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SORRY SUCH A LATE REPLY TO THIS;;; Thanks anon!!! Were you at the con?? Hope you had a good time if you did!! 

I think this is my best cosplay yet. 

Hello!! Oh man, that’s such a huge compliment and relief to hear ;_; thank you so much for dropping by with such encouragement! I have this fear that I haven’t improved at all considering how comfortable I am with my art these days, but I’m really glad to hear these words from you. Thank you again!! <3

Thanks man!! OH I CERTAINLY ROCK AND/OR ROLLED IT!! 

AH, OH….AHH… I’m a super amateur cosplayer so I’m not really the best person to go for cosplay advice… I kinda wing my makeup most of the time?! (don’t even ask me about sewing oh lord LOL I pretty much buy all my costumes when I can) 

My cosplay makeup isn’t too different from my every day make up, I mean a lot of the characters I choose to cos don’t require a dramatic inhuman look!! Also, most products I buy for ‘solely cosplay purposes’ are usually available in pharmacies/chemists since I can’t justify spending heaps on makeup I use only a few times a year. I tend to choose brands like Maybelline and Rimmel because I know shit all about good make up and rely on affordable yet well-known brands LOL. 

Here’s what I used for my Clay cosplay anyway:

  • Avène Emollient cream moisturiser: honest to god, I don’t even know what its name really is there’s so much text on that bottle LOL. I have fairly sensitive skin so I can’t use most primers- this moisturiser is pretty thick and sticks on for quite a while. I use this as my base. 
  • UHU glue stick: oops this isn’t makeup but I use this to glue my wig ‘sideburns’ to my face because sometimes they just float awkwardly… 
  • Rimmel London Hazel Eyebrow pencil: Obviously I use this for drawing eyebrows when doing light haired characters, but I also use this for drawing on double eyelids for the more, uh, ‘ikemen’ characters, if you may. 
  • Daiso Nose Shadow: For contouring my cheek bones and nose to create sharper/harder/masculine features.
  • Rimmel London Glam Eyes Liquid Liner: This is my favourite eyeliner I’ve ever used. If you’re not used to using the really fine brushes it might take a while to get used to, but I love how long this stuff stays on my face for (and it’s not even that hard to wash off!) I tend to draw very sharp, winged eyeliner which is very achievable thanks to the fineness of its brush. 
  • Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation: This is my everyday liquid foundation. I dab it over my lips when I cosplay male characters.
  • Maybelline Super Stay concealer: To get rid of dark circles under my eyes and removing my BROWS….
  • Stripling brush, contouring brush, concealer brush, foundation brush. 

Always do makeup tests before the actual con!

And uh… idk there’s so many ways to go about cosplay tbh, it really boils down to what your tastes are because some people are more fussy than others in terms of accuracy and aesthetics?? Sometimes being more accurate to the character doesn’t actually look flattering on yourself, or sometimes you don’t even care so JUST DO WHAT YOU’RE COMFORTABLE AND WILL HAVE THE MOST FUN WITH!! ;) Choose characters you like/care about! Choose characters you think you’ll suit best! Choose characters you don’t suit but love anyway! DO WHATEVER YOU WANT and WALK WALK FASHION BABY ☆

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nervouscrab said: I see your old stock and raise you one question: what art is on the badges?

WOAH sorry I somehow missed this ask?!

I just went through my stock so here’s a sheet of the available badges (you can ignore the prices of the larger badges):

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Sorry the images are so small ; my stupid ass is having trouble finding the original files skadhgsagha

NOTE: The larger badges are going to be VERY limited since a lot of them have gone rusty for some reason :s

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Fun fact: That was a legit attempted drawing of a butterfly I did at work when I was falling asleep at the desk.

NOW FOR A REAL ANSWER!

Yes, I’m a full time illustrator at a toy company! My now coworker had come across my table at a local con and took one of my business cards which linked to my deviantart. I received a message from one of the company staff in regards to potential freelance work where I promptly applied. I got through a rather casual interview and was given a trial brief, testing my abilities to adapt to certain illustration styles. I passed and began working in house at the studio. The project I was initially hired for was put on hold, so I was given the opportunity to work on more brands, which eventually lead to a 6 month contract and finally full time.

How I met the requirements in the first place was most likely a great fat stroke of luck- it was because of my anime style that I was hired. There was a shortage of female illustrators too from what I remember at that time, and out of the other newly recruited freelancers I was the only one who was living locally, so naturally I was eventually hired on a permanent basis.

