Graphic designer with way too many hobbies, too little time, and short attention span. Cosplayer, artist, crafter, and crazy cat lady.
I do not take cosplay commissions, but offer short cast runs for props and masks for my current projects. Profile image credit to Judy Stephens
Hey stranger! Absolutely any time, please send me pictures! I’d love to see them!
Most of my posing is structured around hiding my gigantic ass hips (i.e. turn hips to side, face shoulders front as much as possible), and holding my hand out. I also try to do a few martial arts poses, like I’m about to dodge or chi-block. Or a good authoritative pose like folded hands behind your back or a Captain Morganesque pose on an area that’s elevated. It is really hard to come up with poses when you don’t have a weapon, so just think of other things that the character does besides their most famous.
As for talking, I usually pull my balaclava down to under my chin a little bit, so it’s a little easier to talk, but I’m afraid you’re always gonna be muffled, you get used to it ;)
Regarding the leather:
I bought some softish vinyl that looked like leather from joann’s and mocked up a pattern, sort of like 2 cones. I first sewed the leather “belts” and buttons on directly, and then sewed the two cones together on the sides. I connected the little trapezoid of the back hand guard, after glueing red leather to the outside.
I then glued strips of red onto the sides, and wrapped the wrist in it. I did almost the same method for the legs, except it was one big piece instead of 2 cones, so the seam could go up the back of my calves, where a curve is needed to fit my large calves. I made 2 little funnels of leather to go down at the bottom to snap under the shoes (definitely mock everything up first before you cut the leather).
For the kneepads, it was a formed piece of wonderflex (basically a rounded rectangle with cut darts at the bottom to form the curve), I sprayed it with adhesive and then stretched the red leather over it (and folded and glued the ends under), and then cut the partitioned brown leather pieces and just E6000’d it.
I’ve included a (really really rough from memory) bunch of patterns, give them a shot and make sure to make them out of paper first.
Regarding other tips, not sure what I can offer in terms of general tips, but feel free to message me with any specific questions (like the leather) as you work on this project.
Yes, it’s a base of rigid wrap (plaster bandages) and a built up sculpt of paperclay, sanded to hell and back and primed with gesso, and painted with acrylic.