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11  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 03, 2009 04:37:12 PM
You see night elves all the time, but this is so much cooler!
I KNOW!  Cosplay.com is lousy with night elves and succubi  Tongue  Sadly lacking in trolls Smiley

You two are the spitting image of your characters!!
Well, my boyfriend's alt is a blood elf warlock, but at 6'4" and 270 lbs, he didn't exactly fit the body type  Cheesy
12  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 03, 2009 04:25:36 PM
It all started with an ax and a mace:

My boyfriend and I were wandering around a local markdown store, when I came across a plastic battle ax amongst the Halloween props and costumes.  "Hey!" says I, "they have a battle ax like [your Warcraft character] Pugool's!"  Says he, "Yeah, and they have a one-handed mace over there like [your Warcraft character] Agriveda's!"

We looked at each other and in a moment of synchronicity exclaimed:

Those fateful words began the month of sweat, tears, screaming and hot glue burns that was the making of our World of Warcraft costumes.  This was a labor of love from both me and my boyfriend, and I am super proud of our hard work.  First, the goodies:

Meet Agriveda the lvl 77 troll shaman and Pugool the lvl 80 orc warrior:

/cast Healing Wave


A model of my character in her gear, circa level 75

For the Horde!


A model of his character in his gear

The making-of was a long and arduous thing.  For reference I used some screen caps and downloaded the very helpful WoW model viewer here: http://www.wowmodelviewer.org/

Most of Pugool's armor was made using the tutorial from Jia Jem with some minor revisions made for the sake of time and money.  We did only one layer of paper mache and skipped the paper clay layer all together.  I love Jia Jem and her work, and her tutorials are the best: http://www.jiajem.com/armor.html

The card board shapes for Pugool's legs and arms.

Pugool's shoulders and some other pieces in the paper mache stage.  The white piece in the middle is his chest plate with one coat of gesso on it.

One of my shoulder pieces halfway through the painting process.  Base layers of metallic spray paint, then acrylic were put down.  The photo shows the left side before antiquing and the right side after antiquing.  Antiquing in this case was just painting on some thinned black acrylic, then wiping it off with a paper towel, leaving some paint in the crevices.

A lot of my armor is sewn vinyl and fabric, with some Crayola Model Magic for sculpted details.  I approximated chain mail with a crocheted sweater spraypainted silver and bronze.  My totem is sculpted foam painted with acrylics. 

The wig is a Punky XL in blue from Cosworx: http://www.cosworx.com/product.php?productid=16463&cat=2471&page=1  Many hours of styling and almost a whole can of Aquanet went into that bad boy.

This is the wig on my improvised wig head: a pillow cinched onto the top of a vacuum cleaner with a belt.

We're both wearing Razorback teeth from Dental Distortions: http://www.dentaldistortions.com/product_info.php?products_id=18

Here's a makeup test while I was figuring out how blue I wanted to be.  You can see the ears before I painted them ($2 from a Halloween store!) with my earrings in.  Also check out the sweet necklace, with real bone beads!

We went to my boyfriend's office party, where we were a big hit.

Comments and criticism welcome! I lived and breathed these costumes for a month so I'm sure I can talk at great length about them  Undecided .
13  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Silent Hill Nurse on: November 02, 2009 06:16:32 AM
I am super impressed with not just this costume but all three costumes you made.  They're all great creepy-but-not-generic ideas, and executed really well.
14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mermaid and octopus...photo chubby.. on: November 02, 2009 06:06:42 AM
The octopus cracks me up, the action shots are hilarious, with the loooooong arms and the droopy head  Cheesy

That's a really creative solution to the mermaid costume too!
15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Coraline and Other Mother on: November 01, 2009 08:54:41 PM
Great costumes!  My daughter and I were also Coraline and Other Mother.  I posted our pics on this board as well.  I like how you went with the dress and the star sweater.  I wanted to do the dress as well but I am 30 weeks preggo and don't make maternity clothes..lol..

I know, I saw yours right before I posted!  Your Coraline is completely adorable, great job with the poncho!
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Coraline and Other Mother on: November 01, 2009 03:49:42 PM
So my boyfriend's daughter wanted to be Coraline for Halloween.  This was great, because I have a dress almost exactly like the Other Mother's dress and have wanted to do her costume since I saw the movie.  I mean, um, Halloween is all about the kids and I just played along for her sake.  Right.

Srsly, my favorite part of these costumes was making them together.  She picked out which Coraline outfit she wanted, picked out her clothes and accessories (hence the Webkinz black cat).  She drew and arranged the stars, I wrangled the hot glue gun.  I made the beaded dragonfly pin, and the wig is a Hallowig from Knitty graciously knitted by a friend.

She was a bit bummed that only one kid (or adult for that matter) recognized her costume, but I figured the kind readers of Craftster, among whom I know there are a lot of Coraline fans, would give her props.


We tried a real blue wig, but the knitted version seemed way less fussy.
Hallowig from Knitty is here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall04/PATThallowig.html

Bustle made from black poster board + acrylic paint, held on by black yarn

Huge buttons from another costume, held on with double stick tape.
17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: skull + steampunk brain on: October 30, 2009 12:26:24 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind comments! 

The trade show is over and was a big success, so I'm told.  There were 24x36 posters of each of the four artworks up throughout the booth, and we're planning on sending them out as a giveaway or promotional item to the neurosurgeons we met at the show.

Check out the other awesome pieces (in poster form):

"Mardi Gras" - Avis Griffin

"Manos" - David Hutson

"Love of Country" - Grace Abreo

 "Creative Anachronism" - Lindsay Parker
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Teaching myself more advance editing and photography (3 pics) on: October 30, 2009 08:15:03 AM
I love the look on the third picture, what techniques did you use to get that effect?
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / skull + steampunk brain on: October 09, 2009 01:34:53 PM
Here's the back story to this piece:  I work at a medical device company that makes custom cranial implants.  (In short, patients have holes in their skulls, we make the patches to make them whole again.)  Our company will be a vendor at the upcoming convention for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (read: trade show), and as part of our marketing campaign, we are preparing works of art using our implants.

The skull and the clear "door" are parts used in our regular implant production.  The skull is a model created from an actual CT scan of a patient's skull through a process called stereolithography and the clear implant is an actual implant that we might ship to the surgeon (the original implants shipped long ago, I made this one specifically for this project).

The rest are pieces and parts that I've added to turn these two basic elements into a steampunk contraption.  I wanted this to look like something you might find in the Mutter Museum (which I heart oh so much).  

I like this one because of the little watch face that you can't really see from any other angle until you discover it like an Easter Egg through the left orbit.

A work-in-progress shot, taken for my own reference as I try to recreate the arrangement of parts that I assembled in the brainstorming phase.

I'd like to give a shout-out to a couple awesome products that I used in this piece: 1) Varathane Stain & Polyurethane - stains the wood and seals it in an aerosol can, and gave a much better finish than I would have expected from a "do it all in one easy step" product, 2) Devcon Plastic Welder epoxy - a two-part epoxy that is more viscous than regular epoxy and dries in a cream color which blended perfectly with the skull.  *This is not a paid endorsement, I just really liked these products.

We have a professional photographer coming in next week, so I hope to update with those photos when I can.  C&C welcome Smiley
20  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: World of Warcraft/MMORPG Board? on: September 13, 2009 04:31:50 PM
Seconded!  Zug zug!
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