I need help getting together an affordable Gamzee Makara costume for my friend before Halloween!
Well, let’s see…
Shirt: A plain black shirt from anyplace like target, walmart, goodwill will do. You can paint the symbol on using a freezer paper stencil (http://www.frugalupstate.com/crafts-diy/diy-freezer-paper-fabric-stencils/) and some fabric paint. The regular purple shade looks about the right color. I did this for my Terezi shirt and it ended up looking as good, if not better than the ones on What Pumpkin, and it only set me back a few bucks.
Pants: Black pants from any secondhand store like Goodwill, with the circles painted on using the same method as above. This will take a couple days just to let the paint dry, but it will save you a lot of money over buying enough fabric to make all the spots.
Shoes: Walmart has a lot of cheap shoes from their brand, Faded Glory. My Terezi ones only cost about $7, and you can use the leftover fabric paint from the shirt to paint them.
The wig is going to be the trickiest part, because the best options are online, and the delivery is going to be fairly slow because the cheapest ones come from Hong Kong.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/722-New-Short-black-Cosplay-Party-Wig-/250748535480?_trksid=p5197.m7&_trkparms=algo%3DLVI%26itu%3DUCI%26otn%3D5%26po%3DLVI%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D1510271973153624310 - this is the one I see recommended the most for Gamzee’s wig, but the delivery time is questionable and might not even get there in time.
If you’re not concerned about the quality of the wig, you can try a Halloween store. http://www.spirithalloween.com/product/starchild-wig/ might work with some hairspray and fluffing. You could also look into, say, a Frank n Furter wig from Rocky Horror. If you end up going the Halloween store route, you can also look into the clown horns as a neat prop for them.
I like the armsock method for covering the arms, just because it’s durable and doesn’t get makeup everywhere when you touch things (or, in Gamzee’s case, get papped). http://www.mspaforums.com/showthread.php?29866-Homestuck-Related-Cosplay&p=4297093#post4297093 The tutorial is from a Weeping Angel costume from Doctor Who, but translates PERFECTLY into armsocks for a troll.
The horns will definitely require some crafting.
If you end up using model magic as the covering, you don’t necessarily need the crack filler. I filled in my cracks with extra model magic and smoothed it down with water until the crack was invisible and they look great.
The headband is really the only way to go for Gamzee, unfortunately, since his horns are fairly large compared to some of the other trolls who can get away with an elastic band (Terezi, Nepeta, Karkat).
For the makeup, since you want to stay affordable (and since it’s just Halloween), you can look into a ghost makeup kit from a Halloween store.
http://www.spirithalloween.com/product/ghost-story-makeup-kit/ has the colors that you need, including a tube of white for the base. I don’t feel as bad about recommending makeup kits like this for Gamzee as I do other trolls because, if it smears, you can just claim Sober!Gamzee.
If you want something a little more professional for later though, I’d look into Ben Nye.
This is a good tutorial for application of the makeup, and can probably be converted to something that isn’t professional-grade. It would be good to keep on hand, though, if your friend decides to reuse the costume for a convention.
I think I covered anything. If you need any more help or clarification, let me know!
Halloween Costume HELP!
I’m on the fence about these three costumes.
I want to dress up to work (retail), because we’re having a costume contest..!
Would you be so kind as to help me?
- Lost Disneyland Employee (asking where I am, telling people I was just testing Soaring Over) [name badge, proper outfit]
- School Teacher (Giving everyone F’s. Idk I think it looks good on me and I got someone’s # before with the whole ensemble, plus it’s comfortable) [collared shirt, glasses, book]
- Country Club Snob (“Hey, Trixie. My parents said we could throw a party on my yacht this Saturday,” -Chad) [polo, polo sweater, nice jeans, shoes, golf hat maybe]
Is it okay if our outfit is a bit lax, so to say, of the character? Because I have a themed dress, working on my mask, and horns (planning on Vriska), but no grey paint or wig saddly. Would that be alright?
That is completely fine~
Remember, this is just an excuse to be-fancify yourselves to maximum fancy potential. In reality, it’s nothing really formal or rigid—there’s no enforced dress code, or standard to how accurate or polished your costume/outfit actually is. As long as you’re having a good time dressing up, we, the Prom Committee, are completely satisfied. :::;D
We get a lot of questions like this actually, so I should probably apologize, in case I’ve ever given you guys the impression that this is a very formal and …event. It isn’t at all. I apologize if I ever come on too strong, or come across as finicky and serious about “dress code”. I don’t mean to.
I leave you with this, kids. If ever in doubt about your Prom Night outfit, refer to the FAQ.
Hi! I'm sure you already have a lot of questions about your God Tier Karkat but I haven't seen any on your blog.. So I just wanted to ask how you painted the armor so well and with what? And I'm assuming it's craft foam, please correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks for the question! Actually, I haven’t had any asks on the armor yet, so I’m happy to oblige. It is craft foam covered in sheet polystyrene and the tutorial I followed can be found here. Basically the secret to painting the styrene is to use a plastic primer first, then your desired color.
For the parts of the armor that weren’t coated in polystyrene [like my boots] I used craft foam, sealed it with mod podge, then painted it with plastidip, and then did the plastic primer/spraypaint combo used above! If you have any other questions, please ask, I’ll try and be quicker with the answers, otl