Charizard Gijinka
Pokemon Gijinka

Cosplayer: sjbonnar

Variant: Shiny

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

Amecon 2010

24th July 2010: WINGS ARE FINISHED! Finally...LOL They're held in place with industrial strength velcro and hold hard (they're difficult to remove actually! LMAO) but that means that they'll stay stuck on!

It also means I can detach them for transport ^_^ Which is awesome!

24th July 2010: Harness Done! Finished the miniture wings/Harness for Charizard! They look a bit tiny, but wait until you see them with the big wings attached...

19th July 2010: Wings Almost Done Made a central piece that will not only be miniture wings for places like the dealer's room, but also mean that I can attach and detach my large, main wings.

16th July 2010: Painting 2 Day 1 of painting, first coat done and quite liking the effect. Tried to mist in the black and red sprays in order to get a darker shade of red and I think it worked well.

15th July 2010: Painting Begins Started the painting process for the wings. Thus far, primer is done (several layers on each side...took forever!)

13th July 2010: Varnished and Bone Structure Made After deciding that some strengthening and some weather-proofing might be beneficial before painting. As such, the pair of wings were coated in two layers of clear wood varnish on both sides.

Once this was done (with plenty of drying time between each layer) and they were fully dry I began with the bone structure. The idea for this was taken from FireyCharizard's amazing pair of Charizard wings. Basically, piping insulation was cut open and attached to the outside of the wings, with one piece of insulation cut in half and placed down the middle to look like a joint bone.

Next step: Painting the wings!

8th July 2010: One Wing Complete! Alright, I've managed to saw my way through double-corrugated cardboard which I'm using as a base for my Charizard wings. I was originally planning on using foamboard but lack the funds to get any at the moment so we'll see how this goes!

First wing's done...got to add the bones, paint then attach to the harness!


Alyx avatar

Alyx - 7th April 2010
Hell Fikkin YES! super exciting!!

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 7th April 2010
Thank you ^_^ I hope everyone realises it's just a Gijinka I'm doing though!

Berserk667 avatar

Berserk667 - 7th April 2010
I don't think I have ever seen anyone try shiney versions of gijinka pokemon before. Nice idea mate

Sephirayne avatar

Sephirayne - 7th April 2010
Awwww! I really wanted to see the whole dragon, lol!!!

Nahhh! I really am looking forward to seeing this. I love Charmander and his evolved forms. Charizard is rocking and I love his shiny version.

Mungojerrie avatar

Mungojerrie - 7th April 2010
When you do this, we should get Charmander and Charizard pictures together 8D

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 7th April 2010
Cheers Ben ^_^
Aww Em, sorry to disappoint LOL Charizard is my favourite of all the pokémon and his Shiny version just makes him even better! I love the colour scheme!
Holly: YES YES YES!

Wildeth avatar

Wildeth - 11th April 2010
this will be so badass! :]

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 11th April 2010
Aww thank you!

Inuyoku avatar

Inuyoku - 18th April 2010
This will be awesome :D Charizard is my fav and he looks even more epic shiny!

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 18th April 2010
Aww, he's my favourite too! I love Charizard and seeing his Shiny colourscheme made me desperate to cosplay him!

Freyarule avatar

Freyarule - 27th April 2010
ah I see you got a design now :D yah sorry I never managed to finish mine on time, uni work has been annoying >_< but the design you have would suit you way more :D

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 27th April 2010
Yeah, my friend Nikki drew it for me! It's the first of several designs but I love it!

Aww, I wanted to see yours!

Limegreenjelly avatar

Limegreenjelly - 27th April 2010
looks like a great design so excited for the gijinka group :)

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 27th April 2010
Aww thanks hun ^_^

Freyarule avatar

Freyarule - 27th April 2010
lol well if I ever get the time I'll finish it up :) it's similar to the one Nikki did, 'cept mine has a waistcoat/jacket thing and er....yeah pretty similar to that XD

Unknown member avatar

Anonymous - 27th April 2010
Cannot wait to see this at Ame :D

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 28th April 2010
Aww thanks guys!

AmethystEyes avatar

AmethystEyes - 4th May 2010
My Pokemon bring all the boys to the yard and they're like 'fuck, a shiny Cha-ri-zaaard.'
Poor attempt at the Milkshake song aside- you will horribly own all the other Pokemon gijinkas!

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 5th May 2010
"My pokemon bring all the boys to the yard and they're like, you wanna trade cards?" LOL That's the one I heard ^_^'

Aww hun...I'm sure that won't be true...there are cosplayers FAR better than me doing Gijinka that day but thank you *hugs*

Leonie Heartilly avatar

Leonie Heartilly - 3rd July 2010
Loving the designs for this and it totally suits you! I want to see some progress though *nudges*

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 3rd July 2010
LMAO Ok, I'll get right on it ^_^

- avatar

- - 5th July 2010
Ooof hes lookin bad ass
Good luck with this, can't wait to see some progess ; )

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 5th July 2010
Aww thank you very much! Hopefully there'll be some soon!

