cosplay

sheet of white foamcore on a table, with a roll of tinfoil, roll of black duct tape, glue stick, X-Acto knife and silver embroidery floss on top and a green, gridded cutting mat underneath

Do You Want to Build a Costume?

This year was only my second CONvergence and SkepchickCon, and I’m pretty sure I’m hooked. I felt a bit left out last year because I didn’t have any awesome costumes like the rest of my fellow Labbers, so I brilliantly decided that 8:30pm two days before I was supposed to leave was a BRILLIANT time to decide “yes, costumes now!” I wanted to do something new. I mean, I... »

Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Art Inquisition: Who Will You Be Today?

Hey, everyone! I’m literally writing this in the car on my way to CONvergence with Ashley, and I’m super-excited to see everyone. And their costumes! There are always really creative people at CONvergence, and that means fantastic costumes. I’ve got a few riding in my suitcase right now… And like many costumers heading to a con, they’re in varying stages of readiness.... »

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

Design Diaries – Cap Shield

This week, I made a WWII Captain America shield. Video of how I did it below. Sadly my primer was misbehaving so I need to repaint the whole thing. This is my grumpy face. »

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

Design Diaries – Lady Sif Shield

This week, I share some experiments with backing materials for repoussé while building a replica of the epic shield carried by Lady Sif in Thor the Dark World. »

Design Diaries – Pan Pacific Pauldrons

Design Diaries – Pan Pacific Pauldrons

This week, I create some steel armor from Pacific Rim using only basic tools and beginner techniques to help demonstrate that armoring isn’t such a hard craft to get into. »

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

Design Diaries – Lamentation Blades

One of the challenges of being a visual artist and blogger is that one rarely has time to blog because one is far too busy producing other art. In an attempt to make the two mix a bit better, I’ve started filming my building and then talking about them. Welcome to my first of, hopefully, many video design diaries Requests and recommendations are welcome. »

Getting Groped – Gender Bias and Genderbending

Getting Groped – Gender Bias and Genderbending

Last week I talked about my experiences going to conventions in less than conventional dress, but I left the account of my being fondled brief as I thought it deserved its own discussion. This is that discussion, and it comes with what is becomming a distressingly boilerplate trigger warning. One of the big questions I had when I started wearing my Slave Leo costume was whether I would have the so... »

My Year as Slave Leo

My Year as Slave Leo

Almost a year ago, I put up a post about my genderbent Slave Leia costume. I talked a lot about why I decided to create it and my insecurities around exposing myself on the internet. It got a little more attention than I expected, and when I was finished hiding under my bed, I started wearing the costume to cons and costume parties. I thought I’d share some of my frightening and enlightening... »

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