Costume :Ivan Karelin
Variant :Civillian
Source :Tiger and Bunny
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Kitacon IV (2012)

Costume Photos

Impressions Of Japan

Strike a pose, boys!

Fold-Out Heroes?

Go Go, Heroes~!

....Share my space?


Idol and Idle

Day-Glo Ninja (tm)

The Weeb





Costume Information

IVAAAAN~ <3 He's such an adorkable blob of moe. I just want to squuueeeeeze him till he pops! *___*
No idea when this'll be worn but I'm sure he'll be ready soon, since T&B is my rabid love at the moment.
Luckilly enough I own everything I need for him save for the jacket...might get a better suited pair of boots, too.
EDIT; Slated for Kitacon 2012. I may just get fidgety and wear him before that, too. XD ALSO planning to take him to Japan with me. How legendary/mortally embarassing for everyone else would that be? XD

Edit; I had a sudden realisation at how similar I find myself to Ivan, or Ivan to me. We're both Japanophiles who are wierd and 'GENKI DESOOO' on the outset but actually pretty shy and racked with self-doubt, hence the need to take on the form of other people. LOL! We totally SUCK! XD;


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No need to feel guilty, everyone knows you'll be the best Ivan ever :D :D

by Ino on Sunday, 28 August, 2011 - 00:46
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Yay! This is going to be such a beeaaaaautiful costume!! O_O

( Finally started watching the series now <3 )

by Natsumi on Thursday, 1 September, 2011 - 01:02
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Keeepp This is looking awesome!

by Manticore on Thursday, 8 September, 2011 - 02:08

I'm not familliar with the source material but, damn, this costume is going to look cool. The character likeness is great when you are wearing the wig (also facial expression) and that is always a plus.

Because I am ruh-tard-ed and need clarification on "progressing to": are you constructing both the casual and hero suit costume variants? As in doing the full casual costume on one con day and then a hybrid version the next day...? Or do I have that arseways? Or is the design in the 2nd and 3rd ref pictures what you're making, minus the helmet? Or some hybrid hybrid!?

Anyways. That armour is interesting and I am curious to see it translated into three dimensions. This looks like a character you could capture well regardless of variant.

by birds-hate-flying on Friday, 9 September, 2011 - 19:44
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@ birds-hateflying
Aww, thankyou! =^_^= haha, sorry I'm not very good at making things clear or explaining myself well. I'll be getting togethor his casual outfit AND making his hero suit. it's juts that the casual will blatantly be finished first. ^_< As for the actual hero suit, I was going to go for a more humanised version a la fanart above. At least, that was the ORIGINAL plan...I've got to think long and hard about what I want to do~

by sarmander on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 00:07
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Its a Shame I wont see this for Expo, but Gung-Ho! Well Done!

by Manticore on Monday, 24 October, 2011 - 23:21
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I haven't watched any of Tiger and Bunny yet so don't know the character but I love the design and colour of your jacket and it's a great match to the reference images ^^

by Tsuchinoko on Monday, 24 October, 2011 - 23:32
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oh wow, i've only just seen these pics. It's looking really good

by yami-no-neko on Thursday, 27 October, 2011 - 15:35
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wow, the back design is just perfect :D

by j_mercuryuk on Friday, 30 December, 2011 - 11:57
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Aaah I didn't see any of your progress pictures before but jeez I could totally gush over your Ivan forever nowwww <3
I can't wait to be Farrah-facebutt now, hopefully we can get some pictures together!!

by Felixize on Saturday, 31 December, 2011 - 01:09
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Woah! Are you really pulling the same facial expression in the brow test? Because you look like you're ready to murder someone XD
I love this so much, you really suit Ivan and the wig and costume are just perfect!

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 16 January, 2012 - 22:31
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Your costume is very beautiful. thanks

by Elle on Tuesday, 17 January, 2012 - 09:28
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Hehehe I love that jacket! Perfect for Ivan! (I had no idea it was satin but it really works! XDD)

Looking forward to seeing this :D

by Freyarule on Tuesday, 17 January, 2012 - 09:50
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Very awesome!!

by LittlePidgey4 on Tuesday, 17 January, 2012 - 11:20
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This is amazing!
I hope I see you at Kitacon so I can take photos! :D

by NakedSalad on Wednesday, 18 January, 2012 - 14:31
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would love to see this at kita! If you're doing this on friday, look out for another tiger and bunny group that will be around!

by InfiniteJester on Sunday, 29 January, 2012 - 22:41
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Thanks for the comment I hope to get a nicer pic when the wig and booties get here! God I love this jacket so much you really look the part! <3

by Captain_Marvelous on Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 01:22
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OMG I never left a comment for this??? 0.o I think I saw you at Hyper Japan and took a photo with you! =D You looked amazing and so so cute as Ivan!! <3

by Pandora-Chi on Thursday, 1 March, 2012 - 23:34
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Thank god I was right that it was you! I was so happy seeing an Ivan!! :D Thank you for the lovely comment on Karina and sure you can use the photo!! :D I'll be happy to rewear Karina again but I'm not sure when - was considering Kita or May london expo? x

