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Enyo: Goddess of War by yayacosplay Enyo: Goddess of War by yayacosplay
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I'll start off by saying that this photoshoot took place 2 years ago (October 2008) and I did not release these photos until tonight because I wasn't sure if the public would understand what we were going for. Hence the watermark is still my old website lol.

Yes. I am very scantly clad. Yes. I am basically just wearing shreds of fabric and very well glued on jewelry. Yes. I am near exposed. Yes. They are boobs.

The reason I did this photoshoot was not to scandalize (although I'm sure that is a by-product effect), but to pay tribute to the amazing art styles of Heavy Metal [link] and High Fantasy in the 70's and 80's.

Good fantasy (art, book, film etc.) and sensual feminine forms have always gone hand in hand. I absolutely adore the work of Luis Royo [link] and have in the past saluted him with my Battle Angel [link] images [link] This time I wanted to create a theme around the Greek Goddess of War, Enyo [link] Terrible yet beautiful, bloodthirsty yet mesmerizing.

I created the outfit within a week, being inspired by Luis Royo [link] and John Carter's Princess of Mars [link] using light airy fabrics in creme and sage colors. I did a lot of fabric shredding and ripping, wove braids of fabrics and tied random pieces together. I spent way too much money on materials and time on making the headpieces and jewelry accessories. You can see a close-up of the headpieces here: [link]
Brian Boling created the gold collar out of plastic and I decorated it with chains and crystals.

As usual, I did my own makeup and styling.

Weapons were kindly loaned to us by friends.

I shot with my two most trusted photographer friends - Kevin Stewart and Brian Boling. You'll see a difference in their styles of photography as well as the fact that Brian shot digital, and Kevin shot on film. I love different qualities about each and was grateful to have both very talented and creative artists collaborating with me on this shoot.

This shot was by Brian Boling. The next two are Kevin Stewart's work.
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:iconrainsinger:
rainsinger Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Yaya, you're always the best. No need to explain anything, your outfits, costumes and design are always phenomenal.
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:iconzorares:
zorares Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Bold!  Courageous!  Sexy!  And downright Beautiful!  Nicely done!
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:iconsergis25:
sergis25 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Hello

My name is Sergi. I am from Barcelona. I have a blog about myths and legends. I put your work in my blog.

I hope you agree. I put your address deviantart.

Thanks

sergismite.blogspot.com/2014/0…
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:iconguydigoji:
guydigoji Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014
Thank you Luis Royo!
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:iconilikecommas:
ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You had a LOT of weapons to go with this.
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:iconcaptain-jed:
Captain-jed Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
great concept for the tributie of the 70's art. I do love the artwork in the Heavy Metal magizines so I do understand what you were trying to acomplise. very lovley costume as well.
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:iconthehappythrasher:
TheHappyThrasher Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Regal and strong! It's your one way ticket to midnight! Call it, Heavy Metal!
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:icontheasorlinsstrike:
TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing and stunning work. I love the outfit not because its sexy but it looks awesome and well made.
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:icondeviatedone:
deviatedone Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Student General Artist
I gotta say that I love the set of pictures, and also that it's not just because you're really freaking sexy.
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:iconhesher187:
Hesher187 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you get any hotter?, this is ridiculous! ( in a good way) ;)
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:iconendrex:
Endrex Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
you have some of the most beautiful cosplay costumes i have ever seen!
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:iconultimatede:
ultimatede Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
I think you did an amazing cosplay here. This one and the third are my favorites of the set. I like the third better because of the chains and sword, but this one has better light for you and is less grainy.
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:iconbobol93:
bobol93 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
agree with what you wrote above.
the cosplay is very nice :clap: and respect the fact that you put your body on display ... is not the case to be shocked. :)
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:iconmontereybarefooter:
MontereyBarefooter Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Yaya, I was able to meet you this past week at the FanimeCon convention in San Jose. After having the chance to talk with you several times over the weekend...all I can say is your are an amazingly friendly, intelligent and classy woman. Your passion for what you do is evident in the quality of your products and photos, posters, art, etc.

As for being scantily clad, glued jewelry and nearly exposed boobs...so what. Even if you were completely nude "head to toe", everything I've seen from you is always in keeping with the spirit of the character you are cosplaying...or simply gorgeous art...and requires no explanation.

Thanks for sharing these with us!

