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

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Sailor Scout Bow Brooch

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For awhile I’ve debated on how to make the brooch of the sailor scouts… because they don’t seem like they shine and they also don’t seem like full half circles (or else I’d just cut half a Styrofoam ball and call it a day). So I decided to look for a big button .. if I couldn’t find that I was just going to plan B which was the Styrofoam anyways xD |

So I actually found a button! It’s a huge one that’s about 3 inches in diameter. Around that at least.
I took the same red stretchy fabric I used for the puff sleeves and stretched it around the button!
(not shown – I cut out a 3mm foam and put that on the bottom so there would be a straight flat surface and give the button more elevation)
Then just carefully and strategically hand-sew the ends together. which you can see in the middle picture!

The key is that the stretchy fabric will keep it looking clean and not wrinkly on the ends. Something about trying to make a non-stretchy fabric conform over something round isn’t very pretty.

And that’s how I made the brooch! Same concept can be applied to pretty much anything round with a flat bottom~

–Kimikotan

Fantasy Archer Bow Tutorial

Hello All~~

So when I made my archer bow for my Dragon Nest Archer cosplay I decided to take pictures at every step! I’m hoping it’ll help out anyone that needs something similar to it since I do get asked what it was made out of.

The bulk of the short bow is made out of cardboard… you know those packaging boxes you can buy at the hardware store.

Materials you will need are:

1. Cardboard pieces cut out in even squares (so if its small you can cut 4 x 4 and if your prop is bigger than 8 x 8 like mine)
2. Glue meant for paper/cardboard!
3. Exact-o Knife or a box cutting knife for the cardboard

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From there you’d want to already have your rough draft of the prop! So draw that baby out on some banner paper or butcher paper (whatever you might call it) and with that you can layer the cardboard! So it’s layers in a way where the creases are NOT in the same place so it’s more sturdy. Think of… bricks. They aren’t stacked right on top of each other but instead in the middle of two! For this bow I used 3 layers of cardboard.. it’s pretty sturdy with that amount. I’d use 3 as a bare minimum if you want it to have some strength to live on, more is always welcomed if you need something thicker though~

So here is just my reference picture and you can start to see some linear process!
Here just glue the squares on top of each other with the cardboard glue.. then trace your pattern down!

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So from here… you may want the extra support in the middle so I put in dowels! I just cut the dowels into pieces that I needed and traced the shape to where I wanted it on the bow. Cut out the slots and used ALOT of hot glue to glue them in! No worries if it’s a little messy on top, this will be paper mache’d later so it won’t even be noticeable~ I even used a thinner square wood piece for the more thinner¬†ends of the bow… it puts my mind at ease that it won’t bend if I accidentally bump into someone.

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Now to use your arm muscles!! Cut your design out! Hopefully yours doesn’t have these curves like mine… it takes a lot of patience! AFter that I cut the same design out of cardstock! The thick hard paper on top will automatically make the paper mache process go a lot smoother~ This step is of course optional but just from my experience… it looks nicer :D

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After a few layers of paper mache… paint it over with your favorite gesso! Mine just happens to be black this time around xD Then I sanded it and painted it again with another layer of gesso. You can keep repeating this process until you get the desired smoothed surface~

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So from here I would just paint on the design and add the big wings you see on the reference picture. Sadly I don’t have an updated picture of it.. but I will update this when I do :D

I hope that helps someone on maybe not just this bow but some other prop they are trying to make! It’s possibly the cheapest prop I have made but just because the materials are cheap doesn’t mean the outcome looks like it :D Just remember to put time but patience into your projects and they will sure succeed~

–Kimikotan

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