Monday, August 13, 2018

Lady Deadpool Variant

Nerdy Curve Blog | Lady Deadpool

Y'all know how much I love Lady Deadpool, right? Making her costume was both a struggle and a blast for me. I learned a lot throughout the construction process, and I definitely think that it is one of my favorite costumes. I am most certainly proud of the blood (literal), sweat and tears (also literal) that went into creating it.  Well after making my canon version of her, I got to thinking about an alternate. You see, I am going through all of my cosplays and doing lewd versions of them. After Raiden was such a big hit, I wanted to do my second favorite costume, Lady Deadpool. What I ended up with was not necessarily a lewd version, but it was sexier. I just call it my Lady Deadpool variant.



I wanted to keep a lot of the elements from my original version, but make it sexy. Because this costume was primarily put together from another costume (and other store bought items) I won't post construction notes. I will, however, post costume notes outlining each part of this costume and how it was put together or where it came from!

Costume Notes:


  • Bodysuit - The bodysuit is actually a red romper purchased from amazon. I drew the black sides on by hand. Initially I used fabric ink, but later switched to very large black permanent markers.
  • Socks - these barely-over-the-knee socks were also purchased from Amazon. I didn't modify them at all.
  • Belt/holsters/pouches - these pieces came from my original Lady Deadpool costume. The belt I make from Polypropylene strapping. The holsters I purchased from Amazon. The pouches I sewed myself (but I really need to redo them).
  • Guns - I used 4 guns. My 'Desert Eagles' are two plain water guns from my local Dollar Tree, and my Uzis are Uzi water guns purchased from my local costume store. Both sets were painted black except the orange tips of course.
  • Wig - purchased from Amazon
  • Swords & Scabbard - The Katanas are both paper mache (no, I'm serious!!!), and the scabbard is a mix of 5mm craft foam and cardboard, with a base and straps from an old backpack! 

Lady Deadpool was the costume for Ko-Fi and Patreon for the month of July. Because we are in August, I have moved on to a different costume, but I'm considering having prints available for both my regular version, and also my variant Lady Deadpool. What do you guys think, would you be interested in prints of her?

lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hype Support



There are two things that I wanted to mention in a super short post! I'm listing them separately, but they actually go hand in hand in a way.. 

  1. July is my birthday month and its almost here!
  2. There are several ways to support me and also get something in return!
So for the first option, July is my birthday month, but my birthday isn't until the end of the month. I'm excited about my birthday month, but not exactly my own birthday. Summer is in full swing, its finally starting to get hot and 4th of July is coming rapidly. I love the summer and the heat, and swimsuits and NO SNOW! So that's about it for that part. 

For the second option, there are a few ways to support me if you are interested. I was using Patreon for a while and it got away from me due to personal stress and generally not being able to deal with everything at the time. I gave it up for a bit but I just couldn't stay away. I was successful after the second relaunch, maybe this time will be even better? Third time is supposed to be a charm, right? Let's see how this time around goes!



 I've set up tiers and rewards that mirror my Ko-Fi page. I have had some success with Ko-Fi as well, and I like how this seems a little more immediate than Patreon.



I do understand though, that people don't necessarily want to create accounts on multiple websites, and with Ko-Fi, if you have a paypal account, you pay through there, you don't have to register for an account with Ko-Fi at all. But I think that the way I have them both setup, it should work out a little better this time. Things in general are less stressful and I've been working to get things done ahead of time and I have a nice queue prepared so that will also be less stress. So for anyone who might be interested in supporting me 

lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Lewd Cosplay



Man oh man, remember how I said that a lot of things have changed over the past 6 months? They seriously have and that is definitely reflected in my cosplay. One thing about the cosplay's I'd done in the past, everything was done with the intent of accuracy. Never did I intend on making a costume because of sex appeal or sexuality of the character. Things started to change with a passing thought about lewd cosplays. "Is it possible to make a lewd gender bent cosplay??" A miscellaneous passing thought that I believe I tweeted and then forgot. I really have no idea how I came back to it until I actually had an answer to that. Yes. Yes it is definitely possible to make a lewd version of a gender bent cosplay. and I figured it out. Enter, Lewd Raiden. I'll post a side by side of my regular Raiden cosplay, and then my Lewd Raiden:



There are definite similarities, as well as definite differences. I like that I was able to find two shots that are similar in pose. Let's break down the similarities first!

