Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Today I did a Samurai Sword workshop with Tetsuro Shimaguchi of KAMUI. He choreographed the fight scenes in Kill Bill I and was Crazy 88 #1, Miki. (He is the first one to die in the fight scene in Kill Bill - the one who Uma stabs and tosses into the water). He and his two assistants were wonderful! We learned how to bow, handle the sword (wooden ones to practice with) and 6 of the basic positions/cuts. We even did 100 repetitions of the cut exercise that real samurai do 2,000 of every morning. Then we sparred with the instructors, learned some choreography, and got to personally "kill" our instructor and then do the signature Uma pose and glare. I was the best at it! My evil eye really could kill. Because of my long background in dance, I was pretty good with all of the positions and body language. Its like dancing with a stick! The big thing was to keep your core straight and your body loose, which is my specialty. Especially because I did yoga today and was all warmed up from that. Speaking of yoga, my teacher calls me an X-man because of how flexible I am, lol. He keeps stopping the class to go "oh! Look everyone, look at what SHE can do! Why can you do that?" How embarrassing...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Because this is a cosplay blog, I feel that it is only right that I make a post today about some of the advances I have made on a cosplay idea that I have been entertaining... (I know, I have too many for being in Tokyo without a sewing machine or anything but as soon as I get home I have been doing so much planning that I can just jump right into it!!!)
After searching the far reaches of the internet in some of the strangest, most deviant corners, I finally found clear vinyl fabric sold by the yard. And its in the colour I need, too!
*warning: potentially graphic* The site is not "bad", they just cater to a very specific crowd, and its called Blackstyle. They sell pvc, vinyl, and rubber fabrics in lots of colours. I usually use Spandex World for all of my stretchy needs, but finding clear orange/yellow material that wasn't just a plastic-bag-thin rain poncho was REALLY hard!
The outfit I am working on is one that is featured in Evangelion 2.0, which has not premiered in the US yet, so I have included spoiler alerts for the rest of the post.
When I am planning out a new outfit, I draw it first to imagine how the pattern will look/be altered. I use this stage to figure out some of those impossible moments that work really well in imagination land of animating cells and manga pages, but not at all in real life! Its a great help. Also, a human body never ever looks like the drawn body, so I alter some of the proportions to either bring to costume down to earth, or create the illusion that my body looks like the impossible animated one.
lol, ok so they dont translate well in photographs... But you get the idea! Its all in my head! Anyway, Ill leave all this be for now because there is simply nothing I can do here to get started... Maybe I can get my wig tho! I need to find another series to cosplay...
**Foreshadowing: code name Pretty Soldier might make her first appearance in 6 years!
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
I found the disappearing mall! It's not really a disappearing mall, but it is one that Quinn and I couldn't find for a few weeks. Basically we found it one day, LOVED everything in it, but forgot where it was when we went to go back... fail... But today it has been re-discovered!