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panicprince:

At first I was like OH HELLL YEA BUNNY SON I AM SO UP FOR THIS then I realised how much skin he was showing, the odd location and abundance of body hair and now I’m uncomfortable.

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cocoakappa said: so blonde! so pretty!! ps. should i stay away from super glue? Also would UHU’s all purpose adhesive glue be a good choice as it is goopey and clear? And thank you! This was definitely helpful and not just for an ishimaru cosplay :D

(Thank you!!) Personally, I wouldn’t use super glue because you WILL get glue on your fingers (unless if you’re wearing gloves) and you don’t really want super glue on your skin. I actually tried using UHU’s all purpose adhesive glue at first, but reasons why I wouldn’t recommend it for wigs are:

  • It’s pretty much as strong as super glue (as mentioned above, you don’t want that on your skin.)
  • It’s even messier to work with than PVA glue imo because it leaves a stringy trail of glue when you squeeze some out and pull the nozzle away.
  • Sometimes there will be air bubbles in the glue and it will dry with said bubbles.
  • Once dried, it leaves a glossy finish, which might look gross on your wig. Also, it’s much thicker than PVA glue so when it dries you’ll likely have a hard, clear blob of glue on the surface…
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fuck-lemonade said: Hi there! I'm trying to put together a slightly last minute ishimaru cosplay for a group, and I came across your cosplay while researching for it. I was wondering if you had any tip on buying/styling a wig for him? Yours looks absolutely perfect!!!! It's ok if you can't but I'd really love some pointers <3

(Also answering a similar ask from user stonebullet)

Hello! Thanks for the compliments! I wish I had some work-in-progress photos to show you, but I was in such a hurry to style this wig, I just went for it lol;; But below are some tips on how I went about styling Ishimaru’s wig!

Which wig to buy?

  • NEVER buy pre-styled wigs for characters with spiky hair. Everyone’s face and head shape/sizes are different, so what might look great on a mannequin might actually look very unflattering and even proportionally inaccurate on yourself. I highly suggest to style it yourself so you can always check how much you need to hack off to frame your face properly.
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    Above is what the wig looked like before I styled it. You may want to buy something with a little more length just in case you stuff up or would like to have some more spare hair to glue back on for more volume.

Which tools?

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  • PVA glue: I only used this to create Ishimaru’s hair line, I don’t use it for anything else as it’s rather runny to handle and leaves some faint white stains if used excessively. PVA glue is a good option if you don’t want to spend too much money. You can opt to use a stronger glue that dries clear, but PVA glue is strong enough to last the day if you’re careful with the wig.

  • GATSBY Styling Clay: Gatsby is great for sculpting spikes on hair. Make sure you get the hard, clay kind, not the gooey wax if you don’t want your spikes looking too thin and glossy.
  • Thinning scissors: Make sure you get a pair that includes one blade with ‘teeth’ on it and the other a regular blade. Kinda obvious what you need this for.
  • Hairdryer: This is essential if you want your wig to defy gravity.
  • Other tools not included in this photo: mirror, mannequin, and VO5 extra hold hairspray.

Method

  1. Firstly, I started by trimming the wig- I don’t hack off too much at the start, just enough to get some thin layers going. I generally make the layer at the top the shortest and work my way down. When I trim the sides, I put the wig on to judge how much I should chop off. This is important because Ishimaru’s hair is very short and hardly frames your face at all, it can be very unflattering for
    people like me who have long faces.
    NOTE: Don’t throw out the off-cuts of hair!! You’ll be gluing some back on!

  2. This is roughly how it looked like at the initial cutting stage:image
    Be careful with how much you cut off at the sides and the fringe- you need some length to use as foundation for when you want to stick extra hair on for the hairline (I’ll explain this step later.)

  3. To get hair spiking up, you need to think of pushing it in the opposite direction it’s growing in. I basically grabbed the wig, hung it upside down and used the hairdryer to flick the hair upwards:
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    This should lift the hair up- it might look a bit wonky but that’s okay, now you can really start trimming it to the correct length now that you know how high the hair can stand up.

