We have a gallery at work, and in the next three weeks the staff got the chance to show of their skills. (opening today!) The theme is Favorites, and I made the decision to go for a self portrait. Scary! But it does combine some of my passions. The first photo is up in the gallery as I did wanted to show a photo with the blonde hair. The second is one I liked because of the interaction with my hands. And for the bare shoulders (yes I was wearing a top), I didn’t want any clothing to take away the attention of the face and meaning.
Oh and for those of you wondering. I made this photo at night because I had to do it after work. I don’t have any professional lighting but decided to come up with some solution. I got a small light and one of the mirrors with the lights around it and one of my reflectors. I used the small light on the ground and taped the mirror to my camera (/tripod). I used the reflector for better light and did hold that next to the light below me. And so you see, you don’t need professional lighting for everything as I think this worked out alright. (I used a Canon 600D with 50mm f1.8 lens. (ISO 400)
The face paint is real and not Photoshopped. The hair was a bit tricky as I can’t really cut my wig in half. So I took multiple photos with and without the wig and combined it all together in Photoshop.
And this is the text underneath my portrait:
Cosplay, design and photography. I wanted to give my piece a personal touch with a self-portrait showing some of my passions. (favorites) Cosplay, or costume play, is a big passion of mine and I spend a lot of time making and getting costumes together. If I don’t dress up, I take photos at events with my Canon 600D.
This photo shows half Harley Quinn, half the way I look in normal life. I combined one part cosplay, one part photography with a touch of design and this is the end result.
“It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.“ (Bruce Wayne)
- Nieke Tebeest (designer)
I hope some of you Batman fans will get my Two-Face title. And please, do let me know what you think!
It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag. But I ran into this tag on Ilse’s blog (officially Mireille’s) and thought it was a very clever and good idea to get to now something about my blog ambitions and where I stand at the moment. So her were go, some questions from the little book of bloggers. (like you did this with friends in the earlier days)
Age: 22 years old
Date of birth: 26 August 1991
Place of birth: Somewhere in the middle of the Netherlands
Brothers/sisters: Eline (19)
Length:: 1.60m (5’2)
Job: Designer at a digital agency (this was a school questions, but I changed it)
Hobbies: design, fan culture, video, film, cosplay, photography, blogging and skiing
Favorite writer: John Green and J.K. Rowling
Favorite tv program: Gogglebox, Come Dine With Me, every Next Top Model (Britain’s, Holland’s, America’s)
Favorite tv show: Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Legend of the Seeker
Favorite film: Drive, the Harry Potter films, the Dark Knight, the Perks of Being a Wallflower, Leon (and some more…)
Favorite food: Pasta (and most other Italian things)
Favorite blog: Jenny (RocknRollerrr)
Favoriete blogonderwerp: Lifestyle and Events
What do you want to achieve with your blog: I didn’t start blogging to achieve something. I started because I wanted to share my stories and keep people at home up to date about what I am doing. But I’d love to have some more visitors and get people involved.
Bloggers dream: Get the possibility to attend all the massive conventions (San Diego Comic Con please!) and write about it on my blog. And if these travels would come sponsored for the blog that would be amazing. But I would love to be a fan culture/cosplay/lifestyle blogger. All though I still really enjoy my occasional fashion and random posts.
Your biggest tip for bloggers: Please enjoy blogging. Do it for the fun at the first place and not because you want free products or earn a lot of money. You should do it for yourself and enjoy it. People will notice when they read a blog, it might seem forced if you don’t. And most important of all, stay who you are!
Another cosplay exposed, this time a quite recent costume which I’ve worn on multiple events, three to be exact. This is the story about my Daenerys Targaryen costume, which I debuted on RingCon 2012 and wore on Collectormania 19 and London Winter Film and Comic Con. (and for a really short day on LeakyCon) I even won a 3rd place in the cosplay competition on Comic Con. (this was mainly because we put up a small show)
A little side note, I know some cosplayers might blame me because I don’t make all pieces of my cosplay myself. I don’t have the skills and am really trying to practice and make things more often. But now I don’t live at home any more I don’t have a sowing machine and people to help me. (I do have the internet!) But getting everything together takes up a lot of time and effort as well, and I am really trying to make the costumes as realistic as possible. So it shouldn’t take anything of the value right? I am going to try to practice sowing and making props in future!
Daenerys Targaryen is one of the main characters in tv show Game of Thrones or the Song of Ice and Fire books. Why I cosplayed her? I absolutely love her character, and who doesn’t want an opportunity to wear a dragon on her shoulder? I’m obsessed with the tv show and really wanted to do one of the characters. I thought about Sansa and Cersei for some time but decided that Daenerys was the character I wanted to be. But what did I want, a dress or one of her other costumes. I decided to try something a little different and went for the Red Waste costume.