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A.K. Wirru
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Hello~ I'm A.K. Wirru. I'm a Cosplayer and music composer from Sydney who likes building things from scratch and taking pictures.

For custom builds/commissions or bookings, please send a message to facebook.com/AmenoKitarou for details, or contact me on AmenoKitarou13@gmail.com

Enjoy!
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Tutorial Tuesdau: Leather Embossing by AmenoKitarou
Tutorial Tuesdau: Leather Embossing
Hello Wirrudos. 
I am going to start slowly filling up my DevArt with my facebook tutorials. 
I hope you like them!

Today's #TutorialTuesday is on leather embossing. 

Feel free to ask any questions :)
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Hello Wirrudos!
Holy crap DevArt has become a lot like facebook now. 
I don't know how I'll handle this. 
But this means I can start bringing #TutorialTuesdays from my facebook page to here as well!
I will start putting more and more crafting tutorials onto here!
Today I will share one on leather work. 
Enjoy!
And feel free to ask any questions!Leather tut by AmenoKitarou


#cosplay #Costume #crafting #tips #Tutorial
Odin - Legenary Eidolon of Thunder by AmenoKitarou
Odin - Legenary Eidolon of Thunder
Final Fantasy XIII - Odin Cosplay
This costume was made and worn for Madman National Cosplay Championships finals 2014, Australia. 

Costume made and worn by - AmenoKitarou (A.K. Wirru)
Photo by - George Wong Photography
Helper - Thai-tanium Cosplay


Costume Thoughts:
The battle that started in April has finally came to an end. 
Odin was my dream cosplay since the end of 2012. At that point I had hoped to create Odin for Madman National Finals last year, but I was lacking in skill and time, and most importantly his character was extremely hard to write a skit for. So, Origami Cyclone was born. 

It ended up taking me a full 8 months to craft. Surprisingly, I finished with 7 days to spare before the competition. But I couldn't have done it without the physical and mental help of my best friend Tsubaki Cosplay

It definitely became the more difficult, the most frustrating, the most time consuming, the most experimental, and in the end my proudest achievement in cosplay. 

I am so glad I made it. 

Production Notes:

Helmet: This was a combination of leather (face portion), foam and worbla (his horns(?)), fabric (ponytail) and beading work (ornaments). It was patterned with cardboard before tranferring to final materials. This took countless re-dos until I was happy with the proportions. 

Torso: His chest piece, collar, and middle zippers are embossed leather. I started these parts first because they were the most time consuming out of everything. Once embossed, the pieces were wet formed into shape before being hand stitches together with waxed thread. 
The green portion is a thinner sort of leather. I wasn't sure what animal though... This was patterned out into many tiny panels to create his muscular definitions. Then I sewed it together. There is a foam chest embedded on the inside so I could achieve his ginormous pec tits... and I made it extra tight around the waist to achieve good proportion. 

Armour: Most the armour on this costume is done with 5mm garage mat foam covered by worbla. The giant horse arm (his left arm) is the only bit that is foam and fibreglass. This is because it was so huge and worbla is expensive, and I am cheap. 

Zantetsuken: This was the most frustrating part of the entire project. Simply because of the number of failures I encountered. 
I first made a wooden original out of MDF. Then I flooded the MDF sword in silicone, made a fibreglass jacket, demoulded the silicone, then repeated for the other side. 
Then I casted. I brushed two layers of fibreglass resin, let each layer cure, then applied fibreglass, let that cure, then demoulded. I repeated this 4 times. So I ended up with 4 halves of swords that I would join together. 
My failures included: fibreglass warping, silicone moving, wrong casting material used before deciding on fibreglass, mess made in the backyard, stabbing myself etc. 
Eventually I got two hollow fibreglass sword. I shoved a metal rod into each sword, filled the swords with exanding foam, embedded a screw on pipe joiner into the sword so they can combine into a spear, then reinforced with bolts, and an extra round of fibreglass. 
The above took 3 months. 

