Moonlight hides your fears

Sailor Moon got me into art school.

This show was such a huge part of my childhood. Girls with super powers kicking ass? It had 10-year-old me LIVING.

I don’t think I would have started thinking of a career in visual arts had I not started drawing Sailor Moon fanart as a kid. It’s what got me started not only drawing human figures, but also drawing regularly. So am I exaggerating when I say Sailor Moon got me into art school? I don’t think so.

I’d been sitting on doing a Senshi series for a while and I’m stoked I finally finished it. This was originally only supposed to be the inner senshi (because I didn’t want to draw Chibiusa), but I included Neptune and Uranus due to public (read: a few friends) demand haha!

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Sweet Sixteen

As of July 7, I will have been cosplaying for sixteen years. Damn, son.

My induction into cosplay started out as an accident. I attended my first convention in 2000, as a PA/handler for a friend who was cosplaying. The same friend shoved his Kenshin costume at me at a con the year after (this was when conventions only happened once a year, y’all), and the next thing I knew, I had joined my first cosplay competition.

Such photo quality. The highest of resolutions.

I’ve attempted to retire from cosplay a few times over the years, but I just can’t seem to quit. Because the thing is, I really enjoy it. While I may not do the actual sewing, and am still hopelessly awkward in front of a camera, I enjoy the rest of the process. I like picking out fabric, constructing props, styling and doing makeup.  I have a tendency to hyperfixate, and cosplay just feels like the ultimate love letter to a fandom.

It’s only fitting, I suppose. To celebrate my cosplay sweet sixteen by cosplaying twice at this year’s ToyCon, with the amazing ladies I’ve been cosplaying with for over 10 years. I’ve never really done multiple days in costume at a con before because of the hassle, but Leng and I decided to make a thing of it this year and booked an Airbnb near the convention centre.


Day 1 – Viktuuri Poodle Skirts

This was something Leng and I had planned for YoiCon last March, but didn’t have time to finish. The idea for it came from our mutual love of vintage fashion, and the need to cosplay something from Yuri on Ice. Neither of us can really pull off cosplaying a dude very well, and while I love Katsuki Mari with all my heart, her outfits on the show aren’t really something I was interested in working on.

Leng sewed our skirts and petticoats (and did such a fantastic job too), while I took care of the Vicchan and Makkachin appliqués and did our makeup and styling. Styling wigs is the worst, but I think they turned out pretty well.


Day Two – Filipiniana Sailor Senshi / Mandirigmang Mandaragat

The #TitasofCosplay and I have been talking about doing a group again for the past couple of years now, but our fandoms just never seemed to align. Until Sailor Moon came up at one of our Stitch n’ Bitch dinners last year. Based on the Filipino Traje de Mestiza/Maria Clara, this is probably my most research-intensive costume to date. Sheila commissioned a fashion illustrator friend of hers to draw it up for us,  because we were bogged down by so much research, we were having trouble visualising a final look. 😛

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Filipiniana Sailor Senshi I can finally post the cosplay design collaboration with @mseira from last year (Oct 2016)!😆 It was a secret project since nobody did Filipiniana versions of Sailor Soldiers yet (So we're, like, the first ones! Yay!😉). Supposedly for the Asia Pop Comicon on August 2017 for the Linggo ng Wika month but her cosplay group decided to debut these at the Toycon PH happening next weekend (June 30-July 2, 2017). Super fun project for a Sailor Moon fan like meee!😍 Can't wait for the actual costumes!❤💕 Gonna make individual posts soon.😊 . . . #sailormoon #sailormoonph #markers #filipiniana #panuelo #innersailorsenshi #prettysoldiers #sailorsenshi #designcollaboration #cosplay #sailormoonfanart #toyconph2017

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The original plan was to have the baro and the panuelo made, but we found the perfect ones in the colours that we needed during our fabric run. While most of the group can sew, we also had the skirts made for uniformity haha.

Parurusahan ka namin, sa ngalan ng buwan!

Suffice it to say, that weekend was fun, but exhausting. I may refuse to accept that probably I’m too old to be cavorting around in costumes, but I am certainly too old to be doing so on multiple days in succession.

Moonchild still lives in my heart

I started on this Sailor Moon piece last year, but felt like I screwed it up when I started laying down my flats and abandoned it. It’s a common occurrence with me, tbh. I never really like my coloured pieces as much as I do the lineart.

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When I found myself a little antsy last night, I thought I’d try to save it. If anything, I could do with working on my colour palettes and such.

