Equuleuscia Eleutheria's Cosplay

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!

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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.

Konnichiwa Minna-san!

I hope you are having a lovely day ^^

You may have known from the “Done” tab above that I have cosplayed the Romeo & Cinderella Miku. That shoot had an all female crew, because I didn’t think I would feel comfortable with a male crew, especially with the rather awkward poses.

Photographer and Makeup artist: Etterorua Red
Kaito: Tesun

Anyway, this is the original PV of the song

Alternate PVs that I found.

Okay, back to topic. I hope this tutorial will serve as a useful guide for those out there who plan to cosplay the Romeo & Cinderella version of Miku.. I believe this can serve as a guide for similarly clothed characters as well as Romeo & Cinderella version of the other vocaloids, which have different colour schemes.

You will need:

  • Red Sequins
  • Black Lace
  • Dressmaking Pins
  • Nylon Thread
  • Cotton Thread
  • Sharp Sewing Needles
  • Super Glue/Cloth Glue
  • Hot Pink Long Tube Top
  • Hot Pink Underwear
  • Black Elastic Braid
  • Camisole (that you usually wear)
  • Long Ruler

Step 1: Top

Miku is wearing black laced red polka-dotted lingerine.

  • Tube top
  1. Using a ruler, place sequins (as markers) 5cm of each other using 0cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm etc… as a guide for row 1.
  2. Move the ruler to be below your markers (as shown in picture)
  3. Using a ruler, mark out dots 5 cm of each other using 2.5cm, 7.5cm, 12.5cm etc… as a guide for row 2.
  4. Repeat Step 1 to Step 3 until you reach the bottom of the tube.
  5. You should get your desired pattern as shown.
  6. Place cardboard inside the tube to prevent glue from seeping through and gluing your tube shut.
  7. Proceed to glue and sew them down. If your sequins are too small, glue a few together to make a larger sequin.
  8. Remember to have sequins for both front and back of your tube.
  9. Decide which side of the lace faces towards the top of the tube and which face of the lace is to be the surface where the glue is applied. (Note that left and right side of lace is slightly different in below picture)
  10. Pin the lace down with dressmaking pins to stabilise position on tube. Cut away extra lace.
  11. Place cardboard inside the tube to prevent glue from seeping through and gluing your tube shut.
  12. Glue the lace down before sewing. It will the lace easier to sew.
  13. Remember to Repeat Step 9 to Step 12 for front, back, top and bottom of tube top.
  • Spaghetti Straps
  1. To determine length of straps, measure the length of camisole straps, add 1cm to that measurement and cut elastic braid accordingly.
  2. If width of elastic braid is too small, sew 2 together using nylon thread.
  3. Secure lace onto elastic braid using dressmaking pins, make sure to leave a 1cm gap.
  4. Glue down lace before sewing lace onto elastic braid.
  5. Determine which side of lace faces the wearer and which side of lace faces away from wearer. (note in above picture that left and right side of lace is slightly different)
  6. To determine position of straps, place camisole inside the tube and note the position of the straps on the tube top using dressmaking pins.
  7. Glue elastic braids down to double confirm their position before sewing.
  8. Remember to make 2 straps, 1 each for your right and left shoulder!

Step 2: Bottom

  1. Following Step 1 to Step 8 from “Tube top”, you should get the desired pattern as shown below.
  2. following Step 9 to Step 13 from “Tube top”, apply lace as desired.

Complete!

You can use leftover lace to make a garter or use it as a prop for your photoshoot, as I did 🙂

Miku wears a white cardigan and a black pleated skirt in some of the fanart, so you may want to include that in your shoot. Also, bring many many apples! I spent half the shoot going through the apples that Tesun bought for the shoot. Haha

Many of you may not have heard of the series Vampire Princess Miyu. It’s a rather old series that was released in 1988. If you take a look at the art work, it would be rather obvious, for those who are quite in touch with the anime/manga works.

It has a rather repetitive storyline, but I find the artist portrayal of different characters rather interesting. There’s always an air of mystery shrouding the episodes. I would recommend that you listen to the soundtracks, especially those with the flute!

You can find the list of songs here: http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/miyu

There is a playlist of the OST on Youtube as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSqB3CM3-5A&list=PL88BB73BB38FBDCCD

Please check out fellow cosplayer Astellecia and Calssara‘s Miyu cosplays. They are awesome!

This will yet be another solo shoot because my dear Larva aka xSincrossx isn’t as free as me. Haha. He’s being buried by work at the moment, so he won’t be joining me in the shoot.

Here are photos from the previous time I cosplayed as Miyu. The event is Streetfest 2011. Back then, I had black hair, so I could use my own hair for the braid (bun is a hair extension). Haha. As I did for Black Rock Shooter as well. Haha.

The previous time I cosplayed as Miyu, I didn’t have Larva’s mask. However, for this Sunday’s shoot, I’ll definitely have it with me (:
I’ll be posting a tutorial for it too! Keep watching this space! ^^

The Miyu photoshoot will be held this Sunday, with Sleepycs as photographer, e3m1n as confirmed helper.

I’ll be headed down to the Bukit Batok Cosplay Competition to support my dear Suzume at Pika Pika Meido Cafe as well!

Please visit the Meido Cafe’s page here: https://www.facebook.com/PikaPikaMeidoCafe

Hope to see you there! ❤

みなさんこんにちは!Minna-san Konnichiwa!

Since this blog is new, I would be posting entries that will draw your attention to the older cosplays that I did before starting this blog. Today, I will bring your attention to the Gumi Sandplay Photoshoot I had with JP_Capture and his 2 friends about 2 years ago.

It was a really convenient photoshoot because the crew had a car! However, it was a rather short shoot with few photos as it was getting pretty dark and we didn’t want the shoot to end too late.

That was my third time cosplaying a character from the “From The Miniature Garden Where The Dragon Howls” Series (otherwise known as Sandplay Singing of the Dragon). This time around I was rather happy with my makeup. I could do with more blush, but the eye makeup had significant improvement. The makeup doesn’t really show up nicely in photos though. It was the first time I have successfully added false eyelashes to my eyes! They are very uncooperative when I want to use them! Haha.

Back then, I still needed to improve on posing for shots. I look stiff and too expressionless in this shoot 😦

Here are some of my favourite shots from the shoot. I have uploaded more pictures up on Deviantart and Cure!

For those who are not familiar with the series, this is how the song sounds like, this version includes Kaito, Kagamine Len, and Gackupo Kamui

[youtube:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUYsNepqps”%5D

Gackupo Solo Version

[youtube:”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JACgojmY0oc”%5D

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