Outta the way, world.
I've got my sassy pants on.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Black Bat

So I think it's time for a breakdown of my current project.


I have a lot of cosplays I'm juggling but the one on my top top priority list is the Black Bat. She is just...so cool. Her character design is amazing.

Now let's take a look at her character design - or a version of it. Whatever. This is the version I'm picking don't be an elitist.

So, it's actually not a complicated cosplay. I need something easily recognizable for doing charity type events, and Black Bat could be easily adjusted for a Batgirl.

But we'll move to that later.

For now, let's take it apart from top to bottom.


First step: Hair!

I'm contemplating cutting my hair since it's already dyed black atm. BUT that will cut into some other cosplays I like to do and it requires more frequent haircuts to maintain. (Keep in mind my last haircut was probably 5 months ago...)

So here are a few of my options. Considering I"m planning on a Domino from Xmen, and a female Hawke from Dragon Age, getting a short black wig is probably my best bet. If I have to sacrifice a bit of accuracy for $30-$50 a pop I will. It saves space and if the wig looks good I think it is fine.

I'm an Arda Wig fangirl, so here are the ones I would go with. Keep in mind, personally I don't think they take the best pictures of their wigs hahhaa but I own three and I love them all. Beautiful quality. They run a bit big though, so I usually have to alter mine unless they're long wigs.


 Magnum black Arda jaguar
The first wig on the left is Magnum in black - Personally I think that this is the best match for Black Bat. Also - I had this hairstyle in high school so I'm quite fond of the look hahaha

Jaguar in black - This is shorter in the back and longer in the front. I like how wild this could look, and Black Bat definitely has some fly-away hair.
Inigo in black - This would be good if you don't mind styling it a bit. Maybe flip it out a little here or there...I don't know. It wouldn't be my first choice but it is still really cute. They didn't have a picture of it in black....so you get green.





Let's take a look at her mask next. 
Black Bat's mask is slightly different then most generic superhero masks. Mostly because it has those huge wings.

So taking another mask and modifying it really won't look that good. Your best bet is to probably start from scratch.

 Mask Tutorial
 Mask SiteThere are a lot of good tutorials. I haven't tried any of them yet, so here they are. Let me know what you like best! I've left some off, because I don't have the money to make a leather mask or anything fancy....but visit these sites for some good ideas.

To save myself money and hopefully time, I'm most likely going to go
with the whole, thin craft foam and heat gun method....This post here is probably what I'm going to try -->







So let's move on to what's next...
Black Bat's cowl and cape!

Now this might prove some issues. For me. Because I'm not a seamstress. But - she's got the neck cowl that's basically just a bunch of material wrapped around her neck. I could probably even do that on my own lol.

If you can sew the material around the neck, you could probably just put it on top of a regular cape. But make sure to get the ends right. Black Bat's cape is shredded at the end, and that makes a big difference.





Now that we skipped that, we've got the suit to worry about.

 body suitAs I said, I'm not a seamstress. When I did my Rogue cosplay, I had my extremely talented friend Laurie make the suit for me out of scratch because she loves a challenge hahaha. But the nice thing about the Black Bat, is if you can't sew your own bodysuit, a plain black one is not hard to find.

Ebay. Is. My. Cosplay. Friend.

Or Amazon. Or ever Etsy. But Etsy can be expensive because they're very talented people taking a lot of time and love on the crafts they sell.

Anyways, my husband is all for the shiny pleather or latex superhero suit. Which totally makes sense, because it really does look better. But, I LOVE this costume. And you know what I want? To wear it all the time without being too uncomfortable.

So I found this vendor on Ebay, Nawty Fox, that sells some dancewear - like leotards and stuff. This is the one I'm going to be buying. 

Make sure to know your measurements!

I have a strange body type, so form fitting or one size fits all things don't work. BUT I know enough about sewing to be able to adjust the size. Which is my plan. I can't make it from scratch but I can modify it!




Now that we have the suit - we need to get that bat symbol on there!


The thing with Black Bat, is that I've seen several different styles of bat symbol used.
Personally my favorite of all time for her is the outlined bat symbol. My favorite artwork of her has that.
 Tutorial
BUT I'm doubling this for a Barbara Gordan Batgirl, so I'll be doing a traditional stymbol.

So here is a tutorial I found on sewing an applique on your stretchy suit. It is fairly complicated for a girl like me with few tools and not much experience. I will be calling upon the powers of my friends to help make sure I can do it right hahaha. Lucky me ^_^



 Great, so, if that works let's keep moving down - and do the easy thing first. The arm wraps. 

