Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gotham/Batgirl Inspired Bathroom Ongoing Project

Hey everyone....I know, where have I been? It's called life and too many times it gets in the way of what I really want to be doing. The other day I was in my bathroom cleaning and realized my shower curtain looks like a Gotham City skyline, and I got happy. Then I looked around at all the mis-matched pieces, peeling wallpaper, and Legend clock. Don't get me wrong, I love my Legend clock where two unicorns are silhouetted against a sunset,  "They express only love and laughter, dark thoughts are not known to them." But...it's red and orange. I'm going for purple and black with the accents of yellow! I had the idea to have novelty soaps i.e. these great ones from Luxury Lane Doap (Nerd section!) (who I love because they have a Young Frankenstein  Abby Normal soap, a Decepticon soap, Marvel soaps....need I go on?!?!), but you could go to any etsy seller, or artfire store such as these: Mel's Fun Suds, or the talented Tub Time, or Sky Rain Soap, among millions of other soap shops.
I also want to make my own curtains, and above bath fabric piece...thing to have bat signals and/or other comic details. It's not going to be completely in your face or lame/childish, but enough to please me.
I'm sorry for the small tiddly update...but seriously I am busy as a beaver, and also considering an Etsy or Artfire store myself.
I promise to do a Chay-Ara Hol cosplay tutorial soon, so stay tuned ya'll! Also, vsit me on facebook! I'm there much more frequently than here! Nerd Rendezvous
PS Get your tickets for C4 and Comikaze now...they're going fast!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New 52 Green Arrow Cosplay / Chay-Ara Hol Hawkgirl Weekend Success

After a very exhausting weekend, I have pictures for ya'll. Also, you can find me on instagram @ nerdrendezvous and on facebook: Nerd Rendezvous because I tend to post a zillion progress pictures over on those, including my Chay-Ara Hol Hawkgirl wing build which is a very SLOW process that is testing my patience. It's totally worth it because they look amazing so far. I hope they are done by C4 in September or Comikaze in November, I'll be able to go as multiple characters! Weeeeeeee!
Now for the meat and potatoes....my previous post was how to build armor using foam, and build away I did. 2 legs and 2 arms are now complete and are a nice glossy green!

BOOM! That just happened. I attached them by gluing velcro straps on, and sizing them to GA's arms/legs.
We made a pattern for the hooded vest base, cut it out of the green canvas material, sewed it all together, and as of right now it just needs the embellishments added on.
The quiver (I will absolutely make a quick tutorial right after this) and some arrows are now done.
This photo via @ chambernaut's Instagram feed:
the quiver in the first few issue of New 52 is more of a back pack type...thing so here is a view of that:

Now onto MY favorite part: Chay-Ara Hol: WINGS!!!!!!!!
As you can see this is a very slow (one feather at a time) process. After they are all glued on there, I will shape them, and texture them, paint them, and then attach a harness of some sort...I haven't thought that part out yet, and I'd be ecstatic if one of you guys had some ideas, or have done this before and could give me some advice!!!!! <3

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New 52 Green Arrow Cosplay Armor Build

Hey everyone...I know I've been rather silent lately (unless you're on the facebook page Nerd Rendezvous, I do try and keep up correspondence over on that front AND more photos) I've been dealing with the troubles of adulthood. Enough with the blah! Let's see some of the progress on Ollie!
My first foray into foam armor has been full of trial and error, messy floor, trips to Harbor Freight, and lots of burning myself with various heat tools. It's been worth it! I finally finished (yes...finished) one arm guard, and here is what it looks like:
Hey! It's GA himself @chambernaut.
For this type of armor I used two types of foam: EVA (Exercise Mat) and craft foam sheets. The heat gun makes bending and forming the EVA foam sooooo easy, so I suggest investing in one (Harbor Freight $15, just sayin') you will find that you use it A LOT. Also...just a little tid bit of info...do NOT use it on the thin craft foam sheets, it's way too powerful and will torch it. You can use a hair drier for those.
I cut out a simple arm guard pattern on the EVA that was the length from GA's knuckles to a little past the elbow, and wide enough to bend down  an inch or two on either side of his arm. You then bend the sides, by using the heat gun to heat it up, and bend it along a straight line at whatever angle you want. You can actually stop there, coat it in glue or mod podge, and air brush the segmented look onto it. I mean....it's that crazy and simple. But I wanted the 3d effect, so I took pieces of craft foam and cut them into the segments, and glued them on in a layered fashion to the EVA foam base. I coated the whole exterior in glue/mod podge twice. I primed it, then spray painted it. Here is my super huge advice when it comes to these projects: Use acrylic paint and a brush, not spray paint. Better yet, mix a little mod podge into that acrylic paint. I know...you're thinking, "But spray paint cuts down painting time...and I don't have to do as many coats." Yeah you're right. But it also will crack if you accidentally lay something against it, or it needs to bend. I had nice awesome arm guards, until one of them was leaned on and now my options are, BATTLE SCARS, or START OVER. My Talons however (there will be a post on them shortly) were coated in gold acrylic paint with brush and mod podge, and have no problems. We decided that it looked really awesome when it looked like the comic book art, with all the outlines surrounding the glossy green, so we sharpied it up around the edged of each green segment.
Solid glossy piece pre-crackles. It looks much better with the black lines all over it.

EVA foam (grey) has been bent using heat gun. Lay out your craft foam segments near by in order to make it a smoother process.

Oh nothing.......Just a couple trick arrows
 Sorry guys, but that's about all I've summed up right now, but don't worry. This weekend is dedicated (from 5pm Saturday through whenever we finish Sunday) to Green Arrow's props getting done. That means arm guards, leg guards, quiver, arrows, hopefully the vest/hood, sleeves, belt/buckle and beer canisters. It looks like I won't be sleeping in order to get this done. Not to mention the other hundred million projects I'm working on :/ Stay tuned!

Don't forget to get your tickets to C4 and Comikaze before they sell out guys....and then look both me and @chambernaut up when there! You know what to look for, I'll either be Black Canary, Madame Hydra, Chay-Ara Hol, or Tala...I've even got a Kate Beckett cosplay in the works. I will definitely be forming a schedule for those looks, and more tutorials to come!