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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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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).
Hannahchinchilla Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I. LOVE. THIS! <3 you're amazing!
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!
JudesAbliss Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that is just simply amazing, im dumbfounded
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.
Allessaria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Plus, you look amazing:D
Allessaria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should do Mimea from Ai No Kusabi 2012!!!
Tulsatrash Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Holy wow. This is a costume.... I thought it was a high detail scultpure.
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?)
Half-dude Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, your boobs are enormous!
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