I've seen people do a lot of different things. Just buying gauze at the store, or ace bandage wraps or things. Or trying different materials. The thing is, in my mind, the wraps are used, and frayed, and I think they should be more course, thick material.

I was looking for fabric to make little togas for some Hogwarts house elves, and found a really good cloth. I used the extra to cut into strips and I love them.



Let's take the next step, which aside from sewing on the bat symbol, I think is the hardest: The Utility Belt

So there are a lot of options with the belt. One of the problems with Black Bat's belt, is that the pockets go all of the way around lol. Or at least they seem to. She does wear a long cape, so you could always cheat.

Now, there are a lot of options if you don't care about them being functional. You can make them out of craft foam, and just carve in fake details and paint over. You could make little boxes out of cardboard and cover them in fabric and make it look like they open when they don't. You could make full leather pockets, you could make full fabric ones etc etc etc.


It's mostly just personal preference. So find something you like, and imitate it.




Here is a great video which talks about some ways to make the belt itself, as well as the pouches.


And then there is this tutorial for a Huntress belt. This is easily convertible to anything you'd like to make. 
 Huntress Belt

And we've got this Captain America belt tutorial, but if you're
ambitious it's definitely possible to modify and use for other projects
 belts



We're on to the last part now - Boots!

Boots are fun. I love boots. So much. I have a boot buying problem. In that I want all the boots.

But realistically finding one good pair of boots to use across your cosplays is a solid idea. you buy a good enough pair, all you have to do is make yourself boot covers and slip them over if you do it right.

 bootsThe other option I've seen most people do is buy a pair of throwaway shoes and make boots covers specifically for them.
Such as on this tutorial.

There's one here as well. 

And this one too.


 boots tutorialHonestly, I'm just using a generic pair of flat heeled knee high boots. I got them for the express purpose of cosplaying and covering them with boot covers.

I'm short, and not wearing heeled boots make me look stubby. But again, I'm going for comfort on this so I'll deal with being a bit stumpy.



Well, this is what I'm up to! This is more for me than you, so I apologize for the lack of useful things that you might need. :P


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Links Galore~!

As I try to get my other blog up and going and figured out, I am still going to throw stuff up here. So here's some motivational stuff and cool videos I fooooound!

An awesome, short motivational video that I really really enjoy


OMG I'm freaking out over this new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.
It gets me so pumped!!!




Hells yah. 

Uhh that's it for now. Maybe when I get home tonight I'll grab some of the other videos I've been thinking about lately....


Monday, October 20, 2014

Changing Things Up

So I can't quite express the obsession I have had with cosplaying lately. I mean, I have a hard time focusing on my writing because all I want to do is make costumes lol.

I've started up a new Facebook page dedicated to my cosplays. I don't have a lot right now, and I haven't even taken any good pics yet. But the goal is to start. I did take some pictures of my Halloween costume. My husband is going as Pikachu (in a giant onsie) and I'm doing Red. It's not extremely accurate and since it's a genderbend I made it into more of a Hilda style outfit.

Anyways, I've gotta start focusing on being consistent with my blogging and getting some dang photoshoots of my completed stuff. My X23 needed some work so I'm revamping her which shouldn't take long. I have a lot lined up - so let's hope I can get this going starting this Halloween season!




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Long Time No Post

Yeah, it's been a ridiculous time since I've posted anything. I spend a lot less time dicking around at work because I'm absolutely swamped so I haven't really been gathering as much funny stuff.

I have been obsessing over cosplays though. So I'm going to be doing a lot of tutorials and cosplay stuff in general.

So here's my first. It's a resin tutorial from cafe-lalone on Deviantart.


I have my Raven cosplay done, but I never did get the gem on her forehead finished. I plan on trying out this method and seeing how it works out!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Had to Post

I've seriously got like, 10 tabs open.

Of crap from Imgur.

That I'm waiting to post on Facebook. Because I want people to enjoy it without being that person uploading like, a million pictures a day.
But on here I can spam them all.

And keep them for later.


SPODERMAN!



Someday, probably soon, I will use this.
And it will be awesome.
And I will feel special even if I'm not.



This is my life.


I can't format this properly...

DEAL WITH IT

Also, I have no source, I'm so sorry. But I'm lazy T_T



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Shares and Stuff

So I just need a safe place to store these. Because me loves them so much.

MOTHER EFFIN BISCUITS I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW

I've always really liked Lord of the Rings, but the Hobbit was my first and my favorite. Yes, it was hard for me to read because he's EXTREMELY descriptive of the world and I'm much more of a character based reader, but I loved it.