Shoes: Odin is a TALL character. I am a SHORT guy, with a HUGE head. Odin's helmet is HUGE. So to get the right proportions... I must made myself taller. So I made these suicidal heels. 
They are simply a wooden structure that is decorated with foam details. A wide piece of wood sits at the bottom and acts as support and balance, making it safe and very easy to walk in. The weather feels different up there though...

Painting: Odin's costume is entirely hand painted with acrylic paint. I put a lot of thought into the paint job. Each colour has at least 3 tones, plus weathering and gloss finish. 
Eg. The sequence for the gold portions went something like this: 
Black undercoat > mix gold with gold powder and dry brush on > dry brush on plain gold > water down black so colour in detail lines > dry brush silver for weathering > gloss varnish. 
Repeat similar for all colours. 

THE HORSE: bahahahahahaa the horse. The horse was necessary for the skit. So I made him in a night. I used shitty camping mat foam, put a movie on and took a pair of scissors to the bitch. The lights in his head are a bundle of battery powered christmas lights from under the bed. His paint job was done with spray paint and some dry brushing. 

Makeup: Odin, annoyingly, has a green face, and green eyes with gold details... I got some Ben Nye theatre make up for the face, applied with LiquiSet to make it last longer. For his eyes, it was impossible for me to achieve his completely green eyes, so I used a pair of black sclera lenses instead. 

That's about all I can think of to share about Odin at the moment. 
Please feel free to ask about anything on this costume by commenting below 

Enjoy!
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Odin - Guardian of Lightning by AmenoKitarou
Odin - Guardian of Lightning
Final Fantasy XIII - Odin Costume feature sheet
This costume was made and worn for Madman National Cosplay Championships finals 2014, Australia. 

Costume made and worn by - AmenoKitarou (A.K. Wirru)
Photos by - George Wong Photography
Helper - Thai-tanium Cosplay


Costume Thoughts:
The battle that started in April has finally came to an end. 
Odin was my dream cosplay since the end of 2012. At that point I had hoped to create Odin for Madman National Finals last year, but I was lacking in skill and time, and most importantly his character was extremely hard to write a skit for. So, Origami Cyclone was born. 

It ended up taking me a full 8 months to craft. Surprisingly, I finished with 7 days to spare before the competition. But I couldn't have done it without the physical and mental help of my best friend Tsubaki Cosplay

It definitely became the more difficult, the most frustrating, the most time consuming, the most experimental, and in the end my proudest achievement in cosplay. 

I am so glad I made it. 

Production Notes:

Helmet: This was a combination of leather (face portion), foam and worbla (his horns(?)), fabric (ponytail) and beading work (ornaments). It was patterned with cardboard before tranferring to final materials. This took countless re-dos until I was happy with the proportions. 

Torso: His chest piece, collar, and middle zippers are embossed leather. I started these parts first because they were the most time consuming out of everything. Once embossed, the pieces were wet formed into shape before being hand stitches together with waxed thread. 
The green portion is a thinner sort of leather. I wasn't sure what animal though... This was patterned out into many tiny panels to create his muscular definitions. Then I sewed it together. There is a foam chest embedded on the inside so I could achieve his ginormous pec tits... and I made it extra tight around the waist to achieve good proportion. 

Armour: Most the armour on this costume is done with 5mm garage mat foam covered by worbla. The giant horse arm (his left arm) is the only bit that is foam and fibreglass. This is because it was so huge and worbla is expensive, and I am cheap. 

