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Photos of Rosa Progress

No, so like, I have a perfectly good excuse for leaving it over a month. I've been revising and examing and I'm almost done now and found a break to blog!

So let's show you some of my Rosa progress yes?

So these are the boots. All very simple. Need to add the purple bits and the top bits.
They're also very comfy. I wore them for a week in France in the snow. And then thought I should probably stop wearing them to make sure I didn't break them before Expo =p

 Let's alternate sides shall we?

These was a rough attempt at getting the bun in the wig. I need to actually move it down a bit since this sat basically on top of my head and did not look good.
I'm waiting to get some more hairspray and wax before I do this properly, so I can basically cement it in place. And by waiting I mean being lazy and not going to a shop to get some.

These are some of the gems I made out of polymorph. Love this stuff! First time working with it, so they're not perfect, but I shall improve. Have since had layers of mod podge, ready to be painted.

Capes capes capes capes!

I love capes. So swishy <3

And yes, these are Rosa's capes.

Patterns are all hand drawn and tbh, I'm pretty damn proud with how they look together.









So on the left we have the belts and pieces, roughly tucked and pinned in place. More detail to go, but almost there!
I just wanted to see how it was all going to fit together. Pretty damn close to the reference methinks.

And on the right, we have the bits of how I made the jewelled part on the belty pieces (what do I call them??).
Cut up some bamboo pieces, spray them gold.
Coloured some clear gems I found with nail varnish, and then, well, there you go!



Also, decided to make myself a new gunblade for Lightning, since I'm entering her into the masquerade and into Eurocosplay qualifiers.

Okay, I know it's made out of cardboard, but shush.
I couldn't afford anything more fancy (or rather, couldn't justify it) and it only has to last 1 day. Not even that, one afternoon.
I've layered it with paper mache newspaper. Needs priming, sanding if I have time and then painting.

I still have a fair bit to do, and one more exam on Friday, but that gives me a week to find things before Expo. Let's hope I can do it!

And here are my Expo plans, because I doubt I'll get time (or even have a need?) to blog again before Expo. So we have God Tier Rose (Homestuck), Lightning (FFXIII) and of course Rosa (FFIV). Also wearing a normal version of Rose on the mornings, whilst I have photoshoots, since I wanted something more comfortable to wear whilst doing them.
Come say hi if you see me! =]



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The remains of October Expo

You remember October Expo right? It was only 5 months ago. That's barely anything.
I had a good Expo, lots of photoshoots (though I could have been more organised) and some fun cosplaying times!
Didn't cosplay on Friday (at least, I have no memory of doing so xD) but I finally got to break out my finished Lightning cosplay on Saturday!! Had a small photoshoot (in the freezing cold) by the lovely Aaron



Unfortunately my gunblade bent when I was travelling to Expo, and so I struggled with it in the wind. And then to go home I decided to snap it completely so it would be easier to transport. This does however mean I need to fix it or remake it for May, when I hope to be in the masquerade with Lightning, but I still haven't quite worked out what to do yet!

Had a quiet Sunday as Yeul. I wasn't feeling 100% comfortable as her tbh. But I went into the masquerade for the first time! It was a little scary, but I'm glad I did it. I don't think I was on stage for very long at all (of course, it felt longer to me at the time) but I can only learn.
I got some lovely photos back from Yuka, who managed to make me look much better than I felt I did!
I met her in October for the first time, after chatting a bit on Tumblr. She was lovely, and it was definitely a highlight of the weekend, meeting someone I admire =]



And as I mentioned, I did a bit of photography of my own! Various shoots for various people. It was a nice learning curve, and I'm only improving more. A small selection is below. I took hundreds of images of course, these are just some of my favourites =] (I've got more in my DA gallery here).





And that was October Expo!
Not long left til May now, but I'll keep things a little more up to date =p
Will get some Rosa progress up here soon, between procrastinating on my revision and writing my report. You may even get a brief post about Birmingham Expo, but I'm planning a full one for Just Cosplay, so maybe look out for that instead!
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I return.

So, hello. I am back. And I have 2 things to say.

  1. I am back for good. Or at least, as good as I can be. Why? Because I got 5 hits in the last month. Now, that seems like nothing (it pretty much is), but since I haven't posted anything since October I think any hits are good. So if I'm getting hits, I should be posting stuff, right?
  2. Despite my previous post, I shall keep this a purely personal blog. My progress, ideas and things I do. Mainly because I've joined a group of bloggers called Just Cosplay [Facebook & the actual blog] where I can blog about more general things. So you'll see me in 2 places.
And there. We shall continue.
In the next couple of weeks, I'll post photos from October Expo (incase anyone was left hanging, ha) and my cosplay progress since then and also coverage of Birmingham Expo last weekend. Sound good? Good.

See you all again soon =]
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