Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oh Sweden, how I miss you

It's today that I will leave Finland for almost a week, just to go to a convention at Sweden!
Yes, it's time for NÄRCON and yes, I'm pretty exited!

I've been shouting "PEPPEN" since last night and I just can't wait to get there and see my friends there!
It's been 2 years since I last went to Sweden, so it's been a long time!

And you know what? We're going there with the same crew as we went to Meuwcon two years ago! So it's going to be me, Ninnu, Mollamaija and lineartt!

But yeah, I'm expecting a lot from Närcon, and I'm hoping that it won't let me down!
Also, I've noticed that there's going to be many finns there this year, so if any of my readers are coming, come and say hi!

I still don't have schedule for my costumes, I guess I'll just dress up according to the weather!
But here's what I will cosplay there:

Madam Red (Kuroshitsuji)
White (Pokémon Black & White)
Nobara Yukinokouji (Inu x Boku SS)

And you might notice that I'm going to cosplay Madam Red, again! Yes, it's my fourth time cosplaying as her! And also I cosplayed her at Meuwcon 2010 so it's my second time cosplaying her at Sweden! Also Ninnu is taking her Rikku with her too, so it's her third time cosplaying as Rikku and second time doing that at Sweden! :D

So, at the moment this blog post has been published I'll be at our ship and hopefully on our way to Sweden!
So next time you will hear of me after Närcon, with lot's of photos to see and if possible you'll get to see another music video too! :)

But here's some photos from Meuwcon 2010, just to get my PEPPEN up ;)

~See ya soon~

Thursday, July 19, 2012

A-a-a-anime A-Animecon IX

Well, hello to you all!
It's been 4 days since Animecon and all I can think is "wow, 4 days already! It feels like I just left Kuopio!"
As you might remember my costume plans from my last post I gotta say that no, I couldn't make it.. :/ And now that I'm moving out of this house of ours into my own apartment I don't have time to continue with Erica, so we'll see her sometime somewhere in the future! :)

So who did I cosplay?
Well, my character this time was White from Pokémon Black and White!

Photo © Lily
So, let's start of my journey to Animecon~
My journey actually started on Friday morning, I packed my car, left to work and from there I went to pick up a friend and with her we went to Lily's place to get all the others and then we drove to Kuopio! The drive wasn't that long, though a car crash on the road 5 made it way longer :/ But yeah, we dropped Yumi off to Kuopio and rest of us went to Rauhalahti, Lily and her brother had a cabin and I had a tent that I shared with Ninnu :)

The night was pretty okay, it was just really cold at one point and really wet.. :/ But we managed! :D
On Saturday morning we got up early and were able to left to Musiikkitalo (that's the place where they held the convention!) around 10:00 :)

Photo © Lily
I actually didn't do much, I was just hanging around with friends and talking with those 'till it was time for the cosplay competition which we went to see :)
I actually liked it, 'though I started to feel a little "sick" at the end of it, I guess we ran out of oxygen or something xD But yeah, I liked how people got to use all those special effects if they wanted, it made it more cool, I think :D I'll also add photos to my photography blog of the competition when I can, I've been super busy with my move!

Photo © Lily
But after the competition we ate and then it was time for me to go and take some photos of ppl! :)
I had planned 2 photoshoots for Saturday, but I ended up having 4 :') Though one was a really short one, but still :)

And I actually doesn't have any photos of my shoot with Ziromaru, because we used his memory card and I'm still waiting to get those :'D So I had to download these from his deviantART for you to see :)

But let's get to the point, here's just some of the photos that I've taken, more you can see at my photography blog! :)

Sori Okita (Code of the Samurai)
Cosplayer: Ziromaru

Kanade Amou (Senki Zessho Symphogear)
Cosplayer: Dashiana

Elizabeth "Liz" Thompson & Death the Kid (Soul Eater)

Allen Walker & Lenalee Lee (D.Gray-Man)
Cosplayers: yaci-chan & TINNERI

There's actually more photos from this D.Gray-Man photoshoot here!

