I was actually going to make this topic a little while ago but the forums were down! I'm giong to be cosplaying Nami for colossalcon and for all of you who don't know what she looks like this is her.
I'm going her koi skin becauseI think it's absolutely lovely.
But heres the biggest problem I have right now. I'm not sure exactly how I want to do the upper. I thought I could use body paint but that's first of all expensive and also really time consuming. Especially since I want to be in the water for a couple pictures. I'm thinking a body suit would work but then I have the issue of the pattern and the fact that she clearly has boobs and I would have the make the chest part very skin tight and I'm not sure how to do that. Also should I use two different color fabrics and sew them together to accomplish this pattern or should I paint it ? I really don't think painting would be a good idea because of the stretch? But I dont know how I would even sew that.
The second problem comes from tail. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing for it mostly but does anybody have a cheap suggestion for scales? I know a lot of people use latex but latex is expensive! I still want a texture and it has to have a little stretch too... I want to do a neoprene base and then maybe spandex or Lycra over it with the patten and armor ect.
ALSO the hair. I'm thinking using a very /thin/ helmet and wiring craft foam "seaweed" pieces into it. I feel like it will work nicely but I'm not sure? I just wanted a second opinion on that. I was gonna have the headpiece attached the the helmet as well.
Sorry this is kind of long haha. I just have never done something quite like this! I would appreciate any help