Ashelin Praxis - Jak 2: Renegade




For the Jak and Daxter group I'm putting together for October's London MCM Expo 2011. If anyone is interested in joining please see the thread in the forum.

15/05/2011 Technically this is complete but it shall remain In Progress until worn.

31.10.11: I'd like to thank Jenrawr for being awesome and hanging out with me all day as Jak. I had a blast. :)

3.11.2011: I intend to revamp and improve this cosplay for Kitacon IV when Jenrawr and I are hoping to have another J&D get together.


Adamoluna posted on 6 May, 2011 - 16:36
wow, your progress looks FANTASTIC! Way to make the character pop out of the game. Such a great choice of game as well, I can't wait to see this! :D

CyanideCustard posted on 6 May, 2011 - 22:19
YES! pure win

JakeX posted on 7 May, 2011 - 02:21
yes! 100 times yes!!! I am loving the ear work at the moment, cant wait to see the full thing :D

ember329 posted on 7 May, 2011 - 23:49
I'm loving this! :)

eternal_aranel posted on 10 May, 2011 - 10:03

KhaosKreator posted on 10 May, 2011 - 11:45
Awesome work on the wig. I admire your dedication to get it completely right.

Alouette posted on 12 May, 2011 - 00:35
The progress on this is looking fantastic, really love the work on the wig I'm massive Jak fan girl so I'll definitely be looking out for you in October :)

Alyx posted on 12 May, 2011 - 11:11
This is looking FANTASTIC!! I cant wait to see this!! Great work!

Newdles posted on 12 May, 2011 - 11:18
The ears and boots are spot on! Hope that wig isn't giving you too much hassle! Looking forward to the final thing :-)

Nomes posted on 12 May, 2011 - 13:48
Wow A lot of Jak and Daxter fans coming out of the woodwork! Thank you all for the support. Newdles: The wig has definitely been the most complex part. I'll put up a step by step guide in my journal soon. Wig-wise, I haven't decided yet whether to cut off the dreads so that they end in a stump which might be closer to the character ref or to leave them ending in a taper which looks neat.

flamewizo posted on 12 May, 2011 - 14:06
I think it looks fantastic great progress :D from what I can see, WIg must have taken a long time. I like the way it looks now :D very tidy.

Telly posted on 12 May, 2011 - 14:44
That is pretty darn amazing! :D

jaks-kingdom-dwarf posted on 2 June, 2011 - 00:52
This does look awesome hun i'm really looking forward to October Expo to see this and for us to hang out :)

Heorot posted on 16 September, 2011 - 11:28
Sick as! I'm definitely looking out for you come October :D

CaptainKurfuffle posted on 22 September, 2011 - 23:01
Oh my god. I'm going to stalk you to no end D:

Alyx posted on 28 September, 2011 - 21:10
I seriously hope I get to see this!! The make up test looks amazing!!

Sasashie posted on 28 September, 2011 - 21:41
this is amazing the wig is so perfect well done ^^ hope to see this xx

ember329 posted on 28 September, 2011 - 22:24
Can't wait to see this now!

Michi-agogo posted on 30 September, 2011 - 00:04
That.Is.Amazing! <3

Adamoluna posted on 30 September, 2011 - 19:17
SO COOL!!! 8D I love it!

jaks-kingdom-dwarf posted on 31 October, 2011 - 22:14
Those photos look awesome how did Expo go?

Pandora-Chi posted on 31 October, 2011 - 23:29
It was so so lovely talking to you and thank you so much for the lovely comments on my coaplays sweetie <3 You looked truely amazing as always!! <3 x

Zelvyne posted on 17 February, 2012 - 22:10
I love this costume - you looked so good. So lovely to see some older games getting love too.

Captain_Marvelous posted on 16 April, 2012 - 22:15
Had no idea it was you! very impressive! ^^

Manjou posted on 18 April, 2012 - 01:12
Loved seeing you both at kita, always great to see Jak and Daxter cosplay especially when they're as good as yours :)

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Progress Journal

3rd January 2012

Boots Mark 2

I replayed the game a short time before October Expo and with the help of the end credits character shots it became apparent that Ashelin's boots are round rather than square toed. As my original pair of boots are in a rather... 'interesting' (read: cracked to pieces) state after Expo I decided to remake and revamp.

