|Cost :||faaar too much!|
|Awards :||Kotani Cup|
|Time Taken :||A year on and off. Put together, about 5 months.|
|UPDATE October 8th 2012: OMG! A showcase!!! My first one!! Thank you so much! 8DDD|
UPDATE June 7th 2011: Phew, this cosplay can be retired at last. The photoshoot is finally done. Onwards to new big projects! 8D
UPDATE March 25th, 2011: A proper photoshoot with this cosplay will be had when summer comes. I want green trees for it :P So wait a couple more months. Norway is still a cold place at this time of year ;)
The Tyrian goddess of nature and earth became a dream cosplay the moment I saw Kekai Kotaki's artwok of her. And now she's finally happening! =D
|Paint body suit||High||Complete|
|Make bark texture on the bodysuit (torso and arm)||High||Complete|
|Make bark texture on the bodysuit (legs)||Medium||Complete|
|Patch of leaves on the back||Medium||Complete|
|Back branches and harness||Medium||Complete|
|Make up test||Low||Complete|
|Random strips of fabric on random places to finish it off||Low||Complete|
|Tuxedo tails; made of leaves||Low||Complete|
Kotani Cup (Posted 24th March 2011)
I did the changes listed in my last entry post, and re wore it for Kotani Cup last Sunday. It works much better now, but I still see lots of possible improvements. I think this will simply be one of those cosplays I'll never complete, no matter how much I work on it.
Kotani Cup is an award given out by Mari Kotani, she is one of Japan's first cosplayers (she started cosplaying in the 70's) and now occationally travels around the world holding cosplay competitions.
At Kotani Cup I became one of the 5 winners. Woo! :D
Next, and possibly last time I'll wear it will be for a photo shoot this summer.
Completion????? (Posted 5th October 2010)
I'm looking forward to a future shoot with this cosplay! No idea when that will happen though.
Foam work - complete! (Posted 28th September 2010)
Finally! After what has felt like months of piecing small bits of foam together, it's now complete! All that's left to do with the foam parts is a couple more layers of latex (which my boyfriend has kindly offered to do while I'm at work tomorrow, yeys!). So tomorrow will be spent painting.
Progress picture is from a couple of days ago.
My poor, poor fingers! (Posted 22nd September 2010)
Trying to get this cosplay done-ish by Saturday, so that means some hectic days to come. I'm aaaaalmost done with the texture on one leg, so just the other leg and torso details to go. Before I can paint it all, and start working on the other details.
Return of cosplay mojo! (Posted 12th September 2010)
At long last my cosplay inspiration has returned, after having more or less been absent since may (having to cancel cons because of lack of funds really cripples the cosplay drive!). After 3 intensive hours of working last night, the bark texture on the legs is about 1/4 done. I still have looots of hours of hard work in front of me on this one. Hopefully I can complete it by October 2nd, as I want to wear Melandru for Coscon (Norwegian con).
About 50% complete (Posted 11th April 2010)
Today I tried the cosplay on for the first time. Went for a make-up test aswell. It's coming along nicely, but there is still so much to do on it, even on the part of the body that's shown on this picture. But it was useful to see what needed improving, and what to think of when shaping the next bits and pieces. :)
About 200 leaves later.... (Posted 9th April 2010)
*faints* Hot gluing on the leaves one by one really took it's time. And that's only the branches for my back, and the branches for my right hand and shoulder done. A lot more leaves awaits for other branches and details.
..How many leaves does a tree-person need?? XD
Texture and branches (Posted 8th April 2010)
The bark texture on the right arm is complete, so are the branches that goes on my right shoulder and my back. All that's left to do on them is to add lots and lots of leaves XD I've made a start on this, and it looks like I'll have to paint the leaves a bit, as they look a bit too bright compared to the other colours this cosplay is based on.
Vambrace (Posted 20th March 2010)
Finally something that is complete, and that I won't have to think about again! XD I do love working on the armour parts, but I wish I had more time.
Vambrace is made out of fun foam, painted with Games Workshop paint. I had a bit of a struggle figuring out the colour of Melandrus armour parts, as the reference picture is quite blurry and the colours kinda flow into each other. I ended up with a coat of Chaos Black as a base. Then mixed Camo Green, Shining Gold and Mithril Silver untill I got a colour I was happy with. Three coats of that, then I drybrushed Boltgun Metal to get the more worn, metallic armour look.
So Stressed! T_T (Posted 16th March 2010)
The deadline I've had to set for at least the torso, arm and head details is closing in too fast! I need to have these parts done by the beginning of April! And I've got so much to do at work >.< Anyways: the bark texture on the right arm is nearly complete. I need to add some details here and there. But hopefully that won't take too long. Then it's ready to be painted. The leaves are in the mail somewhere between Norway and USA. Hopefully they will arrive soon. Can't wait to see how my branches will look like painted and with leaves, as they look mostly like antlers just now. Especially the big branch that goes on my shoulder. XD At least I now know how to make perfect antlers! I hope I'll need that skill at some point! XD
The armour is going pretty well: plastazote with fun foam detailing. Just need to cover the white bits with fun foam now, then I can start painting that aswell.
I loooove talcum powder!!! 8D (Posted 27th February 2010)
I have spent parts of both yesterday and today wrapped up in cling film, with body suit on top, and painted myself with liquid latex. Man that stuff smells bad! >.< I just hope my landlord can't smell it upstairs, oh wells, smell is gone no, so he has no prof! >=D
The Bodysuit (Posted 23rd February 2010)
The bodysuit is complete at last! It will be the base for all the bark skin Melandru has, so it will all be covered in the end. Next step will be to use foam liquid latex to make the bark texture.
The wig arrived! :D (Posted 11th February 2010)
At long last I got Melandru's wig! *dances* It has been a long road to say the least. I've spent a LONG time trying to find a wig in the right shade of golden/green. Difficult mission was difficult, as the wigs I found either was too bright green, too dark, and generally not golden at all.
Duct tape dummy (Posted 7th February 2010)
Seeing as this cosplay will require both armour work and liquid latex, a mannequin was needed. I don't have that.. :( So a duct tape dummy is in the progress of being made! :D Unfortunately after having finished only one arm for me, and Mysterious Fayth's torso (he needs one for one of his planned cosplays), we ran out of duct tape, so it abruptly ended for us today. We'll continue tomorrow with this project, though that is not something I'm looking forward to. Making a duct tape dummy is a paaaaaain! T_T