|Cost :||Wig (£20)|
|One cosplay I've been wanting to do for a LOOOOOOONG time. Kuja is my Absolute favourite FF character and I shall be doing the Trance version of him for May Expo 09. |
There's someone already doing normal Kuja so I dont mine doing Trance Version. I shall do all versions however! Bwahahahaa!
|Hair Spray Hair pieces||High||Complete|
|Buy more red hair!||High||Complete|
|Purchase Double Sided Body Tape||Medium||Planned|
Second Thoughts... (Posted 20th May 2009)
Ugh... I've moved Kuja to complete because.. Well he IS complete with just a few stuff to add and that's that.
My main concern about this costume is wither the hair on the body is going to look decent enough and I know some parts can be hidden by hair spraying the hair on the day to "cover" the edges of some of the wefts or paint the ends black to make it kind of fade. It should be simple enough to fix but the fact that the skirt is SO heavy I worry is it going to stay on?
Also, I think I could of done the skirt alot better but.. Well.. Good ideas come too late and will probably redo it another time. It's also TOO red and looks burnt which is cool in a way cause it's like oh the amazing powerful aura of Trance Kuja has burnt his skirt off! WOW! But it looks messy because gradiaing with water made it turn PINK and just stubbling with normal paint just looks.. Bleh.
I just hope that it all looks good on the day. If not. I'm juat gonna take the tail off and go around in red and you can all gawk at my casual Trance Kuja wonder! YAY!
- No Photos cause saving it for EXPO! YAAAY
Revelations! o___o (Posted 14th May 2009)
OMG I am SO glad that I DID put on my Trance Kuja for the first time today. The top is not yet done but the progress is gooooood! But the fact is the body has slid over to one side and I KNOW where I have to place tape and stuff. Because of how the thing is on my hip, I really dont know what to do about underwear. O-o I have an idea but for the men I'm not going to say anything less I disgust you. XD
ANYWAY! My putting on the outfit may prove that I have alot of hair to buy still just to fill in gaps. Some of the wefts have come loose (Mainly the ones where my glue gun started to die on me repeatedly) but I'm not overly worried by those. Why? Because I dont mind hot glue on my body. lol Not that it's pleasant, but I can bear a LITTLE pain. I'm also hoping that with some of the hair, the shiny bits can be hidden by the black I'm going to be adding. In all, Kuja is just turning out to be a giant piece of artwork because of all the blending I'm doing in order for him not to look like a big block of white and red.
I really hope all my efforts are going to be worth it.
I also hope to GOD that I can fit my head through my collar when it's attached to the top. I love it and it's beautiful, but ya XD I also love my sleeves though if I keep staring at them, I know I will loath them. GAH Still loads to do! DX
Progress is Gooooooood! (Posted 11th May 2009)
First things first... OMG KUJA WHY ARE YOU SO HAIRY!?!?!? Ran out of Hair AGAIN! So your legs and butt will have to wait! Though ya ass I'm not SO worried about since there is a tail and skirt in the way.... Just all ya ankles and foot to finish hair wise reall.
Anyway, Got the skirt and sleeves ready for the fabric ness to happens and the Collar is coming along nicely. Still have to hairspray some hair shapes with what I have left and cut out the puffs and get them on. But despite I still have quite a bit to do, Kuja is FINALLY starting to look right! I should techinically have him done MOSTLY in two days or what not as well as try and get a start on what's left to be done on Zack. Kuja is the thing that's making cringe at the moment though XD He's my main afterall!
I MAY take pictures when I finally get most of him done since I'm really wanting to try it on before expo. Things usually end up being so close to the deadline that the first time I ever wear my cosplays is AT the cons. Hence why Jareth's cape had to be broken so I could get it on my shoulders right XD
So excited to wear this! Seriously!
AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGHHH!!!! (Posted 25th March 2009)
Soooooooo naffed off at the swimming costume I got and the top. I really shouldn't be so annoyed since I've only JUST started working on shaping them and loooooads of things need to be added, but I'm just annoyed with how the whole thing looks at the moment.
It's probs cause I'm tired and hadnt had a nap despite my lack of sleep all day.
Basically, now I'm thinking I'll have to buy some sports tape or something to keep certain parts in place because which ever way I bend, the swim suit crinkles and opens a big gap so you can see the rest of my hip or something. That, and my top in annoying me because the shoulders wont stay down. I dunno why that is. I may have to try and stick them down also, but hopefully they'll behave once I take off the arms to put on the poofy bits.
Bah, I'm just knackered. XD
60% Together (Posted 9th March 2009)
I have no got the bases of the whole Kuja costumes. I had to settle with a cheap black swimm costume for the lower half of Kuja, but it should serve it's purpose. Basically why I'm choosing a swimming costume is because it's tight fitting to my body shape and I only need it for the bottom half of me. So I saved a bit with not having to buy one of those expensive cat suits to be cut up into a similar shape. Hopefully the fact it's black instead of red wont effect the effect I want too much. If anything I hope it does create the illusion that the base of the hair is darker and then lighten at the tips. That's the best I'm hoping for.
I've also bought the white top I will be attaching arms and such on. Basically needs cutting so it just covers my breast area. The reason why I'm getting it in two bits is purely because it will be MUCH simpilar to put it on this way and to move about in it. Is all good really.
Everything just needs cutting and putting into shape. All I need to buy now is the shoes, some stocks, few metres of white cotton, red fur (for my tail) and the hair needed for making me hairy.
Also, all my feathers have arrived! Wig shoots shall be up soon <3 The indian feathers need some shading because they are SO bright! @_@
Finally started + Noticed something (Posted 4th March 2009)
Finally started on the Skirt and the sleeves afetr being sick over a bloody drug I only find out NOW I have an intolerence to. Starting these first because I will be making those parts of Kuja "stick out" and they need paper maching a base first before I coat them with a cotton fabric.
Reason I doing it in this way is because I dont think just leaving parts that are "floaty" flat would actually look very good. They won't be like mega stiff, but enough that it creates the illusion that they are floating by themselves anyway. They are going to attached to a swimming costume (when I find a cheap red one!) AND a white sleeveless top. All will be clear when I finally get progress pictures of those parts up.
Also, upon a random flick through of my Kuja pictures, I have noticed that the "Feathers" on Kuja's body are not actually Feathers, but hair. much like how Zidane has fur on his. This vaguely makes sense since Kuja only appears to gain more feathers on his head,and if you look at the computer textures on Kuja's hair and on the clothes, you find those the same rather then if you look at the feathers and compae them to his body. The fact that people think their are feather's on his bod is probably the fact that feathers seem to shoot out of his ass in the movie bits.
This of course makes things SOOOOO much cheaper for me since I can get a WAD of coloured Kankelon hair for £1 - £2 from my local Market. But of course, i will likely add feathers now and again to keep people happy. Though, hair can be easily shaped to make it look "feather" shaped.
That's about it. Pictures soon <3