How to Level Up Your Cosplay panel, as given at Krakencon F2016
You’ve made your first cosplays and know the basics, but have you ever wondered how to take your cosplays to the next level? Come get tips on how to improve your skills to create higher quality and more impressive costumes. Topics covered will include costume and material choice, finishing techniques, and creating eye-catching detail.
This is just the bare bones of the panel, as many of the examples were elaborated on in-person, and it is just the slides, not any of my notes. It is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, and is just meant for general advice and suggestion purposes only. If anyone has feedback they would like to give, feel free to do so. That said, I hope that people find this information useful.
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okay so i’m sure that for everyone who’s read both hp and his dark materials, the comparison/similarities between the spectres and the dementors are pretty obvious but you know after all these years of thinking about the two beings, i think the spectres are much more terrifying than the dementors
the main reason is - you can effectively fight the dementors. a patronus charm will… well, it will work like a charm against them. so encountering a dementor won’t ever be a nice experience but you won’t have to pay for it with your life. but the spectres… they’re this unavoidable natural phenomenon. your dust is settled? welp, you’re screwed, say bye bye to your daemon and our conscious life. there is no effective method of fighting them (tullio tried the “paying attention really hard to something” thing but quickly failed). the only adult person known to have survived them is mary, only because she got some kind of unclear angelic protection that never got explained, so it doesn’t really count. and yeah, there’s the knife, but only one person can use it at a given time - unlike a charm which anyone can use.
another reason - we never really saw a dementor’s kiss happen during the entire hp saga. yet spectre kisses happened SEVERAL times, and they’re described in brutal detail (like in the case of lena feldt, the witch that spied on mrs coulter, then got spectre-tortured by her and revealed lyra’s “eve” name to her). it’s not just a “could’ve-been” - it’s something that happens all the time and it’s close and dangerous and terrifying. not only that - we see what a whole world haunted by spectres is like. an entire society. we see how gravely it hurts the human population in this world, how it ruins their history and prosperity. it’s only a nightmare scenario in the hp verse - but here it’s very, very real.
all in all, it’s a very simple difference between two very similar creatures: meet a dementor? take your wand out and fight. meet a spectre? run. just run. (and good luck with that too.)
I’ve gotten back into playing acnl recently and been noticing so much witchy stuff you can do!! A lot of it is up to your own interpretation & you have to make your own correspondences but I wanted to post about it so here ya go
-divination based on which gem you get from the gem rock each day -could also do this with fossils or gyroids but gems already have correspondence resources so they’re easier -seashell divination!! -Katrina is literally a fortune teller built into the game, USE HER -you could especially use the lucky clothing piece of the day in a luck spell if you have a similar thing irl!! -using villagers as tarot of some sort, coming up with correspondences for each and depending on if they’re moving out, in, or staying, use that for divination(ie if a lazy villager is moving out it could mean nows your chance to get shit done) -for the correspondences you could base it on their looks(color, clothing style), language(catchphrase, quote), species, personality(lazy, cranky, etc) & more, it should be easy to discover your own correspondences! (: -you could also time travel to do this faster/get readings as many times as you want per day -altars for deities in rooms!! You could even have specific characters for specific deities -eating fruit/anything else edible like cake in honor of deities or as an offering of sorts -ik I have a lot of divination on this post as is but divining with flowers!! based on the colors of them and/or what kind of flower it is!! you can even do this based on placement of the flowers(ie if it’s near a river it can be linked to water correspondences, or specifically river correspondences) -I SWEAR THIS IS THE LAST DIVINATION ONE divining with letters received from villagers,, gifts are bonus points -like sending them a letter with a question(gift included or not) and using the letter they send back as an answer to the question, the paper they used can