The Sandman

Cosplayer: Storme

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

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.

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InfiniteJester - 25th April 2011
awesome :) nice to see sandman cosplays

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

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

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Storme - 28th April 2011
Thanks! :D

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Loxes - 28th April 2011
Awesome pale vampire *thumbs up*

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Storme - 29th April 2011
Loxes: protecting my lovely pallor, no less!