Limegreenjelly avatar

Limegreenjelly - 8th July 2010
^^ YAY! more gijinka progress Good luck with your charizard :)

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 9th July 2010
Aww thanks, it's not much yet ^_^'

Defrain avatar

Defrain - 14th July 2010
this looks interesting

Inuyoku avatar

Inuyoku - 14th July 2010
do ya know what is the most awesome about this ... the fact the wings were taken a photo of with a digimon duvet underneath... YESSS

the wings look really good so far ^^

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 14th July 2010
Defrain: Good interesting or "Oh gods, it's looking crap" interesting? LOL
Inuyoku: LMAO I'm glad you appreciated the irony of that picture ;-) ^_^

Unknown member avatar

Anonymous - 15th July 2010
making good progress on the wings mate, well done.

Chikinpoo avatar

Chikinpoo - 15th July 2010
looking awesome so far Batman ^_^

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 15th July 2010
Thank you very much ^_^

Leonie Heartilly avatar

Leonie Heartilly - 15th July 2010
Wings are looking good hun =)

Leolarua avatar

Leolarua - 16th July 2010
wigs are looking good now :)
lets just hope the weather isnt like its been lately, or you may blow away

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 16th July 2010
Aww thanks! I've got them painted now so hopefully they'll look ok when done!

Unknown member avatar

Anonymous - 16th July 2010
Those wings are looking fantastic 8D

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 17th July 2010
Aww thank you!

Unknown member avatar

Anonymous - 18th July 2010
did you give that idea a go? or have you not had a chance yet mate? i built a scale model and it worked super efficiently.

Chikinpoo avatar

Chikinpoo - 18th July 2010
was it..... SUPER EFFECTIVE?!?!

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 18th July 2010
Haven't had a chance yet! I don't even know if I have any more of that cardboard, but I'm gonna go have a look...

Sephirayne avatar

Sephirayne - 20th July 2010
The wings are looking ace!

Amy-Lou avatar

Amy-Lou - 20th July 2010
Great wings! Does the insulation tube paint well?

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 20th July 2010
Thanks guys!

No Amy, it does not LOL Even with two coats of primer, the paint can flake off if the structure of the foam changes (my brother squeezed part of it and the paint cracked a bit) but at least the paint is sticking to it LOL

PapercutPerfect avatar

PapercutPerfect - 24th July 2010
Looking amazing, Sean! Can't wait to see it all done!

CrystalNeko avatar

CrystalNeko - 24th July 2010
Impressive pair of wings! It's hard to believe they're just made out of cardboard and foam!

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 24th July 2010
Aww, thanks PCP! Does that mean you're definitely at Amecon then...? ^_^

Crystal: Thank you very much ^_^ I had to do it on a budget really or I would have used better materials LOL But I like how they turned out so thank you *hugs*

Berserk667 avatar

Berserk667 - 27th July 2010
wings r looking good

Unknown member avatar

Anonymous - 27th July 2010
bad ass wings :D can't wait to see this all done at amecon :D

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 27th July 2010
Berserk: Thank you!

Carla: Thank you very much!

LittlePidgey4 avatar

LittlePidgey4 - 27th July 2010
Those wings are really cool! :D

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 27th July 2010
Aww thank you!

Elyiel avatar

Elyiel - 17th August 2010
You look awesome, love the wings! ;D

Limegreenjelly avatar

Limegreenjelly - 18th August 2010
Charizard was amazing ^^ I loved it so much *hugs* random milk bottle is making up for lack of milkshake :P I will find you at expo ... ...

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 18th August 2010
Aww thank you so much ^_^

Leonie Heartilly avatar

Leonie Heartilly - 8th April 2011
Mewmewmew... Mew! *continues to bug Charizard*

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 8th April 2011
*swats tail at Mew*

Leonie Heartilly avatar

Leonie Heartilly - 9th April 2011
*zips out of the way giggling*

LinkyLex avatar

LinkyLex - 15th September 2011
Wow, I like what you've done with this! xD
I've read the journals about the wings and it helps a lot with mine so thanks for posting those!

Any extra help would be appreciated though as I've never done it before.
Anyway, yours turned out well, so if you have anything to add please PM me :)

sjbonnar avatar

sjbonnar - 16th September 2011
Aww I'm glad I could help ^_^ If you have any questions at all, please feel free to PM me and I'll talk you through it!

They were a pain to make, but it was a labour of love LOL