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Character: Dark Elf - Lineage II (Based on this artwork
Photography by Ljinto
Costume made & modeled by Yaya
Makeup by Yaya

Construction notes:
Thanks, Ljinto, for these great photos showing the costume in it's full!
I have had this costume planned for a few years - and been collecting the fabrics and materials for about 2 or 3 years now. I remember just stashing the gold quilted silk taffeta for years waiting to use it on this project.
Often the reason I wait for years to finally make a costume is either time, an appropriate con to wear the costume to, or a technique I need to still master.
Finally for Dragoncon 2012 I asked Riddle to make elf costumes with me - I would make this Dark Elf and she would make a regular Elf and we would help each other with portions of the costumes that were our expertise.
I sewed for about 3 days on Riddle's elf costume since I was a fast seamstress, and she made molds for my torso pieces while I was at a convention in Singapore.

I started sketching the designs on the torso and refining them into lineart, then transferring them onto foam. I made the top. thigh highs and sleeves between working on the scale maille for a few days. I got the supplies from The Ring Lord, and learned the technique by watching youtube videos and cursing a lot. And messing up. I really loved learning a new technique for this costume though!
During my trip to Singapore I took the scale maille with me to continue working on it. Riddle molded the filigree pieces for the torso, and cast a pair of shoulder armor which I designed and prototyped. Sadly the shoulders were too rigid and heavy and I decided to not use them since I wanted to be able to move my arms. I made entirely new lightweight shoulder pieces with wondeflex and foam, and used the same technique to make the elbow guards and ankle guards. It took a good day to make and paint those pieces. I did a lot of hand sewing on the sleeves and gold top, attaching ornate trim onto it and also sewing the finished scale maille sleeves onto the fabric.
The wig was sponsored by Epic Cosplay and I used a hair razor to cut it.
The elf ears were from my line of cosplay accessories and I dyed them grey to match my skintone.
The filigree designs were made of urethane rubber and I attached them to a corset I already owed with special glue made just for urethane.
I spent the two days leading up to Dragoncon finishing up this costume, making sure to create all the details such as the leather briefs, chain adornments, hair accessory, embroidered leg details, attaching all the armor pieces etc.
I used Mehron cream based makeup for the grey skintone, and Final Seal to seal it.

All in all I took on this costume in too short of a time lol. Riddle sadly didn't finish her Elf, and I really had to push to finish mine. For future wear I want to tweak some things on this for sure but it was nice to get super obsessed with a costume project and pull all nighters to finish it. Creativity achieved!
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:iconfelinas:
Felinas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
You know something? Barring the ears, if you just did a head-shot of this character, you would look just like Miyabi from the movie Higanjima (he's a man though, so that's why it'd have to be a head-shot, lol).
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Hannahchinchilla Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I. LOVE. THIS! <3 you're amazing!
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MojoLiazon Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
You take cosplay to new heights of standard, great work! On the costumes, the makeup, the poses and angles, all of it. You make it look like a way of life or a fashion style choice rather than a dress-up hobby.