Respectfully yours,
A new devoted fan!
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:icondeadself:
deadself Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
wow, amazing!
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:iconjimorrison:
jimorrison Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
perfect.
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:iconyusufyaacub:
yusufyaacub Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
nice.. dare to show your beauty. congrates!
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:iconntense999:
ntense999 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Ni shi hen piaolian zong guar nuren :) I follow your work on FaceBook and I must say, this is a wonderful costume. It definitely fits the fantasy art theme you were after. It reminds me of those beautiful Boris Vallejo women in his paintings.
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:iconntense999:
ntense999 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Ni shi hen piaolian zong guar nuren :) I follow your work on FaceBook and I must say, this is a wonderful costume. It definitely fits the fantasy art theme you were after. It reminds me of those beautiful Boris Vallejo women in his paintings.
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:iconrenny2hand:
renny2hand Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
I got a question how do thouse things say on ever since my first tripe to a strip club i always woundered
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:iconsenorchile:
Senorchile Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
it doesn't matter to me why you did it,I'm just glad you did it,because you are beautiful,your body is amazing!
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:iconvitriolic-harli:
Vitriolic-Harli Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011   General Artist
Sooo amazing. Bringing heavy metal to life was daring and the effect was beautiful! You are amazing!
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:iconapocalipsis666:
apocalipsis666 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
precius and hot
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:icongrontito:
grontito Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
very nice, very nice indeed, all the work behind and the model attitude. congrats!
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:iconthedigitalgeisha:
TheDigitalGeisha Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I think out of all the pieces of this series this one is my fave. An intoxicating mixture of feminine and fierce. Very well done, tasteful and a wonderful tribute to the Heavy Metal genera
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:iconprimalaspects:
primalaspects Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
From one Luis Royo fan to another. I like it!
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:iconmskoll:
Mskoll Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the shot is very well done and you look sexy (a lot) and dangerous (a little) at the same time, in the way of Frazetta etc and Heavy Metal stuff :)
the only think i dislike is the location...with a better one this shot would have been damn great!!!
a place like the deep of a wood with high trees or a damaged castle or at the top of a mountain, maybe with clouds in the sky and an apocalyptic light...
but i know sometimes there's no time, no places, no money...
anyway a very good shot for a lovely-dangerous goddess as you look :)

boobs are no scandal...boobs are nice and can be artistic as the whole body of a woman (and of a man).
scandal is when politics make what they want with our money, when they preach about valours and acts like pigs, when public people injure their country and their own people, when police shot on peaceful demonstrations, etc...
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:iconbadhabitschainmaille:
BadHabitsChainmaille Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
congrats on a great tribute to the world that exposed so many of us to fantasy art in the first place.
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:iconazizjon:
azizjon Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011   General Artist
Beautiful!!
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:iconspacecowboy5000:
SpaceCowboy5000 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The good old days when Frazetta, Royo and Boris Vallejo ruled. Heavy Metal opened a whole new world to millions. This is an awesome tribute. :clap:
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:iconadamantdragon:
AdamantDragon Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really hot. Amazing cosplayer.
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:iconrnomad:
Rnomad Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
:love: the series.

would have been nice to see some menacing poses and expressions, considering she was the god of war. but they were mesmerizing for the right reasons.

if some people are hung up on boobs, tell them to grow up & get a life.
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:iconscuballast:
scuballast Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011
You are a true artist. There is no scandal in your art
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:iconlmb-p:
LMB-P Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
an absolutly beatuful body :) how'd u get it like that?? please tell :D
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:iconzokstadaroksta:
zokstadaroksta Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow:
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:iconvenomx:
venomx Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
love ur tits
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:iconaja-mujinga-sherrard:
Aja-Mujinga-Sherrard Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
the lighting and design of these is gorgeous.
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:icontetsudragon:
TetsuDragon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is wonderful. You make your goddess form seem very strong.
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:iconthealien01:
thealien01 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
wow any more from this set?
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:iconyourdoomed:
yourdoomed Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
beautiful pics!
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:iconspystudios:
SpyStudios Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011   Digital Artist
BEST EVER!
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:iconbobbarker86:
bobbarker86 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
Wow,fantastic!
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:icondreadwolfclaw:
dreadwolfclaw Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesometastic friend the poses are captivating and delicious to observe you are always very dedicated cosplayer and I must say keep on rockin'
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:iconwerewolf1031:
WeREwOLf1031 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
You are as beautiful as you are talented at creating costumes. Wonderful job!
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:iconakaikya:
akaikya Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you really pulled off the old school heavy metal and high fantasy look :D Awesome! I'm glad you decided to post this ^_^
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:iconvertigo911:
vertigo911 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
thats so beautiful and sexy!!! danger, danger :)
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:iconragpikki:
ragpikki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010
I first became aware of Royo and Olivia because of Heavy Metal covers they'd done. Very cool
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:icontheobsessivebrowser:
TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
You look like you could be modeling for Boris Vallejo, but he mostly uses his wife as a model for his alien / mythological / fantasy women. Incredible. Tres Magnifique !!
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w00tw00t-BigBird Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
I just can't make my eyes leave your picture! You are a tremendously beautiful woman!
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