Saturday, July 13, 2019

Celestial Squid-Fashion

Celestial Squid, sheer gold collection.

These designs are based off of actual items I have in my dress up stuff. Black tights, a sheer gold with dot line curtain used as a cape, a bathing suit similar to this design, celestial patterned exercise tights, green sheer fabric used as a veil, silver gold sandals, and a hand crafted paper mache helmet.

I played around with the elements to make different designs after setting down the base ones (upper right corner).

I had started making these designs based around an idea relating to Warframe. I thought of how there are different people from different planets, with odd clothes. Then I thought, what my operator might like wearing, and I thought up these designs, some of which could actually be cos-played.
Celestial Squid Space Dust.

The space dust collection is based around an actual bathing suit I have, a sheer multicolored pastel fabric with sparkly lines, my paper mache helmet, and a pair of celestial patterned tights.
The old helmet was mention in a different post- Squid Helmet

Monday, July 8, 2019

Lotus Flower Glow-Warframe Fashion

Fairy wispy Lotus (left). Messenger Lotus (right)

I'm back with a huge collection more of all the designs created from selected parts of a single outfit. This is an extended series of Warframe Lotus Fashion, its sister post. Originally the colors I chose for the first series all followed the cold, or calm colors of the Warframe Lotus pallet.

All the costumes as bases ended up having gray purple as the main color scheme, excluding the Lotus armor design. It's after a conversation with a game buddy, and sharing my first post with him, that I was encouraged to try some brighter colors. He felt the designs were great as a whole, liked the messenger bag, but felt the colors would be more interesting in warmer shades.

After it was suggested to me to try some brighter colors, a whole flood of extra ideas came to mind. It was thought that I was basing a fashion series off of my Lotus themed Rhino, which of course gave me more ideas, but it also helped me decide to take the Lotus fashion series and apply my favorite colors I've been using for my frames. This brought a whole new level of life to the collection, and it's now more of a neon Lotus series.

I stuck just changing up the colors of the hoodie designs, tights, boots, and messenger bag (shown right). then I explored other element combinations, not all of which are the same as the last design sets. The theme that seemed to "blossom" in this is more of a fairy kind of design, leaning more towards the look of a Lotus flower.

A few of the designs were also made to look like they have wings. Some of that inspiration may have derived from the Lotus wisp themed scrapbook paper I had designed recently. 
Winged Wisp Lotus (left). Layered Lotus (right)

The winged Lotus design has a couple of the base designs from the sister post in it, just changed up with different colors. I really enjoyed playing with all the different layer options. The middle one at the top in the Layered Lotus panel is like a ball gown.
Full bloom Lotus (left). Lotus flower Glow (right).

Full bloom Lotus panel is basically a solid version of the Lotus flower glow panel. The flower glow panel was experimental as I worked out a few ideas for the possible future theme of Lotus ephemera made into a fashion design.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Warframe Lotus Fashion

Just in time for Tenno Con 2019. I've had this project started but unfinished in my files for a month, when it was created Jun 5, 2019. Lotus themed, Warframe based fashion designs. This project started shortly after I had done Lotus Symmetry images, but was put on hold while I worked through some other things.

I mainly avoided this after doing all of the outline work, experiencing burn out, and not wanting to work on the colors. Returning to it after working with the Lotus color pallet, to design some Lotus and Tenno Con scrapbook papers for myself helped reignite my mood for coloring.

Starting off is the Lotus basic design series, inspired by the idea of what you could see as an actual product sold as Warframe merchandise. The idea of a Warframe symbol hoodie had been brewing in my mind for awhile, it paired in with a later idea of what I would make a Warframe messenger bag look like. 
The Warframe messenger bag came to mind when the official Warframe site was having a design contest a month before Tennocon, for Tennocon gear. One of the design challenges was to make a picture for putting on a Warframe themed messenger bag. 

I didn't participate in that contest, but I did get a flood of ideas from their list of products you could design for. 
The Lotus hoodie is partially inspired by Lotus's actual outfit in game, mainly the optional overlay flap that buttons at the side. The overlay part of the hoodie was inspired by the image above.

I left out certain details and aimed for a style that could be worn as an everyday clothing item. the tights and accent swirl patterns were left flat instead of having lines in them.

