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Dawn at Dragoncon 2009 by yayacosplay Dawn at Dragoncon 2009 by yayacosplay
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This is the Dawn costume (based on Joseph Michael Linsner's artwork) I've been working on for a few weeks, for the debut at Dragoncon 2009. I made the costume from scratch, as well as the wings, and that large egg prop you can see behind me. A huge Thank You to the Dawn Lookalike contest staff for allowing me to bring that near 7 foot tall egg on a rolling platform into the competition.

Construction notes: Well, until I do a real photo shoot with this costume, you won't be able to really see the details, so just take my word for it lol. I decided to enter the Dawn contest this year because I had the idea for a concept, a theme if you will, and because I had the time/money to actually make everything. Also, since I am local to Dragoncon this year, I was able to make multiple trips from/to home in order to bring the prop/costume/wings.
My concept was "The Birth of the Goddess", and I really wanted to make this ancient fantastical looking egg which could fit a person + wings. Three awesome friends of mine helped me with the construction of the egg - Brian, Tigger, and Tise. We built a wooden 3-D form first and then painstakingly cast a shell over it with fiberglass and plastic. After cutting and sanding the edges, I covered the egg in felt on both sides and hand painted it for shading and texture. Tise and I spent hours gluing vines and leaves and all sorts of adornments on it, making the shell look all sparkly and magical. Brian and Tigger devised a platform which has a Lazy Susan built in so that the egg could be turned around and rolled, even with me in it. I helped cutting the wood and covering it in green velveteen.

The costume was based around the theme, and I thought a newly born Goddess would be pure and white, with no discernable armor or weapons. I made a steel boned corset with white faux leather, with a bust line that was inspired by many of Linsner's drawings. The trims and lace were all hand sewn on, and dyed/cut/embellished. I drafted patterns for the front tier pieces, choker and arm bands, all of which were made with the matching faux leather. I also draped the skirt. I cast ornament pieces in plastic and painted them silver, antiqued them, and attached them to various pieces on the costume, such as the corset, front 3-tier pieces, choker and arm bands. Much of the time went into attaching matching lengths of chains to the skirts, choker, arm bands and wristlet. I used 4 different sizes of chains. In keeping with classic Dawn imagery, I also used o-rings and o-ring chains. Even my shoes have o-rings on them, lol.
I made my wings based on how Linsner often drew Dawn's wings, with the defined arch, spread position, but long trailing feathers at the bottom as well.
Lastly, I also created the signature rose on Dawn's right arm.
For the day of, I used puffy paint to make the tears, and as usual, I did my own makeup/wig styling for this costume.

It was definitely interesting to try and move in this outfit. The wings had quite a wing span and I felt so bad for taking up space as well as accidentally brushing into people. I also could hardly see anything due to double staked contacts and the hair over my right eye. Not to mention the tight corset and wing harness shoved underneath. But the contest ran so smoothly and I am so grateful for all the help I received backstage. I ended up winning Third Place, thank you, Judges, and congratulations to all the winners. I really loved seeing the different beautiful costumes backstage and only wish that I had been mobile enough to chat more with the girls.
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jugatatinhas Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hello I would like to request permission to use his image in a goto manipulation since ja thank
SaphireAlicorn Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student Artist
nice wings they are like butterfly angel style i think but where did you find the feathers?
mpd73 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
IMpresssive indeed!!
nodeath172 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
i really like all your pictures and the outfit is really gorgeous
An-Old-Otaku Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
NobleFiveJorge Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011
That's one hell of a costume!
etjedinat1 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
How much are the tickets for Dragon-con??
BrigadierSiegfried Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
>.< PLEASE HAVE MY CHLDREN!!! hahahahahah
HyperSpeedFreak Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
You must be the girl from my dreams last night....
blankchick Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
very sexy and love the wings :)
Notwendigkeit Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
sweet wings !:love:
atharvaveda27 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Wow, that's an amazing cosplay! And so creative! I'm envious.
Rowanelle Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent, like all your stuff!
Emma-Lawlor Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful costume! It's amazing! It'd obvious that you put alot of work and effort into this!