AND FREAKING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Man. I love him. They showed a viewing of his performance in the play Frankenstein at a local theater and ever since then my awe of him keeps growing.
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I stumbled across this from the fun page, geek universe...and (not paying attention) was like wow, this is cool it's like Lindsey Sterling!

Uhm.
Yeah.
It is Lindsey Sterling.

I'm a little special.



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And this mother effin cosplayer singing "Hey There Delilah" but completely
changing the lyrics for Rose Tyler

"Rose Tyler, I...."

YOU SONOFAJERK I DIDN'T WANT TO REMEMBER THOSE FEELS



Seriously a fun watch. Long, but fun.

And I'd like to clarify, I actually don't like Rose Tyler. I don't HATE her the way a lot of people do, but I don't like her. Martha is still my favorite companion SHUTYOURWHOREMOUTH

What I really liked was the relationship they developed between her and  the Doctor, which could have worked just as well in my opinion with another character. 

Not like, Martha or Donna or anything, but just a different character that wore less makeup and was a little more useful. But, it was great fun, and extremely emotional and I'm done crying now.
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ONCE UPON A TIME SEASON 3 IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No. I will not calm down.
Mother effin Peter Pan. First episode did not disappoint.


aaaaand bloopers.


Saturday, September 28, 2013

So Much For Updates!

WOOOOAH I got sidetracked.

We had a talking-to at work where we can't go to any sites that aren't work related. I hate it when one person ruins privileges for everyone....I just had to spell check that word. Just so you know.

Man, I have so many awesome things to share I have no idea where to start....

On a separate note....my friend is working on a project to compile free online writing lectures. So he went to New York to meet with some writing/publishing people and took mine and a friend's work with him for critique. I'm extremely pleased to say they liked it! I don't have the critiques back yet, but overall it was one of their favorites, so he says.

Eventually I'll do a post about all of that stuff. Supposedly it's good to have social media outlets for writers and artists, so once I have some more work finished, I think that's what I'm going to start doing.

Also - SLC Comic Con was a HUGE success!!! And a total blast! So I'm gonna throw some fun pics of that in here, too. Next time.
Today is a funny post. Tomorrow, Comic Con cosplays.

Or...next time I post....



Goat anatomy for dummies
Or just people like me.
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW


I guess this isn't funny but I think it's a VERY valid point.
Sometimes the world really makes me stop and think...WTF is wrong with you people?

I'm sorry, they can't hear you over the sound of how AWESOME THEY ARE



OMFG BATS ARE SO CUTE AND SO DISTURBING AT THE SAME TIME


LOL this is something I would do if my parents were the kind of people to lecture me...



Well I guess this sort of turned into a tumblr post....lol...thanks to wadjet on IMGUR for always supplying me with laughs from tumblr.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Jiggly Puff Sings!!

OMG I'm on the floor laughing right now. These videos are amazing.

Jiggly Puff sings the Game of Thrones and Doctor Who theme songs.

Best. Right There. Best Ever.

I was browsing some ringtones last night when I happened across it. I was supposed to be sleeping but had to run out to show my husband, because he really likes pokemon. When I got back in bed I could hear the song playing for a few minutes. 

^_^





Short post. Just had to share these. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sinuses

I got sick on Friday. Stupid sinus infection. UUUUUUUUUUUGH

Worst month ever to call in sick. I need all the monies I can get for Comic Con....


I love this...this is me today. I'm super grumpy and tired...



I loved working with kittens!!!!!!


FAVORITE



My conversation about Macs with my husband. He makes me laugh so hard!






Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Planktoooon!!!!

So.
My two supervisors joke around a lot.
And the customer service one decided to start calling the IT guy Plankton, like from Spongebob.

He's never seen Spongebob and didn't know Plankton's name was Sheldon, so when she tried to call him Shelly he wasn't pleased.

He was sick Monday so we decided to decorate his office with various pictures of Plankton. Uhm...so that's my story. One girl did call him Shelly so he fired her five times. But they fire us a lot. :P





These guys don't appreciate being stereotyped.



Seriously, one of my new all-time favorite jokes.
I'm laughing so hard I printed it out and having it taped to my monitor.


In like, 8 years of working at veterinary hospitals, the only time I ever got
bit was by a Chihuahua. They are of the devil.


Speaking of working as a Vet Tech 
(was trained on the job, didn't go to school, so no I most likely can't tell you
why your pet is sick)


Mind = Blown