The hoodie shape was partly inspired by the low hanging, spooky hoodies similar to that of the design from Assassins Creed.
I had also worked out a full design of Lotus armor based off of the Lotus symmetry image. Not completely exact to it, but mostly, with included boots and an example of the hoodie overlay used as some kind of vest/sash.
I also had sketched out a bell flared, split sleeve shirt for the series, used in different design variations all made using selected and adjusted elements from the main designs.

From left to right. Hooded with shirt overlay and boots. Middle is basic, the shirt with tights, (note the shirt has Lotus symbol lace, lining the bottom of the sleeves). Right is a blossoming Lotus skirt with the shirt.
I played around with other collections too. The left versions are like closed Lotus flowers, the right versions are blossoming and flower bud styles.
Finally there's the stage of fully blooming Lotus flowers (left and right at the top), blossoming split bodice designs (left and right bottom), and triple, three flowered closed blossom designs in the middle. 

The split bodice designs partly relate to how Lotus's actual outfit has some gold accents, including down between her low cut top.

Though this was supposed to be Warframe based, there is a lack of the Warframe/Lotus symbol in all designs following after the main ones. They still follow the general theme color wise and weird, ripply design wise though.

Thursday, May 30, 2019


Digital collage. This is a bit of an off one, and the first time doing something ALIEN based. I've wanted to a do a Xenomorph collage for awhile, what images I was going to use, or how I was going to go about that was something I was unsure on.

I may have some extra ideas in mind besides this theme, but one night I had thought to myself how a Xenomorph might actually seem less scary if were made of cooked shrimp.

Xenomorphs were based off some combinations of Geiger's nightmarish paintings and some microscopic aquatic life. Making a picture of something resembling one, only entirely made out of shrimp and barnacles was fitting in a way.

The barnacles served as odd tubes on the body, and the nest. Shrimp made up most of the body excluding the mouth which was a selected image of an angler fish. I worked over the base of a Xenomorph statue image to try and get the details accurate.

Warm and cooked shrimp version (left). Raw shrimp version (right).

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mermay- Tail of Gold

Mermay- Tail of Gold, a gold koi mermaid, inspired by a perfume ad (Glow- Jennifer Lopez). Digital collage, I stuck to using pictures that all had a yellow color to them. Also worked between giving her a fin crown or no crown.

Story(something I just thought up for fun):
Sailors say there's a mermaid in the sea whose tail is made of solid gold. A legend formed that the greedy who sought her would perish to the ocean, but the poor man who chanced to save her and bestowed kindness to living creatures would be granted eternal wealth. She is a mermaid of light.
Sun glow versions.
I played with making the scene larger than 8.5 x 11 in. too. These are 12x12 versions.

Mermay- Mariah Mermaid

Mariah Mermaid.

Digital collage, main element was a Mariah Cary Ulta perfume ad. I made the up close version first, then played around with a vignette.

I chose a fish that seemed to match well with the colors of the sky.
She comes from the sea, and returns to the lighthouse when she sees it glow. A structure by men who walk the land, what do they do in such a strange tower that glows like a deep sea fish? Often she will watch it flash as she wades and lays in the shallows where the sand is soft and the rocks hide her from view. Few would notice the shimmer of her colors when she blends so well with the ocean and the setting sun.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Mermay- Blackwater mermaid

Yin Mermaid

Digital collage, combination of drawn, painted, and photographed imagery. A continuation of mermaid themed digital collage inspired by perfume ads.

Yin, I'm calling her that because her tail came from a painting of koi fish in the shape of yin yang. Yin happens to be the dark female side of yang. 
Like many mermaids she enjoys hoarding and collecting things, but she's much darker than certain others. Her hobby is to collect the bodies of drowned men from sinking or wrecked ships. She then ties them to the gate of her personal sunken ship hide out and watches them deteriorate till there's only bone, sometimes enjoying how fish nibble on them. She keeps their bones as treasures, finding the human skeleton interesting. 

Yin has two white spots on either hip, and her tail often has some blood residue coating it considering where there are ship wrecks there are sharks, and sharks make big red messes.

Main version has no filters. I played further with the two below.
Bloody waters (left). Water overlay (right).