CosBlog #4: Dhalsim by KibaB
Fanboys (and girls) are a special breed in the gaming world. With their zealous enthusiasm they single-handedly have the ability to make or break games, breathe life back into flailing franchises and (if they use their powers for evil) start flame wars across the Internet. Their undying devotion for a developer, game or character has spawned web-rings, epic works of art and the desire to participate in the ultimate fan tribute—cosplay. This weekly blog highlights some of the best cosplay found around the net. These fans put their blood, sweat and tears into their work, and it shows.
Who: The Character
The character I am portrayed as is Dhalsim from the famed Street Fighter series; this variant specifically is from Street Fighter 2.
Why: The Decision
I've always loved Street Fighter, and I've always loved cosplaying. After Street Fighter IV came out, a few friends of mine decided we wanted to do a Street Fighter group a year later at the next Anime Expo in Los Angeles. I settled on Dhalsim. It was a joke at first, seeing as I was so incredibly skinny and dark and how that was the only real character I could do from the series.
What: The Process
The costume creation itself was not time consuming at all. Bought a few yards of yellow cotton in the event I messed up the work on the shorts and wraps. What was the most difficult part would have to be the props. More specifically, the skulls. Since we started our costumes essentially a year in advance, I headed to Party City, found some large skulls for 75cents or so, and bought three. The bracelets are dog toys from Pet's Mart painted silver, and I've gone through two pairs of earings, the first pair were actually bracelets I sawed through to make large rings, but now I have earrings from Claire's that are someewhat smaller and don't hurt my ears as much. The rope is a white rope I found and died brown. All in all, it took me maybe three weeks to finish the costume at a cost a little under 50 dollars.
Where and When: The Debut
I debuted it at Anime Expo 2009.
Links: The Cosplayer
You can find me on DeviantArt and Cosplay.com
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