Similarities:

  • Hat
  • White bodysuit
  • arm armor
  • white contacts
  • white gloves
  • blue draping
Differences:
  • Lewd cosplay uses a wig not balaclava
  • Lewd bodysuit shows more skin
  • Lewd gloves are shorter and light up!
  • Lewd version does not have the black sash
  • Lewd version also has white thigh highs (you can't see them above, unfortunately)

I love both versions but if I were ever to go to an after party, I would HAVE to go as my Lewd Raiden and wear my light up gloves. They seriously are so cool:


Anyways, After creating my Lewd Raiden, I started looking at my other cosplays, and seeing who I could lewd out. Guess which was my immediate next choice. Lady Deadpool of course! I am actually shooting the official Lady Deadpool Variant photos tomorrow, I'm pretty excited for that also. I have decided to go down the list of characters I've made and do a lewd version of all of them. Following Lady Deadpool, Zatanna is up. Some people think that lewd cosplay is not really cosplay, and I disagree wholeheartedly. Whatever kind of cosplay you do, whether it armored, store bought, lewd, swimsuit, whatever, it still all counts as cosplay.

You are still in some kind of version of a character. Lewd Cosplays for me, are a little more relaxed in regards to their look, but I do still want the lewd version to mimic the original version that I have created. So as with my Raidens, there were things that were similar, and those that were different. The similarities were definitely apparent, and made them seem like they were part of each other. But the differences set them apart and you could tell one was a bit more, loose shall we say. The lewd versions that I make are thought out and planned, and I get so excited when I see them come together. My lewd Raiden will have its own post with full construction notes this week. Also additional photos and a bonus video that somewhat emancipated her!

Sexuality has definitely been a taboo subject for me, which is totally opposite from the way I was a while back. I was very open sexually and very much sex positive. This lewd version of Raiden not only helped to open things up on the scale of cosplay, it in hand with other things, helped me to feel more secure in my sexuality. THAT will be explained in my next article, which I am already partially working on now.  What are your thoughts on Lewd Cosplays? Do you love them? Hate them? Tell me what you think, I'd love to hear your opinions!



lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

An Honest Reflection


Wow, I can't believe months have gone by and I haven't posted anything. Actually, I take that back. I can believe it. As much as I want to be the best blogger and constantly bring you guys great content sometimes life gets in the way and then others life completely takes over. Sometimes you have to take a step back and reevaluate yourself. When you're reflecting on what you've been doing, its not always easy to see the faults you have, the mistakes you've made, and the opportunities you've missed. Basically that can really make you feel like crap. But recognizing what you've been doing (be it right or wrong) is a step towards success.

But what exactly is success? For one person, it might be more personal...they understand more about themselves and they are happy. For others, success is in the form of financial gain. It's so subjective. Taking a step in the direction of success without knowing what that success looks like, is like walking into a room blindfolded and trying to cut a cake. Random I know, just go with me on this, okay!?  For me, I had to take a look at all of the pots I had my hand in and determine what I wanted to get from each of them. After that, okay, are these goals attainable. Are they attainable at the level I have been performing? Resounding 'No' for that. What work do I need to put into X-Y-Z in order to see the results I want. This is the step I am at right now. I am at the point where I am taking a hard look at all of my outlets and figuring out how to best utilize them. Thank you everyone who has bared with me over the past 6 months. Things have been all over the place but as I go through this evaluationary period, I will definitely get back to bringing you more content! I just need to think things through a bit more and come up with a solid strategy to make everything cohesive!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Faora Ul Revamp



A few years ago I created a Faora Ul costume from Man of Steel. For anyone who doesn't know, its a full body armor costume. I had never worked with foam on such a large scale before, but I completed it and was somewhat content with it at the time. Fast forward to the past month. I decided that I wanted to redo that costume now that I have more experience with foam. As part of my Patreon re-launch, I chose Faora to be my cosplay of the month. This go around I had a better understanding of creating the pieces and felt more confident. But I will say that I am glad to be finished with it. It was fun to redo, but my heart (and skill) is with sewing!


