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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6 comments:

  1. Wow.

    Simply wow. Thanks so much for posting this! Amazing job on the outfits!

    Always been a huge fan of Harlequin, and you did him justice!

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  2. look at your pictures while stereo plays hellequin (therion).. amazing

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  3. You truly are skilled. I admire your works so muuuuuuch!!

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  4. Wow. Not only are the costumes absolutely INSPIRED, but in the photo where you mention Devil's Night you bear more than a passing resemblance to Top Dollar from the Crow movie...

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  5. The most beautiful female and male harlequins I've ever laid eyes on that weren't paintings. I really think you have a great re-imagining of what a Harlequin stood for. I would love to see you do customs for people according to thier own inner darkness. The best of luck and wishes to you from one artist to another. :D

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  6. Its Brom not Bram.

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