What am I
up to right now? Work - lonely, lonely work.
...that is all - for now. And oh hey, another winged costume!
First spotted by a friend of mine at this years Emerald City Comic Con, this artistic Barn Owl costume by sprightlyvigilante was wonderful to see!
Wish I could’ve seen it in person, but will be satisfied for now with the photos and costume details provided by the creator. Inspired by owl documentaries and winged things in general, sprightlyvigilante's creation uses my tutorial as the base with some modifications, mostly in the harness area (not really shown in these photos, unfortunately) which was made of pleather and constructed to look like layered armor across the shoulders. The feathers are all hand painted with acrylic paints, even the smaller coverts, which sprightly says is sad since the smaller pinions don't like staying put.
Neither staples nor hot glue will keep them affixed, and sewing through layers of painted fabric is not recommended - there is STILL a puncture dot on their thumb from attempting it. I've had to throw away broken needles from trying something similar, stronger glues/staples may be required. OR utilize a new method of attachment, like punching small holes in both the large/small feathers and threading/tying them together… but I digress.
The reception to their creation was positive, which comes as no surprise here, but as is mentioned this turned out to be both good AND bad:
"…wearing them was amazing, in and out of the con people were amazed by them. if i got stopped for pictures and splayed them out, i would be stuck for about five minutes because i would draw a bunch of picture takers into a crowd. something that would later take a toll on my shoulders. they were so heavy my arms would cramp up after a while and make it almost impossible to hold my wings out. but people still loved them and i toughed it through the second day (had to ditch them on the last day of con though)"
I feel your pain sprightly! As does anyone else who has worn the arm-exercisers for longer than 20 minutes, since not only do they add weight they add resistance against your muscles with the elastic. May one day develop something more ergonomic, but for now will suffer and perhaps develop buffer arms.
LOVING this mask and hood combination!
On a side note, this has inspired some of their friends to possibly make their own fantasy-themed wings as well so we may be seeing a flock of these at a Pacific Northwestern con near you! I can’t wait!
Much thanks goes to sprightlyvigilante for answering my questions, and the amazing photographers who captured some truly awesome shots of their costume!
SOURCES in order of appearance:
- Roget Rachetford [1 - 7]
- giantblackalbatross [8 - 9]
- Sharc Tank