During this time I concentrated my energies in starting a new cosplay, more on that on another post, and fixing Non's problems, took the insoles from my boots (they're a bit big for my foot, which slide to the front, ending in hurting my toes - still not entirely fixed it), bought a new white foundation from Illamasqua and translucent powder from SmashBox (more on that here) and fixed the cape's collar. It was just a small thing, when I first cut it, I did it as a straight rectangle, but it was a tiny bit too high and the fact that it wasn't tailored was annoying me to the point of thinking about it at odd times. So, I made it rounder and now there's nothing I feel needs to be changed with my Non Gou costume, from Majokko Megu-chan (in Portugal, Nádia from Bia, a Pequena Feiticeira). So, Here are the photos taken at this year's Cosplay Photoshoot, the annual cosplay meet during Carnival holidays (which aren't holidays any longer - government issues).
Many thanks to the nice guy, attending the Photoshoot for the first time, who took the outdoor photos with my camera. If by any chance you're reading this, please identify yourself.
This costume has some history attached. It was on my first cosplay wishlist when I started cosplaying, as Non is one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite anime series, with beautiful character design by Shingo Araki, the same designer from Versailles no Bara and Saint Seiya, amongst many other gorgeous works. I decided to make it back in 1997, but almost everything went wrong, couldn't find the right fabric in the right colour (it was still really hard to find purple cotton twill this time around), the only wigs available were those cheap, poor quality Halloween wigs and I couldn't find one in blue (at some point, ANY blue) and I ended up improvising one with wool, which ended up a predictable disaster... I was happy with the dress part but the cape was too short and didn't hang like I wanted. It's amazing how a short cape takes SO much fabric! And I can't even mention the facepaint, if I suffered back in September, you can't imagine the level with the paint I could find on a very limited market. But there were some positive aspects, A friend made me the medallions out of brass (which I changed a bit now for accuracy purposes), I reused the zippers as they were the perfect pink colour, had pretty similar boots and the white tights come from the same store (Rei das Meias).
Being much more comfortable, I could enjoy this year's Photoshoot much better, even if there was a drizzle most of the day. But through the wig I couldn't notice it much and the temperature was quite fine. As last year I arrived soon, late morning, had lunch with fellow cosplayers and anime fans at the nearby mall and hung out with AnaIsabelaSantos and her mom, Gaaaooo, Miminhoo, MirianRose, Sofy-Cos, Hemno-Snap, ApokalipsRyder, Lunnacry and her cousin (Portuguese group candidates to the ECG competition), Suse, manabuutena and sophie-art. At some time a small group went to take some photos, initially I wanted to take the chance to have some of me taken, but by then I had already changed into comfortable boots and wasn't in the mood any more. Just took some myself. At sundown we went back to the mall for some food and chatting. The eating area was full of very colourful and pretty wigs! Nothing like a cosplay meet to colour things up. Then I went to the after-party at Xtreme Games, a games parlour/club where the Xmas Ball was held. Over there I met KuroKaren and KuroKikkai, who were unfortunately on the process of taking down their beautiful Chii/Elda=Freya costumes, and some really nice Star Wars fans. It's definitely nice to promote cosplay parties, instead of just anime/comics events, it's the best way to hang out with people who like this hobby. The music wasn't the very best and it was a bit too loud to have a decent conversation without ruining your voice, but the drinks are cheap, it's near my home and there's plenty of room for improvement.
So, as usual I uploaded my pictures to Picasa, please enjoy and identify yourselves and characters if you'd like to. If you'd like to use any of my pictures, not that they're anything special, please ask first.
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