the diary of a dreamer

Still alive.
Hey guys!... lolwhoamIkidding, I have no readers.

Suppose I'm posting this as an update on my life/art/cosplays/etc.  I just checked my journal and realized I haven't posted since I got halfway through creating my Ramona Flowers wig.  Yeeeaaah I should post pictures of that, shouldn't I?  Whoops.  I've been getting a LOT better at cosplay... in fact I've kind of been transformed into a very dedicated cosplayer.  I've learned what I can and cannot do (although as of lately I'm branching out my skill sets to include all realms of cosplay), and at the same time I've also learned that when I really have the drive to create something, I can.  I used to be afraid of a lot of things in terms of cosplay construction - sewing, wig styling, cost management, and the nightmare of looking terrible in a costume you really want to do.  Luckily, I'm discovering that I have a knack for cosplaying the women I really admire/connect with, and...

...wait for it...

...I've almost completely ditched anime cosplay.

Over the past half-a-year or so, since I fell in love with Ramona and decided I'd take a big chance in cosplaying her, I've been.. very turned off by anime fans.  Not specific ones, but the fandom in general.  The ones who are JUST anime fans, I mean.  It seems that gamers are the ones I prefer to associate with, and liking video games makes you less socially awkward.  I know, right?  I would have never believed it in a million years.  Also I don't really love all cosplayers like I used to think I did.  A couple of them really pissed me off, and one specifically lost me a whole bunch of friends, so I'm very wary of them.

But on a more positive note, I've explored a whole lot of cosplay options and I seem to have found ones (who I can pull off) that are pretty and popular without digging through really obscure characters that no one has heard of.  I've also stopped crossplaying since I've discovered the joys of Rule 63 - the genderbends.  It's not flattering and I don't enjoy making my body look masculine.  I have curves for a reason, and there are plenty of female characters (or cool genderbends) that not enough people represent.  :D

Let's see my current cosplay roster:
  • Ramona Flowers (Scott Pilgrim vs the World)
  • Meryl Silverburgh (Metal Gear Solid)
  • fem!Scott McNeil (...yes, the voice actor, and it was a huge hit among the media guests at MetroCon this year!)
  • Scout's Mom (Team Fortress 2, my recently-awakened love)
  • fem!Egoraptor (He's an artist/voice actor responsible for the masterpieces you might know as Girlchan in Paradise and the Awesome series, among many other things.  Check him out on Newgrounds.com.)

...and my current commitments to cosplay are schoolgirl!Panty (Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt) and fem!Sniper (Team Fortress 2).  Got lotsa work to do for those two, but they'll be good fun.

Other than that, I've been doing a lot of crafty things as of late.  Everything from working with polymer clay to painting personalized step-stools (which will be sold on my etsy account) baking cupcakes decoraded with sculpted fondant.  I've also been doing a lot of art lately, both commissions and things I've just really wanted to draw.  I really didn't forsee that happening after the shit I went through finishing up my art degree.  I never felt so burnt out in my life.  But I guess now I've found my inspiration in video games (thank you, Valve, for giving me something I honestly thought I'd never thought I'd see again)!

Pretty much everything I do gets posted on my tumblr, from cosplay to baking to jewelry-making.  

Because of this I've decided I want to undertake a big project.  A big prop-making project.  It is a goal of mine to learn the ins and outs of successful prop-making so I can be of help to anyone who needs it.  I've been doing research for years and years, learning new techniques from prop masters like Volpin and Furin Cosplay, and I think it's about time I start my journey.

I love Portal.  I really do.  It's original, it's classic, and it takes some sort of intelligence to play.  That's a good game in itself.  Top that off with fantastic characters and a story to die for, and you've got yourself a timeless masterpiece, one which you can reference in public and it's almost guaranteed that someone in the vicinity will know what you're talking about.  At least, people with good taste.  So when Portal 2 came out, I was in my mode of oh god I don't have a PS3 or 360 and my laptop barely runs Portal 1 as it is, plus I'm too busy with school so I avoided P2 gossip like the plague for about 2 weeks and then... and then it was finals week, I was burnt out and hating school, and all I wanted to do was curl up in bed and watch something that would really hook me.  It was then that I discovered my first Portal 2 playthrough video on YouTube.  And so I watched it.  The entire game, front to back, in one sitting.  It was breathtaking.  The puzzles, the new story, the new characters, and the new, bitter, sarcastic, and witty GLaDOS.

Months and months later, I've rediscovered my love for Portal 2 thanks to my tumblr dashboard, and I've fallen in love with Adventure Core.  Yes, Rick.  Rick is my absolute favorite.  He has a black belt in bedroom, for Christ's sake, and he doesn't have any appendages.  How could I not love him?

When I mentioned I'd been crafting lately, one of my projects was making a Wheatley necklace.  I wanted a less-mainstream symbol of Portal to hang around my neck when I went places.  Stuff like that always starts conversation.  So I planned out something simple, a flat, painted pendant of polymer clay, to look like a cartoonish Wheatley.  Perfect, right?

Welp, twelve hours later, I ended up with this baby right below:

Yeah, how's that for definitely not flat or cartoonish at all?  I'm very proud of it, and since I really enjoyed making it, I'll probably end up making more to sell on etsy.  Well, once I find a method that takes half the time.

Anyway, with the amount of detail I was able to squeeze into something like that and how much fun I had doing it, I want to bring Adventure Core to life.  No... not as a pendant.  Not as jewelry.  Not as a pillow, either, though I'll probably do that, too... but to actually make a life-sized Rick.  Preferable one that lights up and talks.

You may have seen Furin Cosplay's really-damn-famous Wheatley puppet on youtube or on some massive geek news site like Kotaku.  If not, check it out here.  Yeah, it got a LOOOOT of response, a lot of well-deserved response.  It's brilliant, and it's gorgeous, and I just want to hug it forever.  Since Wheatley's been done, and people are probably going to attempt Space Core a bajillion times, there's really nothing standing in the way of me making a life-sized Rick, is there?  I mean, no one else is going to do it anytime soon, and I have SO MUCH LOVE for him I don't even know how to contain it.  Plus she was kind enough to document her construction process and sketches on her blog, which helps people like me SO MUCH.  You know, noobs with a lot of love and dedication and big dreams.

So that's my life in a nutshell.

When I do begin the planning/construction of Rick the life-sized Adventure Core, I'll have to document it here.  I want to be a resource, if I can, for other ridiculously ambitious cosplayers who want to make cool things.  That's it for now, though.  I'll write later, doods!



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