also be relevant(lotus, firework, etc), and any gifts they give you -doing spells IN GAME!! like you can set up everything!! you have access to crystals, flowers, seashells(sea witchcraft anyone?), fruits(kitchen witchcraft!!), it’s a cool way to do low budget witchcraft!! -you can also use fish and bugs in spells!! and literally anything really there’s a ton of furniture and clothes and oh boy think of the possibilities?? amazing -candles are in the game too but you don’t have a wide selection -if you don’t have all the materials for a spell irl finish it in game!! -using lucky items as a boost in spells!! -the emotion things you can get(idr what they’re called or w/e) for intent in spellwork -you could do things like curses by burying an object representing a person then burying pitfalls all around them -or a blessing but with crystals itself of pitfalls or something -you get the idea -SIGILS USING RELEVANT ITEMS. money sigil? place money bags(or anything else in the game you can get corresponding to money) in the shape of the sigil. love sigil? there’s so many rose options and each color can mean different things, go for it -sigil fireworks -need to bury something in a spell but for example it’s not biodegradable, or you can’t bury something for some reason? just do it in game!! you could put it behind a house or something if you don’t wanna ruin the aesthetic of your town -disposing of spellwork items by selling them to Reese -or by mailing them away -public works projects have so much potential i don’t know where to start, I might come up with some specific ideas later but for now just think about it yourself, it ain’t hard to figure out(fire pits, fountains, wind turbines, flower arches, there’s stuff for all the elements and more) -yknow that thing where you can “report” villagers for being problematic? use that in curses, problematic language for a silence curse for example -transformation spell? go to shampoodles and get a makeover -turnips for anything money related as they are a popular source of money in the game -using npcs themselves in spells. need something to represent crafting? Cyrus. fashion? any of the able sisters or Gracie. anything youth or children related? Timmy & Tommy. so much more but I’ll stop here. -you can customize so much furniture to have your own patterns, use this!! sigils, color correspondences, there’s so many possibilities!! -sleep/dream spell? Dream suite. You could even perform spells while in the dream town and have it be kind of like the astral! -K.K. songs for any music magic, the names themselves can lead to correspondences -with the added option of the amiibo it makes it possible to make acnl magic more physical and present in this world. you could use the amiibo like a wand of sorts! -island tours as a base for spells -doing different initiatives in honor of deities(plant a tree for Demeter for example) -emoji spells but instead using the extra symbols you have access to in game(heart, star, etc) -multiple ways to implement this, for example have it be a villagers greeting/catchphrase and every time they say it in activates, you could send a letter to future you with it, put it on the bulletin board, etc -making a sigil pattern then displaying it at able sisters and for every villagers that starts wearing it, more power for the sigil
I never intended for this post to get so long but you can obviously see how much potential there is! This list was compiled over a couple of days, imagine how much more I could come up with if I spent longer on this!! If anyone wants me to make a correspondence list for anything acnl(especially villagers/npcs) lmk and I’ll try to do it. (: If you want me to go in depth about any of the ideas above just ask and I can make a separate post about it. If you do anything based on these ideas please lmk!! I’d love to see what you did!! :D I might post about some of the things I do. ^-^ Some of these ideas could work in other versions of animal crossing but this is intended for acnl. do what works for you
It’s Halloween where it counts, so what better way than to post a finished castlevania art? For @danceofchaos, who had been terribly patient with me all this time. I did my best to produce the best piece I could. It’s all ink and markers on a 9x11 page. I hope I did some justice.
RICK OWENS FW17 GLITTER OFF-THE-RUNWAY LACE UP CREEPER LEGO SOLE IN BLACK CORDOVAN HORSE LEATHER FEATURE THIRTEEN METAL BUCKLES BOTH IN THE FRONT AND AT SIDES FOR LACE FASTENING, STITCHING DETAILS ALL AROUND AND A FLAT RUBBER SOLE WITH NATURAL WHITE WOOD INSERT DETAILS.
ONLY A VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF TANNERIES PRODUCE THIS MATERIAL. EVERY SKIN IS FINISHED BY HAND, RUBBED WITH OILS AND FATS TO MAKE THE FINAL LUSTROUS APPEARANCE.