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"Bring out Rei, she isn't dead yet."
This is how I feel about updating my dA right now. I really have no excuses not to update now either since I finally changed my username to MaryjaneDesignStudio (thanks to caffwin. Seriously, you need to check out this girl's gallery. She makes the craziest stuff!)

Last summer was pretty hectic as far as costumes go. I didn't get the two major cosplay projects done that I wanted to (Iroha Umegiri's Fly Away to India variant from Beatmania IIDX or the 'rebuild' of my Rei plugsuit from NGE) but I got three smaller costumes done and I'm really proud of how all of them turned out! I had a blast at Anime Revolution and Cos & Effect because I got to work with and meet all sorts of talented new people and it was all really inspiring. Speaking of which, here are some Rei photos DISC-Photography took the last day of C&E.

Ayanami Rei - F by DISC-Photography Ayanami Rei - G by DISC-Photography
Ayanami Rei - B by DISC-Photography Ayanami Rei - A by DISC-Photography
Ayanami Rei - Close up by DISC-Photography Ayanami Rei - C by DISC-Photography
Ayanami Rei - Ca by DISC-Photography Ayanami Rei - Ji~ by DISC-Photography

Okay, enough Reis for now, bye.
  • Drinking: LCL

Update for real this time

Journal Entry: Fri Sep 30, 2011, 5:40 PM
I haven't updated in a while, mainly because the con season has more or less just sort of fizzled out by now. Sort of major news: I'm moving to Victoria in a few days which is duper exciting although I wont be able to make it to OtaFest Lite. I'm going to try for OtaFest '12 and CCEE (I have a free admission, may as well) but I make no promises. I'm still working on my C. Viper cosplay though just because I started it and may as well have a new costume in my arsenal because I won't have the money for any big projects for a while.

Other than that, I did a Sailor V shoot with x-Laya-x a few weeks ago and am super happy with the results. These are just some of my favorites so be sure to check out her gallery for more of her amazing work!

Blue eyed Hero by x-Laya-x Pool Lounge by x-Laya-x .Untitled. by x-Laya-x
Deal with it by x-Laya-x

  • Listening to: Waiting to Die - Mickey Avalon
  • Eating: My fingernails

New Cosplay Blog

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 10, 2011, 12:23 PM
I made a cosplay blog for UP THE MINUTE PROGRESS PICS, ETC. I'm still going to make journal entries here but mostly just dA related ones.
datassuka.tumblr.com/
SO Y U NO FOLLOW?

  • Listening to: What Do They Know? - Julien-K & Chester Bennin
  • Drinking: Genmaicha

Kospurei Saavei Desu

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 28, 2011, 8:08 PM
Taken from pixyteriyaki because why the fuck not?

I am:
[ ]short,under 5′4''
[ ] 5′4″-5′6″
[ ] 5′6.5″-5'8″
[x] 5′8.5'' – 5′10"
[ ] 5′10.5″ – 6′0''
[ ] tall, 6′1'' and up

Naturally:
[ ] blonde
[x] dirty blonde
[ ] strawberry blonde
[ ] redhead
[ ] mousey brown
[ ]brunette
[ ] dark brown
[ ] black

[x] short hair
[ ] medium hair
[ ] long hair

And:
[ ] blue-eyed
[x] blue/gray-eyed
[ ] silver/gray- eyed
[ ] green-eyed
[ ] green/gray-eyed
[ ] hazel-eyed
[ ] gold/brown-eyed
[ ] amber
[ ] brown-eyed
[ ] black-eyed

I have:
[x] glasses
[ ] contacts
[ ] neither

And I am age:
[ ] 13 or younger
[ ] 14-16
[ ] 17-19
[x] 20-22
[ ] 23-25
[ ] 26 or older

My body is:
[ ] thin
[x] thick
[ ] curvy
[ ] chubby
[ ] toned
[ ] attractive
[ ] hourglass
[x] pear shaped
[ ] apple shaped
[ ] long and lean
[ ] perfect for me
[ ] overweight
[ ] big and beautiful
[x] pale
[ ] tanned
[ ] dark
[x] freckled

Your personality is sometimes:
[x] talkative
[x] shy
[x] funny
[ ] serious
[ ] laid back
[ ] hyper
[x] sarcastic
[ ] slow
[ ] thoughtful
[x] loyal
[x] airheaded
[ ] goofy
[ ] sensitive
[x] witty
[ ] caring
[ ] cunning
[ ] deceitful
[ ] proper
[x] sexual
[ ] prudish
[x] selfish
[x] confident
[x] trustworthy
[x] dog-eat-dog
[ ] beautiful

