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Anck-su-namun: 'The Mummy' by yayacosplay Anck-su-namun: 'The Mummy' by yayacosplay
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Ok, I found the Bodypaint category, yay! I stuck it in Artisan Crafts before since I did spend over 10 hours making the headpiece, bracelets, sash belt and other accessories, but the painting is such a large part of the costume.

I am a huge fan of the Mummy movies and have always liked the tragically romantic lovestory of Imhotep and Anck-su-namun. I watch all of those movies often while I'm working on costumes. A few months ago while re-watching the first movie, I thought of Dragoncon 2008 coming up and what a perfect opportunity it would be to do the bodypaint of Anck-su-namun at that event. Looking at the footage, it seems eady enough, just very time consuming.The accessories she wears in that scene are also right up my alley with the beading and the Eqyptian theme.
I got really excited to do the costume after talking to some bodypaint friends of ours who were interested in painting me up like that. Sadly they were not able to make it to Dragoncon, but Brian and our friend Patterson, who runs [link] and is just as big of a Mummy-geek as I am, stepped up and painted me instead!

Construction notes: Of course most of this costume is the painting. It took 6 hours, and that was with us preparing ahead of time. We used Mehron gold to cover my body and Ben Nye waterbased black for the designs. Brian and Patterson followed the reference very carefully and we tried to get all the lines and patterns right, down to the correct number of stripes on my legs and arms, and the neck piece. I can't thank these two enough for helping me! I imagined in my mind that Anck-su-namun would be gilded, the more to be un-touchable by anyone but the Pharaoh, hence the gold Mehron. But the paint ended up turning out much shinier than the movie version. I think I figured out a way to do it more toned down next time, but it would have to be a really important occasion before all of us are willing to go through this long painting process again lol. I had to take two long showers to scrub off the paint afterward, and my toes were gold for a week afterward lol.
All painting aside, the accessories were also vital to this outfit. I studied the references for a long time and then set out to replicate them. Because all my beading supplies were packed away for a move, I had to buy everything including beading needles, and make it all from scratch. The wrist cuffs, Horus arm bands and ankle cuffs are made of embossed and painted foamie sheets, the beaded belts, necklace and hair piece took several hours of beading, and I made the belt sashes out of a beautiful curtain material. I made the little tiny cobra out of model magic, and wore sandals instead of going barefoot to adhere to hotel policies. The only other piece of clothing I wore was a black thong, as I didn't want to appear nekkid with a tan or gold one. I did also wear pasties that were painted over and blended into the design. My wig is the same one I used for Cleopatra.

I am so happy that, with the help of my friends, I was able to do this costume. It was very strenuous and toe numbing to stand for 9 hours straight - 6 for the painting, 3 to walk around afterward - and I was really exhausted afterward, but it was all worth it. So much love and thanks to my friends who painted me and walked around with me so I didn't have to be a lonely gold statue so late at night. I posed with Patterson's "Save the Mummy Franchise" banner while in the costume, and was stalked by a a lot of photographers lol. The best compliment of that night came from the group that did the Bodypainting panel at Dragoncon, wo said to Patterson and me that we really accomplished what they were talking about in the panel, which is "dressing someone in paint".
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strawberrybubble456 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I love the mummy movies ( my nana has the first movie on vhs )
KisaraelElementum Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well this is not amazing...... i cant find a stronger word..... its EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! just loving it.... its so perfect i will always think your the Original anck-su-namun
fairychic Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
all I can say is this is amazing well done
WhisperedDeath Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
OH MY GOSH! Anck-Su-namun!!! That's absolutely amazing! Well done!
mrdrk Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Amazing -- great dedication.
Iad83 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Awesome! You make a real art out of costuming :)
LadyDemon389 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Wow, gotta say that this looks absolutely stunning :D
MartinezDesign Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
bassgeisha Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
This by far is one of the toughest cosplays to pull of and definitely one of my faves as far as egyptian styles go!
Thornderer Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
She´s definately alive! :)
Zeldas Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful! I want these!
ecwscorpion209 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
very nioce lass
TakasheiiTheWolf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student Writer
beautifully done :clap:
angelusvamp77 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Simply beautiful!!!... Love all your cosplays!!!
Avvah Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Soo Nice. Very Beatiful.
Sjoelie Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
OMG, I always loved the bodypaint of Anck-su-namun :D Your work is stunning ;)
PhilipMessina Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   General Artist
What a great costume to do and what an acheivement; it's hard to know where the body paint ends and the costume begins- it looks like it's see-through, but no nipples!
AC3lml Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Venus herself is envious.
009-1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
mzclark Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
ohh you look gorgeous as an Egyptian. I could sware that's your natural color ;D
Alissonart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
very very very very beautiful!!!!!!
RS-Kyra Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Photographer
Okay, I really liked your stuff before.

Now I love you.
mikerowe Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
This is amazing!!! The costume is perfect and you look terrific!!!!
jeromaru Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
thats awesome!
roodaka777 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
very sexy
Musicfriek Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
nice art work, a work of art
7462puma Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
WOW!!!!!! You are a work of art!!! I love your commitment to your modeling!!!
You inspire my work and I hope to use you as a model in it, if you don't mind?
BigGuido Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Whoa!...Just whoa!
Bonedit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
more like The Yummy, dayummm
MatTheHusky1 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
-has a nosebleed-
annirus Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
bobol93 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
O_O OMG Breathtakingly beautiful.
Godline Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Point me in the direction Egypt please.
urbanfotoartist Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
sportyoldude Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
You look like a beautiful bronze statue in this one.
And the YaYa award goes to __________?
1348249 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
hot body it is
Faxeu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
You have a great body...fascinating...armonious...and you know it!!! damn right!!!
KlothoIX Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
WOW!!! Neferteri would have NOTHING on you! skillful, elegant, and breathtaking! CONGRADULATIONS! <3
Iktorn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Great! :)
aikidobabe Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
omg beautiful!!i wouldve cosplayed as the girl with curly hair i forgot her name but i wouldve loved to take a picture especially on this cosplay great job and keep up the great work!!!!
jimorrison Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
dardo2 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome bodypaint!
SaFHina Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I love Anck-su-namun is my favorite character of the Mummy. You are beautiful :D
EgyptianPrincess5437 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
You look AMAZING!!!!!!!
katphoti Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
GREAT JOB! I love it!
Tygerlander Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aweome job!
kifish Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
one of the greatest costume ever
jaleous of your friends who painted you
in an artistic way of course ^^
great great job
yusufyaacub Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
this is fuckin hot!
DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The craziest thing is that she's not wearing anything at all. Well, almost nothing, rite?
twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
Impressive bodypainting

Look's awesome
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