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Please note that you are only getting two photos with me in them because ryuk_in_progres will probably beat me about the head with a dead carp if I don't post them.

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I placed my last order for this costume tonight (unless I decide to order more Magic Smooth, which I'm thinking I will). But anyway I have makeup on the way; you have to have very pessimistic lead time on any ordering you're doing for a costume, which is why I'm worrying about makeup now. I wanted a somewhat unusual color for eyeshadow that I was able to find at and I also wanted very pale foundation and a white loose powder.
Current Music: SIXty∞NINe - D'espairsRay
21 April 2007 @ 12:46 am
I had two largely unproductive days when I had no clue if I was having to leave town or not (meaning I was unsure what I should work on) and my dog was sick. Today I had my first day of mostly sewing. Tomorrow, ryuk_inprogres is coming out again so there should be lots more random photos soon. Especially since most of what I'm working on has moved forward but I forgot to take photos of it, lol. I was going to post a photo of the tassels but I think I will wait until I have some photos of how I'm making them for your reference.

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Current Music: 見えない物を見ようとする誤解 全て誤解だ - BUCK-TICK
11 April 2007 @ 07:43 pm
Fear the too-much-information. Don't worry, though, there are photos. I don't know offhand of cosplayers doing silk painting with dyes, so I figured it was better to write up too much information than not enough. You will note I've gone public with all the entries. Sorry if you friended it just to see them. ^^; I needed to give my advisors access.

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So . . . conclusions? Silk painting = definitely a fine art. But it's also very approachable; the basics are easy, it's the finesse that's hard. The same could be said of most things, but I think that silk painting is probably a particularly good thing to dabble in if it comes to textile arts. It's easier than tie-dye, imho, and certainly a more versatile technique. If it comes to dye versus paint, dye wins hands-down for results and ease. Fabric paint is great too, and it depends on what you're doing. But if I could do Yuuko's (xxxHolic) kimono again, I would not use paint. Ironically, it would have been easier and cheaper to do silk and dye - buying silk yardage should definitely not be much of a deciding factor, as it's cheaper than most fabrics!
Current Music: Didgedilli - PORNO GRAFFITI
07 April 2007 @ 01:26 am
Part two, I figured the wig dyeing should be its own post. Lots of miscellaneous progress photos and some discussion of working with the Magic Smooth. It's brilliant stuff, but I think it should be renamed Magic Mess. >_o

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07 April 2007 @ 01:17 am
Feel free to skip to the pics on this one; I need to keep notes on process so that I have it for when I do my write-up at the end since this is for school also.

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03 April 2007 @ 01:17 am
My art supplies order came today, with my Fuzzform, the aluminum wire (so I can finally make the frames to start the springbok horns), and the Magic Smooth. I covered the ram horns with Magic Smooth tonight; so more on that tomorrow when I've seen it cured. You'll also be getting the Adventures in Wig Dyeing story tomorrow probably.

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Tomorrow is going to be my last day for a bit with weather suitable for spraying. The boot caps just need a light sand and they'll be ready for paint, although I'm still having some issue as to whether to put some small gems near the tip (and when to put those on so I don't have problems with paint). The other Wonderflex pieces are still in the Mod Podge stage, but I can hopefully get them primed by the end of tomorrow as well. It would be nice to get the paint on, but we'll see.

I haven't really figured out how I'm going to set up to do the silk painting for the the train once those supplies arrive. They were supposed to come today but didn't. As far as what I'll do pending better weather, I've got the horns, the silk painting, and the actual sewing. >_o So I guess I shouldn't worry about keeping busy, anyway.
Current Music: 1001 - Michael Kroll
27 March 2007 @ 12:51 am
Almost done with supplies. I put in an order today with Douglas and Sturgess, where I finally managed to find everything I wanted from one place - Magic Smooth for finishing the horns, cheaper aluminum wire (for framework), and Fosshape. It's not Fosshape - it's actually Fuzzform, which is a much better name imho. ;P But it appears to be the same thing; they also carry Varaform, which is the higher-end version of Wonderflex (I don't know if its properties are different).

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Finished up the tests on finishing the Wonderflex today. Problem: finding material(s) to do detailing and cover the texture of the Wonderflex that will still bend (and therefore not crack).

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Current Music: The Burn - Matchbox Twenty
25 March 2007 @ 08:21 pm
Second part of the costume breakdown, MUCH shorter! Covering the "hardscape": headpiece and armor pieces. Also featuring some progress pictures! I will be posting again later tonight with some more photos from ryuk_inprogres's visit.

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Current Music: tree frogs
22 March 2007 @ 01:35 am
Character: Orlouge
Source: SaGa Frontier (Video Game/RPG)
Orlouge is not a playable character. He appears as a major character/plot point in Asellus' quest. I will admit that I normally choose cosplays on the basis of the character. This one is primarily for the art. This is schoolwork, and I needed a design that would conform to what I wanted to accomplish with the "course". Orlouge met all my requirements. I still feel it's important to me to know as much as I can, regardless of what piques my interest, though. To say much about his character, I would have to regurgitate what I've read online; I haven't beaten Asellus' quest yet! Rest assured that I will before I wear the costume (I'll do whatever it takes!).

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This entry is covering only the sewing and basic accessories, not any of the "hardscape" (? what shall I call it?) elements - the shoe caps, shoulder armor, headpiece, and horns. It's long enough as it is :P
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Current Music: Oddfellows Local 151 - R.E.M.
22 March 2007 @ 01:29 am
What is this journal for?

I'm finishing my bachelor's degree at the DePaul School for New Learning. They have an unusual requirements structure unique to the SNL program. One of those is called "externship". In one required course we were required to fill out a sort of survey to determine our preferred learning style. Apparently I'm "Abstract Conceptualization", which means that my weak area is in "hands-on" learning. As far as the school is concerned, the challenge is to do something outside your "learning comfort zone". I don't fully agree with the form's assessment (it claims I like lectures) about my learning style. But for me, this is going to be about learning to not get scared off by areas I have little prior knowledge about, and to learn by trying things out. It's also a challenge about dealing with ambiguity (in cases where I am not in control of the original design).

(If anyone is interested, I will post my proposal - the form is not very long.)

What's going to get posted?

I'll be using this journal quite regularly to help me formulate weekly updates to my advisors. So, it will have design sketches, progress photos, and give me a place to ponder issues.

I'm not sure yet how much of this journal will constitute the "learning journal" I am required to do for the course. But I may include comments, so please be aware. I will protect your anonymity, however (you can pick your own fake name if you like).
Current Music: Thank you for my everyday - Metronome