You like listening to:
[ ] pop
[ ] country
[ ] christian
[x] orchestral/classical
[x] techno
[x] oldies
[ ] opera
[x] 80's
[x] disco
[x] rap
[x] classic rock
[x] punk
[ ] pop punk
[ ] metal
[x] hip-hop
[x] rock
[ ] alt/indie rock
[ ] emo
[ ] foreign rock
[x] lots of different stuff

Three names that you go by:
Maryjane, MJ, Emmjay

I've been cosplaying for this many years:
First started cosplayingat cons in 2005. Became a self proclaimed cosplayer in 2007.

I've made this many costumes thus far:
14 for myself, 7 for other people.

Currently, my sewing room is:
About as clean as its ever going to be.

My next con is:
Provided I can find a ride, it will be Animethon.

My favorite cosplay so far is:
I like how the modifications on Asuka's plugsuit turned out so its my favorite costume so far. My favorite characters to pose as are probably Asuka and Tank Girl.

The cosplay that I'm most excited to do next is:
Yamashita Asuka- be still my beating heart.

The best/worst thing about cons is:
Best is getting to spend time with friends and meet new people.
Worst is probably functioning on no sleep because I procrastinate hard so I'm always up the night before working on finishing my costumes.

I'd love to do this with my cosplay:
Porn. Live action. I'm mostly into cosplay because I love acting- making costumes and everything is kind of subsequent.

How many times have you been glomped?
More times than necessary. I don't understand why you would even want to consensually hug a cosplayer in the first place outside of maybe a photo; they're not the character, they're a human being and for all you know, they're covered in herpes.

How far would you go for accurate cosplay?
loleatingdisorderslol

One future goal you have:
I'd love to be able to travel because of cosplay. I want to see the world and if anything, this seems to be my ticket.

  • Listening to: Rasputin - Boney M
  • Drinking: Genmaicha

Rebuild of Asuka Plugsuit

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 8, 2011, 1:16 PM
Asuka is my favorite character to cosplay as- I feel like I can have a lot of fun with her in pictures and all that. Anyway, because I made her plugsuit in such a short amount of time last year, I cut a fuckton of corners. Its a durable costume, don't get me wrong, but the shapes of some things are a bit off (that and I used 2-way-stretch instead of 4-way-stretch PVC for it so it looks like saran wrap when it adheres to my skin) SO I decided that I'd fix some of the things I wasn't so font of on my plugsuit so I could wear it again for Calgary Comic Entertainment Expo (specifically, I wanted to do an 'End of Evangelion' version similar to what she wears in the last scene at the end of the movie: her plugsuit with the right sleeve removed, arm and face covered in bandages) While I was taking off the sleeves, I decided I may as well just re-do a few parts of the suit to make it look better than ever.

So thats where this note comes in. what do you think I could have done better on my Asuka plugsuit? I have a few ideas of what I want to fix but please contribute your ideas to the list because there are bound to be things you see that I don't.

My ideas:
( :bulletred: = to do, :bulletblue: = working on, :bulletwhite: = done)
:bulletblue: Make a new neck piece (The little red thing at the front of the neck. I had a different one for OtaFest and Con-G and they both looked awful. I'm in the process of making a new one twitpic.com/58i6g6 )
:bulletblue: Replace the silver plugs on the sides (While making Mari, I found a new way of making the plugs. They're really durable now! Just need to attach them)
:bulletred: Make a separate shirt to go under the "baithing suit" part of the plugsuit that can be taken on or off depending if I want to have the sleeves or not. Also, make it so one of the sleeves can zip off for EoE Asuka. (Technically its not canon for her to not have both sleeves but summertime is hot. Deal with it.)
:bulletred: On the shirt, use black lycra instead of black PVC. Better fit, more breathable, less cleap looking.
:bulletblue: On the baithing suit, sew up one side seam and have a zipper on the other side seam. tl;dr no more slightly visable red zippers on black material.
:bulletred: Fix the fit of the back so it sits flat on my bum without velcro.
:bulletred: Re-make the shoulder guard things so that they're curved instead of looking deflated (this was probably my second least favorite thing about my plug suit next to the neck piece) Still going to use the same silver screws as before.
:bulletwhite: Sew the nodes into the wig (this was done for Con-G but not OtaFest)
:bulletblue: Flatiron the upper part of the wig (to remove the visible matting but still keep some of the volume)
AM I MISSING ANYTHING?