Construction Notes:

This costume was broken down into two parts:
1. Sewing pieces
2. Fabrication pieces

Bodysuit: For the bodysuit, I needed something that would look textured. The closest thing I could find was chain mail. While it's not an exact match for the material of Faora's movie bodysuit, it was as close as I could find. I sewed the torso first, then attached the legs and arms. I made the gloves separately also. The cape was a simple rectangle I top stitched and then used Velcro to adhere it to the breastplate

Armor Pieces by section:
  • Breastplate- This was by far the most complicated part of the entire costume. To start, my husband wrapped me in saran wrap and duct tape around my back and chest about down to my rib cage. On top of the duct tape (I used a gray color so I could see where I was marking) I drew my pattern for the base of my breastplate. Then I not-so-carefully cut myself out. I cut a hole in the middle of my favorite tank top. Then I took the pattern and cut it into three sections, back, front left and front right. I traced each piece on 10mm EVA foam. I also needed to cut out smaller odd shapes for the middle of the breastplate, those were cut out of 5mm EVA foam. Then I used a heat gun to not only smooth out the texture of the foam, but to also heat and shape the pieces so they had contour. The more difficult part of this process was attaching the collar. It was a wonky shape to begin with. Once they were shaped, I adhered everything together using Contact Cement. I had to do the collar in increments however. I did the two front pieces, let that cure overnight, did higher up, let that cure overnight, and then did the very back.  I let the adhesive cure overnight, and the next day I sealed the entire thing with 4 layers of white PVC glue and then painted it all a base color of dark metallic silver.
  • Gloves- These were by far my favorite thing to make. After I sewed the gloves together, I used card stock to create the basic shape of the finger joint armor and top of the hand armor. I then traced each finger joint onto 5mm EVA foam. Once each piece was cut out of the foam, I again used the heat gun to shape them. Then I used contact cement to adhere the foam pieces to the appropriate finger directly onto the fabric of the glove. Once all the pieces were on, I let it cure overnight and then sealed with 4 layers of white PVC glue and then painted them also a dark metallic silver.
  • Misc. Pieces- This includes the belt pieces, knee & shin guards, bracers, bicep pieces. The knee and shin guards were cut from 10mm EVA foam, but the rest of the pieces were cut from 5mm foam. Each piece was sketched out on paper and that was used as a template for the foam. The front sides of the belt I used strips of 5mm foam to accent and add detail. For the right bracer, I used a soldering iron to emboss ridges. After everything was cut from foam the pieces were heated and shaped using my heat gun. I used elastic to hold the armor pieces on. All but the thigh guards. Those were adhered directly onto the thighs of my bodysuit. Once everything was attached, cut and shaped, I sealed it all with 4 layers of white PVC glue and painted them a dark metallic silver.
Once everything had at least two base coats of the dark metallic silver, I went back over around the edges, in creases and around corners with a watered down mix of a little bit of dark silver paint, and more black paint in order to do some weathering. I learned my lesson from last time to do all the weathering at the same time and to slowly build on it. I started off with a little bit of darkening and then went over each section a second time to darken it.

I truly enjoyed making this costume. I feel like I know way more about working with foam than I did my first go around and that knowledge really helped. It was challenging at some spots, but I was happy to tackle the challenges. All in all I am happy with the costume but I am also glad that it's finished. Now I can focus on my current project! Check out the News page here on the blog to see what I'm working on now, or visit my Patreon to find out how you can get some cool rewards!


lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Mummy



I finally watched The Mummy (the one with Tom Cruise). *Takes a deep breath* Okay... I hadn't heard much about this movie. The only person that said anything was my mom and she said it was awful. It definitely wasn't good, but it wasn't the worst movie I've ever watched. But I will reiterate, it wasn't good. There are a lot of issues I have with this movie and I'm going to try to break this down and not go off on a tangent. Let's see how well I can do that. I love Egyptian history and mythology, and I was bummed out by how little there was.

The movie starts off with knights (Knights Templar) burying a knight with a Ruby. The burial site which is underground, is found many years later by a construction crew.  They are soon after told to leave the site by Russell Crowe's character, Mr. Jekyll. Yes....Jekyll as in Jekyll  and Hyde. That is a BIG issue i have with this movie, but ill get into  that later. He comes across a wall with inscriptions on it and then begins to monologue. Then the movie flashes back to ancient Egypt. It shows princess Ahmanet sparring as her father, the Pharaoh watches. She was his only child and would inherit his throne, she knew this and thoroughly enjoyed that idea. Then the Pharaoh had a son which meant she would no longer be the heir to her father's kingdom. She got upset, then tried to summon Set to help her kill him so she could still get the power.  This all made sense as the first born male child of a Pharaoh is automatically the heir to the throne. What I don't understand is why she decides to summon the god Set. Why not just kill them herself without him? She basically knew that was what she would have to do anyways. I understand that he is the god of death but it just felt like a kind of weak plot. In order for her ritual to be complete and summon Set in a physical form, she had to kill her father, his son and sacrifice her lover. She kills both her father and his new son, but before she is able to sacrifice her lover, she is caught by the Pharaoh's guards or priests. Because of what she did, the consequence is to be mummified and buried alive. So they bind her up, Put her inside a sarcophagus and set off to bury it.

