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Post KatsuconHey wow, it's been a while! February's been a very busy month, with two conventions back to back: Dallas Sci-Fi Expo and Katsucon. Unfortunately, I came down with strep throat the week prior to Katsu, so truthfully it probably wasn't the brightest idea to still attend ... but I had a great time regardless! Though, now I've caught a nasty cold ON TOP of all that, so transitioning from con to 'real life' hasn't been as smooth as it ought to be, lol.
I recently uploaded some pictures of Rei Ayanami and Catherine that I recently had photoshoots for, and there should be a few more of those coming, along with the costumes I wore at Katsu!
However, I'm much more active on my Facebook page, so follow me on there for the most updates: https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
Facebook GiveawayHey~ So I made a Melfina plushie a little ways back, and will be giving her away when I reach 3000 likes on my Facebook page. If you haven't already followed my Facebook page (and feel inclined to do so), now is a good time!
Melfina on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
geeklurvI don't think I've made an announcement here on DeviantArt about this yet, but I'm doing promotional work for geeklurv.com, an online dating site for "geeks"!
I have a discount code that will be valid for the rest of 2013 if you sign up for a subscription, as do many other cosplayers (which you can find and stack on top of eachother for a total of 73% off!).
My code is "melfina" (without the quotation marks, of course).
I also made a little graphic for it on my Facebook page HERE!!!
Find out more about geeklurv by going to their Facebook page or visiting geeklurv.com ~
Selling WigsWelp, it's that time again! I need to clear out space, so I'm selling some wigs that I no longer use. Click here to go to my Storenvy:
Everything's all listed there, and there will be more wigs being listed in the next few days. Everything's $20 or under!
Thanks for looking!
Arda Wigs Banner ContestHey everyone! I entered Arda Wigs' Banner Contest with my Utena costume, and would really appreciate it if you go and vote!
Of course, the competition is very fierce, and I'm not expecting to win anything, but any support would be super-duper appreciated!
You can vote here:
Thank you for looking!
April into MayHey everyone, sorry I've been kinda dead on here as of late. Cosplay has been picking up lately since Katsucon, and now summer con season is almost upon us! Next convention for me will be Dallas Comic Con, which is local to me. I will probably only go for one day, seeing as how I only made plans for it at all pretty recently. I haven't gone to a comic con since Megacon, and even that was multi-genre! I wish I had a comic book costume to wear for it, but with everything coming up all at once in May, I will not have time~
After that will be A-Kon, again here in Dallas. My friend MeruCosplay will be joining me, and I couldn't be more excited! We will be cosplaying Stakes (Umineko), idols (iDOLMster) and Wedding dress versions of Zero no Tsukaima characters (because we can! ).
I recently had an updated Movie version Utena photoshoot, which I am still posting pictures from.
Cons and Life and StuffSooooo, it's been a while since I last journal-posted up in here~
Katsucon came and went - I'm still deciding on what pictures to upload from it. Got new pictures of Sheryl and Neptune, and of course of the groups I was with (iDOLMster x2, and Umineko 7 Stakes).
Now I've got Anime Matsuri coming up next week in Houston, TX. Can't wait! Got nothing new planned for it, but I'd LIKE to at least start working on my new project before Matsuri, if I am ever able to order the darn fabric, lol.
Yeah, not much else goin' on! I post more frequently on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MelfinaCosplays
Deadness of LateWow yeah, so I haven't been on DA very much if at all lately - sorry guys!
I've been busy working on Katsucon costumes, so I've been limiting my online time while at home! 3 MORE WEEKENDS TO WORK ON STUFF. I don't usually save EVERYTHING for the 11th hour like this, honest. Moving and working full-time has put me behind schedule, and while both of those things are good, they kind of suck for cosplay productivity.
So yeah! Just wanted to quickly update here to let you guys know I haven't abandoned this place.
