"To be the dragon, the damsel and the knight is so trying. But then, that's why I am an actress, to shed one role and wear the other, again and again, until the curtain call."
It has been so long since I've done a proper shoot, and longer still since I've finished a proper costume. But 2014 is here and I found myself at the cross-roads of January. Either I needed to get back on it, or keep my favorite mementos and move on. So... Hello 2014, Red is back in action, full force and ready to be ravishing in red.
Cosplay: Medieval Heart Grell
Series: Kuroshitsuji (Original Costume Design, RedYume)
Notes: This costume (which you will see much more of. Consider this a portrait teaser, lol. I just... loved the expression in this one) was one of those rare things which comes together at 3 AM over coffee and YouTube mix music. The fabric and notions were all things I had on hand from other projects, and I took a major detour from my usual construction methods. This whole costume is put together with... ribbon. All the paneling, the sleeves... everything is ribbon. The fasteners were held on with thread (I don't trust ribbon THAT much), and the undershirt was a modified purchase.
I usually (as most of you know) line EVERYTHING, trim EVERYTHING, and get really in depth with the overall quality of the piece. But as they say with this one, "I wasn't feeling it". I didn't want to spend my hours sewing and adding trim. So I burnt the edges of the fabric to keep it from fraying and left a bit so it looked a little rough. This was originally supposed to be a Grell of another title, but as many of my costumes so, it took on a life of its own.
It took about 20 (languid) hours to complete and I'm very pleased with it.
I'd like to give a very big thank you to CosplayMedia for contacting me about a shoot. It's been a long time since I've had an artistic "click" like that and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I can't wait to shoot again. Also, UnsungHeros for continually poking at me to get up and GRELL! Well, not just Grell, but to get up and cosplay. Her buzzing was a big contributor to this coming together. Lastly, JackSevenPaint for bringing up some important design advice and being supportive of my manic work schedule, coupled with my equally manic cosplay construction... which may or may not have had the entire living room barfing red tapestry fabric and smelling of burnt synthetic everything.
You look so awesome!
Oh my! That outfit is divine *w*
Held together with ribbon and chainmail links, WHEE!!! Thank you!
Wow! This is a really good cosplay shot of the character. Not personally my favorite (character) but I do like this photo!
Thank you very much!!! Grell is one of those characters... love him or detest him. He is fun to play. I also have do a bunch of Sebastian. ^_~
I will have to look at those. I must admit that I could tolerate him in the manga even though I preferred Ronald out of all the Reapers (that was before I knew the true color of the Undertaker's eyes). The anime is what did it to me. I like the voice actor they chose for the character, but there was just something about him...
What a great photo shoot. I loved so many of the photos.
That is a very good costume. I'm not easily impressed with original outfits, because generally they feel like something someone put together from something they already had. But this… this is brilliant! You really clearly worked on the concept as well as the clothes themselves. It looks very classy and nice. I am adoring these sleeves.
Thank you very much!! I really try to make sure my original designs are unique unto themselves, because I don't like that "closeted together" feel. This was a big change from my normal construction methods... the whole thing is held together with ribbon and while it gives it a rougher look (sealed edges instead of trim, etc), I'm really glad with how it came out. Thank you again for the kind words, it totally made my day.
A stunning cosplay fitting to Grell! Simply magnificent! I love the pose and the whole costume. The whole thing is amazing.
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate the feedback.
I see you're a writer. Well done!! It's so hard getting recognition on DA for literary works. Hats off to you!!
I LOVE the outfit!!!! You look gorgeous!
Aww!! Thank you very much!
no problem! Can I share this on a Grell FB page? I'll obviously give credit
By all means, go for it. Just please link back to my gallery. Thanks!!!
Nice Grell Cosplay!
That looks 100% AMAZING!!!!
Thank you so much!!!! I've been so out of cosplay for awhile... I was concerned. I really appreciate the supportive feedback!
'your very welcome! I have been cosplaying since 2008, and each year I try to add something new, improve what I already have, or even both. As of now, I'm hoping to add the stomach seal element to my Naruto cosplay from Naruto Shippuden, as well as maybe trying to create a unique design for a new Hokage version of Naruto.
creative style and awesome detail
Buzz buzz goes the little bumble bee. This is decidedly a work of art hon, and a grand way to return to cosplay. I'm so glad your back, and looking better than ever! This costume is beautifully rich, and eye catching~!