New collectible from @sideshowcollectibles love Black Widow
So awesome, you are so amazing :)
Not a whole lotta new moves today, but new shoes! And new leggings!
The upside down thing I’m doing in the top photo was new, and actually is just one step toward something prettier and more complicated, but I only managed to do it once successfully today.
What was really great, though, about today’s class was that not only can I do the music box and candy cane correctly now, I can get into and out of them gracefully, which is wonderful. And I’m stronger than ever, able to climb more, last longer, do more moves before I’m tired. It’s delightful!
Today’s lesson is thanks to my pal Bob, who commissioned a new shoe design from me last week. Thank you, Bob! I’m so grateful for your support and enthusiasm!
Here’s the deal with this new shoe design, folks: if you happen to follow these posts and thus see these shoes and want them for yourself, you can place an order and I’ll make them for you, no problem. But I won’t be making them available in my Etsy shop along with all the others. There are various reasons for this, which I won’t go into. However, there will be another new shoe design in my shop sometime either this weekend or early next week! Stay tuned!
For ever pair purchased, I become stronger and better at aerial silks, and I’m gonna keep going! :-)
Here’s the link to my shop if you’d like to get some shoes for yourself to contribute to this project: https://www.etsy.com/shop/certainclouds?ref=search_shop_redirect
Between aerial silks lessons:
No shoes sold since the last aerial silks class I took. But even though the shoes fund the classes, my dedication to this project remains even in the absence of shoe sales. When I can’t afford to take a class, I work to keep my body in shape and to train my muscles for the kind of maneuvers I am learning. The chin-up bars at the local rec center are great for this. In addition to being useful for doing pull-ups and my famous Batman-style upside-down sit-ups, they enable me to practice poses like this one!
By the way, if you are looking at this pose and thinking it’s no big deal, I strongly encourage you to try it. That was my thought when I saw someone doing this pose on silks. Hah! Haha! Oh, man. I am not embarrassed to tell you that my foot lightly touching the bar there is the only thing keeping me in that position and from being pulled down by my other leg. I can hold it without help from my foot for a few seconds, but so far my record is only ten seconds. And it will be even harder on silks where there is nothing to brace myself with.
That’s what practice is for. Because I will develop my muscles so that I can do this pose on silks eventually.
It’s still possible I’ll get to take a class this week, and if I do, I’ll update accordingly.
Happy Monday! Do something courageous and awesome today!
You are so awesome!!
iamcapeandcowl: You are so amazing, I know with out a doubt you will master this :)
Aerial silks lesson #1!
Today was the first real step in this journey, and now everything hurts, but in a good “I’m a badass” type of way. :-) Today’s class was courtesy of a pair of these Red Sox shoes that someone ordered from my Etsy shop a few days ago, and as per my previous post, I booked myself a silks class as soon as I could. Just to clarify, this is not my very first silks class ever. Not by a long shot, but it is the first one in a very long time. I had to re-learn how to do a footlock, which was one of the very first things I ever learned. The way I’ve got my foot wrapped in that photo is what it looks like. From there, many fun maneuvers are possible. Getting in and out of it isn’t so hard, it’s doing so in a graceful manner that’s a challenge. Plus today I learned to do footlocks in a different way from how I used to do them.
The photo up top is actually me two years ago when I was a lot stronger, but that’s really all there is to what I was doing today, climbing as high as I could and doing a footlock. I was pleased to discover that I still have the strength to turn upside down on the drape and hang supported only by my hands, so it’s not like I’m completely back to the beginning. But I do still have a long way to go before I’ll be ready to perform!
Still, today felt great, so thank you person who ordered shoes!
Gonna do another class next week and work out like Batman in the interim!
By all means, share the links to this post, or to my Etsy store if you know anyone who would be interested in supporting this project by ordering an awesome pair of shoes! And remember, I can do many more designs than the ones I have listed, so just ask if you want something you don’t see.
iamcapeandcowl: I so love this one, you did an amazing job and it works so well for Vivika who is stunning and has a perfect body!
Molotov Cocktease is, for me, the artichoke heart in the tasty salad of The Venture Bros. (That means she’s amazing and awesoome, in case you don’t know!) So, to create the costume for her and have it work out physics-wise, was something I had fantasized about for quite awhile. Then there was Vivka, who is the perfect match for some of my more ambitious costuming goals, and my enthusiasm for seeing them realized. The phrase “pin-up” came into a speculative conversation we were having and also “cosplay” and after just a few moments along this line of thinking I realized Molotov would be an excellent answer to the question at hand.
Naturally, like so many great ideas, this one arrived just as the pre-SDCC insanity was really getting into it’s stride. Somewhere in June, I believe it was. Did that stop us? Hah! Nyet.
Initially, I was determined to avoid the use of transparent straps, and for the record, I would like it to be known that I succeeded. However. I do like to make sure that my customers can actually walk around at con and enjoy themselves to a reasonable extent. The strapless version of the costume would really only work if Vivka were to stand still most of the time, or to move very cautiously. So even though my genius structural plan did function, I ended up adding clear straps in the end.
Can you see them?