This is the result. They started out as brown leather boots with various strappy accoutrements. I removed the straps and sanded down the leather before painting with two shades of blue acrylic. Uneven sanding added a third shade of blue to the mix as the leather absorbed the paint to varying degrees in different places resulting in a marbled effect which I rather like. I coloured the rim of the sole using a silver marker pen and then heat formed craft foam around the toe and heel of the boot for the armoured sections. The craft foam was painted with multiple layers of red acrylic.

I used my original boots spikes and inserted them through a hole cut in the craft foam armour before gluing both spikes and armoured sections to the boots using Hi-tack glue. I stretched the craft foam during gluing to reduce the chance of any ripples. The straps and buckles were ripped from my original boots and also attached with hi tack glue. Presto!

14th November 2011

Hows, whys, and wherefores

The aim was to make this cosplay cheaply and out of things I already had readily available. It cost about £53 to make but that was pretty much just the wig. Everything else I found around the home.

Jacket: I took a denim jacket, cropped it short and then added brown leatherette, which I already had lying around from my Miss Cloud cosplay, to the bottom edge and around the collar. For the shoulder pads I cut the cups of an old bra to shape, painted them with acrylics and stitched them in place.

Trousers: An old pair of baggy jeans. I tightened the fit before cutting out
and hemming the rectangular gaps at thigh level. The fabric had a tendency to droop rather than maintain the shape of the gap so I darted the corners to better support the shape. I used the cut off from the jacket to make the straps across the middle of the gap. A stretch denim might have supported itself more effectively

Belts: I used an old leather school back, chopped it up and turned it into straps, with elastic inserted around the back for ease of pulling them on and off. For the metal work, I cut up rectangles of 6mm foam, sealed then with PVA and painted them silver before gluing them at intervals to the hip, left leg and left arm belts. The red buckle on the hip belt is also painted 6mm foam. I intend to replace the foam rectangles with silver hair barrettes for durability. What with people knocking into me as inevitably happens at Expo, I was shedding foam all day. In the end I ripped all the foam from the back of the belt and reglued the pieces to the front so that at least I could get decent front pictures. I intend to replace the foam pieces with metal hair barrettes. Hot glue has its uses but durability is not one of them.

Gun holster: A piece of the same brown leather school bag fitted around an old water pistol to form a pocket.

Gun: An old water pistol painted appropriately with a strip of brown leatherette around the handle.

Boob tube: Two rectangles of stretch red fabric left over from my Miss Cloud cosplay stitched together. I didn’t even hem it as the fabric is non-fray. I also used a section of this fabric for the right arm band by cutting out a rectangle and sewing the edges together.

Armour (arm): 6mm foam shaped with a heat gun. The spike is made from expanding foam carved into a spike and covered with filler before sanding. It was glued to the heat formed foam and the edges were filled with Caulk to produce a seamless appearance. I stitched black elastic to the underside of the armour at the wrist and mid forearm positions. The structure was then sealed with PVA before being painted red with acrylics after which I added a few more layers of
PVA as for a glossy finish.

Gloves: £2.50 blue gloves. I bought these rather than make them as I had no particular need for 1 metre of blue fabric at the time. The spikes and red armoured squares on the back of the gloves was constructed in the same way as the arm armour. I applied the same technique to make the knee spikes.

Boots: Mum was throwing out an old pair of black boots one of which had lost the base of its heel. They were the wrong colour and completely the wrong shape but they were free. I used 6mm rubber back EVA foam to create a new correctly shaped sole. I placed the boot on the new woles and drew around them before sanding out a hollow with a Dremel multitool into which the boot could be slotted. I used two section of foam for each soles: one for the heel and one for the rest of the sole. I then used applied expanding foam on top of the EVA, being careful not to drip expanding foam on any section of the boots I didn’t want covered. The aim was to hide the kitten heel and square out the toe. Once dry, I carved the expanding foam, covered the it in polyfilla, sanded this down and added a few layers of PVA before painting the result with Light grey acrylic.