Original Illustrations:
wallbase.cc/wallpaper/231356 wallbase.cc/wallpaper/1100593 wallbase.cc/wallpaper/36259

Refrence images:
Asuka Langley Soryu: 3 Way by MaryjaneDesignStudio Asuka Langley Soryu: 3 More by MaryjaneDesignStudio
Asuka Langley: Omnipotence by MaryjaneDesignStudio Asuka Langley: Histrionic by MaryjaneDesignStudio Asuka Langley: Narcissist by MaryjaneDesignStudio
(From OtaFest '10)
Asuka Langley: So look at me by MaryjaneDesignStudio Asuka Langley: Are you stupid? by MaryjaneDesignStudio Asuka Langley: Chance by MaryjaneDesignStudio
(From Con-G '11)

  • Listening to: Walk the Dinosaur - George Clinton & The Goomb
  • Drinking: Black sludgie coffee

Fan Expo 2011

Journal Entry: Wed May 25, 2011, 9:27 PM
Maryjane confirmed for Fan Expo 2011.

I really want to cosplay as TCC-tan all four days but I'm pretty sure I wont be able to transport my giant bong on the plane. :weed:

  • Listening to: Walmart (Joe With Da Dreads Mixx) - Mr. Ghetto

Devious Journal Entry

Journal Entry: Mon May 16, 2011, 10:34 AM
OtaFest is in a few days and the schedule has been up for a while. So its official, my cosplay panels (Creating Cosplay and Cosplay Construction Q&A) will take place from 7:30pm - 9:30pm in SA119. First hour and a half is the most extreme power point you will ever see in your life about things you can do to not look full retard when you cosplay. Whether you're a novice equestrian or a vetran, there should be something new to learn (even I learned a lot the last time I ran this panel!)
The next half hour is an open forum. I'd especially like to get dem cosplay pros in on this one as I want it to be a discussion more than a Q&A (well fuck, guess I gave it the wrong name) I don't want to give the impression that I'm the self proclaimed messenger sent from God who talks down on everyone about cosplay- theres so much stuff I want to learn so the more voices on this panel the better.

Anyway, I'm not the only cool person hosting a panel (durrr hurrrrrrr) so be sure to check out some of these awesome events as well!

Friday:
Cooking for Cosplayers
Hosted by :iconscaff: & :iconlorienfairy:

Saturday:
Con Ettiquete and Survival
Hosted by :iconparabellum25:
Cardboard Gundams
Hosted by :iconparabellum25: & :iconcorrupteddata:

Sunday:
Japanese Fashion Show
Hosted by :iconpompay:
Cosplay Photography 101
Hosted by :icontheizzeh:
Wiggin' Out
Hosted by :iconirma-nerd:

Also obligatory self promotion: consider voting for me for Miss OtaFest on Sunday. I'll be Sailor V and I want to make my momma proud.

Best of luck to everyone who is finishing up last minute cosplay preperations, see you all soon!

  • Listening to: Mary Jane - Major Lazer
  • Drinking: Black sludgie coffee

And This is Why I Love Cosplay

Journal Entry: Tue May 3, 2011, 1:23 PM
"Character is the very life of fiction.
Setting exists so that the character has someplace to stand, something that can help define him, something he can pick up and throw, if necessary, or eat, or give to his girlfriend.
Plot exists so the character can discover for himself (and in the process reveal to the reader) what he, the character, is really like: plot forces the character to choice and action, transforms him from a static construct to a lifelike human being making choices and paying for them or reaping the rewards.
And theme exists only to make the character stand up and be somebody: theme is elevated critical language for what the character's main problem is.
"
--John Gardner

  • Eating: Discounted cream eggs
  • Drinking: Passion Tea

Revised 2011 Cons and Cosplay

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 29, 2011, 11:10 PM
So I make $0.45/h above minimum wage and seem to have forgotten this the last time I made up this list.
S'anyway, heres a revised version of cons I'll be at and what I'll be wearing on what days. On the bright side, I will probably have enough money for France.

a Taste of Animethon (Edmonton, AB)
February 12
Saturday: Panty (school uniform) - Panty & Stocking
Cosplaying with: :iconkawashi-hime: as Stocking (school uniform)


Con-G (Guelph, ON)
February 19 - 20
Saturday: Asuka (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion


OtaFest (Calgary, AB)
May 20 - 22
Friday: Panty (school uniform) - Panty & Stocking
Cosplaying with: :iconlorienfairy: as Stocking (school uniform)
Saturday: Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking
Sunday: Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Cosplaying with: Possibly Shay as Sailor Moon, Mel as Sailor Mercury

Calgary Comic Entertainment Expo (Calgary, AB)
June 17 - 19
Friday: Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: Zombiefied Asuka (plugsuit) - End of Evangelion or Zombiefied Panty (cop uniform) - Panty & Stocking

Japan Expo (Paris, France)
June 30 - July 3
Thursday: Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Friday: Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: Asuka (Plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Animethon (Edmonton, AB)
August 5 - 7
Friday: Asuka (Nazi Version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: C. Viper - Skeet Fighter (C. Viper without pants, wearing a pair of white panties with a 'V' on the crotch)
I WANT A FUCKING SKEET FIGHTER GROUP.
You kinda buff? You manly? You want me to straddle you all day? You wanna possibly get perma b& from Animethon with me?
Be my Guile. Vega and M. Bison would also be delightful.


(TENTATIVE) Fan Expo (Toronto, ON)
August 25 - 28
Thursday: TCC-Tan - 420chan
Friday:  Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking

  • Watching: Ol' skoo' Sailor Moon dubs
  • Playing: Street Fighter IV
  • Drinking: A LOT OF MERLOT

Cosplay Suggestions

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 25, 2011, 10:21 PM
Looking onward to 2012 and beyond, what characters do you think I could pull off well?
(This doesn't mean what characters do you want me to cosplay as as part of your group- this means what characters do I look like or do you think I could convincingly portray)

Just wonderin' whats out there that I've maybe missed.

  • Eating: Oatz

Panel Pimpin'

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 14, 2011, 10:32 AM
The OtaFest programming page is up here. No schedule yet but I'm still going to pimp the most extreme powerpoint you're ever going to see in your life and the Q&A session immediately following.

Create Your Own Cosplay (1h 30mins)
'This panel will guide you through the process of turning your favorite character's costume into a reality. Everything will be covered from how to interpret the character design as a life sized garment to how to pose in character for photographs at a con.'
In depth coverage on the following:
    Why make your own cosplay Choosing a character to cosplay & cosplaying for your body type Choosing & interpreting reference materials Shoes Original takes on characters Creativity vs. authenticity Chosing your materials General construction tips & tricks Posing for photos

Also covering a little bit of the basics on:
    Crossplay & trapping Make-up Wigs

No coverage on:
    Props Armor

Cosplay Construction Q & A (30mins)
'Have you ever wondered how to go about making your dream cosplay? Join an open discussion with other cosplayers on how to get started, what materials to use and tips 'n' tricks on how to look your best in cosplay!'
Not Maryjane Thread: The Panel- more of an open forum where anyone can jump in and offer their expertise.

I'm also going to sit in on :icontheizzeh:'s [b]Cosplay Photography 101[/b] panel to offer my two cents on photography form the model's experience.

  • Eating: Oatz

2011 Conventions and Cosplay

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 9, 2011, 2:57 PM
So much shit to do. I thought I might write this up to organize, prioritize and broadcast my cosplay plans for the 2011 conseason.

a Taste of Animethon (Edmonton, AB)
February 12
Saturday: Panty (school uniform) - Panty & Stocking
Cosplaying with: :iconkawashi-hime: as Stocking (school uniform)



Con-G (Guelph, ON)
February 19 - 20
Saturday: Asuka (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion


(TENTATIVE) Sakuracon (Seattle, WA)
April 22 - 24
Friday: Asuka (school uniform) - Neon Genesis Evangelion
Saturday: Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking
Sunday: Asuka (plugsuit) - End of Evangelion (thinking of removing one sleeve, putting bandages over one eye and bandaging up the arm without the sleeve. BAM. Totally new cosplay.)

