PMX 2014 update!

Hello~!! I spent a few hours at Pacific Media Expo this year with my friend Kasuki~ It’s been 5 years since I’ve last gone to a PMX o.o And back then it used to be just us two! So this trip was quite reminiscent of that time…

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I decided to wear the steampunk/ clockwork lolita I was making just to test out some new techniques. It turned out quite well but not quite finished. I did buy a wig for it but it was just so hot in it already I didn’t feel like dying in a wig xD (plus I had dinner with some friends afterwards and wig hair isn’t very pleasant).

So while I was there for a few hours, just on Day 1 as that’s all I really had time (and a ticket) for. I still had a wonderful time talking to a lot of the artists and random cosplayers I happen to pass by and ask for pictures! :D I actually wanted to take a lot more pictures but I would see a cosplayer on the bottom floor while I was on the top T.T It just didn’t work out I guess.

I also apologize for the quality… normally these pictures are taken by Hermsi and his DSLR but… since he wasn’t there my old point and shoot digital camera that’s a few years old had to suffice xD But here’s a few pictures I did manage to take!

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These two were SO adorable! They’re the shopkeeper from Animal Crossings! I may have squealed a little as I saw them pass by xD

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Now these guys… they took a second to recognize o.o They’re league champions in sleek suit and tie apparel! But their weapons are engraved into my memory and how can you not know that’s Jax with that hood? XDD But to be honest I recognized Lux first!

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BUG CATCHERS! OMG that CATERPIE! <3 I thought this was SO adorable~

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… like I said.. I apologize for the photos… >.> Especially for my non-photographer friend xD So this one turned out a little bit blurry but… yea. xD This just was adorable~

And honestly anything else that was taken was such bad quality because of lighting or just plain blurriness I don’t think it’s worth putting up T.T Makes me a little sad but next year I’m planning on making a bigger appearance so … yea! More pictures of my clockwork lolita soon!

Kimikotan

Making a difficult cosplay pattern

For Anime Expo I decided to go outside my comfort zone a little and have a cosplay that’s a little more revealing. So I made Diao Chan from Dynasty Warriors 7! Since I have already done Xiao Qiao, I thought I would branch out to another character~

During this more challenging cosplay I had to make an open back for the dress. At first I tried using a pattern I thought would work in my head, it was quite straightforward. But without some major alterations it wasn’t worth keeping, so I used this method to find a better pattern for a better fit! (and let’s face it… where am I going to find this in a commercial pattern?)
Quick Pattern Making Guide

I decided to put this little example of how I made part of my Diao Chan dress together~ It’s just a guide/example/tutorial that I hope can help someone out if they are looking to make something you can’t easily modify from a pattern.

–Kimikotan

Blue Winged Beach Photoshoot – Dragon Nest

I’ve been a long time fan of Dragon Nest for awhile~ Especially for the custom outfits that change SO rapidly. The designs are always so interesting and I have so many favorites! One of my favorites is a design made by ZiyoLing! First seeing this design I really had the urge to make it! I started sometime last year and the skill level for me to do it justice just wasn’t there at the time. Finally… months later I am able to re-do parts and have a shoot again!

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Back shot! Photo by Hermsi

I actually did this shoot in about 10 minutes since the sun was setting rapidly. But it did make for a pretty sky :D I also was in the water for about 2 hours? So I went back, showered, threw on some makeup again (although I forgot to bring mascara) and went back out! I am planning on another photoshoot with the boots and wig/contacts etc etc~ Probably in a forest scenery?

Full Front. Photo by Hermsi

Full Front. Photo by Hermsi

I also had to modify some parts since they weren’t re-done… So please excuse the lack of accuracy XD I do like the picture above since it shows off the whole bow for once! This is the bow I did the cardboard tutorial with~ Honestly it has held up until I put some clay on the handle to make it round. That created the handle to crack. Maybe I’ll re-do this bow in wood? At least it’ll make a cool wall decoration xD

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Photo by Hermsi

I’m trying to work on more modeling. I know how to do cutsy and fun poses/expressions but I was always afraid to do more serious/stoic expressions. I’m working on it! For the longest time people have told me I can’t do it, then I realize I let them get in my head. Why can’t I do it? I can totally do it~ So here I am, trying at least xD

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Photo by Hermsi

Overall I’m happy with a 10 minute photo shoot! I learned a lot in a short amount of time~ Some tips for other cosplayers…
-Don’t be afraid of stares, take it as a sign to show them who is boss and fearless enough to be out in public in a weird cosplay.
-Even if a cosplay isn’t complete, that shouldn’t stop you from rocking it.
-Always have fun and find ways to improve!

I’ll DEFINITELY be having another full-on photo shoot with this cosplay. It’s my #1 toughest cosplay to finish apparently xD So I’m determined~

All photos by Hermsi
Cosplay and modeling by Yours truely~

–Kimikotan