Gamex cosplay competition

I've been wanting to write about this for quite some time now but I've waited until it was (almost) sorted out.
At the Gamex cosplay competition, me, Sedra and Pileruds cosplay won a gift card for CDON. We were told that they hadn't been able to fix it so that we could get it at the prize ceremony but that we'd get it after the event was over. Over 2 months later we still hadn't recieved our prizes even though we had contacted both the one in charge of the competition, Gamex, and CDON. Empty promises and claims that they'd already sent it made us a bit irritated, to say the least. When we, after having to send our contact information again, actually recieve the gift cards they can only be used on the danish CDON-site, and the things you order can only be sent to a danish adress. I am so very disappointed in Gamex, and the ones responsible for this mess. If you win a competition, you shouldn't have to nag until you get your prize two months later. You shouldn't have to know someone in Denmark, and a Swedish competition should have prizes that can be used IN SWEDEN.
It's sad that my first experience of winning a contest only made me irritated and unmotivated to compete in the future. The fact that they aren't fixing this, that we haven't gotten an official apology and that we have to clean this shit up ourselves is whats bothering me the most, not that I can't redeem my prize.
Fellow cosplayers that plan on entering Gamex cosplay competition in the future, now you know how bad it's being handled. You've been warned.
Update: Apparently this person will be working with cosplay at Dreamhack Winter and Komplett as well.

Närcon STHLM and photoshoot

Närcon STHLM
Närcon STHLM was a lot of fun! It didn't really feel like a convention though. I was there all days except the last one. The best thing with this convention weekend was all the long talks I had with friends. I have the best friends ever<3 I think that you should always nurture and value friendship:)
Another great thing was that outside the convention, you could try out Roller Derby and it was SO MUCH FUN! I hadn't gone rollerskating in 17 years so me and my friend(who had never tried it before) were like Bambi on ice haha!
The cosplay competition had many talented cosplayers that I hadn't seen before, but sadly not that many participants. The ones that won deserved to win, although I had hoped to see Laxhmi win best cosplay and also that Roxana got a prize. Oh well, it was fun to watch anyways! If you want to see some photos from the competition and the rest of the convention, you can visit Närcons flickr site.
What I had been most psyched about was Cosplay SM that was held at Sunday. Not only to see all the performances but also seeing what it is I'll be participating in next year. My friend Josefin was one of the participants and she had asked me to draw the tattoos for her GW2 Norn Necromancer cosplay. Unfortunately we got home soooo late on Saturday(actually, it was already Sunday by then) so by the time we were done with her tattoos there was only two hours left to sleep.
Here are the tattoos. We didn't do any on the arms and I also simplified the one on the back since the clothes covered up almost all of it anyways.
took about three hours I think.
Here's a backstage photo before the competition. We were happy and psyched even though we only had slept two hours! The photographer Shila Forsman took some photos of the competitors and assistents and they are just so awesome, I love backstage-photos <3 You can see them here.
Here's a photo on stage where you can see the tattoo on the front as well! So pretty <3

It was amazing to see all the performances. Wish I could say which one I liked the best but everyone was so frikkin cool. I did like Martinas and Mirandas performances the most, but which one that was my favourite cosplay, no idea! So many cool techniques and characters. Impossible to choose! The winners were:
1. Martina as Female Monk from Diablo III
2. Linn as Lightning from Final Fantasy: Lightning returns
3. Josefin as Norn Necromancer from Guild Wars II
After seeing this years SM, I'm looking forward even more to when I'm up there on stage myself<3
My first cosplay photoshoot
I've been waiting for the snow here in Sweden so that I could shoot my Ashei cosplay in the right environment. Normally we have snow from november to mars but it was just a couple of days ago that we got snow that actually lasted more than a day! After Närcon this summer, I saw that someone had taken a really pretty photo of me up on the stage. It was Shila Forsman! I contacted her afterwards to see if there was a possibility that she wanted to shoot my Ashei. She accepted and now we finally had the chance to get out in the beautiful snowy landscape at Ulriksdal castle to get some awesome photos.
Sedra was so helpful as my assistent, getting me dressed and carrying things when we were out<3 thank you so much!
I've already gotten one photo from the shoot that I thought I could share with you! I'll post the rest on my fb-page when I get them:)
I can't wait to see the rest!
little zoom in on my eye make-up that I'm very proud of :>
By the way, I originally got an account on Ask to follow others, but if you want you're welcome to ask me stuff there!

And of course,
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Shila Forsman Photography

Plans for 2014

Here are the three cosplays I want to finish this year. Two princesses and a frog-eating monster <3
Charlotte, from Berserk (movie version)
Zelda, from The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Quina, from Final Fantasy IX
Hope you had a lovely New Years Eve^_^ mine was a quiet gamer night with my fiance, playing the last bit of Bioshock Infinite. While watching the game I got some work done:)
figuring out how the jewels in Charlottes crown look and how the necklace will be up close.
here's the only decent reference picture of the necklace I've managed to find, so I had to sketch it up to understand how it looks
Here's my interpretation of it. Now, on to the sculpting!
first I sculpted it in Cernit
Then I made a mold of it
I tried doing a cast in alginate, but it was too small so it didn't work very well. I wanted to shrink the necklace a bit and since alginate shrinks when it dries, you can get an exact copy up to half the size of your original!
Since my alginate casts didn't work I just accepted that it will be a liiitle bit big, and cast it in resin when I had my batches ready for the jewels on her crown(hence the red tone) This is immediately after I popped it out of the mold, and I'm super happy with the results! Can't wait to paint this!
Here's 3 of the 16 jewels on her crown. I sculpted three jewels and made 16 unique molds in kneading silicone for the resin. Now they just need some gloss to make them all sparkly like Charlottes :> Oh and the one in the front needs to be painted pearl white as well!

Aside from this, I had an urge to draw, so I pulled out one of my dream cosplays, Opera Vectra from Star Ocean: The 2nd story and sketched up some things that are impossible to see how they fully look like in the pictures of her:)
Here's the best reference I have of her. There are some photos from Blue Sphere and the anime, but I don't like the style of them:/
Her arm thingy. and some ideas on how to fasten it on my arm.
So that's pretty much what I've been doing lately:)
I'll be at NärCon: Stockholm this weekend so come say hi!