Equuleuscia Eleutheria's Cosplay

Archive for May 2013

If you were wondering what I was up to….

I’ve been out having lotsa fun before I settle down and continue making my props and costumes for the upcoming events. Catch me for Funan Anime Matsuri! I haven’t decided which date to go, so keep your eyes peeled!

So, to start off, I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with this app called “Many Faces”. It was free for download a couple of days ago, so I thought I would download it for fun. You can access the app via this link https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/many-faces-photo-collage-maker/id564507411?mt=8

Here’s what I came up with. I swear I look better in unglam shots that the nice smiley type of shots ):

OH. And see what I have in my hand now. Super happy to have received it and I really treasure this baby. My friend over at PD Design Studio told me that they are delaying their launch from tomorrow to this Friday! Aww man. I was looking forward to it! Anyway, here’s the cover and a spread of my favourite artwork for the game.

You may have known that SID came to Singapore for Music Matters! So I joined my friends and headed over to Clarke Quay to see them live! OMG. They sound exactly, if not BETTER than their records! *fangirls*
The J-rock musicians usually offer the best fan service and teasing. Haha. Still nosebleed at Gackt! ❤

Hanging out with friends!

I spent the weekend doing rather cosplay-ey stuff. I went out to get cloth and materials, as well as meet up with a cosplay team mate Incy. I was wearing one of my favourite headbands that day.

I went to print coscards too! The staff gave me 105 Yuki cards, 110 Miyu cards, 147 Yuffie cards, 168 Miku cards, a total of 530 cards, when he was supposed to give me 500. Yay! More cards to trade!

As per the last batch of coscards, I will be signing at the back of each card. If you would like a card, do drop me a message and let me know! I’ll include your name and a small note for you (:

Here’s how a set will look like, pardon me for the photo rotation, wordpress doesn’t seem to get this one picture right.

Here’s a picture of me sending a deck to Daniel Kelson Lacy from USA! A fellow cosplayer who is very supportive of others in the community. Hope you get the cards soon!

In addition, I have released the Yuffie Photoshoot photos on Deviantart! You can go to my Devianart profile or Facebook page to check them out! You’ll be able to see my first attempt at creating fire on the computer. Haha.

Will be back to give you more updates soon~!

Some of you may know that I have been involved with Dusty Revenge‘s game testing last week and today.

I’m greatly honored to have the chance to do so! It is really a lovely game. I cannot wait for next Tuesday to arrive! Definitely going to buy a copy of the game once it launches!

The game is based around a rabbit called Dusty, who goes around hunting down Craven the tiger, who killed his bunny love. Along the way, he is aided by 2 allies, Rondel the bear and McCoy the dog. Both support characters hail with different weapons, extremely useful when your screen is littered with too many spawns that are getting a little annoying to kill. Haha. Their weapons (rocket launcher and rifle) allow you to solve puzzles in the game as well.

Violence and Puzzles. Totally my cup of tea.

Another thing about the game I really like, the graphics and music! Awesome graphics, well-matched with background music that isn’t too irritating to listen to over and over again. My favourite artwork has to be the background of the Lost City stage. I like the Aztec/Atlantis feel to it.

The best thing about game testing is that you get to see many behind-the-scenes work that other gamers seldom get to see. While I was having fun killing/escaping spawns, the programmers were busy noting down bugs, difficulty level and all. We even managed to find out some “not supposed to be there” bugs that allows players to by-pass certain puzzles. HAHA. It’s really hard work to be a game developer! (Quite the opposite for the game tester, I would say)
I had a chance to step into one of the office rooms to see some of the staff working on other projects and fine-tuning Dusty Revenge. More goes into a game than I actually imagined! Treasure each game you have on hand! The blood, sweat, tears that went into it is intense!

On a different note, it’s a totally different feeling when you play a game with the graphic artists, programmers, etc… (aka the people who MADE the game) all watching you. LOL.

Again, thank you Zhaorong for the invite and the hospitality of PD Design Studio! I really enjoyed myself in the 2 sessions of game testing!

 

To improve my mood even more for the day, I realised that I won the recent giveaway of PD Design Studio! Check out the bottom right hand side of the below picture! Wow.

This is my first time winning something from a giveaway! 😀

Will be checking my mailbox many many times a day till I receive the art book!

こんにちわみんなさん!

I’m here to give you an update of what I’ll be doing in the near future as well as my current doings. Haha.

At the moment, I have the following at the tailor:

  • Hatsune Miku (Romeo & Cinderella Vintage version)
  • Heroine Amnesia (Casual version)
  • Gumi (Sandplay Singing of the Dragon version)

And I will be sending these to the tailor soon:

  • Luo Tianyi (Default version)
  • Hatsune Miku (Senbonzakura version)

Confirmed plans for this year are as follows:

Amnesia Photoshoot: Heroine (Me), Shin (Axl), Ikki (Shin_Asuka), Toma (Allen), Orion (Angelika), Sawa (Yakiru)
Cosmo Youth Parade: Luo Tianyi (Me), Ling Caiyin (Incy Tomoko)
Anime Festival Asia (Singapore): Senbonzakura Miku (Me), Senbonzakura Kaito (xSincrossx)

Which also means, there will be more cosplay tutorials coming up. So stay tuned!

Hello!

Here’s the Vampire Princess Miyu Lava mask tutorial that I promised before I left for my trip to Taiwan. Sorry for the delay!

