Belphegor Cosplay Guide

So I had @ERobynA ask CosplayTutorial for tutorials on how to make a Belphegor cosplay from Hitman Reboorn. I couldn’t find any so I decided to write up a quick cosplay guide for the character. Please comment with your Belphegor cosplay tips!

Character:

Crown:
Well his crown is pretty basic, I am sure you could find it for under $5. Try checking party stores, dollar stores, and craft stores for kid crowns.

If you would like to make the crown, you could sculpt the shape using sculpty or the lightweight option of paperclay. It may be a good idea to use a toy crown, as mentioned above, as a base and then do the sculpting over it. Other options for making the crown, or it’s base, are craft foam, cardboard, or bristol board.

This tutorial is for Anthy’s Crown (Utena) but may give you a good idea of going about Belphegor’s Crown:
http://jackjr86.blogspot.com/2007/08/anthys-crown.html

Wig:
Generally I see Scruffy or Scruffy L from cosworx as a sugguested wig, or the wisp, or fashion 101 from amphigory:
[ scruffy ] [ scruffy L ] [wisp] [fashion 101]

You could also check on ebay for pre-styled wigs.

Jacket:
An easy way to get the jacket would be to check out your local mall or thrift stores and look for something similar. If you are making the jacket, I sugguest looking at your local fabric store for sewing patterns for similar jackets. It is a pretty simple design so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that is similar.

Some patterns I found that were close:
[ Simplicity: 1 ] [ Simplicity: 2 ] [ McCalls: 3 ] [ McCalls: 4 ]

Shirt:
Try the mall or a thrift store since striped shirts are usually popular enough to find around. If you can’t find one you could use a black or purple shirt and use tape to section off the areas you don’t want color on, then use fabric paint to paint on your stripes. You could also look into iron-on transfers but to get straight lines all across the shirt it really is more trouble then it’s worth.

Belt:
His belt can be bought, but you will probably want to make your own buckle to have it accurate. This tutorial for creating a crest with polymer clay would also work for making his belt: [ crest tutorial ] then you could add velcro to the back and to the belt to have it velcro on, or created a hook that slides over the back of the belt and holds onto the crest overtop of the belt’s regular clasp.
Pants:

Knives:
I think a good way to make the knives would be to make it out of sculpty and bake it, then paint. Or use another form of clay such as paperclay, model magic, air dry clay … etc.

Another method would be to layer cardboard or craft foam, and do something similar to this kunai tutorial, except in the shape of his knives: [ layered kunai tutorial ]

If you want to create multiple knives that are exactly the same, resin casting might be an option, similar to this kunai casting tutorial: [ kunai casting ]

This cardboard knife tutorial has some pretty nice results: [cardboard knife tutorial]

Also, check out this metal texturing tutorial for tips on painting your knives:  [ metal texture tutorial ]

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Toronto, Yugioh and Dr. Who

Today was pretty long and eventful! I started out my morning by going to warehouse for the yugioh tournament, it sucked because it was elimination and kev and I were paired in the first round. We decided his deck was more likely to win so I gave him the match, and he won the tournament (yay!)

Next we went to Toronto, first thing I wanted to do was find my way to the rogers building, so I know where I am going for wednesday and get their quick.

Next we went to chinatown and I found fran, delicious fran! (a chocolate cookie stick coated in icing), we had ramune (a japanese soft drink, in a glass bottle) and I tried strawberry which was delicious. We had pho for lunch/dinner and it was great, I recommend the peach garden! We also checked out anime extreme while we were in the area, and kevin bought himself the three dissida characters he was missing in his collection.

Lastly, we went to 401 games and traded cards and played. I now happily have a set of gemini sparks, a crusader of endymion (which has playtested well!), a Black Brutdrago, 2x doomcaliber knights and an elemental hero absolute zero! Still looking for 2x dark bribe though.

Best part of the day? It was $10 for us both to ride the subway all day! I love the saturday daypass!