For the rest of the boot, I sanded the leather before painting the boots themselves blue with acrylics. Sanding the leather promoted colour retention and prevented cracking. The boots already had straps around the top which I removed and used to create the straps across the feet. The fake buckles are made out of 6mm EVA foam. The red armoured sections at heel and toe were again made from 6mm EVA foam. The spikes at the toe are expanding foam and polyfilla as described earlier. In some images Ashelin’s boots are square toed and in others round. I intend to remake the boots using a more appropriate base and round toes. Walking around all day at Expo has rather broken up my home made soles but they served their purpose and I find myself not caring to much when things break as long as they were cheap to make.

Wig: I bought a blonde dreadlock wig and dyed it with acrylic ink and surgical spirit. I had to use a LOT of ink and spirits as the dreads just drank it up. I left the wig for a few hours before washing it with cold water until the water ran clear. Once the wig had dried, I cut off all the dreads. The wig cap was horribly shapeless so I stitched in some red fabric I’d pulled out of the lining of a coat to make side burns and a widow’s peak. I then pinned the dreads into place and once I was happy with the position I glued them down with hot glue. Some of the dreads were spliced together to make longer dreads. By this point I wasn’t happy with the vibrancy of the wig’s colour so I sprayed another layer of dye over the finished wig.

Face paints: I used a grey eyeliner pencil to mark the outline of the tattoos before filling in the gaps with a light grey water based face paint. This stayed in place all day without smudging.

11th July 2011

Bits and bobs

Today I got hold of face paint and spirit gum so I may do a make up test soon. I might also add another layer of dye to the styled wig. The dreads soak up moisture and there are a few places which didn't take up the dye as much as I would like. I'm hoping another surface coat might do the trick.

12th May 2011

Re-attaching the dreads

I pinned the dreadlocks in place before gluing them down with hot glue. I started with the dreads along the hairline and then plugged any gaps and added volume to the back of the wig by adding further dreads. The dreads were trimmed so that they would hang at the back ogf the wig at the same level. Some dreads were glued together to add length.

12th May 2011

Dread removal

I removed all the dreads from the wig and trimmed down the remaining fibres to minimise the bulk under the dreads when I relayed them whilst still keeping the wig mesh hidden.

12th May 2011

Dyed wig

The reults of dying the wig. I sewed in a tringle of red fabric at the front of the wig mesh where the widow&#039;s peak would be as well as side burns because the wig mesh turned out to be annoyingly shapeless.

12th May 2011

Dyeing the wig

I used Flame Red FW acrylic ink, a black permanent marker and a litre and a half of surgical spirit to dye the wig. The dreads just drank the solution. I then left the wig to dry overnight before washing it in cold water until the water ran clear.

12th May 2011

Base wig

After pondering my options I decided to purchase a white blonde dreadlock wig as a base.

7th May 2011

Ears finished 5

Paint the ears to match your own skin tone. I used acrylics with highlights and lowlight to create ridge definition. Attach to self with spirit gum.

6th May 2011

Ears 4

Place another line of hot glue as shown in the picture to plug the gap between the two flaps of craft foam. Sand this smooth.

6th May 2011

Ears 3

I then applied glue to the upper flap of the ear tip and between the hot glue ridges. Once the glue was tacky I folded down the upper flap and pressed the craft foam into the crevices formed by the hot glue ridges in order to give the illusion of a textured surface.

6th May 2011

Ear ridges 2

I retraced the ear ridge lines with hot glue making sure that the line of hot glue around the edge of the ear was thicker than those in the middle to give the illusion of a shell. If you don’t have a hot glue gun then rolled up newspaper glued down should give the same effect. At this point I also glued the short ear tip to the craft foam as shown in the picture. I used UHU glue for this.

6th May 2011

Cheap and cheerful ears 1

I adapted this from a tutorial I found online. Few companies make long ear tips therefore they are fairly expensive so I decided to make my own using a pair of cheaper, short latex ear tips as a base as I already had short ear tips from Tinkerbell.
I placed the ear tips onto a sheet of 3mm craft foam (I chose yellow as skin has yellow undertones and any wear and tear would be more likely to blend but any colour should work) and used these to gauge the width of the new ear tip. I decided how long I wanted the ear tips to be and then drew essentially a triangle to join these three points. I then folded the craft foam along the line of what would be the upper edge of the new ear tip before cutting out along my lines. In this way my ear tips would have a front and a back. I then marked out in chalk where I wanted my ear ridges to be.