RWT Results #25 - Nature Spirit

raafling:

I figured it was finally time to upload my costume wings~ Here featured in a bird/nature spirit costume, they are still a work in progress, though I’ve worn them several times already. The credit for the concept goes to sunnybrook1. Without her realistic wing tutorial I would never have even known to try something on this scale!

Glad to be of assistance, these are awesome! :D Original designs are always welcome, since the wings can be whatever they want w/out being compared to a source.

So, questions!

ME: Was there any part of the tutorial you had trouble following? Did you “wing it” for any part? Or otherwise do your own thing to make it work?

raafling: I found it easy to follow and pretty much followed the steps as you showed them. I only put secondary feathers on the inside because of time/weight constraints. I think I’ll add single-layer secondaries on the outside. I’m planning to make coverts, but I’m not sure how yet. I’m probably going to do something a little more simple than what you’ve shown in your tutorial, and I’m planning to go through the pictures of costume wings you’ve reblogged for inspiration. The crocodile clips that connect the wings to my back have come loose from the ribbon a few times, so I’m still looking for an alternative for that.

ME: How heavy did the wings turn out to be? Where they difficult or tiring to wear? 

raafling: The wings are fairly heavy (I don’t have scales or anything) but definitely wearable for an entire day. I tire easily if I spread them, but when keeping them low a lot of the weight is on the elastic, so it’s pretty comfortable mostly. They are really sturdy: I’ve worn them to a LARP camp, and even though I did not do any fighting, I still wore them two full days while doing normal things. I get a bit tender (not quite a bruise) where the buckles from the harness weight on my shoulders, but that was after two full days of wearing the wings.

ME: How was the reception? :D Did people like them?

raafling: People really like them! I keep showing them off, and people react really well. One of my friends is also looking to make them, so I pointed them to your tutorial. ^^ 

ME: What is your favorite part of making/wearing them? ALSO think you’ll ever add coverts?

raafling: I really liked the stringing, even though it was a quite a finicky task. The harness was a lot easier to make than I thought (I bought most of the supplies on a sail-making website) and I quite enjoyed bending the frame for the screw and bolt, even though I ended up with blisters. I’m going to paint my wings some more, and am thinking of adding metallic bronze highlights, so I’ll see how that turns out as well.

With wearing, I love spreading them fully or using them to point at things.

errydayimpufflin:

nationalballet:

Etienne Lavigne was born in Montréal, Québec. He trained at L’École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal in Québec. He joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1997. He was promoted to Second Soloist in 2003 and to First Soloist in 2007.

Becky!

This dancer & these wings are perfect together! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ ~ ♥

errydayimpufflin:

nationalballet:

Etienne Lavigne was born in Montréal, Québec. He trained at L’École supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal in Québec. He joined The National Ballet of Canada as a member of the Corps de Ballet in 1997. He was promoted to Second Soloist in 2003 and to First Soloist in 2007.

Becky!

This dancer & these wings are perfect together! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ ~ ♥

Not bad, not bad, but take a look at these wing/feather drawing tutorials, I’m sure you’ll find some useful tips to improve this even more!
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Not bad, not bad, but take a look at these wing/feather drawing tutorials, I’m sure you’ll find some useful tips to improve this even more!

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RWT Results #24 - Long-legged Firebird
Didn’t mean to hold onto it for so long, this is an awesome original costume made by BethanyFirebird and her husband for a parade in April. :D It’s still a work in progress, but it’s still pretty cool looking, and I’m impressed that she wore these on stilts! It’s hard enough to have your hands occupied, but to be suspended up in the air too? Only for the most experienced stilt-walkers~
Though this would allow the wings to be longer without dragging on the ground, but would definitely require a handler for assistance - still, possibilities! :3
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Made using my Realistic Wing Tutorial

RWT Results #24 - Long-legged Firebird

Didn’t mean to hold onto it for so long, this is an awesome original costume made by BethanyFirebird and her husband for a parade in April. :D It’s still a work in progress, but it’s still pretty cool looking, and I’m impressed that she wore these on stilts! It’s hard enough to have your hands occupied, but to be suspended up in the air too? Only for the most experienced stilt-walkers~

Though this would allow the wings to be longer without dragging on the ground, but would definitely require a handler for assistance - still, possibilities! :3

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Made using my Realistic Wing Tutorial

key-feathers:

Practical wings created as a starting point for the CGI ones on Maleficent! 

I want to try and create a pair of wings of this size (personal project ;) ) These photos are a great inspiration! 

Source: http://disney.wikia.com/

YES. :D

Hey ya’ll, haven’t seen one of these in a while, yes? Well I’m happy to say that more are on the way now that some major conventions have run their course. You guys are AWESOME, by the way~ ❤ Keep it up!

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RWT Results #23 - Medli (the third)

So we have another Medli from LoZ:Windwaker, this time by Megankaro over on deviantArt, worn for Anime North 2014. She won won Best Notice Wings in the masquerade competition, congrats!

I like how the painted-on coverts look, not as feathery as actual coverts but, as she told me, MUCH easier to make. The faux fur sleeve seems to work well in most of these photos - another point for faux fur - and as for her experience making & wearing them, here’s a bit from the costumer:

 ”I never constructed anything like this and it seemed like a big project at first but if you follow it step by step it turns out awesome. It is one of my favourite cosplays I have done to date. Many people took my photo and most people didn’t even realize they were able to spread out. I thought they would be heavier and more uncomfortable but I didn’t find it much different than having your arms out which is uncomfortable too. I do not have much strength in my arms either, I was able to wear them for three convention days at Anime North 2014. Mobility was difficult to bend down so I had a friend help me but that was about it. I was pretty confident and not worried about them breaking, they were constructed very well, and I foresee myself wearing this costume again in the future.” 

- Megankaro

I think my favorite costumes have surprises that aren’t always easy to spot, and these types of wings certainly deliver going from zero spread to WINGSPAAAAN! XD

Thanks for sharing these Megankaro!

Image Sources:
First two © Lex Sibul from AnimeNorthPhotos.com [bonus pic!]
Next 3 © her friend haylau, aka the Link in the 2nd Photo
Against the curtain ©  Peter Wu 
Watermarked image 
© Joe Huang of ViewtifulDesign.com
Remaining WIP pics from the costumers instagram account

Made using my Realistic Wing Tutorial

manticoreimaginary:

Laetitia Casta, Cannes Film Festival (May 26, 2013)

I normally try to reblog only wings, but feathers are a part of wings too & this is too floofly-cool to pass up! :D

EDIT: 37 days until KuroNekoCon. ^^;
While I may not be able to attend it this year, this little guy should be. :3 See if you can find him, I’d love to see a photo of him at con~
Original design for “OtakuCat” belongs to kuronekocon​

EDIT: 37 days until KuroNekoCon. ^^;

While I may not be able to attend it this year, this little guy should be. :3 See if you can find him, I’d love to see a photo of him at con~

Original design for “OtakuCat” belongs to kuronekocon

Hey! So I talked to you in one of your streams a while back and you said something about making a starter kit that included the gloves and a fabric sample. I was wondering if you were still thinking about it, because I'm finally getting the motivation and courage up to start over on my project and do a set of osprey wings and gosh, I just love the results that have been made by others so far. Thank you for the tutorials!

I’m considering it, since many have expressed interest in purchasing my wing parts to put together (or just basic, unpainted wings) and modify themselves, as opposed to a full-blown commission.

Will advertise here when I do!

realfursuits:

Makers - Green: Temperance White and Black: FurrHappens

Enjoy these awesome dragon wings/costumes! :D