  4. Once you’ve trimmed it to a reasonable length, use the Gatsby styling clay to really sculpt those spikes. This part is fiddly but also one of the more satisfying steps of the process as his character finally begins to take form. I use this method of ‘teasing’ tips of hair to get those spikes going. Here’s an example of what this process looks like:
    imageStarting with some flat, untextured hair. Let’s try to get some of that animu spikiness happening…


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    Rub some gatsby styling clay between your thumb and index finger. Grab a thin strip of hair and twist at the tips. While you’re twisting, pull the hair in the direction of where you want it to ‘flick’ towards. (My hair is a little long to spike upwards, but it should be easier with the Ishimaru wig if you’ve cut it short enough.)


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    You don’t want to twist it too thin so it looks stringy- make the strip of hair taper smoothly and not abruptly.

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    Grabbing larger strips of hair to tease gives you more defined and larger layer of spikes. (my hair is too long to spike upwards, but this is the gist of the teasing method.)

    With Ishimaru’s wig, I didn’t tease out EVERY SINGLE SPIKE (that would take too long), only the ones that really needed defining, specifically the ones at the top and sides that would shape my head silhouette. You might find yourself going back and forth between applying Gatsby clay and trimming the spikes too.

  5. Creating the hair line- as I mentioned in step 2, you’ll be using the remaining hair of the fringe as building blocks for the hair line. Using the off-cuts of hair you’ve hacked off in step 1, you’ll be making strips of hair and gluing them right onto the hair line.

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    This part is quite annoying, messy and tries your patience, so don’t fret if you can’t get it right away. You’ll be making quite a few of these little strips to cover up the awkward hair line you’ve left after hacking off the original fringe of the wig and to recreate Ishimaru’s ridiculous hairline. When you make these strips of hair, some strands will definitely fall out, so make sure you make these strips thin enough for the PVA glue to completely cover at the ends.

  6. When you glue the strips of hair onto the hairline, you’ll want to let it overhang:
    image If you stick the strips by aligning the ends to the wig cap line, the new hairline might not sit on your forehead well and likely hover above awkwardly. By having a slight excess of hair at the ends, it should sit on your forehead nicely.

    Try not to use too much PVA glue on top of any exposed surface of hair as it might leave a white stain. The best way to glue these hair strips on is to apply the glue on the wig first, and then press the strips on TOP of the glue. PVA glue is a little runny so try not to touch it too much once you’ve set it in place and let it dry for a minute or so.


  7. Here is a photo of the new hairline:
    imageimageI’ve indicated the individual strips I glued on

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    Top view.

  8. Set everything together by applying hairspray over the wig. Just like the blowdrying step, spray it in the direction you want the hair to lean towards.

You’re free to add more volume into the wig by creating more hair strips and gluing it onto the scalp of the wig if you wish :)

I hope this wasn’t too confusing, but I hope it helps!!

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technobagel said: #3

3: Show a thing you last drew, no matter how small or a “doodle” it is.

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kumikoala said: 12!

12: Favourite thing to draw?

Expressions! In particular, I love emulating the comical, exaggerated style of 90s anime. It’s a style I feel that communicates well with me the most since I grew up learning that kind of visual language.

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I mostly enjoy drawing hysterical faces with large mouths, or the Narrowed Eyes of Suspicion, but to be honest, my all time favourite is this face:

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sweettrackgirl-deactivated20140 said: ((13-15 DAAAAAAAH))

13:Least favorite thing to draw?

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I don’t like drawing for people who haven’t established a proper/mutual friendly relationship with me and expect it for free, so I don’t. OF COURSE this kind of thing varies by situation- I’d gladly do a silly doodle for entertainment purposes in a +*+IRL+*+* meeting, but if they expect anything legitimately decent I HAVE SOME BAD NEWS FOR YOU, BUDDY. 

Other things I dislike drawing are:

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I thought using Clay as a model would help me get through that pain.

14:Draw a pic of yourself like how you look just now.

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yunaii said: 11 :o

11: Do you listen to music when you draw? Favorites?

Oops, I kinda answered that in my previous post already haha. But to be honest, I actually get more done when I’m working in silence because I get too distracted with singing along and enjoying the song LOL. However, the silence drives me nuts after a while, so I put on some trance. Trance is good when I don’t really need to pay attention to the melody or lyrics. Recently I’ve been listening to Armin Van Buuren’s mixes, I quite enjoy ‘Pulsar’ in his Intense album :)

Sometimes I like to put on some good ol’ classics like Hayashibara Megumi’s SLAYERS OPs to keep my motivation up. Listening to old favourites sorta helps me simulate the atmosphere similar to when I was back in highschool, completely engrossed in drawing (I have a very short attention span these days…)

In general, I like to listen to anything upbeat and extremely animu

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