Oh! Also, I've recently become a Cosplay Ambassador for Crunchyroll: http://www.crunchyroll.com/
They're an official anime streaming site and online community! I've been watching anime through them for a while, and have noticed them having a presence at conventions more and more over the last year. I'm excited to say the least! Katsucon will be my first convention attending as an Ambassador, and I'll probably be hanging out at the Crunchyro
Season's Greetings~I hope you're all having a great time over the holidays!
Mine was a bit of a work-cation. I moved into a new house, which my husband and I bought. Our first house, yay~ And so, we used the long weekend to move all of our stuff and work on getting unpacked. My folks came from the Florida panhandle to visit and help us move, which I am very grateful for. We still have stuff sitting in boxes, but the place is looking better and better each day.
Katsucon is in less than two months. I need to get a move on with that. D: I'm a little stressed that I'm behind schedule, but it couldn't really be helped~
Overall, this year has been fan-tiddly-astic. ;D Cosplay kinda took a hit, but I'm looking forward to 2013 and being able to work on more new things.
I've been working on my cosplay website: http://melfinacosplay.com/ Making progress with getting more content up, and getting photos and construction notes up for each of my costumes.
Have any plans for New Years?
Mansions of The MindWatch depthRADIUS
“Some use Ink, I confide in Silver”
— Lauren E. Simonutti
Quote by Lauren E. Simonutti
“ The misfirings of my beloved/despised mind that conspire to convince me to destroy all have rendered me housebound and led to a solitary life. A creature of past, proof, memory and imaginary friends, I am aware enough to know the things I see and hear are not real, but that does not mean I do not still see and hear them.”
For a very long time
Marketing Materials For ArtistsEDIT: Well butter my biscuits, some of my gifs disappeared into the interwebs. I'll remedy this soon!
It’s no secret that us artists aren’t great at selling ourselves. The creative process is so much work it’s easy to assume that your work will be able to sell itself. Sometimes it can, but that’s not usually the case. Even if you aren’t interested in going commercial with your career (and there is absolutely nothing wrong with going that route), it is important have professional materials to present to clients, employers and galleries. If you aren’t interested in being “full time” with selling your artwork, I think it would still be good to consider putting together marketing materials as a means of creating good client relations.
This journal will include a number of things you may need in marketing yourself, but also if you are applying to art schools or for various jobs in art. I would also like to note that you d
Last minute goodies #3 + 100points GIVEAWAY!Hello everyone!! I bring you some more adoptables that are about to close (auctions) or could use a bid! All of these are absolutely unique so don't hesitate to check them out and offer something for them!
Since :iconlastofthewildadopts: reached 100 members and :iconkingnlionheartadopts: surpassed 50 watchers we're holding a giveaway!!!
We'll be giving 100 away! Two lucky winners will be chosen randomly among the participants!
To enter you only need to fav this journal!
Spreading the word is very much appreciated!! If you watch our group or our account KingnLionheartAdopts and you win the raffle we'll give you extra points!
HB $25 - AB $40 (+extras)!! Hurry up! What are you waiting for?? :iconsqueeeeplz:
SB $12 / AB $35
HB $3/$3/$9 - AB $30
Did you know? - Suggesting DDsDD is short for Daily Deviation and is - like the name lets you presume - a daily feature of artworks from different the galleries.
DDs can be featured by Community Volunteers and Staff members.
While browsing it can happen that you come across deviations that you think should be featured as a DD, but how?
First of all you need to take a look at the gallery it was submitted to.
You can find this information in the description area, directly below the artwork itself.
With that category in mind, we are now heading over to communityrelations to take a look at this CV overview. It lists all volunteers and the gallery they take care of.
Beside the overview at communityrelations you can also find the same list at :faq18:
For our example we now need to search for the Photography CVs.
As you can see there are plenty of t
Watercolor TechniquesWatercolor Techniques I
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting!
Laying a wash
A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this s
Traditional Art Techniques IITraditional Art Techniques II
Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of even more physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don't forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them. Let's take a look
(Traditional Art Techniques I)
1. Drawing media II
Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Traditional drawings were monoc
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