|Cost :||Most of my money. XP|
|Awards :||Eurocosplay 2012 qualifier; Eurocosplay 3rd place runner up.|
|Time Taken :||February-October on-off work|
|When I first saw the movie 'How to Train Your Dragon' I loved Toothless the Night Fury - his design, personality, everything - and wanted to make a costume of him. However, I dismissed the idea as I felt he was waaaay to advanced for me to stand a chance at creating anything remotely resembling him.|
Now, Fast forward to February 2012... the time came for me to pick a character to create a mascot costume head of as part of my second year university project, and the one character I had been wanting to do (but had been a bit scared to attempt until now) seemed like the logical choice - and thus I decided to take the plunge and try and make him; for better or for worse I was comitted to this project - and thus the journey begun.
I finished the costume head just on time, and thought that, after all the hard work it would be nice to have a complete costume for the summer con this year - Amecon 2012. Unfortunately, I had to take a few weeks off of working due to ill health, meaning I was far behind where I wanted to be construction-wise. However, I decided to stick with it, and after a few more weeks of hard work, much less sleep than is healthy for me and an unnatural amount of determination, I managed to finish the costume to some degree (with many temporary pieces) just in time for Amecon. He is by far the biggest and most rediculously-sized thing I have made up until this date. XD
This costume is very special to me as the costume head was the first piece of work I have ever made that I am actually truely proud of; normally I hate all of my work and can only see faults in it, but this actually came out better than I expected and I accepted it despite its faults. This may not seem like much, but was a big step for me in building up confidence that, for various personal reasons, I had never before had in my own work. ^^
I was very suprised to win the Eurocosplay 2012 qualifier with Toothless, and even more suprised to actually place 3rd overall in the commpetition! After a load of various health problems and personal issues recently this has really, really cheered me up and made me feel like I have finally managed to achieve something worthwile for the first time in a long time.
The whole Eurocosplay experience has helped me to gain more confidence in myself, and I must thank you all so much for all of your kind words and support; you're all amazing and it is all of your support and kindness that has helped me get this far and encouraged me to continue making costumes from the start. You're all super. ~ <3
For all who saw it, my Eurcosplay skit (which did not go well... XP) was full of problems due to a malfunctioning head harness which not only made the head of the costume loose (and resulting in it almost falling off onstage) but also pushed the balaclava I was wearing fully over my eyes making me completely blind on stage for the whole thing. I've never been so terrified in a stage performance in all my life as I was then, but although I was devistated that all my hard work planning my skit was wasted and worried that I had dissapointed everyone watching, but am glad I stuck with it and performed something, even if it wasn't anything like what I wanted to do ...This is the kind of thing that always seems to happen to me (life seems to like to prove to me you can't plan every little detail perfectly in advance and something unexpected can happen any time), but has actually had the positive effect of destroying my fear of things going wrong in my stage performences - that was pretty much my worst case scenario, everything I didn't want to happen happened and I still got through it. So I guess there's a positive in everything. ^^
****EDIT: Thank you for the weekly showcase! And for all of your kind words and comments! You're all amazing. ^^ ****
|Spikes on back||Medium||Complete|
|Replacement tail fin||Low||Complete|
|Repairs, modifications etc for future conventions||Low||Planned|