Last Updated: 11-02-2009
Pokemon Cosplay: Ho-Oh!
I am making a Ho-Oh cosplay ( http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ho-Oh_(Pok%C3%A9mon) ) to tide me over because the queen is a really big project. I new that when I started and I had only hoped that it would be done, But this is really a "Just in case" still. Anyway here are the details of the new costume.
Ho-Oh, The great guardian of the skies.
Ho-Oh is the version mascot of Pokémon Gold and its remake, HeartGold, appearing on the boxart of both.
And this is why I am making a Ho-Oh mascot costume.
The PAL version of Heart Gold will be coming out around the time of the next con here so it is perfect costume.
So if you don't read the link for Ho-Oh here is some info for you:
Ho-Oh is a phoenix-like bird with red being its dominant color. Ho-Oh also has yellow tail-feathers, a white underside, and green feathers at the tip of its wings. Ho-Oh has a green stripe on its neck, a yellow beak, black rings around its eye and a feathered-crest. Ho-Oh's wings are prismatic, causing it to trail a rainbow behind it.
About the costume I want to make:
I would Like to make a Mascot/Furry costume of Ho-Oh.
An anthro version, Though Ho-Ohs form can easily hide the human form.
Hears a link to the sketch I did that I am working from:
So from the drawing you can kinda see where I am going with my costume.
Here is the Materials list:
-Fur, Red, Green, Yellow
-Mesh plastic/See-through fabric
-Fan/Batteries(? If it will fit)
-Undersuit (got that from my Tauren costume : D)
-Fur, Red, White
-Camel Pack (optional but I would like it, I was very thirsty and exhausted in the Tauren and I didn't take water with me)
-Fur, Red, White, Green
-Stuffing/Padding (this is a maybe I don't think I will need it)
-Duct/Fabric tape or Foam
-Heavy lifting/Kidney belt (Don't know where to get or what to get)
-Fabric, Black, White
Making of ideas:
Will be easy just use http://caninehybrid.deviantart.com/ balaclava method Hopefully I can find a good balaclava and Styrofoam head.
Ether use the pattern I already have or cut up my duct tape dummy, ether way I need to make a new leg pattern and change the arms.
I want these attached along the bodies side. shouldn't be to hard, I hope.
I will need to make a chicken wire base with wire feathers sticking out. I have written up a guide for my self I might post it with the tail later, but the idea is to cover the base in fur then cut the fur so you can put the feathers in. Then I will need to farsen it to a large belt so it whont fall and sag.
I am worried it will bend if people bump into it but then again I will have a handler that can straiten it out before photos or going on stage.
I have finished these but here is what I did.
I went out and got some shoes from a life line (opshop, err goodwill? for usa). They where High heels with a large base (sorry don't have a pic of them with out any thing). Then I put foam on top to shape the toes, and foam for the claws. Tape over the toes and shoes, then cut it off to create a pattern. Cut the fabric and sewed it up on the sewing machine also I made my leg cover at the same time. Though I found a problem with attaching them. I wanted them to be able to separate but there was no good way to do it. In the end I hand sewed them together and it looks great! Then I made the claws, cut and shaped foam then covered in tape cut apart then fabric and then hand sewed the claw fabric and sewed them to the toes!
This is the costume and its wip work:
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