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The Harpy - The Tempest by blAIRbender
The Harpy - The Tempest
Here is the head of the harpy that I designed for my university's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. 

A friend helped me mold/sculpt it out of worbla using a huge animal skull the props master found in prop storage. Then my friend painted the base color and my costuming mentor went in for the detail work based off of my design. I wanted to go for an organic, fleshy, decaying look for it and I loved how it turned out. 

As far as the concept goes, my director didn't want the typical look of a harpy because the nudity would have taken away from the effect of the scene (which I fully agree with). He wanted me to just straight up go the route of scary bird creature. We also decided that we wanted the harpy to be a puppet operated by all three Ariels. That being said, I gave the harpy a 25 foot wingspan that took over most of the stage. It was awesome.

Special thanks to Harrison Case (self-less wonderful human being), Constance Case (my mentor), Felipe Lassen (props master), and Nick Wasileski (Prospero, who had a heavy hand in helping with the props for the show).
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Obedient, Defiant, Ecstatic Ariel - The Tempest by blAIRbender
Obedient, Defiant, Ecstatic Ariel - The Tempest
So this last semester at my university, I was one of three costume designers for our production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The characters that I designed were Ariel, Alonsa, Gonzala, the harpy, and the goddess Juno. For the show, we changed the gender for a few of the characters (Alonso became Alonsa and Gonzalo became Gonzala). For Ariel, he was played by three actors, each embodying a different part of Ariel's personality in relation to Prospero: Obedient, Defiant, and Ecstatic. So the challenge for me when designing the Ariels was how to unify them so they are easily recognized as being the same character, but also how to make each unique. So what I did was I gave them the same basic costume design, then I hand dyed each to be slightly different shades of grey. I decided the best way to show the different aspects of Ariel's personality was through texture and shape. I am in love with the results. I poured so much life, blood, sweat, and tears into these costumes and I couldn't be more proud of how they turned out. 

From left to right, the Ariels are: Obedient (distressed macramé lace), Defiant (distressed and sculpted felt), and Ecstatic (distressed and sculpted chiffon) 

(Also side note, the yellow dots on the Ecstatic Ariel are pins because at this point in time, I hadn't finished hand sewing the chiffon onto the costume)
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Hey guys! Been a while. l:

Just wanted to pop in to say I'm alive and stuff. Also, I'm going to Katsucon again this year for the first time since 2009, back before it moved to the Gaylord. I'm really, really, really excited. I'm going with my best buddy, :icontitanicfreek:. It's gonna be so much fun omg. So excited.

As far as cosplay go for Katsu, I'm taking a break from my quest to make Cersei as accurate as possible. I'm in the process of making a Katniss Everdeen cosplay from Catching Fire. I'm going the chariot dress. I'm super excited about it. I read all three of the books in the Hunger Games series in like a week back in November and god damn, those books are so damn good. So yeah, now I'm doing a Katniss cosplay. l: Also, I'm working towards sewbriety, by which I mean I no longer will be bringing my sewing machine to cons so I can finish cosplays in the hotel. That being said, I've been drafting the pattern for this dress for the past almost two weeks. It's just about done. I have all of today off, so I'm planning to actually start cutting out the fabric pieces and begin sewing the actual dress today. I'm so excited for this cosplay. It's gonna be gorgeous.

So, that being said, I guess I should go actually get to work on this bitch. l:

Oh and here's my cosplay lineup for Katsu:

Friday: Cersei
Saturday: Katniss
Sunday: L (doing some throwback Death Note cosplay with Titanicfreek for shits and giggles l:  )

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Hotaru-chan6666 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015

Hiiiiiiiiiii! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a  wonderful day! :D <3 


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Hotaru-chan6666 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014

Hiiiiiiiiiii! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a great day! :D <3 


:clap: :cake: :party: :w00t: :boogie: :bounce: :airborne: :squee: :hooray: :giggle: :meow: :happybounce: :pat: :glomp: :hug: :wave: 

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Hotaru-chan6666 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013

Hiiiiiiiiiii! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you have a great day! :D <3 


:clap: :cake: :party: :w00t: :boogie: :bounce: :airborne: :squee: :hooray: :giggle: :meow: :happybounce: :pat: :glomp: :hug: :wave: 

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blAIRbender Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much, man! I had a great birthday. :)
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Zabisco Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thaaaaaaank for the fav :D
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