I hear that this movie is supposed to be a reboot of the not so long ago Mummy franchise (which I really like). But this movie seriously lacked anything having to do with Egypt other than that scene with Ahmanet.  I get that they want to go a different route, change things up a bit, but I didn't care too much for this plot. It felt like it was missing something. Aside from the lack of Egyptian history or mythology or  anything that could reference to  that time in history. With her inside the sarcophagus, they took her really far away from Egypt to bury. Like, they went to Mesopotamia. The next scene is modern day in Iraq and Tom Cruise and another man are on a hill searching for some kind of treasure. They aren't really treasure hunters, they are in the military and are supposed to be somewhere else entirely. Basically they are thieves. Where ever they go they just steal things and sell them on the black market. Here starts one of my issues...what branch of the regular military lets two soldiers just gallivant wherever they want with no repercussions? They were many clicks away from where they were supposed to be but they don't even get in trouble other than a semi mild tongue lashing. They don't get reprimanded they are actually told to help an archaeologist with searching a tomb they unknowingly unearthed when they called in an air strike. They go with this female archaeologist which Tom Cruise's character has history with. He actually stole her map of that area because she was looking for this site they found. Down in the tomb, there is gold and also mercury. There are a series of statues. Normally the statues are facing outwards, watching and protecting the person that is buried, she makes note that all of the statues are facing inwards. As if guarding whoever is buried. He starts having weird visions about Princess Amahnet and hearing her say 'My Chosen' but has no clue what is going on. There are pieces of gold and valuable jewels around the tomb and of course Tom Cruise and his thieving buddy get wide eyed and want to start taking things. The other guy gets at least one thing but before Tom Cruise has a chance to swipe something, the archaeologist lady fusses at him. Almost instantly an army of camel spiders (YUCK) start heading to them, crawling on them and one bites the other guy. Again yuck.

After he gets crazy and starts shooting around the spiders leave and they get out of the tomb. They get a helicopter to take the tomb to an airfield so they can get on an airplane with it and go back to London where she is based out of. There is a sand storm that immediately and suddenly heading their way as soon as they lift the sarcophagus out of the ground. But they all make it on the airplane just in time. The guy that stole from the tomb however starts to look really bad. Almost like a zombie. This is another issue I have. I think it's common folklore that if you steal from a tomb there are consequences. And generally we know that Egyptian tombs did have warnings and curses etc. But there was no ominous warning on this tomb.Nothing significantly 'oh shit maybe we shouldn't take anything' kind of warning. The original "The Mummy" movie had lots of warnings and made sure that the viewers understood the Egyptians had curses, traps and warnings for would be grave/tomb raiders. But all of a sudden guy gets bitten by a camel spider and then is a zombie? Okay. He stabs his commanding officer ON THE PLANE after he's asked what hes doing. He's trying to cut the cording that's keeping the sarcophagus stable on the plane. After he stabs his commanding officer, he turns to Tom Cruise and the other passengers. Tom Cruise shoots him 3 times and hes dead. Then the air lock to the plane comes off the plane crashes (he puts a parachute on the archaeologist, pulls the cord and lets it take her off the plane. But he goes down with the plane. He wakes up in a body bag with a toe tag in the morgue. He can't die because the Mummy, Princess Amahnet chose him, hes going to be the person she sacrifices to complete her ritual and bring Set into physical form. But in order for her to do it, she has to use the special dagger with a ruby in the handle for it to work. He finds this out very cryptically when he sees his buddy, the zombie (the comedic relief I should say) in the morgue. The archaeologist is take into the morgue because they needed help identifying the bodies.They are all shocked to see that he is alive down there.

