Death - The Sandman



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This is basically a closet cosplay for Sci-Fi London's Easter Parade.

Which means: I owned a hat, a wig I was willing to repurpose, a vest top, boots and could get black and white makeup from Coscraft without too much hassle. Everything else wasn't too hard to source (and if it's not quite accurate, well, that's canon anyway :D).

Makeup is a bit of a bitch for this, but it's so much fun to wear in comic-geek crowds that it's worth it.

Edit: rewearing to May Expo!

Comments

InfiniteJester posted on 25 April, 2011 - 20:57
awesome :) nice to see sandman cosplays

Storme posted on 25 April, 2011 - 21:02
She was lots of fun to cosplay! Definitely think I'll have to do it again. :)

j_mercuryuk posted on 26 April, 2011 - 15:58
Hehe, so cool. You make a fine death :D She is awesome

Storme posted on 27 April, 2011 - 22:00
Thanks! :D

Loxes posted on 28 April, 2011 - 20:57
Awesome pale vampire *thumbs up*

Storme posted on 29 April, 2011 - 10:11
Loxes: protecting my lovely pallor, no less!

Progress Journal

25th April 2011

Sci-Fi London Easter Parade

The event was a lot of fun!

I learnt a few things too:

1) An umbrella on a hot day is a parasol, and is AWESOME. Plus it makes an awesome auto-backdrop that blocks out random people in busy crowds.
2) If you've sprayed makeup fixing stuff on your face, trying to apply more makeup over the top to touch up a patchy bit is a bad idea--it goes clumpy. I had to wipe off all around my mouth and start over--thankfully this was before the parade actually set off, and I had a mirror (next time though, bigger pocket mirror) and makeup and sponges and so on. And Pez was a handy barrier.
3) People LOVE Death. :P
4) Next time, also, in heavy makeup: take a straw. This will make drinking much much easier.

18th April 2011

Boots, makeup

I bought a bunch of kilt buckles from the fabric store; they make *excellent* buckles up the side of the boots!

I also added a ruffle to the back of the coat. It looks.. yeah, it'll do. :)

Makeup test was hard work (why am I doing this? I suck at painting things!). But eventually I wrangled things into a semblance of plausibility. I've looked over a few mine tutorials and I think I know why I was having a hard time with a) getting a solid enough white base and b) the colours bleeding at the edges. So that's promising.

17th April 2011

Clothes

The refreshing thing about doing this costume is that as long as I do the makeup and the ankh necklace and have black messy hair and black clothing, pretty much everything else is actually a matter of interpretation. Huzzah for a character who canonically changes appearance depending on who is looking at her.

Since I like her in Perky!Goth sort of manifestations, I'm going with the black jeans and tank top, a little black jacket to hide my chubby arms, my black not-quite-a-top-hat, a black umbrella and some black boots. Plus makeup, black wig and the ankh necklace.

What this means in terms of actual costume stuff is: I need to add some buckles to the boots I'm wearing (it feels wrong for her to have none); I've tousled up a wig so it looks right; I'm adding a little lace ruffle to the back of the jacket because I want to; I bought an ankh pendant from eBay (biggest one I could find at ~2 inches--I did think about making it myself from fimo but I'm a crappy sculptor); I really need to go do a makeup test. Fun times!

17th April 2011

Wig

I had a shelved longish black wig (Vervain style from Coscraft) that I'd originally planned to use for my Yuri Lowell costume before--after the bangs were cut into it--deciding I needed one with more length at the back for Yuri.

So I tousled it up while spraying it in sections, and hung it upside down to dry.

Which was enough to make it more or less perfect, without any further work! I thought I was going to have to spend a while back-combing and adding more spray and working on getting the ends of it to look more, uh, separated and comic-bookish. But that happened sort of naturally. Yay for easy bird's nest styles.