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 22:56
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Awww great photo of you and Pandora at Hyper Japan! Your completed outfit is awesome dude~~

by Ino on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 01:14
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Aww such a cute photo of Ivan and karina! :D this costume looks very polished everythings really well done :D totally envy your wig skills dude :3

by Natsumi on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 07:43
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T_____T Thankyou~!

by sarmander on Monday, 5 March, 2012 - 15:59
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Love this so much! the Bunny Is Kirato :) not sure his real name! ^^

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 20:24
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I really like the group shots XD

by yami-no-neko on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 21:14
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Thanks! And thankyou Captain_Marvelous, I shall ammend the details~ =D

by sarmander on Monday, 23 April, 2012 - 22:15


Why I eyes ya (Posted 17th April 2012)

Reference image for my Ivan eye makeup...or lack thereof, anyway. I ended up wiping most of it off and just applying those 3 lower lashes like he has XD;; I wonder if they actually were noticeable...probably not. T^T

Mr. Heavy Brows (Posted 16th January 2012)

....Can never look truly happy. =/ It's amazing how just a slight change to the eyebrows compleeeeetely changes your facial expressions.
<---On the right, normal eyebrows. On the left, heavy brows of impending doom. Same vague expression, two rather different looks. May have to really think about the faces I'll be pulling before blindly jumping in front of cameras...

Unwanted boobage (Posted 14th January 2012)

I've had to make a flesh-coloured undershirt to wear under Ivans' vest, since my binder flattens but does not prevent cleavage. =/ Busty Ivan is not a good look. Unfortunately it's bloody hard to find a colour that actually matches my skin tone, so I've gone with the closest. These shots show how hideous it looks, BEHOLD! *shakes head* Luckilly it's way better with the jacket on as that covers the nasty seams and draws the eye away from it generally, and I'll find a way of fixing the edges to my binder so that it doesn't wrinkle up so much.

Wigglie whoo (Posted 14th January 2012)

Decided to go with the newer wig, despite the fact that it's not the colour I really wanted. Taken the plunge and styled it so that's all done and dusted now~

JAPAN (Posted 30th December 2011)

Okay, so the back of the jacket is complete, although i wish I could've done it some other way.
I attempted embroidery, a sort of decoupage thang, painting....all sorts. In the end I've had to draw the images, scan it onto my compy and print it out onto tranfer paper. Yup. It's a t-shirt transfer. =/
It actually looks pretty cool; clean and crisp, very animated. Not as vivid as the front pathces, but never mind. Problem is that it doesn't adhere to satin well, so I have to be reaaaally carefull not to scrunch the jacket up too much.

Wig Woes (Posted 24th October 2011)

Okay, I know there's a fair bit of time before I need to start worrying about this really, but it's already a bit of a headache.
I was going to use my Teddie/Finland wig since the colour is perfect. problem is there isn't enough hair to style properly and it ends up just looking..well, kinda crap and almost as though it's just 'plopped' on top of my head.
So i went and bought a new wig that looked perfect but when it arrived it was the wrong colour; far too yellow-blonde rather than icy platinum! GRAH! But it's such a beaaauuuutiful wig, so soft and yummy. *_* I haven't styled it yet because I'm trying to work out...well, what the hell I'm going to do. ie, which one I will chose, if either. i really don;t want to buy ANOTHER wig, that just gets ridiculous!

Comparison photos here <-------- What do? =/

The weeabo loves army clothes it seems (Posted 31st August 2011)

This was going to be a cheap cosplay since I already own everything but the jacket.....right? =/ Wrong. Turns out I;m going to have to re-buy and modify everything. XD
SO at least now I have the correct t-shirt, trousers and boots. Goodbye, hard-earned cash. ^_^;;
Photo make everything look dark but I'm actually really chuffed with how perfect the colours are irl. Also....fatty cosplayer is fat, please excuse my ginormous hips in this shot. XD;;

Make up tests part 2 (Posted 29th August 2011)

...And this is my idea, using the pretty much all of the red parts of the mask including around the eyes, over the eyebrows (though it doesn't show in the photo) and even the upper lip.

Eeeeeeh, I think it's too much. XD But was fun to try, de gosaru~! (See Origami Cyclone suit ref. pictures for an idea of what i was trying to achieve.)

Make-up tests (Posted 29th August 2011)

So this is the most common fanart version of Ivans' eyemake up when he wears his Origami Cyclone oitfit. It's just taking the red around the eyes of the mask, basically.