Where did you get the feathers? I'd love to make some wings for a costume I'm making, but can't find feathers like these.
Starwolf79 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
Wow, you are beautiful
PaperDreamerArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010   Digital Artist
Beautiful costume and wings!
Shani-Crow Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
beautiful work
I love this beautiful angel
socra91 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
fuzzyb47 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
I don't have words for this scouts. I am speech less. love your work. your amazing
Jerantino Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I remeber this from Dragon*Con. Anthony Daniels was as histerical as you were stunning! Cheers!
FreeFresStudio Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
perfect breast..
u are wonderful
burn2ash Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Wow, those are stunning...and the wings are damn good too
You probably heard that one alot but I couldnt resist trying a bad pick up line, sorry. :love:
Carthoris Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Sorry, I'm pretty much at a loss for words....
kuugadave Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
WOW amazing wings...
can u gimme the step of making?
roydraven777 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow spectacular costume :D very talented :D
xCyber Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009
wonderfull really
PestilenceG Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
Simply awesome
AvilesC Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2009   Photographer
You are amazing! Those wings are flawless. Was it hard to move with them? There probly the best designed wings I have ever seen and im 25 so I have seen my fair share of wings.
psycho-snow-white Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
I've wanted to do a Dawn cosplay for ages! You look gorgeous!!
SkyeTrinity Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Truly stunning piece of art you have created for this event. Congrats!
ClocktowerMadness Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
You deserve first place! D':
4Ever-Zero Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Yaya, I know you're crazy busy and stuff but I REALLY hope you reply to me

have you ever considered mechanics? Like I thought of taking apart an umbrella and put in some fish strings for the wings. Let me know what if you had any ideas
vankuilenburg Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
unprecedented dorkiness!! um... will you marry me? hahaha... no really....
Luna-Starbright Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Professional Artist
I defiantly thought your costume was one of the best ones that walked the stage that night...

You did a really fantastic job c:
theguynamedguy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009  Student Writer
holy c**p
SparkleWolfie Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
that is AMAZING! especially the egg prop @u@ I also really like the concept behind your whole cosplay - it is awesome when cosplayers make entire themes/stories, etc. for characters XD maybe I am just extra nerdy

The ornaments and wings are spectacular, as usual :D

I do think that the corset cups seem to be off, not in an "intentionally revealing sexy" way, but sort of like "oops miscalculated" way because in this shot it looks like it is almost falling off of your breasts. In the side shots it looks better, but still sort of like "too small" feeling, but I think if the pointy parts were moved off to the side a little more, it would still be just as revealing, but look more intentional

P.S. I can't really know if you prefer critiques or not on your photos... XD most other people only said "yay cool" so if you prefer not to have critiques, just let me know! :3 I never mean to offend anybody...
yayacosplay Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you and I appreciate the critique. The cups are not too small really, but the shape makes them not have as much support as they normally would. But mainly I was slouching over in this photo and that is what gives it the "falling off" look. In all the other photos I've seen the corset holds up just fine.
SparkleWolfie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
Yea I just read the notes on you newer photos about why it was super-low XD I am not so familiar with "Dawn" so I think I did not get it!! :3 The details is really lovely, though :D
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DukeMills Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah. Can anyone say, 'instant orgasm?'
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xXBaby-JesusXx Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
where do you get those feathers???? they're so koooooooooolllllllll
maskedbunny Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Just when I think you can't surprise me with your beauty and talent, you go and take my breath away. You outdid yourself on this one! Truly stunning!!!

Can't wait to go Steampunk with you at Megacon.

<3 ya!
Akira-Sakamoto Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
ZOMG! I saw you there!
I wanted to say something, but I had to get to the Dealer's Room. Sorry.
You looked amazing. ^_^
A-WhiteWolf-in-Black Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
This is the most amazing Dawn cosplay I've ever seen!!!

Dawn is my favourite character and you have done a beautiful job bringing her to the flesh!
nezacosplay Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
gorgeous just wonderful cosplay as always! :heart:
tfcreate Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's an incredible piece of work! Conrats!
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
don't know if enough compliments would make a difference..... wow!
TearMyselfUp Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
Just amazing...and you only got Third place? O_O

Unbelievable work madame. ^_^
Bellevue-DarkKnight Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009
va va voom :jawdrop:
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