Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Halloween 2010, The Hellequin costumes

So we've had a very busy time around here from the the start of October to about 3 days ago. Many things were in the works and a lot completed, but unfortunately that means I've been neglecting the online aspect. So in an effort to try and make up for it I'm going to try and crank out some stuff for everyone. Generally that is easier said than done but I will be trying over the next week or so.

So What better place to start than Halloween, a perfect yearly excuse to dress up as ... well whatever you want. Generally I try to work with my girl on ideas of what we will be doing weeks, if not months, in advance. This year kinda caught us off balance as we went on vacation in early Oct. to take advantage of seeing Disneyland all decked out for Halloween. So there is one costume that I have worn a few times over mostly because honestly it's one of my favorites. It's based on a Brom painting done for the RPG Shadowrun. The painting was of the Harlequin and frankly I loved the idea when I saw it.

After looking into the history of harlequins i loved it even more. Just to give you all a tiny history lesson before I continue here is a small excerpt...
     "The notion that the Harlequin motif grew out of France is evidenced by Hellequin, a stock character in French passion plays. Hellequin, a black-faced emissary of the devil, is said to have roamed the countryside with a group of demons chasing the damned souls of evil people to Hell. The physical appearance of Hellequin offers an explanation for the traditional colours of Harlequin's mask (red and black)."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlequin
Taken from our online Professor wikipedia :) Follow the link if you want to read more. Granted the first time i ever dressed up as a "Hellequin" was to DJ a Halloween party MANY years ago, but the costume has slowly evolved over the years. If I ever ran short on time I would usually brush off the costume and add a bit here and there to it. So this year was no exception, but this left me with a bit of a problem as my girl needed a costume to hopefully match :). So I started designing her one.


I knew from the get go that if she was going to dress as a Harlequin everyone was going to automatically assume Harley Quin from Batman.

While I am a comic geek and do so enjoy villains from batman that was not the look I was looking for, so I started drawing. One morning I spent specifically thinking of ideas, and turned two that I liked.
 
The next problem I had was trying to get them done in time, considering it would take some sewing that by no means a professional at. So I asked my mother for a little bit of help, she agreed to help me with the dress. But that also left me with the mask and a hat to create. The hat, initially, was just a doodle, but I like the idea so much that I went ahead with it, Especially just after I had created one for myself. As for me, I have always had issues with a shirt for my costume, so using what I had learned, I went ahead and made myself one. Overall I think the costumes turned out pretty well. I was happy with the results so I present to you the results of this Halloween.
Here is my hair done up in 9 braids made up of a lot of small braids
 Old pair of black jeans that I ripped up all over the place and then haphazardly put back together. Those are all safety pins and a few bells here and there.
These boots have been through about 3 other people before they ended up being the perfect ones for this costume.
 Here is my beautiful girl in her costume before we headed out to club on Devils Night.
By the way check out my ETSY store for masks like the on she is wearing :)
 Here's me :)
Us out for Devil's Night
And here is us before we did it all over again on Halloween.
Us out at The Church (a club in Denver)
After she had been dancing for about 45 min. strait.
So, there is our 2010 Halloween please let me know what you think by leaving me comments below. 
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My New Top Hat! With a little Steampunk Fashion

I have always wanted a top hat but honestly I have a huge head, no seriously I really do (please avoid the silly comments ;) ). It has always been hard to find myself a hat let alone something as hard to find (locally) as a top hat. So one morning I decided "you know, I can make all these things. Might as well give it a shot." I looked up some history on top hats to try and get it accurate as much as I could with the materials I did have. So about 5-6 hours from the "I'm going to try" I had myself a new top hat that was very oddly ME. and frankly I think it looks awesome! :)

So After it was done I found myself a ribbon to spice it up


But the real addition were the goggles. Honestly, top hats always seem to look better with a pair of goggles on them. :)

 Here it is on my head to give you a basic size idea. Besides I actually ended up wearing it all day anyhow.

