|(火焰鳥 - fire[flame]bird)|
Learned a load of stuff from the panels at Amecon and Ayacon and hope to put that new-found knowledge into something worthwhile :).
Chinese in essence.
Periodic updates via journal to begin with.
Research #4 - sketches (Posted 20th February 2014)
By no means a final design idea but I was mainly torn between yellow and red as the main garment colour for Moltres: I chose yellow purely as that is Moltres' breast/abdomen/body colour - yellow on red could perhaps work with other designs but as I'm aiming to have mine look somewhat like its pokémon namesake, I figured this the best one. I've done three variations as I've been looking at reference images and trying to work out whereabouts the flames begin and end and where that would correspond to on a kimono-style costume. Although subtle, I am currently leaning towards the middle one.
Bibliography (Posted 20th January 2014)
So I don't lose track of sources incase I need to look them up again:
The Dynasties of China / Gascoigne, Bamber / 9781841197913
Research #2 - narrative attempt (Posted 19th January 2014)
I figured weaving a loose narrative (or a series of short ones) would help concrete some of the ideas I had together.
Often claimed to have been sighted in areas of great heat such as volcano ranges, Moltres appear to be a mix of fact and fiction: the last reported sighting was in the 20th Century, during an eruption in the Kunlun volcanic region. Eyewitness accounts tell of a large flame-like shape that was larger than the rest, mainly in a brilliant shade of yellow but tipped at the edges in shades of red and orange and a piercing cry could be heard: local legend often states that when hurt, Moltres are said to submerge themselves in lava in order to heal their injuries.
Research #1 (Posted 19th January 2014)
In an attempt to make myself do something about this, I'm updating here occasionally with some of the thought processes that have gone into this so far.
This is just a brainstorm of the main ideas/thoughts/etc that I have read on so far - not all may be used in the final costume as I got carried away with reading! :)
Sorry for quality: not near a scanner at the moment.