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Halloweentown Axel by Cosmic-Empress Halloweentown Axel by Cosmic-Empress
Since a few people have been asking I thought I would make an entry here about this cosplay. This cosplay started after :iconsupernovadobe: asked me to pick through a couple of options to do with her group, :iconkoicosplay: Amoung the ones she asked I found Axel to be the most appealing. After tripling making sure that their previous Axel was not available for them I agreed and she told me it was a Halloween town themed group.

It took a while to really wrap my brain around the idea, especially since I live 2000+ miles away from them and couldn't see the other group members designs. I started by searching through pics on the internet for what other people had done. There were two pics of a Halloween town Axel that I liked. One was of him as a circus master, and the other a zombie. Originally, I liked the circus master and was thinking about doing that cosplay. I even bought a vest for it. As time got closer Ifreaked out over making pants and a jacket. So I then thought about doing a zombie version, but that seemed to meh.

I believe the new Batman with Heath Ledger had come out a few month prior to making this. The idea of a jester started to swarm in my head, and I felt a strong connection between a jester/joker and Axel since he was dark but playful with Roxas. His hand motions also felt really dramatic to me so it was a perfect match.

For a while I was fixed on having the actual organization 13 jacket in the cosplay. So my first drawing for the character was this: www.flickr.com/photos/40601027…

I sent it over to ~supernovadobe, waited for a couple of weeks, and then finally got her on the phone. I could tell she wanted to be nice about it, but was not impressed with the design and basically felt like it lacked details. So that night, I was a little pissed and was like.. you want details? I'll give you details. I dropped the idea of having the actual organization coat in the design and made it just one jacket, having it longer in the back to represent the organization's jacket, and making it shorter in the front to show the harsh spikey boot design and the pleather pants. So I created this drawing:
gbright1.deviantart.com/art/Ha…

I sent it off and once again waited for a few weeks. I figured at this point that ~supernovadobe hated the jester concept and that I had taken another misstep. To find the spirit of Halloweentown I went back to the roots and studied Tim Burton’s "Nightmare Before Christmas." The cloths were closer to a pilgrim look and I designed this: fav.me/d2foggj Probably the most hectic design of them all with those wings.

I once again sent this drawing off. After not hearing anything I finally told ~supernovadobe that I was going to start planning with her wife instead. To which she said.. "you sent it to my gmail? I never check that." Fortunately, :iconantiquity-dreams: does check hers. She loved the second jester and so off I set to make it.

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Jacket construction: The white and black fabric are denim. I wanted something harsh, and a white that really stuck out. The red parts are vinyl to give it a darker presence, since "evil" people tend to wear vinyl. Because vinyl is hard to work with, instead of sewing the front and back red parts together they are glued, which prevented puckering. There was one place at the time that sold the KH mega-zipper. I bought 2 just in case, and the dangles from the org 13 jackets they make on that site. I started with a jacket pattern from Joanne’s and cut it up into the multiple peaces. The entire garment is lined to give it a finished feeling.

the pants: Are matte vinyl, size: JK not telling, from Lips service.

boots: basic boots from hot topic that they have sold for years. I took some upholstery vinyl, double layered it, cut spikes, and put in grommets to lace it on top of the boots. The toe spike is crayola moldable foam and then painted.

Wig: The wig is 2 wigs sewn together for thickness. One was a 2 toned punk wig from amphology and the other a matching solid color one from ebay. It was styled with got-2-be spray, regular hair spray, some blue got-to-be glue, watered down to try and stint the bright red of the wig.

The masks: These are not shown in this current pic. I have made 3 for this cosplay. one was from clay which I broke. A second from the crayola foam, which I wore to Sakura con, but has now broken. And the third is a smaller version of the second one, which has no been outside my house since I am forgetful and muscked up on bringing it with for this shoot. I used regular/pearl acrylic paints to color them.



