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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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musashidj Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Love the wig and make-up.
artboy-2 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!  I may have skipped it but how did you manage to have your breasts so smooth?
TylerMusselman Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh this couldn't be anymore perfect , you captured her perfectly , I never thought anyone would ever do a good job on this but you proved me wrong. Good job and keep up the great work!
LamangoKaijura Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
So be honest, Yaya, between cosplaying and your fame on Syfy, how many people oggle you?
AloisAgost Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Your cosplay is great, but you can still push the limits.  Cosplay her mummified form, and then I will consider you a master cosplayer.Mummy 
pharynroller400 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Student Artist
i saw a movie before
MermanScott Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
You did a fantastic job portraying Anck-Su-Namun. She was my favorite character in both the movies and I was so obsessed that I learned how to spell her name haha ! I'm impressed and I have a lot of things to look through and comment on.
lordlunacy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
Nice...everything. The costume, pose, expression, you, all to perfection. All you need is an Egyptian background; like cap on the left best, background really goes with the costume. 
luna9241997 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
love!!!!!:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: love!!!!!!!!!!!!+fav Heart Love 
SlayerNina Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
How you do to hide the nipples? A tights? Bikini? (sorry for bad English)
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