okay I think this covers the basics of the way I do my lineart, hopefully it’ll be helpful enough! if something’s unclear don’t be afraid to shoot me an ask about it.
enjoy and dON’T GIVE UP it might get really frustrating at times with all the control z-ing and re-drawing lines but the more you do it, the quicker it’ll get to get them right the first time around and the better you’ll become at it so yes, good luck friends.
Reblogging this because people keep asking about my lineart and how I achieve it, and well, here it is! This artist is doing EXACTLY what I normally do, and this technique really works
Reblogging for you ^_^
I know you like art and are seeking more personal development ^_^
How To Turn Craft Foam Into Leather
(Or not really but close enough. Also a side order of armour.)
I picked up this technique from this tutorial years ago, then adapted it further. You can use it to imitate leather, and with a few changes also to make thin armour parts, such as Vincent Valentine’s gauntlet as in the last picture. It won’t really work for thicker armour; there are plenty of tutorials on how to make EVA foam armour to be found online.
Back to fakey leather; you need the standard 2mm craft foam/fun foam/EVA foam/foam of many names, white glue, a brush, shoe polish, mod podge/podgy glue and a sponge.
You want to have most of the shaping and decorating done before you start. For example, for Athos’ pauldron I had already glued the three layers of the main piece and the fleur de lis shield together (UHU glue works well, all purpose glue is also okay), but had left the two upper strips and the straps separate to be attached after everything was done.
It is also easiest to do any embossing when the pieces are still flat. Foam won’t take an awful lot of detail, but with some patience the results can work quite well. You can use paper embossing tools for this, but make sure that the point isn’t too sharp or it will tear the foam. The back of a knife also works. My favourite tool for it so far is actually a letter opener. Drag across the foam for the first shallow line (it will spring back a bit) and repeat as many times as necessary without cutting the foam.
One layer of craft foam isn’t very strong by itself, so you either want to have at least two layers glued together or a single layer backed with fabric. If the final result includes stitching, definitely attach fabric or the thread may pull right through the foam. Cover the back of the foam piece with white glue, then smooth fabric onto it. Use cotton or linen (not synthetics), so that the glue can come through the fabric. When it is dry, cut the fabric along the edges of the foam, then brush another layer of white glue on the fabric. This makes sure that the fabric is firmly stuck and that the edges won’t fray.
(If you want to imitate metal armour, dilute the white glue a bit with water for the first couple of layers covering the whole piece; the fabric backing as well as the front and sides of the foam. This allows the glue to saturate the foam. Follow that with a few layers of undiluted glue, letting it dry in between layers until it’s stiff enough. The end result can be spray painted.)
Most importantly, when you glue layers of foam or foam and fabric together make sure that it dries in the shape it’s supposed to be. For Athos’ vambrace I wrapped a towel around a bottle to have something roughly the shape of my upper arm and then tied the pauldron around it while the glue between the layers was drying. Once it is dry, it will hold its shape. You do not need to heat the foam to do this! Heating it is inadvisable since foam is somewhat toxic. Foam is also a little stretchy, so you can carefully stretch it for an extra curve. Glueing fabric to it will help it hold its shape.
This is the point where I added battle damage to Athos’ pauldron by cutting grooves out of the top layer of foam with a stanley knife. The knife needs to be very sharp to prevent ragged edges, so use a new blade.
Now for actually making it look like leather! Rub several layers of shoe polish onto the foam, letting it dry between layers. The resulting colour depends on the colour of the foam and the polish. Use black foam and brown polish for dark brown ‘leather’, white or grey foam for lighter shades and so on (the Gondorian vambrace in the picture before last was made using white foam for the top layer and black foam for the bottom layer).
Then use a sponge to brush a layer of mod podge onto it. Mod podge is a glue varnish used for decoupage and is water resistant when it is dry. Two or three layers will do, and for a smooth finish dilute the mod podge with a little water for the last layer. Leave it to dry thoroughly. It will remain a little tacky, which can be solved by smoothing a little talcum powder onto the surface carefully. This also removes a bit of the shine, for a slightly more worn look.