Photo by :iconobscuravista:

my concept art: Halloween town Axel concept by Cosmic-Empress

other photos:

Into the dark by Cosmic-Empress Halloween by Cosmic-Empress

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www.tumblr.com/blog/cosmic-emp…
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:iconiamaloserz:
iamaloserz Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I <LOVEEEEE3 you AXELL
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
Love you too random person.  <3
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:iconiamaloserz:
iamaloserz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha. I'm just a huge fan of Axel :3 He's my favorite character. <333
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Oh you are not alone.  I've have several Axel fans.... well you know get excited...
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:iconiamaloserz:
iamaloserz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hahaha. :) So I'm pretty sure you get screaming fangirls like me  a lot, huh?
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Best kid of fangirls right?
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:iconiamaloserz:
iamaloserz Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well... there's overly screaming wierdo fan girls.. then there's fangirls like me who will scream and beg for a picture then move on. :b As you can see... lol there are many types of fangirls. xD
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Yes.  There are. :)
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AdorkableINK Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Student General Artist
oh my, very cool! :wow:
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Thank you. :)
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:iconzetsubel:
Zetsubel Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Ooooh, yeah. That's sexy.
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconcedareye:
Cedareye Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Very excellent cosplay. :3
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
thank you
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:iconphobiasphobia:
PhobiasPhobia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
hits the floor and dies from epic win overload-
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
::Fans you:: Are you ok?


(Thank you.)
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:iconphobiasphobia:
PhobiasPhobia Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes because the awsomeness brought me back as well lol
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:icontouchmyoathkeeper:
touchmyoathkeeper Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student Writer
I love it. It just works in every aspect of everything. Great job!
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconkozekito:
Kozekito Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally!
A Halloween town cosplay that works!!
Good job with this one! I am mighty impressed :la:
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
thanks. It was a challenge to design.
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:iconkozekito:
Kozekito Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great job! :happybounce:
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:iconmagicbabe171:
Magicbabe171 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
DUDE! This is AMAZING! Wonderful Job!
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
thanks!
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:iconauress:
auress Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
holy crap that looks awsome!
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Thank you. <3
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ADHDJESTER Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how in the worlds do you get sutch a perfect wig?! See, I'm cosplaying as Axel as well, but I don't have anything yet besides 4 other cosplayers.
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
OMG my wig is sooo far from being perfect. Lawls. Thanks for liking it tho. For perfection check out :iconsupernovadobe:'s axel wig.

As for styling I think attending a convention wig panel is a good starting place. They will go over spraying blow drying etc. But if you jsut want to try it on your own all you really need is some got2be glued hair spray. other hair sprays will work but not as well. I also suggest doing it about 2-3 weeks prior to when you need it so that the wig has time to set. I didn't and this wig ending up being curved funny after this shoot.

Also youtube is your friend. Type in anime hair, or wig styling into he search box and watch a few videos.

best of luck and if you remember send me a picture of the final wig!
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:iconadhdjester:
ADHDJESTER Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
mmkay. I actually really like the whole jester theme. I have a few hats^^
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
One of the first things i made was a jester hat.
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ADHDJESTER Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love jesters!
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cursedhalf-demon Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
I love the jacket and the entire Cosplay goes together really nicely. It AMAZING
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Thank you. :)
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:iconwishes-to-fly:
Wishes-to-fly Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow...amazing job!!! Can you tell me a good place to get a wig? I wanna do an axel cosplay soon bit idk where to get a wig at besides the halloween stor near my house, but they dont have very good quality wigs
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I believe this wigs consists of 2 of these wigs. The second wig is sewn into the first. [link]
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:iconwishes-to-fly:
Wishes-to-fly Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much :D
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:icongrimmjowd22:
GrimmjowD22 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Very Cool!
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:iconhidenbehindbars:
hidenbehindbars Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
These shots are so awesome Q.Q
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Thank you!
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:iconmegumi182:
megumi182 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Wow, this is so cool and creative! I love it. *_______*
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Thank you!
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greywriter Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job on this reinterpretation of Axel. You managed to capture his character really well in costume and expression. (And I love the setting for the shot!)

Inspiring it is! :D
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner May 24, 2011
Thanks! It took some harsh critiquing to him there. :D
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greywriter Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It paid off well. :)
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:iconrockys-art:
Rockys-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
the lighting looks awesome!!
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:iconcosmic-empress:
Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
Thanks!
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Rockys-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Did you use any extra lighting or was it all natural? It looks wonderful- I'm really impressed!
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Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
There was an extra light. We did an other shoot in the same location for my Agito Lolita, but I haven't posted the ones in that hallway yet. It has much more yellowish/normal lighting than in that photo.
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Rockys-Art Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wow! Thank you-that helps a ton! The pic looks excellent.
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Cosmic-Empress Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
yw
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