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.
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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