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“Usagi”, 6″x9″, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 2017

I might re-do this in the future. This was meant to be the first of a senshi series that I’m not sure I’m ever going to get around to. We’ll see if I can get my head out of ass and get to it. 😛

Gab, Currently XI

Art-ing:

Finishing the mermaid piece left me on a high so I though I’d jump right into a Sailor Senshi series I’d been planning for a very long time. Unfortunately, I fucked it up when I started painting, so it’s off to the scrap pile. I did, however, manage to snap a photo of the lineart before I ruined it. IMG_3633

I’m still in mourning, but oh well, that’s life for ya.

Playing:

pokeymans

I caved and started playing Pokemon Go, although it’s been slow going because working from home doesn’t really get me out of the house. The last time I played Pokemon was in 1999!

Unreliable data has lost me far too many pokemon. /Shakes fist at Philippine Telcos.

Cosplay Prep!

My Carol costume is 99% ready. Meaning it’s basically ready, but I will no doubt find something new to tweak right up til it’s time to leave for the con.

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Bought the cloth in January, got back in touch with my usual tailor, made too many 8-point stars, but I’m pretty much ready. I can allow myself to be excited for comic con.

Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Eyeliners OMG!

Y’all know I don’t really do make-up posts, but a friend just came home from a few months in Japan and got me a couple of eyeliners from the Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Make-up Line as omiyage and I just *had* to squee over it.

These were part of the line that Bandai released, along with pressed powder and nail polish, in celebration of the Sailor Moon franchise’s 20th Anniversary. Because Bandai can read the minds of every woman who’s grown up with this show.

Star Power Prism Liquid Liner – Brown

Packaging
Inside flap
Inside flap

It wouldn’t be Sailor Moon without a super fancy ridiculous name and gorgeous packaging. Just look at it! ♥

From what I understand with my limited Japanese, the packaging says it’s waterproof but it also says you use warm water to remove it. I don’t really understand how that goes, but I spritzed the swatch on my hand with water then rubbed on it, and it didn’t smudge, but also didn’t take a lot of effort to remove it with a wet wipe. /kanye shurg

This liquid liner also comes in black.

Brush tip

The formula glides on smoothly, and it’s got a fine 0.1mm brush tip that’s really flexible. If you’re not super comfortable with liquid liner yet, this brush tip might be a little more difficult to work with.

Star Power Prism Lamé Liner – Blue

Sailor Mercury-themed glittery blue liner. Also removable with warm water, but not water proof.

Packaging
Inside Flap
Inside Flap

This formula is thicker, and creamier in consistency and also glides on smoothly. Colour’s really bright and shows up nicely on my tanned skin (which is rare) and it’s glittery without being gaudy.

Brush Tip

The bottom twists to squeeze formula out on the brush. I think you can tell by the state that tip is in that I squeezed a little too much for my swatch hahaha.

It has a red, Sailor Mars-themed variant too.

Swatches + extra product photo:

I actually did my face for more photos, but hooded eyes really  just aren’t the best at showcasing eyeliner in photos so yay, hand!

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I can now legit yell, “Moon Prism Power Make-up” when I put my face on everyday.

 

On Finding One’s Senshi Spirit Animal

You’ll have to forgive how juvenile this post is, but I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately because I’m reading the Sailor Moon manga again. I was so ridiculously obsessed with this as a child, and it brings a lot of fond memories back because it was something that my cousin Cielo and I bonded over letters when we were still living in different continents (well, this and Saint Seiya ha-ha!)

I think we all latch on to fictional characters whose personalities are similar to our own and I can name my token character in any of my fandoms, except Sailor Moon. And yes, it bothers me greatly. Hahaha!

ami

Ami was my initial favourite — something a lot of friends have laughed at, but I was lot more proper and reserved when we moved back here from Nepal. As a bookworm, I gravitated towards her, but the longer I lived in Manila, the louder and the more obnoxious I became, and the less I related to her.

michiru

After a while, I moved on to Michiru, who was still prim and proper,  but kind of a bitch and kicks ass in battle. Plus she paints, and swims, and 11-year-old me  just found her so pretty

haruka

According to this Sailor Moon MBTI Personality character chart, I am Haruka. Which really, should be the be-all end-all, but I guess if you don’t latch on to someone early on, you never really will.

rei

Stupid internet quizzes tend to give me Rei, which I don’t mind. I relate to her bitchiness and hot-temper, but she’s always been kind of off-limits in my mind, because she was Ate Cielo‘s favourite.

But, after re-reading the manga, I realised that I really do love Rei best.

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Manga-Rei though, not Anime-Rei. Because there is a bit of a difference there. So who’s your Sailor Senshi, and has it changed over the years? 🙂