 Liked this Picture so much i decided it should become my new picture for my blog, My YouTube, My Etsy, and even my Facebook Page

Please comment let me know what you think of my new hat :D 

Also please let me know if you would be interested in a custom made top hat if there is some interest I may start making them for sale.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Some new Apocalyptic masks

Given the interest in the masks i made for the post apocalyptic costume I decided I'd make a few more... I may actually work of a few other mask designs but for now I think these look pretty awesome so I figured I would share them with everyone... But don't really have names for them this time around, if you have some ideas please by all means leave me a comment and let me know what you think i should name them... Enjoy! :)

Mask #2 


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Project "Extinction", Post apocalyptic "costume" in 3 days

So once a month around here there is a Club night that generally has a theme to the night. Well this time around its going to be "Extinction" basically Post Apocalyptic theme. So you dress up for the theme and if you get there early enough you get in free... added bonus but not really the goal in mind. My girl and I started trying to think up some ideas using mostly what we already have. We came to an odd revelation, what is it that makes an outfit exactly "post apocalyptic", i mean we all know the meaning, basically put, after some huge disaster and those remaining have to scratch by to try and rebuild some kind of life. Think Mad Max or Tank Girl or more recently movies like The Road, Terminator: Salvation, or Book of Eli. But like I said What makes a costume post apocalyptic. Is it just being dirty? that seems far to simple. Is it a combination of bits and pieces one would have found and collected to make life in a nomad world a bit easier? That seems a little better. Maybe need for protection, bits of "armor", mask against dust storms, goggles? So some basic accessories.

So after all the thoughts had kind of come together, I realized, I better get on it :). Only a few days to get things in order.
Boots, Check. Pants, Check (found some awesome pants with a ton of pockets about a 2 months ago) Shirt... ugh no idea. So e went out to try and find a suitable "top" to my costume, with the thought of it being not just for the costume and actually found a pretty awesome shirt that fit the bill. Kinda a para military look to it with a bit more of the added on later feel. Basic clothes... check.
Then came time to find some accessories to add to the feel.
First I ran across some old shin guards I had picked up a while back for a different project I had in mind, since the other project only called for one I figured why not use the other for this. Giving it the look and the feel was honestly pretty easy on this one since they had already seen some use and were a little banged up anyhow. The end result turned out beautifully. Here is a before and after shot.
Before:
After:

So I had thought about perhaps a gas mask, I've got a full face mask but A. it is a lighter greenish color and I didn't really want to mess with trying to get the look right on that one just yet. and B. didn't want to be roaming around in a full face mask all night. Option 2 half mask gas mask... I know I have one from my old HAZMAT days...but no idea were it is, and the cheapest I could find on short notice was $20... besides I could pull off something more interesting. So I started thinking about it and ended up making 3 masks in total...
Some progress shots :)... left to right Basic form, Paint, Aging.
Finished Maskes
The "brass" one

The "Beat up" one



Next goggles... I have a pair already but honestly my girl put them on and frankly they fit, so, time to scrap some together... I started scrounging and found the bits and pieces I was looking for. After a bit of test fitting and messing around I had these...

Not to bad but boring. I had specifically tried to get them looking like they had been put together from different pairs to give it the "make do with what I can find" feel. since they were a bit to boring I started finding more bits around and cobbling them together and ended up with these....

MUCH better fits the feel a lot better than before. The paint job is a lot more in the vein of well used and abused.
So after all this I had intended to put together a quick shoulder piece but unfortunately ran out of time. Oh well perhaps next time I'll get one done in time.
Over all the costume turned out great and we had a great time. I gotta say my Girl looked awesome and The mask looked great on her. As the night went on we got asked where we had gotten the masks a few times, which was flattering and frankly I may start selling em soon, once I improve on them just a bit :).

Here are some pics we managed to get over the night showing off the costumes in full. Enjoy :) you can click on any of them to see the bigger versions.

 
Here is the new video documenting the 3 day costume adventure.