Finally, assemble the piece, sew the bits that have to be sewn, paint decoration etc. As a general tip, if you want to make an object that looks like leather, treat it like leather! Add stitching, add metal grommets and so on. That goes a long way in making it look convincing.
I made Professor Gilderoy Lockhart’s Dueling Club Cape (way back in 2006) using Rayon/Silk velvet, Fiber Etch and Procion MX dyes.
Fiber Etch is SUPER COOL. Let me explain:
Devoré literally means devour! This technique is used to eat away certain kinds of fiber,…
DIY Ultimate Know Your Skirts Guide Infographic from Enerie. For more very popular ultimate guides from Enerie go here:
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thIS INSPIRED ME TO ART
the g*psy one is also known as a peasant skirt, so you can avoid slurs.
By your friendly neighborhood Lowen bc she does it all the time and is taking a break
What you’ll need:
- Your fabric
- Embroidery thread
If you’re using metallic thread (in place of embroidery thread):
- Metallic needle
- Bobbin thread…
Craft Foam Tutorial ! :D
Sakizou Terra Branford cape - in total there were between 185-195 flowers on my cape; the flowers were 4 different sizes, made out of 5 different colors of organza, and had 2,000+ beads hand sewn onto them.
My Terra cape got a lot of compliments at Anime Boston and online, so I figured I’d post a sort-of tutorial about how I made all of the flowers. I’ve never written up a tutorial before, so I apologize if anything is unclear or repetitive. I hope this is helpful and good luck!
Organza flower tutorial:
Step 1: Make your patterns! I measured out circles of 2”, 3”, 4”, and 5” diameters and then I free handed the basic flower shape that I wanted onto card stock. You want to make your pattern piece on a sturdy material because you’ll be tracing it A LOT.
Step 2: Trace all your flowers onto your organza and cut them out. Each of my flowers had 3 layers of color and 1 top layer of white or ivory, so you need to trace/cut at least 3x as many flowers as you want in the end.
Step 3 & 4: After you’ve cut out your flowers, you can sort them into piles with however many layers you have chosen to use.
Step 5: I used a candle flame to burn the edges of my organza. You have to seal the edges with heat otherwise the fabric will fray. You can use heat to seal the edges of most synthetic fabrics.
Step 6: You’ll have to do each layer of the flower individually.
Step 7: I chose to start with the points between each petal to keep the basic shape of the flower intact. It WILL take some trial and error to figure out how close to the flame you can get without burning your organza TOO much. This distance can vary based on the type of candle you’re using (due to the size of the wick), so I’d recommend using the same candle for the whole process and practicing with some extra fabric before starting in on your flowers.
Step 8: After the middle points are done, burn the edges of the petals.
Step 9: For the very top layers of the flowers, I used the flame to gather the center of the layer to help it curve in and create a space to bead.
Step 10 & 11: Repeat steps 6-8 for all the other layers of the flower.
Step 12: Assemble your flower once all the layers have been burned. I used straight pins to hold each of my flowers together once I was done burning them.
Step 13: This process takes a while, especially if you’re making a lot of different colors and sizes.
Step 14: Secure all the layers together by sewing a bead into the center of each flower. I used glass pearls that I had left over from another costume, but you could use pretty much any kind of bead.
Step 15: I chose to use different colors and amounts of beads to help me differentiate between the sizes of my flowers.
Step 16: Have a place to store all your flowers once they’re complete (I used a medium sized cardboard box). I ended up using a strong glue to attach my flowers to my cape, but you could also hand sew them to your garment.
For those who are planning to start sewing their own cosplays this year this might be helpful: How to take measurements!
Waist Front / Waist Back:
How to Take Measurements:
Instructions for Taking Measurements: