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Bonnie MacFarlane made our list of The 30 Characters who Defined a Decade, and for good reason. Cosplayer and concept artist Claire Hummel obviously felt an affinity for the character, too, putting much effort into successfully recreating Bonnie’s western getup. Read more about the endeavor below. Who: The CharacterThe character is Bonnie MacFarlane, the straight-talkin', cow-herdin' ranch owner from Red Dead Redemption.
Why: The DecisionI grew up with Westerns, so I scrambled to get Red Dead Redemption when it came out and fell immediately in love with it. I was completely charmed by Bonnie, a witty and capable foil to Marston's outlaw with a heart of gold, so her costume seemed like a natural fit for cosplay. We share certain physical qualities and personality traits, so it wasn't much of a stretch to get into character.Also worth mentioning is the fact that most of my costumes nowadays are Victorian, which means lots of corsets and bustles and layers of fabric. I haven't worn a comfortable costume since doing Sarah Connor a few years back, so Bonnie was a breath of fresh air... Literally, I suppose, what with the lack of corsetry and all.What: The ProcessI couldn't bring myself to half-ass this costume by PAX 2010 last year, so I decided to spend my time making it as screen-accurate as I could. The skirt, blouse, and leather vest are all sewn from scratch, and patterned to match the seams/details on Bonnie's costume. I've made turn-of-the-century riding skirts very similar to Bonnie's before, so that was just a matter of adjusting things to match her particular style. The belts and Colt .45 Peacemaker replica were bought, and I conveniently already had the shoes on hand for other costumes.I'm probably proudest of the necklace, simply because I went out of my way to make it specifically Bonnie's. Finding an appropriate cabochon for that center pendant was a special kind of hell, but it was worth it for the final result.
Where and When: The DebutI knew I was going to be working a booth at the inaugural Wild Wild West Con this year in Tucson, AZ, so I finished the costume in time to be worn on location at Old Tucson Studios. It's hard to find a better setting for a Red Dead photoshoot than an entire Western film backlot, since it adds an air of authenticity that you can't really find in a convention center. Some of the photos were taken on a set with live explosives, but luckily we only found this out after getting the shots we wanted.The photoshoot was done by a friend of mine, the amazing Jerry Abuan.
Links: The CosplayerI'm a concept artist by trade, so most of my presence online is in that realm. Here's my personal portfolio site...and my more regularly updated DeviantArt page. As to photos, here's the full gallery on Flickr.
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The picture done in the style of the games advertisement posters is radical
Excellent work. Too bad she's not a blonde, thereby negating the entire costume.
She scares me...
Very well done. You can clearly see the dedication that went into this work.
Very nice. Classic look, not overdone. Conveys the "way" of Bonnie, while clearly capturing the personality of the artist as well.
This says something good about games in general, and the cosplay artist in particular. Well done.
Amazing work! It shows that a ton of effort was put into it! The only thing is she looks so very angry in the shots, I guess it was for the character, but a shot of her smiling wouldnt have been bad.
Wow. She really does look a lot like Sarah Connor.
Looks pretty good.
The costume looks good and she even has the freckles that Bonnie has but she needs blonde hair.
Impressive. But maybe a little too clean looking for a cattle rancher. Nonetheless, good job Clair.
Not bad at all =).
Very nice cosplay. I would have liked to have the hair be blonde, but the rest of the outfit is spot on. Very good job!
Blonde wig would of sold it for me. The costume was spot on though!
the costume was perfect but the girls face looked to depressed, like that ugly b*tch from twilight...oh and a blonde wig would have helped, but a good job
guess she didn't want to dye her hair. still, perfect adaptation and flawless execution.