For Supanova 2012, I cosplayed Watari for =Veleven
's L. This year, she returned the favour and cosplayed Captain Smoker from One Piece so that I could be Tashigi.
Tashigi has actually been on my dreamlist for a while now, so I wanted to try my hardest to get each aspect of her (relatively simple) outfit as true to Oda's design as possible.
I spent a lot of time carefully crafting, painting and detailing Kiri Shigure (Tashigi's katana), and I think that's still my proudest feature. I think I used Worbla, foam and Plastimake for the details along the saya (scabbard) and also on the tsuba and tsuka (guard and handle). I dyed the jeans, gloves and shirt, and hand-painted all the flowers. As I wrote in my journal, I ran into a lot of trouble with the jacket, but I think in the end it turned out okay. You know how you reach a point where you know something is actually quite bad, but you've done the best you could at the time and you know it's just going to have to do? Well, yeah. I reached that point. I seriously tried about three different dyeing techniques and brands but this jacket (which was op-shopped and altered - mum helped!) man - the sucker would not DYE! So ... I painted it. O_O I don't really recommend it for other people in the future. I was just desperate and running out of time in the end. I'm pretty pleased with how the fuzzy trim worked out, though I owe Veleven and our mum thanks for that as well. They stuck by me til the wee small hours of the morning trying to help me attach it all since the sewing wasn't looking so good.
I am hoping that we can one day do another photo shoot when I get a hold of a better wig (the one I had was the perfect colour, but never sat right. I cut it too quickly and didn't do a very good job of it. I'd really like the chance to style one properly to do Tashigi justice).
for the photography!
Tashigi and One Piece (c) Eiichiro Oda.