Open for a limited time: Charitable Cosplay Shop
Another bit of exciting news!  I’m frequently asked if I sell prints of my cosplay work. I don’t. From a personal perspective I’d rather keep my hobby just that, and not feel bogged down by blurring the lines and running a business.  However, I think I’ve found a happy medium! After coordinating with the many talented photographers I’ve worked with over the years, I’ve opened a limited shop with prints to benefit charity - specifically The Trevor Project. Please read the FAQ for more info on how the donation will be made, but note that all proceeds will make there way to the selected charity. I will not be making a profit from this store.  The shop must close on March 10 - I need enough time to fulfill orders before I leave for Dublin in April. All prints 8x10 and buy 4, get 1 free. Please indicate in the buyer’s notes if you’d like them signed or personalized - I don’t want to scribble all over the art unless it’s what you’re looking for!  I’d much appreciate help spreading the word so we can make a big donation! As always, thanks for the support!

Open for a limited time: Charitable Cosplay Shop

Another bit of exciting news!

I’m frequently asked if I sell prints of my cosplay work. I don’t. From a personal perspective I’d rather keep my hobby just that, and not feel bogged down by blurring the lines and running a business.

However, I think I’ve found a happy medium! After coordinating with the many talented photographers I’ve worked with over the years, I’ve opened a limited shop with prints to benefit charity - specifically The Trevor Project. Please read the FAQ for more info on how the donation will be made, but note that all proceeds will make there way to the selected charity. I will not be making a profit from this store.

The shop must close on March 10 - I need enough time to fulfill orders before I leave for Dublin in April. All prints 8x10 and buy 4, get 1 free. Please indicate in the buyer’s notes if you’d like them signed or personalized - I don’t want to scribble all over the art unless it’s what you’re looking for!

I’d much appreciate help spreading the word so we can make a big donation! As always, thanks for the support!

Two new Gabrielle Belmont photos to celebrate finishing my construction notes

This costume is the most ambitious and demanding design I’ve ever tackled, challenging me to combine many of the skills I’ve learned over the past eight years – leather working, armor fabrication, molding and casting, and more. As such, you’re in for a long read should you be interested in the entirety of how it came together. If you’re looking for insight on a specific part of this build, however, I’ve made subheads to help you skip around to whatever piques your interest!

Image #1 by Darrell of BGZ Studios. Image #2 by Benny Lee Photography

WIP: Gabrielle Belmont/Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

My plane leaves for Dragon*Con in six hours, and I’ve just finished my Lords of Shadow costume. Not for a lack of trying to finish early - I started this beast several months ago. 

This has been the most intense, complicated, frustrating, and ultimately rewarding costume I’ve ever worked on. I’ve learned a slew of new skills and can’t wait to wear it out and about this weekend.

Huge thank you to Catherine of God Save the Queen Fashions for drafting the pattern for the jacket - made my first large sewing project so much less daunting! Also, thanks to Tom Ignatius for letting me take over his basement, use his industrial sewing machine, and ensuring I didn’t ruin all everything when working with expensive leather. Lastly, huge shout out to Keith Carter for the mold making lessons! I want to cast everything now!

And yes, almost all of the armor is Worbla. I used an entire extra large roll on this project!

And…sleep time. 

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Cosplay Update! Claire, Ashlotte, and Gabrielle!

Because I have SO MUCH FREE TIME ON MY HANDS I decided to add an additional costume to my roster for Fanime! I’m totally stoked to finally finish my Claire Redfield costume, which will be uncharacteristically comfortable. I think I’ll regret adding her to the list as SDCC creeps closer though, when I’m not finished with Ashlotte or Gabrielle Belmont. :P 

I spent the weekend painting the back of Claire’s vest, and I’m quite proud of the results considering that I’m not an illustrator by any means. Her right hand is a bit of a mess, but I’ll cover it with some zombie blood and call it a day! 

I’m making light progress with Ashlotte (debut at SDCC), but mostly just the chest piece and skirt/leggings. I need to get cracking on her armor!

Gabrielle Belmont (debut at Dragon*Con) is proving slow, but coming along nicely! I’m having fun making the Cyclone boots and the Dark Gauntlet out of Worbla. Started work on the Combat Cross, too!

I’m actually really enjoying working on more than one costume at a time - it allows me to move onto something else whenever I get frustrated with a particular piece, which is quit often. :S

I’ll also be at BigWow this next weekend in San Jose, wearing a slightly updated version of my Zatanna costume. It’s been years so I’m excited to pull her out of the closet again!

That’s all for now - I’ll post more WIP photos as they come!