You will need:

  • Paint Markers (or Acrylic paint if you prefer)
  • White Canvas Mask (try not to use a plastic mask, so it will be easier to use pencil to draft your markings on the mask)
  • Cotton Thread of about 30cm X2
  • Clipboard
  • Newspaper torn into strips
  • White glue

Step 1: Do the Homework

I emphasize this step, because it is the only way to make sure that you are making an accurate a prop as possible.

Look out for pictures that feature

  1. The whole mask
  2. Sides of the mask
  3. Closeups of the details on the mask

Note that Lava’s mask is asymmetrical. Here is an example from rushita.com

Step 2: Cover the eyes

Usually, the masks that you get from craft shops and all have holes cut out for the wearer’s eyes. As seen here from coraporage.blogspot.com

However, Lava’s mask design doesn’t allow for this. So, you’ll need to use paper mache to patch up the holes. Start from the back of the mask. Paste long strips across the eye hole, enough to cover the hole plus a little excess. This will allow for a “base” from which you can reconstruct the “eye” area from.

When this layer has dried, you will notice that from the front of the mask, there is a “dent”, where the eye area is. This is because the newspaper layer is too thin to “fill up” the dent. Add multiple layers and smoothen the edges from the front of the mask.

Step 2: Markings on Mask

The mask is not a flat surface, but a contoured surface with lots of curves. Drawing straight lines on surfaces like this can be a challenge, so let me share a little trick with you.

Tie the pieces of cotton thread onto the clip on the metal clip board as such. Make sure the thread will not come loose from the clip, but you can still slide the thread side to side on the clip.

Place the mask below the metal clip and lay the thread on the mask. When you pull the strings taut, you will have a guide for you to follow to draw a straight line on the mask.

While drawing the markings, it is useful to have some pictures for reference nearby. It is useful to use a pencil to draw out sketches first, so you can erase them and re-draw till satisfied. You can even draw on the paper mache surface, provided it is completely dry.

Step 3: Painting the Mask

I am not an artist fluent with paintbrushes, so I’m really grateful for the invention of markers. They are more user-friendly, at least for me. It is easier to get smooth consistent strokes from them.

Before you start painting, you may want to mark out the final sketch of markings on the mask with a black oil-based marker. Do check that the marker comes out matt black instead of glossy black. Some “black” markers even come out as dark purple. Take care not to draw the lines too thick. The lines on Lava’s mask are rather thin.

I am painting the colours in this sequence: Grey>Black>White>Red

Paint in long smooth strokes in one direction. If one stroke is not enough to cover the canvas smoothly, go over it again later. Do not go back and forth, you may rub off some canvas from the mask from the sharp metal nib of the painty markers. Take care not to paint over the outline.

All grey parts of the mask coloured, in addition with the 4 “tadpoles” on Lava’s masks. Remember to draw a line for the mouth.

For the white spot on the “tadpoles”, you may need to paint over multiple times to build up an opaque enough layer to cover the black. Be patient and let the paint dry between layers.

You can “cover” mistakes by going over them in white painty marker as well. For me, I outlined the markings with white painty marker as well.

Fill in the rest of the parts you need before painting Lava’s left eye.

Same as painting the white spots on the “tadpoles”, you need to built the red paint in layers.

And viola! You have your mask!I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please feel free to contact me should you have enquiries (:

Photos from my Miyu photoshoot will be up soon, stay tuned! ^^

Let’s all make the cosplay community a more pleasant place!

Gomenasai >~<

I’ve been away in Taiwan for awhile, which explains the lack of entries here. So, to make up for it, while I whip up more entries, I’ve decided that I’ll do the “20 Facts About Me” tag (:

I hope you’ll learn more about me from this.

1. Equuleuscia Eleutheria, when translated into English actually means Little Horse Freedom. “Equuleus” means “foal” or “little horse” in Latin. the “-cia” at the back comes from a part of my real name. “Eleutheria” means “freedom” in Greek.

2. I have a wardrobe dedicated to cosplay. It houses most of my props, costumes, wigs, and other cosplay related items.

3. I entered cosplay as a dare with my then-boyfriend.

4. I am insecure about my height, because I’m almost always the most chibi around ):

5. My favourite part of myself is my legs. I like that they are long and hold proud scars from my martial art sparrings. And I can run really fast with them too!

6. I’ve always wanted to become a singer.

7. I have a punching bag in my room.

8. My parents are actually alright with me cosplaying.

9. I think my best cosplay to date is my Black Rock Shooter cosplay.

10. I have only done 2 group photoshoots to date.

11. I still tend to freeze up and become rigid in front of the camera lens.

12. I’m an extrovert turned introvert.

13. I’ve always wanted to dance, but I am anything by graceful. Haha!

14.  I am currently working part-time as a Shooting Instructor. Yes, I teach people how to fire guns. And yes, I’m qualified and I am a shooter myself. Haha

15. I am lazy to put on makeup if I’m not cosplaying.

16. I have an albino sucker fish named albini

17. I get ticked off when people mistake my Ferrari handbag as a Porsche handbag and my Porsche phone case as a Ferrari phone case.

18. My favourite animal is the horse, which explains why I’m a volunteer at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

19. My favourite horse whom I dub my “4 legged boyfriend” at RDA is called Kodie or Willowcroft

20. I work with 4 organiser/planners at any given time. Haha. A whiteboard on my desk, a paper one in my bag, my ipad and iphone.


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