Next scene they are in the bar and hes pounding shots while she tells him reluctantly that she thinks they have angered the Gods. Another problem I have. All of a sudden she is talking about Gods. There was no talk about her opinions of the gods or goddesses before this.When they were in the tomb would have been a perfect time for some sort of spiel about the gods of ancient Egypt. When she first sees the tomb would have been a great time. When they air lifted the sarcophagus and the sand storm or even the came spiders, any of those time would have been a good time to mention the ancient gods. But now, at a bar all of a sudden she starts feeling like they have 'angered the gods'. Tom Cruise is freaking out because he keeps seeing his dead friend around the bar and asks to be excused and goes into the bathroom and starts freaking out seeing him even more. The 'comedic relief' (that wasn't too funny) explains some more about them being cursed. He and the archaeologist set off to find the sarcophagus crash site. Meanwhile the sarcophagus crashed in a way different location than the plane and the mummy is busy sucking the life out of two police officers that are investigating the area. She takes their life essence (like the original Mummy) and becomes less corpse looking and more human. The people she sucks the life out of become zombies. There is a scene with her and the two zombie police officers that I swear they were going to start doing the Thriller dance. She's trying to get him to come to a specific place because she knows where the dagger she needs is. What she doesn't know, is that the ruby isn't in the handle like it should be. She finds this out when she gets him to come to her, and her zombies hold him down and she was about to stab him. But the ruby is found by Russel Crowe, I mean Mr. Jeckyll's crew.

To prevent giving away a weird plot twist any more of the story (and to keep myself from getting too annoyed) I will just go on to say that things get clouded by Mr Jeckyll and his goons and their desire for the ritual to be complete and having Set physically manifested. I made it through the end of the movie but was not by any means impressed. I was actually pretty surprised as well. Usually Tom Cruise doesn't play in crappy movies. I guess there truly is a first time for everything. Did you watch this movie? What are your thoughts? I don't think i would recommend this to anyone unless they just want to watch it out of curiosity or just want to waste some time.


lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Storm Cosplay




Storm is a character I've wanted to cosplay for quite some time now. I hesitated a lot due to planning out the costume. It looks like a simple costume but it's a bit more complex than it seems. I debuted my Storm at Super Megafest this past weekend. I had a great time and I was so proud of this costume!

Costume notes:

1) Headpiece- I started with the Headpiece- as it was the smallest part and seemed to be the easiest. I used Eva foam that is made for gym floor mats. I used my heat gun to smooth the light texture on the front. I also applied extra heat to shape it in a curve to fit to my head. I primed it with pva glue and then painted it all black. To secure it to my hair I hot glued four small hair clips to the inside of the front part.

2) Bracelets- for the bracelets I also used the same Eva foam. I cut strips that were a little bigger than my wrists. I used ansoldering iron in order to get a curved shape to make them look more Ike Bangles. Then I primed them with 3 layers of PVC glue and like 5 layers of gold paint. I didn't join the strips into circles until the cape was done.

3) Bodysuit- the bodysuit was tricky. I started off using a tank top and swimsuit bottoms for a template but decided to try using an actual pattern. I used a Yaya Han pattern for a bunny suit to start with. I made a mock-up using muslin fabric that ended up being WAY too big. I adjusted it a bit and then realized it was basically the same as the version I started. I just needed to cut parts to sew back up. I added a zipper although it's not needed. The fabric was a thick, heavy weight knit with a lot of 4 way stretch. For the gold trim I used a gold metallic 4 way stretch lycra and attached using a zigzag stitch.

4) Cape- this was by far the most confusing part of this costume for me. First, I couldn't find any, I mean ANY back photos of Storm. I couldn't find a decent reference picture for a while. I think I'd been searching for something not that closely related to Storm when i came across a photo of a cosplayer. She was looking over her shoulder and I finally could see the back of the costume! Then several related images also showed the back. I got a good idea of the basic shape which I was able to cut out close to how I wanted. The only issue I wound up having with the cape was attaching it. The fabric I used was a heavier weight fabric which looked good both as the bodysuit and the cape, but it was too heavy to simply attach clips to. Inthe end I had to top stitch it to the back side of my bodysuit.

5) Boots- Luckily I had a pair of black thigh high boots already. I used the remainder of the gold lycra I had and did a top stitch across the perimeter both top and bottom, and left and right. I didn't do a zig zag stitch because my thigh high boots are not stretchy at the top. 

I completed the entire thing with a white wig and my favorite white out contacts. I actually plan on having a photo set of my Storm cosplay but I haven't decided when that will be yet.

**Don't forget to check out the 'news' section of the log, things (Patreon) are going to have some new things going on very soon!**

lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!