OtaFest (Calgary, AB)
May 20 - 22
Friday: Panty (school uniform) - Panty & Stocking
Cosplaying with: :iconlorienfairy: as Stocking (school uniform)
Saturday: Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Cosplaying with: Shay as Sailor Moon, Mel as Sailor Mercury
Sunday: Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking

(TENTATIVE) Anime North (Toronto, ON)
May 27 - 29
Friday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (school uniform) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: Asuka (plugsuit) - End of Evangelion

Calgary Comic Entertainment Expo (Calgary, AB)
June 17 - 19
Friday: Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: Zombiefied Asuka (plugsuit) - End of Evangelion or Zombiefied Panty (cop uniform) - Panty & Stocking

Japan Expo (Paris, France)
June 30 - July 3
Thursday: Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon
Friday: Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking
Saturday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0
Sunday: Asuka (Yamashita version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Animethon (Edmonton, AB)
August 5 - 7
Friday: Asuka (Nazi Version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion
Saturday: Hifumi - Beatmania IIDX
Sunday: Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0

(TENTATIVE) Fan Expo (Toronto, ON)
August 25 - 28
Thursday: Asuka (school uniform) - Neon Genesis Evangelion
Friday: Hifumi - Beatmania IIDX
Saturday: Asuka (Yamashita version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion
Sunday: Asuka (Nazi version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Specific cosplays for specific days aren't set in stone yet, especially for the later cons. Let me know if we're attending any of the same cons and want to do group cosplay for any specific days.

Shit I need to finish:
    Kneesocks (transformation outfit) -  Panty & Stocking Sailor V - Codename wa Sailor V/Sailor Moon Mari Illustrious Makinami (plugsuit) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Rebuild 2.0 Asuka (Yamashita version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Asuka (Nazi Version) - Neon Genesis Evangelion Hifumi - Beatmania IIDX 14 GOLD


Would anyone be interested if I made a tutorial on how to sew and work with PVC? Just cause I get asked a lot of questions about how to work with it.

It would cover different types of PVC, 2-way vs 4-way stretch, how to layout pattern pieces without pinning, how to pin PVC without damaging it, laundering and caring for PVC and top stitching tricks. If I go through with this, is there anything else anyone would like to know about working with PVC?
  • Listening to: Perfect Exceeder - Mason Vs Princess Superstar
  • Drinking: Cold, oversteeped green tea
Hey you guys- hey.
Did you know that I cosplay? Come to my cosplay panel this Saturday at OtaFest Lite, appropriately titled "Creating Cosplay".
Held in the University of Calgary Science Theater 147 from 5:30PM-6:30PM.

Oh did I mention I'll be running it as TCC-tan? So come learn about what makes a good cosplay great from a (self proclaimed) hot stoner chick in panties.
  • Listening to: Shut Me Up (wumpscut: Remix) - MSI
  • Eating: My toenails
  • Drinking: Cold, oversteeped green tea
Sup dA? Long story short, ever since I left the I'm not at Ryerson anymore. I'm taking a year off to make money and sort out my ~*~issues~*~. I have no idea if fashion design is really my calling- like I love designing clothes and I love problem solving with the whole pattern making process but the culture of the program is just so... full of uber trendy automatons who have aspergers for fashion. WHICH IS COOL AND EVERYTHING, but honestly, I find it really draining because I'm an ~*~ar-tiste~*~ you guys.
Anyway, I'm currently considering what to do with my life. Some options:
- Go back to Ryerson. Finish my BoD in Fashion Design.
- Go back to Ryerson. Take theater production. Learn how to make props. Become a better cosplayer.
- Go take costume design in Montréal or what ever.
- Get a degree in Economics. Take law. Be a lawyer.

In any case, I've just more or less given up on any megalomaniac dreams of becoming a fashion designer. At best, I can keep on cosplaying as a hobby but I need money most of all right now.

Oh right, so goals. Anyway, in the next little bit, I want to update my dA portfolio, my CosCom and my Cure with what I've done over the past year.
  • Drinking: Cold, oversteeped green tea
So apparently I haven't been on this site since 2003 and everyone has been all at my face with "You should SOSOSO get a dA!! Everyone would lap up your work!"
We will see how this turns out.
Well I guess we never got formaly introduced. Im MJ-Chan (Who is also sleep deprived) Im trying to put up all my art (Yep even the shotty stuff I never want to see again... ever!) o__o;; Il try to do updates... realey! And I also want to get a link up to my new and hopfully fluent site: MJ LAND! "Oh God." "I would never take MY kids there" "Hi I am Huin, I am here on behalf of the children's association... GIVE ME MONEY!" "o__O" *Sprays Airsol Tuna for no reason* "It burrrrrnnnnnnnsssss!" Im sorry if Im never on. Im trying to put together a portfolio of art submissions for IB art in 2 years (Well 1 and a half anyways) which reminds my, MERRY X-MAS! w00t! *Throws christmas cerial to all the little boys and girls who were good and didn't eat worm babies*


Fresh Flesh,
Ja ne,
MJ Chan. wHEN NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.