time. The helmet is massive on my head but fits perfectly with the wig on! It had a tendency to tip forwards because I didn't have time to attach clips at the back so it fit more snugly to my head.

Used small strips of worbla and wrapped them around the horns. This gave a more demonic look I think, because they looked like actual horns rather than part of a helmet. It looked bumpy at first but I heated the worbla and used a knife to press down the edges so they melted flat.

Didn't have time to sand it either, so I tried melting and pressing down the edges as flat as they would go and then used a spray gesso to prime my helmet.

I don't have photos of the painting process because it was done at 1am the night before I wore Syndra, but I used a glue gun for the raised parts at the front of her helmet. I melted together some worbla scraps to make the main shape of her helmet jewel/eye thing. Primed with spray gesso, and painted with acrylic paint! I forgot about the little flap things at the very top of the helmet so I'll add those next time.

Again, I would have liked to have better primed/ varnished this helmet if I had the time, but I'll leave that for touchups for the next convention.

Claws

Here is the base for my Syndra claws! I first cut a piece of craft foam that was the width and length of my finger. This would make sure my fingers fit into my claws!  I then heated some Worbla and made little triangular prism shapes with the foam at the bottom of my finger, and made the edges pointed. 

Primed with gesso and painted a solid black with acrylic paint!!

I found that when I actually wore these claws, they stayed on fine but the coloring on the craft foam inside stained my fingers! So I had pink/purple fingertips whenever I took my hands out haha :D


Next post will show you all of the completed pieces! Hope this was helpful.
As always, leave any questions in the comments below and I'll try my best to answer them! 

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