Duskull – Personal Gijinka Project [Part 2]

Final Product!

At last, my work on building the Duskull Gijinka is done.  This is my first ever attempt at creating a gijinka completely on my own.  I have never sewed anything together in my life.  The needle and thread donated to me by my girlfriend did not come with any instructions.  Fortunately, I had found a lot of articles on the internet to at least figure out some sort of pattern.  The end result is very cute, though I attribute that more to the model than to the costume.  Hit the bump for all the details on how this was made.

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Interview – Kyle Mistry (aka Tropius)

Earlier this week I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing the very talented and artistic Kyle Mistry.  His Tropius (Gen III) gijinka caught my eye when his photos popped up on the front page of Cosplay.com.   In our audio interview, I got to hear more about his experience constructing an original gijinka, crafted based on a design he envisioned.  We also talked about pokemon fandom, gijinka culture, and …. wood glue?

Full interview below

Click the bump for more images of Tropius and links to Kyle’s sites. There, you can see more of his art, graphic design, and non-pokemon cosplay.

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Know Your Meme Interviews Nuzlocke

nuzlocke's portraitKnowYourMeme’s AJ Mazur posted an interview with internet sensation Nuzlocke on KnowYourMeme.com last night.  Nuzlocke, a UC Santa Cruz student, has become noteworthy especially among pokemon fans for revitalizing the games by adding an additional challenge.  The history behind his popular strategy and webcomic is quite humorous.  Concocted one day out of boredom, his challenge requires players of the game to follow these rules:

1. Any pokemon that faints is considered dead and must be released.
2. The player must only catch the first pokemon in each area and none else. If the first pokemon encountered faints or flees, there are no second chances.
3. If all your pokemon faint, it’s over. Start a new game.
*As a personal requirement, Nuzlocke nicknames each of his caught pokemon*

What caused this challenge to become so popular was the way in which Nuzlocke transcribed his own experience…. Continue reading

Duskull – Personal Gijinka Project

Sometimes, it’s the art that gets you going. Saw this.  Liked it.  It’s going to get made.

From Tony Kanal on Tumblr

-by Tony Kanal on Tumblr-


Not for me of course.  My girlfriend has graciously volunteered to be the model for this completed costume…. Continue reading

Interview – Sean Patton (Costume Designer)

Sean Patton is a part-time costume designer based out of Atlanta, GA. Sean has designed and crafted two incredible costumes for me.  I’m very honored to feature him on this blog because I’ve always wanted to hear his tips and suggestions for costuming.

Q. How did you get into costuming?
A. I started getting into theater in middle school and I always kept involved in community theater.  At college in Winthrope, SC, I became a theater major.  During my time there, I kept working in the costume shop.  Most of what I know today, I gained from largely from experience working with patterns in that shop.

Q. Do you have any formal training?
A. I’m part formally trained, part own experience. When I first started out, I worked in ATL Costume… Continue reading

Drawings, Sketchings, Inspirations

I’ve attached a few of my sketches.  This is a sample of the stuff I’ve been drawing over the past couple months.  I thought about posting the rest but they’re actually more deserving of having their own posts.  This is usually where I start.  I draw the pokemon usually using Ken Sugimori’s art.  It’s incredible how much you get a sense of the creatures when you do this.

Back in the summer of 2010, I really got into pokemon again, but this time, I got really into the art.  I didn’t just want to play the game anymore.  All over the internet, especially /vp/, there was the most incredible drawings and comics being put together.  Then came the flood of gijinka costumes.  The gijinka cosplay wasn’t just the icing on the cake.  Culminating with the art, the gijinka cosplay photos I saw made me want to get into this like never before.

Coming up with my own stuff usually gets pretty muddled, but I’m not letting that stop me.  Coming up with ideas for gijinka costumes is best part of drawing these pokemon.  Stay tuned for more posts where I show you the crazy sketches that go into making my own personal gijinka.

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Expect lots more press time of this furry rodent. Photo courtesy kotaku.com

We’re less than a month away from Pokémon Black and White’s release.  Reports are already coming in about how Nintendo is planning to spend millions of dollars on advertising.  They’re going to release more movies, promote the tv show, and probably go crazy with toys, collectibles, and merchandise.  The whole plan with this generation, according to game director Junichi Masuda (Game Freak), was to reinvigorate the franchise and take it back to its roots.  They’re trying to capture that feel of mystery and wonder that Pokemon Red and Blue had.

This is all well and good and I applaud Nintendo and Game Freak for making this bold move.  However, I have a few suggestions to Nintendo on how they should spend this money.  Think of this as a short, strategy guide for reviving pokémon…. Continue reading