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Star Crossed by Bristow-sama
Star Crossed
For my costume design class we had to design costumes for the star crossed lovers arche-type, using existing characters. I picked Ruby and Sapphire from Steven Universe because what better way to represent star crossed lovers than aliens?

Me, literal? Noooo.

So since I can't depict them in their clothes from the show or fused into Garnet-that would be cheating-here they are in contemporary beach punk costumes.
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Flareon Gijinka by Bristow-sama
Flareon Gijinka
It's been awhile since I've posted something that isn't photography. So here's a speed rendering of a design for a Flareon gijinka costume as a burlesque dancer.

Design notes: this design features a corset with beaded lace trim and black satin ribbon, a ruched paneled petticoat, and ostrich feather collar and bustle. Accessories include red stockings and a bowler hat with two roses and a fire energy card. The bustle is designed to have the top layer unfold  into wings that mimic a flamethrower attack.

To see more designs and costumes, check out my facebook: www.facebook.com/polillacostum…
For progress photos and random junk, my tumblr; lapolillacostumes.tumblr.com/
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Our Lady of Darkness by Bristow-sama
Our Lady of Darkness
Another card art edit of my Elesh Norn cosplay.

For pictures of the actual costume from the con and pics of my other costumes, check out my facebook page: www.facebook.com/polillacostum…
For more random stuff and in depth progress on my costumes, follow me on tumblr: lapolillacostumes.tumblr.com/

Costume: me, La Pollila Costumes
Photographer/Editor: Matthew Basham
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Grand Cenobite by Bristow-sama
Grand Cenobite
So I met this really cool photographer, Matthew Basham, at Katsucon, and he took a few pictures of me in my Elesh Norn cosplay. Big surprise for me when he emailed me with these card art edits! I'm card art, guys!

I'll be doing my photoshoot with Elesh Norn in April, so I'll have the non edited pictures up of her then, including the construction notes.

For more of my costumes, check out my facebook page: www.facebook.com/polillacostum…

Costume, makeup: me- La Polilla Costumes
Photographer/Editor: Matthew Basham
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So I've spent the last two days in Chatanuga, TN at a theatre conference called SETC. It's pretty much a convention for theater people: industry professionals showing off their wares, looking for new hires, giving panels on stuff, theater schools doing interviews, etc. I went for the costume design competition, and while I didn't win an award (I mean, it was 16th century Romeo and Juliet. I wasn't expecting to win anything), I did learn some serious cool stuff about costuming.

Which leads to the wig in the refrigerator. Best tip I received all weekend: if you buy a wig used, put it in the freezer. Particularly for cosplayers, buying used is common. I know a lot of people who sell old wigs and buy used ones. But people's heads are dirty. Like seriously, have you seen your scalp? It's super gross. Not to mention, things like outside performances/photoshoots, contact with other convention goers, and long storage periods can introduce nasty things to your wig, like-oh I don't know- SPIDER NESTS. Yeah. Gross. So instead of accidentally letting spiders live on your head, put your wig in the freezer for two weeks. It will kill EVERYTHING. The only thing you have to do is explain to your roommate why the ice cream carton has a toupe.

Second tip- the fancier your hairdo, the more likely your wig will look real. Synthetic fibers catch the light differently than real hair does. That's why it's more obvious to us when a naturally colored, straight wig is fake hair than a pink updo. The more ways you let your wig catch the light-by curls, braids, spikes, whatever-the more real it will look, because the light can bounce off of it in different ways. If you do want your hair down, there are other options. One is to remove wefts from the wig. Since a wig has thicker hair than you do, it can look obviously fake when that bulk isn't needed. Remove some of the wefts to thin the wig out, and it'll look much more natural. Also, use a razor to cut layers into the wig. This will allow the light to hit it differently, not as a single sheet of plastic hair, and it'll look/move more like real hair.

Third tip- don't bother with wig shampoo. It's expensive and stupid. Instead, you can clean your wig just as well with baby shampoo. Don't have that? You can use dawn soap. If it's good enough for a baby duck, it's good enough for your rats nests.
So I've spent the last two days in Chatanuga, TN at a theatre conference called SETC. It's pretty much a convention for theater people: industry professionals showing off their wares, looking for new hires, giving panels on stuff, theater schools doing interviews, etc. I went for the costume design competition, and while I didn't win an award (I mean, it was 16th century Romeo and Juliet. I wasn't expecting to win anything), I did learn some serious cool stuff about costuming.

Which leads to the wig in the refrigerator. Best tip I received all weekend: if you buy a wig used, put it in the freezer. Particularly for cosplayers, buying used is common. I know a lot of people who sell old wigs and buy used ones. But people's heads are dirty. Like seriously, have you seen your scalp? It's super gross. Not to mention, things like outside performances/photoshoots, contact with other convention goers, and long storage periods can introduce nasty things to your wig, like-oh I don't know- SPIDER NESTS. Yeah. Gross. So instead of accidentally letting spiders live on your head, put your wig in the freezer for two weeks. It will kill EVERYTHING. The only thing you have to do is explain to your roommate why the ice cream carton has a toupe.

Second tip- the fancier your hairdo, the more likely your wig will look real. Synthetic fibers catch the light differently than real hair does. That's why it's more obvious to us when a naturally colored, straight wig is fake hair than a pink updo. The more ways you let your wig catch the light-by curls, braids, spikes, whatever-the more real it will look, because the light can bounce off of it in different ways. If you do want your hair down, there are other options. One is to remove wefts from the wig. Since a wig has thicker hair than you do, it can look obviously fake when that bulk isn't needed. Remove some of the wefts to thin the wig out, and it'll look much more natural. Also, use a razor to cut layers into the wig. This will allow the light to hit it differently, not as a single sheet of plastic hair, and it'll look/move more like real hair.

Third tip- don't bother with wig shampoo. It's expensive and stupid. Instead, you can clean your wig just as well with baby shampoo. Don't have that? You can use dawn soap. If it's good enough for a baby duck, it's good enough for your rats nests.

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planetzog Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
A very Creative and Original Gallery
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iPyromania Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I would hit that, with a truck. <3
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Bristow-sama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I would hit that....with a semi
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iPyromania Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
No big surprise, you're a woman driver. iPyro up 7 on the tasteless jokes.
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iPyromania Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Your connection is as unstable as the Mexican government.
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MatthewPalfenier Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
You have some gems in here! :happybounce:
:iconcip5: Merry Christmas!!! :iconcip5:
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Bristow-sama Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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emiliemajarian Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the watch! :love:
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dreamsinstatic Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Thanks for the :+fav:
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kitsune-otaku Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
Eew its you what a loser gosh why do you were such weird stuff why can't you be normal go die I LOVE YOU~ :heart:
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