Oddly enough, 2014 felt so fast and yet slow at the same time. There were definite moments of struggle for me more or less through the farther half of the year due to crazy changes in my shift.
What was your favorite cosplay project?
Priciest would be Kogyoku Ren as would appear most obvious, the venue was also quiet beautiful to add. The sad bit is that we were so late to locate and finally get into the area that we only had the evening to light us.
There was also the fact that the Buddhists in the temple were resting so we were restricted to a small area.
The most excruciating, with bitter sweet memories to boot was Makise Kurisu in her default outfit. That was made for, and planned for a contest by Tokyo Otaku Mode. In which a certain phrase that had not been translated properly caused me to misunderstood the mechanics completely.
Easiest to portray was Rin Tohsaka, it was also the easiest to pull off and wear inside malls. It's not as obvious compared to wearing a salmon pink wig or a blatantly blonde wig. (I'm probably shooting myself in the foot with saying this)
The cheapest overall, would be Kirishima Touka as most of her stuff was already in my closet together with the wig and the contact lenses. Although it was one of the more challenging in terms of the post processing technique required. Too much flare, or too much of anything can cost it to look cheap and positively fake. Something that people tend to do with post processing photos (Adding too much or too little of shadows, grunge and noise— it’s something that can make or break a photo)
Surprisingly enough, I did no Miku Hatsune cosplays for 2014 while there were plans I never really went through with it. There was even a concept art I drew for the 3D environment we were supposed to composite my cosplay in. That's happening this year though.
Shiro looks so frail and small, while Kaori was so bubbly and emotional I tried my best to show that. But obviously, nothing can beat true quirkiness and a beautiful smile as well as a truly smaller individual. But that's the fun of cosplay isn't it? To portray someone you can be completely similar with or completely opposite with (ie, male to female and vice versa and even becoming mech, or an alien life form)
Cosplay know no bounds! Not race, gender, culture or social standing, maybe just that limit on your credit card though or the amount of time and money you're willing to spend. ;D
Hope you had a grand 2014.