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Zora Queen Rutela Unfinished by HylianJean Zora Queen Rutela Unfinished by HylianJean
Edit: Moving to Scrapbook since this is sort of an in-progress photo. Thanks for your kind comments, everyone!

She's not quite finished yet in this photo (missing her airbrushed color-blending, some hair length, and her overskirt) but I had to go ahead and debut her at SakuraCon 2011 and get a few pictures taken.

Here's a photo of her almost completely finished:


Please visit my Cosplay.com gallery for the long description and more work-in-progress pictures of this costume!

Character: Queen Rutela of the Zoras
From The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Photo courtesy of Eric Von Zipper on Flickr.
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:iconkh297sora:
kh297sora 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
shes awesome i love it is this from the twilight game of the legend of zelda its awesome i love it ^^
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:icongaylordluvzu:
i took a lot of pictures of you at sakura con xD
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:iconshadowsfury:
You are by far the greatest cosplayer I have ever seen :worship:

How heavy was the head tail? It looks rather cumbersome
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:iconhylianjean:
Aw, jeez! Thank you!

The head tail is cumbersome but it is not too heavy. The trick is to make sure it's padded properly inside so that it doesn't put constant pressure on sensitive places around my eyes and temples. Properly padded, and with a little break a couple of times to de-fog my eyes, I was able to wear her for about six or seven hours on Saturday before I got too sore.
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:iconshadowsfury:
Wow, that's really freaking amazing. I've known plenty of people who did something big like that and gave up half-way into the day because it was just too much to handle. You must have cast some serious creative wizardry to make it work so well. I honestly can't praise it enough!

I really wish I could have seen you in this in person!
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:iconhylianjean:
At PAX I did have to get changed after about four hours because it was so stuffy and crowded in the convention center, and my eyes were fogging up really badly with nothing I could do about it. She's a tough one to wear!
Thanks, your praise is very much appreciated. :)
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:iconshadowsfury:
The things we do for cosplay lol. And you are very welcome!
Have you thought about maybe putting some holes or something in the eyes? It would let the air escape and give the space between your face and the outside the ability to adjust to the temperature difference, which would reduce the chance of them fogging up.They don't have to be very big either. I'd say two or three in an inconspicuous area about the size of a ball-point pen tip would do the trick. This all depens on what the eyes are made of though.
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:iconhylianjean:
There are pretty generous ventilation gaps all around the eyes, and I cut rice-grain-sized openings in the center of the pupils to let more air between the two plastic layers, which is where the condensation happens. Unfortunately it seems that the only further thing I could do would be to put a hole somewhere in the outer layer over the iris and that would mess up reflection. I might still try it but i am really hesitant to cut into that nice smooth eye :/
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:iconshadowsfury:
Is the entire head one piece? Try making a practice mask with similar eyes and then test out different types of holes. That way you can mutilate them all you want without worrying about the real costume.
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:iconhylianjean:
The head is all one piece, yes. I do make a lot of test eyes but a test mask would be helpful, if time-consuming to make.

By the way, I hope you know that this photo of her is a year outdated and that she looks much more finished now! I hope to post some nice new pictures of her soon so if you haven't seen any from Sakuracon 2012 please come back and look later! :)
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