Sunday, September 22, 2013

Montreal Comic Con 2013 Recap!

I'm so  lazy right now... is it still necessary to do a con recap? haha well let's do the highlights then ;)

I was attending Comic Con with IXDAILY.COM as media this year so on Friday, I met with Trent and Natania in my Babydoll cosplay and we wondered around the convention before attending :devKamuiCosplay:'s panel. It was a lot of fun and it was amazing to get tips from the Queen of Worbla herself!!

BIIIIIG Con day~ Before heading to the convention, Ray Lum and I had a shoot planned for Janna. We shot near my place, by the waterside... BUT IT WAS FREEZING OMG. We got a lot of amazing shots so it was all worth it :D At the con, Mao-Chan and I had been planning a really fun masquerade skit but poor Mao got an eye infection! Mao is a champ because she decided that she wanted to go on stage anyway and we perfomed! Kamui judged our costume and it was amazing to talk to her and tell her how we did our costumes. We were both starstruck but it was really nice to tell her that her tutorials not only motivated but helped me make Janna AND get on stage and show our cosplays off.

Our performance was good? We couldn't really hear our track too well because of the horrible feedback in the room. I had spent hours on the tracks so I knew our cues so hopefully we looked good on stage... We got a great response from the audience but I'm still waiting for the masquerade to be uploaded ...

After the masquerade, we both changed and parted ways. I hung out with Chris and Jack Liu for a bit and we headed for dinner with the masquerade staff and the guests! It was really cool to sit down with Kamui, Monika Lee and Jessica Nigri and everyone :D I got home pretty late on Saturday night and passed out haha.


The masquerade award ceremony was a 10:30 and the night before, I was hinted that I should attend so I did. Mao couldn't make it since she was still sick and had another event later. There was only 3 prizes in our category but when our names didn't get called I was a bit of a sad puppy... until they announced that they had 3 award from the guests! In the end... Mao-chan and I won the

Jessica Nigri Workmanship Award!!!

I was so happy! It was my first masquerade ever and I was so happy that we got an award AND from Jessica Nigri!! AAAAAHH!!! Congratulations to everyone who also won an award! 

In the end, I spent the rest of the day walking around the convention, derping around with Nathania and Beevi :3

Comic Con was a lot of firsts and a lot of joy! My first masquerade was frightening thought but it was a joy to be rewarded something. I also bought a lot of comics (pretty sure no one is interested in that? haha) and prints :3

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Janna Janna Janna!

Hi everyone! Now that I'm all settled down in my dorm room, I have a bit of time to do a complete write up about Janna! You guys have watched and seen the progression of my most ambitious cosplay so far so I feel like I should talk about it, right?

The idea of Janna came to me right after Anime North, where I cosplayed Miss Fortune. MF was fun but things went wrong there and I didn't want to cosplay MF again. Also, when I started playing league, I started with being an ADC but I changed to support because... I wasn't really good at being an ADC haha! My mains in league are Sona, Lulu and Nami but I have always been in love with Janna so I started playing her a bit more and I settled on cosplaying Janna.

I'm not a big fan on the North American art; I find that there isn't enough fabric on the bottom half. The Chinese version however is absolutely stunning! It's so dreamy! I knew that I had to make that version of Janna (also, why can't the 3D model be like the Chinese Art?? haha)

The first thing I did was order worbla and watch videos of Kamui cosplay, over and over and over and over again. Now that I think about it, It was very silly of me but the first thing I made out of worbla was a freaking breastplate! So if you look closely at my breastplate there are a lot of kinks... but I like it. Cosplay is a learning process after all. In the end I'm happy with my breastplate and I can say I know how to make breastplate out of worbla. hehe

I made the rest of the armor pieces in worbla as well and compared to the breastplate; these were much easier to make. Something that people don't tell you about worbla is that when you overheat it, it bubbles and you can't get rid of those. I learned that by trial and error so I was much more careful.

I then painted the rest and fixed the armor with velcro straps bands that attach to metal rings (again, a great tip learned from Kamui)

The staff was rushed and done in 3 days. I had made a previous version but it was too big and out of proportions so I scrapped it. The core is made out of expanding foam that I sculpted, covered in tape and papier maché and painted. The globes are demi acrylic spheres that I painted from the inside.

The skirt/train was a bit inspired from Britthebadger's Janna cosplay. Instead of having only one layer, I also made mine with 2 layers of sheer white voile, the inside the demi circle shorte with the lace trim and the exterior one much longer with the a gold bias tape that I painted with the same gold paint I had used for the armor (I couldn't tolerate that they weren't the same shade of gold!)

For the wig, I used a Luthien wig from Arda wigs that I straightened. I wanted it to be a bit wavy so while it was still hot from the straightening irong, I braided it and stored it. I chose to wore Janna's hair down but not let it get messy during the convention; Janna is the Storm's Fury so she's not supposed to have nice, untangled hair! The ears are from Aradani Studio!

Finally, for shoes, I hoped for comfortably 4.5 inches platform nude heels I've had for a while since I knew I would be walking a lot.

Here are some cosplays videos where my Janna is featured in! :D If you'd like to see more pictures, check out my FB page or my Deviantart. I'm starting to receive picture from photographers, so I'll be uploading them in the upcoming weeks!

Photographers: Belziir Photography & White Specs Photography