They’re there. They didn’t get photoshopped out, I promise. Neat, huh?
The straps are made from 2 layers of skin-colored tulle. I wanted to avoid using clear plastic because it’s almost always so shiny.
But as I said, the straps were an afterthought. The main challenges of this costume were: a.) Find a fabric that is black, stretchy and has some kind of a texture to it but is NOT shiny! Texture is something Vivka and I both take some pride in. I like to have textured materials whenever possible in my costumes because it sets them apart from the rest. I apologize for the fact that you can hardly see this magnificent texture in most of these photos. I was having some issues uploading the files in their original (huge!) size, but you can get a bit of a look at it in that last photo, mostly on her eye patch. It’s a kind of reptilian thing.
And b.) Find a way to create the lovely shape of Molotov’s neckline (if you can call it that…) and have it stay in place, supporting her, adhering to her and not being too terribly rigid.
In the end, I tested out several different kinds of plastic and finally found one that was flexible, but strong and thin enough to do the job. I don’t know what it is called. Perhaps Steve? I think it’s some kind of polystyrene. I got it at a hardware store. Basically, if you’re doing this yourself and trying to figure out which one to use, bend it and see if it breaks. If you can bend it almost completely double and it still won’t crack, that’s the winner.
Both of these tasks were basically accomplished by sheer force of will and pre-SDCC madness.
By the way, despite the timing, the purpose of this costume was actually for Vivka to wear it in the Cosplay Deviants 2014 pin-up calendar, which she did! I don’t know whether you can still get one though.
I believe you can still view the complete set of these lovely photos at www.cosplaydeviants.com, and I highly recommend it!
If you don’t know Vivka, you should check out more of her lovely work: https://www.facebook.com/TheVividVivka
And if you don’t know me, follow me here and/or on my facebook page for my cosplay costumes: https://www.facebook.com/capeandcowl
Rogue was the first costume I wore to San Diego Comic Con. That’s it at the tippy top of this post. Considering that it was mostly sewed in the car on the way down to the con and in the hotel room while there, I’m reasonably pleased with it. However, I promised myself it would be massively upgraded before it could be allowed to grace the albums on my Cape & Cowl facebook page. It’s gotten a little attention since then. I made an emblem for it so I could match my friend Molly (Emma Frost White Phoenix) when we cosplayed together. But it’s still a long way from ready.
However, my friend Justice, who often photographs my work and is my con-going buddy, recently started making some really exquisite X-Men emblems. Truly, they’re quite lovely. They’re nice and smooth and domed slightly in the center. Seeing them all painted up and ready to ship out to customers was the push I needed to get off my butt and show Rogue some love. So that’s something I’m working on today. I’m painting up one of those lovely emblems and preparing to swap out the old one. As you can see, my paint job is far from finished, but I’m on a roll with the rest of the costume!
Replacing the white spandex stripes with stretchy white pleather, for a start, but I’ve got some other neat changes under way as well. It’s gonna be purrrrty, shug! ;-)
P.S. If you would like one of these lovely emblems for yourself, I’m selling them in my Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/listing/178917740/x-men-emblem-3-12-resin-cast?ref=shop_home_active_1
She does such amazing work, I can’t wait to see the finished product :)
These might be some of the best legs we’ve ever seen on MIMP @amandaerighetti…
Yes they are, she has amazing legs, such definition!!
Photographer @fdsedanoarts with an awesome vid from #AnimateMiami! Featuring a ton of amazing #cosplayers!
Need links to our social media sites? http://www.sharemycosplay.com Sharing the cosplay for you!
This is awesome
This shot of @amandaerighetti is bonkers…
She is so beautiful and sexy in this shot!
Castle Wins at People’s Choice Awards
We’re happy to share that Castle won the People’s Choice Awards category for Best TV Crime Drama again and also actress Stana Katic won an award for Best TV Drama Actress. Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Julianna Margulies Mariska Hargitay Pauley Perrette Sandra Oh Stana Katic Favorite…
Congratulations Kate, you so deserve this and are so beautiful
#Cosplayer @Ainlinaa with a couple awesome shots of her #new52 #supergirl #cosplay! #supersaturday
Need links to our social media sites? http://www.sharemycosplay.com Sharing the cosplay for you!
Hardcore hotties #nickihunter & @eladarling from Tanya Tate’s #cosplay Queens & Tied Up Teens on sale now! Signed copies available from Tanya Tate Store .com
Two sexy ladies
The beautiful #NickiHunter from my latest movie #Cosplay Queens and Tied Up Teens. Signed DVDS are available in Tanya Tate Store
So beautiful and sexy
From my upcoming #cosplay movie - coming soon from @FillyFilmsxxx #cosplayqueenstiedupteens
Three beautiful and sexy ladies
Poetry is alive because it is a medium of vision and experience.
It is not necessarily comfortable.
It is not necessarily safe.
When a poet censors his vision he no longer tells the truth as he sees it…(This) results in an artificial limitation imposed on an art whose direction is beyond the limits of the conceivable. There are no barriers to poetry or prophecy; by their nature they are barrier breakers, bursts of perception, lines into infinity…
She is so beautiful..