Zantetsuken: This was the most frustrating part of the entire project. Simply because of the number of failures I encountered. 
I first made a wooden original out of MDF. Then I flooded the MDF sword in silicone, made a fibreglass jacket, demoulded the silicone, then repeated for the other side. 
Then I casted. I brushed two layers of fibreglass resin, let each layer cure, then applied fibreglass, let that cure, then demoulded. I repeated this 4 times. So I ended up with 4 halves of swords that I would join together. 
My failures included: fibreglass warping, silicone moving, wrong casting material used before deciding on fibreglass, mess made in the backyard, stabbing myself etc. 
Eventually I got two hollow fibreglass sword. I shoved a metal rod into each sword, filled the swords with exanding foam, embedded a screw on pipe joiner into the sword so they can combine into a spear, then reinforced with bolts, and an extra round of fibreglass. 
The above took 3 months. 

Shoes: Odin is a TALL character. I am a SHORT guy, with a HUGE head. Odin's helmet is HUGE. So to get the right proportions... I must made myself taller. So I made these suicidal heels. 
They are simply a wooden structure that is decorated with foam details. A wide piece of wood sits at the bottom and acts as support and balance, making it safe and very easy to walk in. The weather feels different up there though...

Painting: Odin's costume is entirely hand painted with acrylic paint. I put a lot of thought into the paint job. Each colour has at least 3 tones, plus weathering and gloss finish. 
Eg. The sequence for the gold portions went something like this: 
Black undercoat > mix gold with gold powder and dry brush on > dry brush on plain gold > water down black so colour in detail lines > dry brush silver for weathering > gloss varnish. 
Repeat similar for all colours. 


Makeup: Odin, annoyingly, has a green face, and green eyes with gold details... I got some Ben Nye theatre make up for the face, applied with LiquiSet to make it last longer. For his eyes, it was impossible for me to achieve his completely green eyes, so I used a pair of black sclera lenses instead. 

That's about all I can think of to share about Odin at the moment. 
Please feel free to ask about anything on this costume by commenting below 

Enjoy!

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whoa.... this new DevArt format is weirddddd!!!
So after seeing the recent Free! Eternal Summer episodes, which were set in Sydney...
Today, 
Destria CosplayMtknot and I set off on an epic tourist day trip around Sydney to replicate as many scenes as we can from the recent Free! Eternal Summer.
今日は友達2人と一緒に、この前のFREE!の描いたシ<wbr style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.7272720336914px; line-height: 18px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">ドニーの全ロケーションに撮影しに行ってき
ました!

At first, we thought yeah we got this, little did we know it turned into one of the most stressful shooting experiences XD
最初はこれや楽だなと思ってたけど、以外と大変でした(<wbr>°_°)
Free! Eternal Summer - CENTRAL by AmenoKitarou
We went to all the places including the meat pie stand in the ending artwork, Olympic Park, Bondi Beach (we found all the crossings), the bridge viewing spot at Milson's Point, and finally...the...hotel.
エンディングの絵のミートパイスタンドや、セントラル駅<wbr>や、ボンダイビーチ(とそこの横断歩道)、ハーバーブリ<wbr>ッジのしたのミルソンスポイントや、そしてあのホテルま<wbr>で、全部見つけ出して撮影しました!


It became really tough because there were many things we couldn't control. 
Like THE OLD TRAIN that Haru and Rin ride, which decided to ALL BE NEW TRAINS TODAY. We spent about 3 hours train hopping until the right one came. Which made us NEARLY miss the sunset/twilight time for the Bridge.
This was a fun and new experience. But man... Tourism is HARD WORK! 
Photos coming soon 
大変だったのは、自分がコントロール出来ないことが沢山<wbr>あったからです。例えば凛ちゃんと春ちゃんが乗ってた旧<wbr>型の電車はもうほとんど走っていないから3時間くらい変<wbr>えたり乗り換えたりしてしまってやっと乗れて、あと少し<wbr>夕焼けを間に合わないところだった!
とにかく大変だったけど楽しかった。観光って難しいねw
写真を楽しみにして下さい(^◇^)
  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: Kalafina - Heavenly Blue
  • Watching: Korra - Book 3
  • Playing: cosplaying...
  • Eating: a kilo of mentos
  • Drinking: flat Sprite

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Happy birthday!
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Belated thank you!!!
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