After my last photoshoot I went to change clothes and we went to check out the evening party, it was okay, but we left pretty early and went to eat, after that it was time for us to go back to Rauhalahti and we made some last things for Sunday ready and went to sleep!

Sunday was a cosplay free day for me..
I normally don't like to wear same costume two days in a row and I didn't have other costumes with me, so I ended up doing this :) Maybe you saw me? ;)

Photo © Lily
Photo © Lily
And I hadn't planned any photoshoot for Sunday, but I ended up taking some photos of Ziromaru and of this one Final Fantasy X-group! Otherwise my Sunday was just a plain normal and I didn't even go take part into any program :')

Kagami Taiga (Kuroko no Basuke)
Cosplayer: Ziromaru

Rikku, Wakka, Tidus & Yuna (Final Fantasy X)

And you can see more from this photoshoot here! They also had Lulu and Auron cosplayers with them ;)

And when it came 16:00 it was time for me and my small crew to leave Kuopio and head home~ I dropped everyone off and I was at home around 21:00 feeling tired and happy~

I can't wait 'till next convention (which is just in 7 days!! And it's Närcon @ Linköping, Sweden!)~ :)

It's good to end this post here with a group shot of me with these awesome people!
It's a shame that it's missing some of the most awesomest, but still~ :)

Photo © ???
See you soon~

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Bear Beer

I guess it's time for me to post some progress photos + my plans for Animecon! :)
 I actually never even thought that I would go there.. Before.. I dunno, June, maybe?
And I had plans for the whole weekend but for one reason and for another too one costume is now on hiatus and the other one I have started :)

So at Animecon (Saturday) I'm going to cosplay Erica Anderson from Catherine!

So, I wanted to start making this by doing all small things first, like shoes and hairband :) And I have actually finished both of those and also modified my wig for this cosplay too! :) I thought that I couldn't find shoes that look like hers, but thank god I was wrong and I found a pair from Seppälä!

So that's the shoes. A lot of small things to do, eh?

Making patterns! I used one old sneakers of mine as a reference too :') And then you can see that I actually had the photo of the shoe right there next to me!

Still in progress~

And there! Done! I was pretty happy after those were done, because some how I felt like there was so much to do :')
After that I actually finished the hairband (picture of it is later in this post) and after that I started the lovely process of modifying my wig :S

Starting point:

Pretty long and curly red wig! I thought that I must straighten it first and after that cut it, so that's what I did!

I actually just brushed through it slowly and my brush was followed by hairdryer! I think straightening it took just 15 mins max! :) Here's some photos what it looked afterwards!

I actually left some curls/waves at the ends because there was no need to straighten it all way to the ends..

And there's the hairband! All ready!

I took a photo after I cut the wig, I actually just wanted to see if the length was okay or not.. And it was!
I also like to cut bangs when the wig is on me, so that's another reason! :')

And there's the final look of the wig! Actually this was my first time doing a more bigger change for a wig.. Normally I've just straighten/curled/cut bangs, so it was pretty much a first time for me, but it was fun! :)

I'm going to start her apron tomorrow, as I have the fabric already but I've been lazy and then I'll do rest of the waitress uniform later :) Also I've planned making some props that I can take with me, and maybe you get the hint from the title of this post? ;)

I'm also going to take Erica with me to Närcon, Sweden! So if you're coming there and see me there come and say hi! (Sama koskee myös sitten Animeconia!)

And then there's been some progress with another cosplay too..
This character is Nobara Yukinokouji and she's from Inu X Boku SS!

I'm just missing black top, gloves and eyeglasses and it's ready! And the wig I'm lending from a friend, so it's not a problem for me :)

I'm taking this with me to Närcon too, but I've been wondering if I should cosplay her on Sunday at Animecon too? :O What do you think? :/ Yay or Nay?

But anyways, more posts coming soon, as Animecon and Närcon are both close!
At least I have started a post about how I miss Sweden, and well.. You'll get to see it hopefully soon~ ;)