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Cosplay | Asami Sato

Cosplay | Asami Sato

How many of you are Legend of Korra fans? I’ve been a fan of the whole series (The Last Airbender) since day one. So of course, I wanted to cosplay Asami Sato :) And I was lucky enough that Sam wanted to be my Korra!

Kyla Cosplay | Asami Sato

These next few photos were taken by my friend Rob of The Geek Generation.

Kyla Cosplay | Asami Sato
Kyla Cosplay | Asami Sato
Kyla Cosplay | Asami Sato

COSTUME DETAILS
Jacket & Shirt: I used an existing jacket pattern, and modified it to taper at the sides and come to a point in the front. The front panel is red suede and lined in bias tape. I added the gears to the shoulders before sewing the sleeves to the jacket, and ironed on the elbow patches on. The shirt beneath the jacket is a purple stretch turtleneck that I used a shirt I already had as a pattern.

Pants: Ah, the pants. I made these from scratch. Yes, scratch. They are velcro-ed together at the crotch. You don’t want to know how many tears I shed over these pants. Next time I make pants, I’m using a pattern.

Glove: This tutorial is amazing. I used the foam for the fingers and dome lights like she did, and relied heavily on model magic to make the extra pieces.

Wig: Arda Matlida in black. I trimmed the whole thing and added a teal clip made from model magic.

Kyla Cosplay | Asami Sato

I can’t believe this whole series is ending in a few weeks. So much of my life has been spent watching it, and it it is my favorite show ever. While Asami isn’t my favorite character (tie between Sokka and Katara), she definitely has the best wardrobe. Hopefully I’ll get to wear her again in the future!

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December 11, 20140 comments
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Product & Print | 076

Product & Print | 076

Winter is definitely here to stay for a while, and I’m still trying to adjust. One thing I do really like about winter are the accessories – I love being warm, so I own tons of scarves and hats. This week’s product & print is a tribute to just that!

Product & Print

I really love this scarf from anthropologie – I would never spend $58 on a scarf, but it’s fun to dream, right? I’m sure I could find similar fabric and re-create this.

‘Frozen Lemons’ is one of my favorite prints from Lois van Baarle. Lois’ work is always so colorful, and her girls always look so cozy. And going with the scarf theme, this gal has got a great one! I would wear that in a heartbeat if it was real.

What are you doing this season to stay warm?

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December 9, 20143 comments

Tis the season to celebrate!

Tis the season to celebrate!

Wow, sorry for the radio silence everyone! The holiday season always seems to get crazy, and I’ve been so busy with other things that I’ve sort-of forgotten to post.

Anyway, I’d like to share with you my latest illustration, for the Lady Project’s 2014 Holiday Guide! (It’s on page 27). Oh yeah, and I was also a model for it…let’s just say I don’t think I have a career in modeling ahead of me ;)

Lady Project Illustration

Also, remember this step-by-step I shared a few weeks back? Yep, this is the final!

I’m hoping to queue up some more posts, but this month is always tough. What are you doing? Do you have a lineup of parties and activities this month?

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December 3, 20144 comments
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Giveaway | Photoshop + Lightroom + Coschedule

Giveaway | Photoshop + Lightroom + Coschedule

You guys, I am SO excited to present a new giveaway, partnered with Kate of Clear the Way!

Clear the Way is turning four this month and I’ve teamed up with a bunch of bloggers to celebrate by giving away a one year subscription to Adobe Photography Plan (which includes both Photoshop and Lightroom) as well as a year subscription to CoSchedule editorial calendar.

You have from now until midnight of December 3rd to enter this giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget provided. There are no mandatory entries. The contest is open internationally and one winner will be chosen at the end of the two weeks. Make sure you check out all the bloggers co-hosting this giveaway and good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A Lively Blend | Clear the Way | Ex Vitae | Holly Marie Designs
Honestly, B. | Kyla is Inspired | The Lolly Project | MontgomeryFest
My Life as a Teacup | Of Trees and Hues | Rio the Dreamcatcher
Safaris and Sunsets | Sincerely, Sara | Studio 404
Tara Victoria | Thou Swell | writes like a girl

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November 19, 20141 comment

Illustration Process

Illustration Process

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I thought I’d share something a bit different: my illustration process. I see all of my favorite illustrations doing the same, so I thought, why not?

This particular illustration is part of a much larger commissioned holiday piece, but I wanted to show my basic process for illustration of these ladies, as it’s the same for most of my pieces. I also want to mention, all of my illustrations areĀ vector-based, created in illustrator.

Kyla Is Inspired | Illustration Process

Sketch: Pretty basic. I’ll either draw directly in photoshop (like this), or scan something I drew in pencil.

Line art: This is where I “ink” over my sketch with lines in illustrator. I also clean up any errors I may have had with the sketch.

Flat colors: I block in the basic colors of my drawing. Usually I go through lots of options before settling on something I like. Here, I went with festive warm colors.

Shading! I usually do some basic shading over the whole drawing first. My process is lots of shapes of varying opacity. Once I get the basic shading done, I go over it again with contrasting colors to create depth. This particular illustration has no light source, and it’s going to be small when printed, so I didn’t go crazy with this step as I do with others.

Final effects: Here, I added shading “dots” and sparkles to the girls to make them pop. This step would typically also include creating a background, but since this is part of something larger I skipeed this.

 

I hope this sheds some light into my process! It’s different for everyone, and this is just my way. What are your processes for creating something? I’d love to know!

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November 17, 20145 comments
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