Might I add, hopefully without offending, that I think Asians have an edge when it comes to the human part of the character, since Europeans can sometimes look out of place and more noticeably... I don't know, just some of them are a bit more obviously not the character they're portraying whereas you don't seem to jar the illusion. Should say I've seen some great European/non-asian cosplayers too!
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JudesAbliss Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is just simply amazing, im dumbfounded
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Yogami Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Where did you find long elf ears like that, or did you make them? I can always find the short elf ears, but I have been wanting to cosplay my Drow from a D&D game I did a few years ago and she has the long elf ears.
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Allessaria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should do Mimea from Ai No Kusabi 2012!!!
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:iconallessaria:
Allessaria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Plus, you look amazing:D
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Tulsatrash Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Holy wow. This is a costume.... I thought it was a high detail scultpure.
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bryantanner Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I appreciate great cosplay. And you are arguably one of the greatest! (Whose idea was it to "smash" the mirror? Yours or Ljinto's?)
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:iconhalf-dude:
Half-dude Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, your boobs are enormous!
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KungLu001 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
This is beautiful! The costume and makeup amazing! Great job, you can see the hard work you put into this as well as your other costumes and looks.
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:iconannirus:
annirus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Man...this is incredible!!
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:iconjgraphic1:
JGraphic1 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012   Interface Designer
cute
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:iconlumineszens:
lumineszens Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
wow, looks like you jumped right out f the game
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:iconangelskarith:
AngelsKarith Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
perfect one of your best yet
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:iconjestercosplay:
JesterCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did u make those fabulous boots? I hope you enjoyed your at in Australia :D
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:iconfaithfeather:
Faithfeather Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012
very very whoa impressive
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:iconkoenken:
Koenken Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome job done on the cosplay.
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:iconheavengreen:
Heavengreen Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely my favorite cosplay of yours! :'D You're great!
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SugarplumFruitBerry Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
you look like an action figure!!! you are perfect!!
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:iconnekotwcenie:
NekoTwcenie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Student General Artist
:OOO!!!... wooow... <3 . <3
Fantastic cosplay
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Ghostpaint1 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
You truly are a gem.
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KakeruRoxas13 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
AMAZING ....
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:icongindege:
Gindege Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, maybe one of your best costumes, maybe not the best photo/pose.
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usagiyuu Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
You're stunningly amazing, I'm a big fan of you :heart:
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:iconragpikki:
ragpikki Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Looking at this, you could totoally do Pip from farscape
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:iconkunsinagikenshin:
KunsinagiKenshin Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
This is awesome, I don't play the game but I love this. Great job!
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LunarwingsArt Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks awesome! I would love to know how to mold urethane pieces and do scale maille. That sounds like so much fun. Great job!
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DarkSamuraiX1999 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Love the mirror shatter ^^
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:iconthejamz:
thejamz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
howd did you get your skin so dark elf-ish?
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:iconstichflamme:
Stichflamme Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing. Love it!
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QuiZSnake Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
The amount of details in your costumes is just amazing! Love your cosplays!
It's of course even more impressive that you design and make them all yourself :)
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:iconsunnycat17:
Sunnycat17 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Now all ya need is a super elaborate awesome weapon. =w=
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:iconsezuko704:
Sezuko704 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL PERFECT & SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!
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MKbuster Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconinloveplz:
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CaballeroNemesis Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
WOW !!! a great cosplay.Congrulations ^^
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Mouse-eater Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very well done! The corset part itself is my favorite. Just very impressive overall. I totally know that feeling of cursing about getting something wrong when learning it all too well...
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:iconmisikat:
Misikat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow!! totally awsome you have some serous skills :)
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UpperClassK9 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
I would really love to know how you did the thigh highs. Or at least what materials you used? Boot covers are so hard for me. >_< But this is a really wonderful costume, and I really love how you styled the wig and painted your skin. You look fantastic. Keep up the good work. :)
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nightwing70 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
those boots are...KILLER!!
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:iconpsilocybinkid:
PsilocybinKid Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Fantastic cosplay...totally humbled by your skills. W-O-W!!!
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BitterFairyFloss Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
what did you use on your skin to make it that colour? it looks like it stayed on pretty well!
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:iconelvampile:
elvampile Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, very detailed cosplay yaya, i love it, it looks so amazing.

~elvampile~
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BorgBoy7 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Creativity achieved indeed! One of your best to date cosplay costumes.
Accolades to the Yaya, in triple digits! ;)
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dubzac58 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Construction notes were very entertaining. you look very pretty as a dark elf miss.
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xanthemann Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Leonardo da Vinci could not have done better! Though I am sure you could have inspired him to try harder.
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Maravillante Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Angry Yaya is still beautiful
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Sakara-Siluria Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Stunning, thanks for sharing. It's always good to push your own limits with costuming and such an achievement to learn new things!
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un-undead Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
wow thats good
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FrostyWaters Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
Detail is amazing...
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