And the day ended on a sad note as I watched the final episode of David Tennant’s Dr. Who (The Tenth Doctor). I really wasn’t expecting the ending to be as sad as it was, I didn’t baww when the 9th died … I cried for this though! The 11th (Matt Stone) didn’t seem too bad for the few minutes he actually acted, so I do look forward to him … but I’m going to miss Tennant </3


New Semester

So that is the end of week one of my final semester, whoo hoo! Wednesday I will be starting my internship with Rogers Publishing as part of the web design group, and I’ll have to make the trek to Toronto by myself. I’m a little nervous but once I learn the area, I’ll feel better about it.

Hopefully I’ll be starting my pokemon gijinka mismagius cosplay soon, I want to get it done early so I can pressure Kevin into cosplaying a pokemon too. I think Franco is also interested so if I push enough I might actually get a group to cosplay with. I bought the fabric, I think the color is perfect and I’ll hopefully put some pics up of it soon.

And for some entertainment, this video made me laugh:


Coloring The Eyebrows – Watercolor Pencil Method

First off, an introduction. There are a variety of methods for coloring eyebrows or covering the eyebrows. My goal is to test out as many as possible and rate them, as well as supply a tutorial, links to other tutorials, and images of the final product. I’ll be adding them to a page on my website when I get more completed.

The first method, the watercolor pencil, I have tried out was sugguested by my friend Zahmira, who has used it before. Watercolor pencils appear to be pencil crayons, but act like paint when wet.

Result:

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Left: Colored, Right: Normal.

How To:
For very light coloring, such as going from a blonde to white, or a brown to a red, you will only need a watercolor pencil and a small jar of warm water. Make sure your pencil is sharpened fully! Start by dipping the pencil tip  into the warm water and wait a couple seconds, then use the pencil lightly over your eyebrow. Try and fill in the areas of skin below the hairs, you may want to start by coloring against the hair and then with the hair. Once you reach your desired color, you can use the pencil to define the ends of the brow as necessary. Cleanup is simple, you can use a wet cottonswab or tissue to wipe the excess away.

In my case, I went from a very dark colored eyebrow to a very light one (black to blonde). The above method works, but looks weird because the dark still shows through. A couple ways to counter this are:
– Start with a white pencil and heavily cover the area with it, making sure you get near the base of the hair as well. Let dry and use a little bit of white school glue (it’ll dry clear) to protect that coat of white. When the glue dries clear you can then color as normal, the white base will lighten the eyebrow and so it won’t appear as dark.

– Coat the eyebrow in a bit of white school glue to prepare a base, smoothe it down and let dry. Once fully dry you may want to do a secondary light coat of glue. The reason we do this is because the watercolor paint sticks to the glue better than just the hair itself and this will allow you to thickly layer it so the color is more solid. Once the glue layers are dry, wet your pencil and use it to paint the eyebrow, try to get as much color on as possible. Once dry, examine and determine if it is bright enough for your wig … if the dark hairs are still showing through then do another layer of watercolor pencil. (This is the method shown in the result image)

Price Scale: Cheap.
While watercolor pencil sets are generally pricy, you can buy individual pencils for under $4.00 each, as low as $2.00. Some sets are also offered for under $30 and would be good if you plan on changing wig colors often. Because they come in a very large variety of colors you may only need to buy a couple to match your wig.

Length of time: Short (< 1/2 an hour)

Difficulty: Easy

Removal: Easy
You can wash it off with warm water and soap.

Reccomend? To Who?
Yes, I would recomend this method. I would recomend it to those:
– with thin eyebrows
– with light eyebrows
– looking for a slight color change
– looking for a very quick method

General Comments / Tips:
Since this is an easy method to wash off you will want to add some protection. I sugguest using a makeup sealing spray, since you can spray it to protect the entire face’s makeup. Also, make sure to do plucking and shaping before coloring the eyebrow … if you change the shape after your color it, your coloring may not look as good anymore.


New “FAQs”

Added three new cosplay Frequently Asked Questions to the FAQ page

Choosing Poses for a Character?

