It is the year of our lord 2017, and we sure are still Homestuck Trash.
Katsucon Barstuck, Running of the Fantrolls
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(Far left of the big group shot - I look suitably ashamed of the hot mess that my wig is there)
What I have left to do:
- crests on bracers
- finish painting the chestplate
- an entire haori
- attach horns to wig + style bangs
- detailing on prosthetic hand pieces
- paint all prosthetic arm parts
- assemble arm
- collar pins
- finish styling wig
I thought I was pretty on top of stuff but sitting here looking at this is just like *screams inside*
Kojuro is the simplest of these, because it's mostly pre-bought components. I'm doing some wig styling, too, but the real challenge will be make-up, because I'm still not much past 'generally passable' and I'd like to work on that more. Gotta do lots of practice...
Toshi has had the bulk of major new experimenting - mostly in the robot-arm, which I'm doing out of eva foam and thermoplastics, but I also had to reweft a wig to get the high ponytail, and this is what I was building my own screenprinting frame for. Lots of discussion on the arm to come, though not tonight. (and lest I forget, art is a commission from the fantastic [Bad username or site: roachpatrol @ tumblr.com"])
Yasusada has some foamwork as well - I'm making a new chestplate, because the one I've been using is actually from a different costume, and is both too big and has the wrong details for this one. The other new stuff is actually going old-school - I'm remaking the arm-guards in sheepskin leather with gold leaf for the crests, and I'm experimenting with traditional Japanese stencil-dyeing techniques and indigo dye to remake the haori. Exciting, if slightly messy!
Each one of these things will probably get it's own post, because I can talk forever about this stuff *g* Hopefully with a bunch of photos, though my documenting is far from thorough
I've been reading Neil Gaiman's The View From The Cheap Seats during lunch at work, which has been excellent so far. I should probably read some at home, too, because it's super-overdue at the library, but once given free reign of the internet I end up frittering away my free time on other things.
Cosplay: Got my kimono for Yasusada properly hemmed, finally, and I made a trip out to Tandy Leather before work on Tuesday to take advantage of a really good sale they had on some garment leather, and to pick up some thinner veg-tan to redo my bracers out of. Monday night was spent making a terrific mess in the process of lifecasting my lower arms and hands so I can mold the bracers and thermoplastic on them easily. Turns out plaster of paris is a kind of too soft for this (I have managed to accidentally snap all the fingers off both of them), but they're good enough for now, and I have learned my lesson for next time.
Also put together a frame for my first homemade silkscreen, because it's way cheaper than buying prestretched screens. That was what the photo of the wood was from - I made a simple router jig to cut lap joins for the corners, but I didn't clamp it down well enough before routing the first end and it shifted. This afternoon was spent
DW: I've reached the clean-up stage of the /customize conversion, barring some new major problem making itself apparent. Hopefully it will be beta-ready by the end of the month? And then I can actually start working on the things I set out to fix to begin with, haha.
copy this post into a new text post, remove my answers and put in your
own. when you are done tag up to 10 people and also tag the person that
tagged you….most importantly, have fun!
a / age - 28
b / biggest fear - That one of the people I care about is going to die in sudden, unanticipated freak circumstances.
c / current time - 12:37 EST
d / drink you had last - a cup of Republic of Tea’s HiCAF Toasted Coconut black tea
e / everyday starts with - A hot shower
f / favourite song - I have to pick just one? Let’s go with Vienna Teng’s ‘Level Up’
g / ghosts are real? - nah
h / hometown - Look, there are some things I don’t post publicly on the internet
i / in love with - hi-mi-tsu~
j / jealous of - people with good make-up skills
k / killed someone - nope
l / last time you cried - Teared up during the end of Arrival on Monday
m / middle name - It’s fairly uncommon, so again, not posting that publicly.
n / number of siblings - one
o / one wish - That the world becomes a more progressive place in the immediate future.
p / person you last called/texted - text my automated appointment reminder service to confirm
q / questions you’re always asked - How’s the dissertation?
r / reasons to smile - the sun is out and my cat is fluffy and adorable
s / song last sang - Mmm, something off the mix CD that’s currently in my car, though I don’t quite remember what track it was on last. KMFDM’s ‘Anarchy’, maybe?
t / time you woke up - 9:30ish
u / underwear color - decline to comment
v / vacation destination - Kyoto (hopefully)
w / worst habit - picking at my skin
x / xrays you have had - teeth, foot, lower back.
y / your favourite food - Most of them? I really can’t pick a single thing, though right now I haven’t had egg tarts or taiyaki in ages and I miss them terribly.
z / zodiac sign - Pisces
Too little brain to pick out a specific ten people, but if you want to do it, do it, and feel free to blame me.
-got an actual real grown-up job that I actually (mostly) enjoy
-finished a second Bachelor's degree
-started wearing lolita fashion instead of just admiring it from afar
-majorly upped my cosplay game - first corset, first mostly-armor costume, and a lot less cutting corners.
For 2017, I'd like to work more on my Japanese learning, maybe actually practice drawing, and spending more time reading and writing.