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JAPAN EXPO 2013 - EUROPEAN COSPLAY GATHERING by CoolADN
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I love this photo because it's very balanced. The costume looks amazing and the cosplayer is in a perfect stance that suits her warrior...

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Summer isn't actually something I usually celebrate, as I prefer winter or cold weather (I know, I live in the wrong country), but this year the Festa do Japão (Japan Festival) was held on the first day of summer and as I was finishing my new cosplay of the year, I wore it for the first time there.

The Face of the Queen by MisatoLx 1000 Nen Joou by MisatoLx

Andromeda Promethium, from 1000 Nen Joou (or Queen Millenia), by one of my gurus, Leiji Matsumoto, was on my cosplay wishlist for many years, so many that I had her artwork printed for reference in A4 full colour pages when I was able to at a former job, over 10 years ago.

Making the crown was the challenge that made me go ahead, firstly because I now could easily get the materials to make it and also because I realised it wouldn't be too expensive to make. Unfortunately some materials took their time to become available, the dress' main fabric (silk jersey) and the gems' light green pigment. I couldn't make the final parts of the cosplay when I planned and knew I had free time to fully work on cosplays, and  being really busy from March to May with work made me hurry the sewing, the crown painting and resin casting of the gems. As a result I need to recast the gems, as I want them to be a bit greener and more transparent (and with no scratches and faults due to demoulding them too early), and I had a few mishaps with the crown's glossy varnish, which a bit of sanding and a new coat will correct. Speaking of sanding and painting, I achieved the glossy finish with a lot of sanding with fine sandpaper, loads of patience and preferably a bit more time. The crown is made of heat shaped PVC (as a base), EVA/craft foam, about 6 coats of wood glue, another 6 coats of glossy red paint and about the same amount of glossy varnish coats.

The event itself was similar to the previous years but maybe the weather behaved at its best. The first year I attended it was raining for a while, the second was blazing hot during the afternoon and got really cold in the evening, this year it was sunny during the day and rather nice in the evening. But the best part was meeting old friends I hadn't met for many years and catching up. I ended not taking many photos, this year a lot of photos were taken of me, but I guess most were by tourists as the event is outdoors, free and in a very touristy part of town. There is usually a stall, with second-hand Japanese books and magazines, where I grabbed two volumes of the manga Thermae Romae and a satire beauty mook joking with vintage shoujo manga, like Versailles no Bara and such. Totally me! I think the mangaka is the same person who did the Bihada Ichizoku beauty line and anime artwork. Need to find out more about this book.

So, I didn't take many photos, at this event I usually end up not taking many as it's usually quite busy and the sunlight is very harsh, so I just have fun. Here's my small gallery, as usual in Picasa:



I will probably spend a few days by the sea in August, maybe I'll take this cosplay and take a few shots there as it's rather wild (but not futuristic - as it also should be). And now that I have looong blonde wig again, maybe I'll make another Maetel shoot, but only in the winter, as the cosplay is too hot!

Meanwhile I'm already preparing my cosplay for next year, which ended up becoming a group cosplay (yay!) and the one for 2016, as it will be my 20th Anniversary and I want to spread the expenses in two years as I want to do something special (=expensive).

The next event near me is at the beginning of September, Midori, which I don't know if I will be able to attend due to work, and after there's the second edition of AniFest, which I will surely attend and wear Adromeda again (hopefully I won't ignore the photobooth this time ;) ). I hope there will be a ball again in December and there's also a ComicCon (which I don't know if it's official or not) planned for Oporto. I still don't know if I will attend that one, it all depends on my finances, ticket price and if I'll get some company or not.

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  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Rádio Oxigénio
  • Reading: xxxHOLiC
  • Watching: radio on TV
  • Eating: about to have dinner
  • Drinking: water

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Leo Pinela
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I'm probably the 1st Portuguese anime-related cosplayer, as I've been cosplaying since 1996. My first costume was Black Lady from SailorMoon R. I still cosplay because I have lots of fun with it!

I'm also an illustrator and Blythe doll clothes designer amongst other things.

Cosplays so far:
♥ Black Lady, SailorMoon R
♥ Tenjou Utena, Shoujo Kakumei Utena
♥ Kakyuu-hime, SailorMoon Sailorstars
♥ Ginrei, Giant Robo
♥ Shiratori Jun, Gatchaman
♥ Yumi, Rurouni Kenshin
♥ Maetel, Galaxy Express 999
♥ Ichihara Yuuko (manga, Snow Chapter), xxxHOLiC
♥ Hokuto Sumeragi (heart dress), Tokyo Babylon
♥ Chigusa Tsukikage, Glass no Kamen
♥ Non Gou - v2, Majokko Megu-chan

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Seishiro3 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the favourites! :happybounce: 
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MisatoLx Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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Seishiro3 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! You are very nice Hi! 
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RomaiLee Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for the fav on Battousai - Tomoe - Remembrance by RomaiLee (^_^)

If you're interested please follow my work as a cosplayer here: www.facebook.com/romaileecos

if you use Twitter: twitter.com/romailee

I would appreciate it (^^) If it's no interest to you just ignore it ;)
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MisatoLx Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :)
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Byak-kun Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks  a lot honey for the fav on my Watanuki and Yuuko cosplay <3
www.facebook.com/ShiniByakkoCo… feel free to take a look at my page :3
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MisatoLx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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Thanks for the :+fav: :dance:
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MisatoLx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
you're welcome! ^___^
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Many thanks for the fave! ^^
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