Most people choose poses by mimicing what the character does in the show, movie, game etc. A good way to choose poses is to look up a variety of reference pictures and print off ones with poses that are interesting and easy to get into quickly. Interesting poses generally involve an action of some sort.

For example medusa (left) is standing very stiff, so it’s not very interesting. Sakura (right) is in an interesting pose so it is more interesting.

Once you decide on several poses, practise them in front of a mirror. Some poses are unflattering, they can make you or the costume look weird. So look for ones that make you look good! Another way to test poses is to get a friend to photograph you in them. Try to avoid poses that majorly block the costume, for example being all scrunched up, since the costume is usually what you want to show off. If you are doing a photoshoot with many photos being taken, then it is okay to have shots that block the costume since there will be others that don’t.

Laundry at Cons / Wearing the Same Costume Twice in a Row?

Sometimes you want to wear the same costume for more than one day at a con, but you don’t want it to be dirty or smelly, so what are some things you can do?

First, plan ahead. Before wearing the costume make sure to have a shower, use deoderant with an anti-persparent (to help prevent sweating). Wear a thin shirt underneath the costume if possible, to keep the costume off your body.. however if the costume has many layers or is very warm then you may want to go without. Carry a stain remover pen to get rid of stains that may appear throughout the day and avoid activities that may make it dirty (like walking through mud).

You will want to take the costume off at night, so if you are staying at the con then you will probably want to bring an extra pair of clothes or PJs. This allows you to let the costume air out at night. If the costume isn’t too bad then you can use a stain remover pen to remove any small stains, give the outfit a light cover of febreeze and then let it air out in front of a window. For more extensive problems, such as a very smelly or dirty costume, you can ask if the hotel has a washer and dryer available – some do. If not, you can spot wash a costume in the sink, or hand wash a costume in the tub. You can use the hairdryer provided to help speed up drying. If your costume is an absorbant material, it may take a long time to dry and would be better to spot wash.

For the next day, you will want to change anything you can, such as socks and underwear. Make sure to have another shower before wearing the costume and once again put on deoderant.

Cosplay and “The Time of the Month”

Unfortunately for us girls, we might get our period the same time as a convention. This is a general idea on what to do to avoid costume mishaps!

Unless it is one of your first, you should have a good idea of how your “time of the month” goes so you can prepare for it. If you expect it to be heavy then you may want a tampon and an absorbant pad, if it’s medium then a tampon and a panty liner, if it’s light then maybe just a good pad. . . but go with what you are comfortable with. If you don’t wear tampons, it is usually a good idea to go with a heavy flow pad, just to be safe.

Remember to bring enough for the length of the con, and carry some with you for when you walk around. Change your pad/tampon every so often, that way you can prevent leaks. Once again you should have a general idea of when it will need changing based on past experiences.

As for taking care of costumes, clean up well before putting it on. If you expect it to be messy, then you may want to carry some wipes with you in case toilet paper is not enough. Otherwise, just be cautious of your clothes. A good idea is tobring extra underwear and clothing to the con, just in case your costume does get stained.

To be comfortable, you may want to bring asprin or other medication if you tend to have cramps or think you might. It’s always good to have that stuff with you at a con anyway (con sickness). Additionally, you should plan ahead and choose costumes that are comfortable and easy to go to the washroom in, zentai suits for example may not be the best choice.


Zelda Themed Wedding

Saw this today and thought it was adorable, the cufflinks especially! I think it’s nice when a couple can bring their fandom into their wedding!

also, I have officially moved over to wordpress for the new year, this way blog posts can be found through tags and it is easier for me to post things too.

and lastly … site update: The tutorial page is now showing off it’s fancy new layout! It reached over 400 tutorials so I thought organisation would be a good way to celebrate, it also includes featured tutorials at the top of most sections, and buttons that allow you to report a broken link, submit a tutorial, or view cosplaytutorial on twitter. Check it all out here:
http://www.darkelements.ca/Tutorials/list.htm