Art

Ruby Rose

I chose to dress up as her for my creative shot to honor the great Monty Oum, creator of the series  RWBY, who recently passed away.

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Ruby isn’t my favorite character personality-wise, but she has one of the most badass fanart out there (or I really just have a thing for red and black).

Pros: legit reason to skip the thesis meetup session (which I regularly dread, as a true introvert)
Cons: because RED + BADASS, I was the center of attention  (which I also dread as an introvert, but at least I feel a bit awesome)

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Photo credit: Tristan Cervas

 

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This could really use a RWBY logo

She might look serious and badass, but she’s actually a goofy character.

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How do I replicate that? I’m bad at making wacky/goofy poses (and smiling)…

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Thanks to my trusty friend David (fellow RWBY fan) for creating the white accessories and helping me acquire and put on this extremely tight costume. D: 😀

Mio Akiyama (Maid ver.)

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Mio Akiyama from K-On!, everyone! I had no concept art for this, but it was what I was gunning for. All I had in my mind was:

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Playing maid isn’t my thing (I’d rather have someone else play maid for me, haha), but since Nina wanted to dress up as the main girl (?) from Kaichou wa maid sama, this is the easiest route for me. XD

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I was in charge of the logistics this time. I hired a photographer friend with whom I got acquainted last summer over Rubik’s cubes, and had the cafe of my favorite hotel with an introverted vibe reserved (for free!).

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The perfectionist in me was a bit bothered by the inaccuracy of the costume (no contact lenses either), but it’s the only maid costume I could get my hands on on such short notice, so no time to be choosy. Close enough!

And of course, we brought our dear friends Joey and David to help us with the shoot (and be our masters on-cam, lol


And the best part: turning against our master! XD

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Panty Anarchy

My friends and I went to ToyCon, and I had multiple embarrassing moments. How do I say the name of the character I’m cosplaying without seeming offensive or implying that I’m a fan of a hilariously vulgar anime series? Nina has it better… haha.

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We dressed up as angel sisters Panty and Stocking Anarchy from the series Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Stocking is an insufferable goth, while Panty is an alpha bitch. (We don’t have Garterbelt ’cause we’d be needing a tall black dude.) I don’t know how to explain the series in milder terms ’cause it’s very vulgar. It’s the first anime to stretch the limits of my open-mindedness!

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Basically, Powerpuff Girls for adults.

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This time, I outsourced the props-making from a group of UPD fine arts majors, and had the dress made in UPD as well. That made it pretty convenient to monitor the costume’s progress. 😀 As always, acquiring auxiliary parts of the costume was pretty hard, but we pulled it off just in time.

I was also fortunate enough to be chosen as a photoshoot subject for my femme fatale look. Yay? It was very hard to maintain a good smile for a long time. :-/

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Nina wanted to cosplay as Menma, the ghost child from the anime series AnoHana, so I decided to go as a zombie girl for a supernatural photoshoot. 😀

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This is Rea, from Sankarea. She might not look like a zombie ’cause she retained her beauty, mobility, and free will after death, but she is! She has red eyes and eats hydrangea leaves to counter the effects of rigor mortis.

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We held the shoot at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. David and kuya Hell served as our trusty cameramen and baggage carriers, haha. The place was bustling with people on this fine cloudy day. I was actually hoping for some sun to have a better lighting, but with a few contrast adjustments it turned out okay.

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Good thing David could come even if he was a bit sick. We headed to Ramen X to let them have a taste of my favorite ramen afterwards. Nina wanted to continue the photoshoot there, but I dislike having my photo taken while eating (either too unflattering or unnatural -__-).

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Bloodmoon Akali

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This unit is a flippin’ ninja.

My barkada (except for David, he’s on a field trip) and I went to UPD for a video game character photoshoot. I went as Bloodmoon Akali from my favorite RTS game League of Legends, while Nina dressed up as  Ling Xiaoyu from Tekken. We were used as subjects/models for a photography class hosted by a club from her company. In turn, we got some high quality photos. Win-win!

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Akali is my secondary champ. I have the highest kill score and KDA ratio with her, and even once scored a memorable quadrakill. 😀

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I actually went to OzineFest two years ago as this character, but I had to remake the scythe this time due to battle damage, lol.

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I obviously crammed it and didn’t have enough time to make the elaborate designs on the blade.

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Afterwards, we did a photoshoot of our own for Joey’s 18th birthday. 😀

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Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Last weekend, I attended the Renaissance fair at the Mind Museum, where they awarded free tickets for the Da Vinci exhibit to people who came in renaissance-inspired costumes. Naturally my pal David and I took the chance to cosplay together as King Arthur and his knight Sir Bedivere.

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These are probably the cheapest costumes I’ve ever put together, thanks to my grandma’s willingness to help out with the dressmaking and David’s creativity with the props. Best 1000php ever spent, plus 4 prize tickets. That’s a 100% return on investment! 😀

We had a lot of fun experiencing the offerings of the available booths, and even designed a shield for our mind mover friend Sir Pecier. They liked the design and we were given a gigantic hammer as prize. XD

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And of course, we got to see the Da Vinci exhibit. 😀

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Dead Master

It’s been a long while since I last worked on a cosplay project.  My newfound friend Nina, who is quite passionate with this hobby, asked me to be her long-time cosplay partner. Her incredible optimism amazes me, so I agreed in the hopes of strengthening our friendship. We went to the annual Best of Anime convention together as the two main characters from Black Rock Shooter.

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For 2 months I worked on securing the wig, cloth, and materials for the skull, chains, horns, wings, and crafted the scythe with the help of my friend David. The black dress made by my trusted couturierre in Marikina looks great. It was my first time to wear colored non-graded contacts.

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I had to cram the costume on afternoons and weekends since I had to focus on schoolwork, which was a bad thing since my perfectionist tendencies insist on creating a high quality, and that caused me a great deal of stress. In the convention, I was so self-conscious because I thought the audience would notice all the imperfections in my appearance. I was so surprised when they complimented me and took countless photos with us.

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I guess I should learn to be gentler on myself.