Character: Rutela, Queen of the Zoras
From the Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
With the addition of her ruffly pink overskirt and some more airbrushing in time for Sakuracon 2012, Rutela is pretty close to finished. Still a few more things to do (including repairing or remaking one of her fins which was lost and trampled before my hero husband recovered it), but I feel like she's completed enough that I'm happy wearing her for photoshoots at this point.
She is much more comfortable to wear than when I first made her but she does need some more adjustments to make my life easier at conventions. I've been able to wear her ~5-7 hours before I have to get free. She also gives me a lot of extra height. I wear 3 inch platform shoes under the skirts, and the top of her head is at least six inches taller than the top of my head. Kind of fun since I'm only 5'1" to start with!
The costume is entirely my own handiwork, taking approximately 3 months of working most of the day. It debuted unfinished at Sakuracon 2011, and a bit more finished at PAX 2011. I scrupulously referenced her 3D game model, concept art, and appearances in the game to make her as accurate and properly-scaled as possible, given my body shape.
This photo is from Sakuracon 2012 and was taken by Sang Hoon Shin (thank you again!). I use it with permission, and did all of the Photoshop work. Original photo is here
(first image in gallery).Please ask my permission before using this photo in any way.
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Thanks very much for your views and comments! I appreciate them all!