RWBY Photoshoot: Kimono Edition! (part 1)

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This will be a two part blog article with two different topics. Part 2 of this article is here. This one is a lot darker, so bear with me, and I hope you read through the entire thing. I am sure some of you will disagree with me on this, and if you do, I urge you NOT to send your hate to me or any of the cosplayers here. Just stop reading, close the window, and move on with your life. Stating your opinion is alright though. Everyone’s got a different opinion, and I’m open to changing mines if I’m convinced enough.

Let’s start with something more lighthearted though, shall we?

I went to the Spring Norcal Cosplay Gathering and as usual now, I met up with the posterboy and postergirls of the RWBY cosplays in the Bay Area–Stormflower Cosplay, Valkyrjur Cosplay, and Kiba Cosplay, as well as others.

Every time I meet up with them, there’s always a ‘theme’ to their outfits. One thing I love about their cosplays is that they don’t just stick to the norm of the outfits in the series. There was ‘swimsuit edition’, ‘christmas edition’, and now we have ‘kimono edition’
If Roosterteeth is ever looking for fashion alternatives for these characters, they need not look any further. Valkyjur is a master of fashion design.

I guess this round, they got a group to cosplay.  Quite a treat!

Cosplayers:
Ruby- Rikuko Cosplay
Yang- N/A
Blake- Kkibsong
Penny- Valkyrjur Cosplay (in affiliation with)
Nora- Valkyrjur Cosplay
Lie Ren- Stormflower Cosplay
Coco Adel-Rebecca F.

(sadly, no Weiss or Velvet, and the Yang cosplayer came very late that day)

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The rest here is personal ranting, but if you don’t want to go into drama and stuff unrelated to RWBY, just skip to the next blog article.
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Cultural Appropriation.

If you’re not japanese and you wear a kimono, it’s not offensive. You’re being too sensitive about the term ‘cultural appropriation’. Cultural Appropriation and the misunderstanding, misuse, and ignorance of it. Get your head out of a rock. Now let me enjoy my sushi burrito I got from Berkeley.

I was going to write a long ass rant about how people are oversensitive about the term, but let me clarify a few things. We’re living in the twenty first century, where language, religion, fashion, food, and daily necessities have all mixed together into a happy ass chunk of cheese fondue. Our world and culture is rapidly changing. Racism is very real, but the way we’re treating the term ‘cultural appropriation’ almost always as a negative thing online, it may as well just be reinforcing it for some. There are some bright sides to it. Be open for many things!

And going back to the photoshoot above, we can see a bunch of happy people with fashionable kimono-yukata-kickass ninja hybrids COSPLAYING. I do not see anything wrong with this at all. Do you? Hopefully not. If you were a fan of RWBY, these are amazing, but if you didn’t know the series, what would you think?

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Mailing Out My Small Commissions

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Have you ever gone to a convention, and the artist said they have to charge you extra for mailing your product? Have you wondered why it would be around five extra dollars? I mean a package stamp is about fifty cents, so what’s the deal?

The answer is simple. IT COSTS. A rigid envelope costs about $1.50, and in my state of California, shipping a piece of work in a rigid envelope usually costs between $2-$4. Oh, and don’t forget transportation too! The reason is because these pieces need to be protected, and enter the post office and leave unharmed to your house. If you found a beautiful drawing crinkled on the side, that feeling is awful. And when you tell the artist, they feel awful too. That’s why commissions cost extra when mailing out.

Well, I’ve devised my own method to tackle this problem. Of course, I doubt many would follow my own curriculum, but I thought I’d share it anyways in case anyone wants to try it out and tell me if it works for them or not.

Introducing: The Jackie Packing Method!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I do a lot of online shopping (you can say I might be similar to a shut-in), and I keep all my envelopes. I have been collecting for years, and I don’t really get many mail commissions anymore (unfortunately).
With this personal method, it reduces the cost of my packages to about $1.16-$2.30, no need to shop for envelopes, I’m biking distance from the post office, and I do not charge extra when selling these things at conventions. So basically, you get the entire happy package for $20 mailed to you (in the U.S.)

So here’s an easy step-by-step guide:

note: I use this method for all my commissions that are 8.5″x11″.

1.Bag the artwork in a clear bag, and insert a good backing board. A good backing board is either a very rigid sturdy one or one that is slightly flexible but bends back to shape very quickly.

Mailing package1

2.Tape the piece to center the inside of the envelope. The envelope should be padded and exceed at least an inch around the piece. You want the piece to lay in the center.

Mailing package2

3. Draw a cute picture that says ‘DO NOT BEND’ on it. Cross your fingers that the postman/postwoman reads it and follows it.

4. Seal the envelope, and you’re done!Mailing package3

This method cushions all the corners while keeping the actual piece in the center intact. It bends, but the backing board will bend back to normal. My backing boards are pretty rigid, so unless your forcefully bend it like an iphone6, it won’t break. The tape is very easily removed and won’t damage the art because the art is in a plastic mylar bag. So voila! My own personal technique.

So any of you guys have cool techniques? Share them here!

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I’m an Elephant!

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Sorry for the dead posts, but I’ll be updating quite a bit in the next few weeks. I’ve been working on other projects, and blah blah busy, whatever. My schedule hasn’t become any worse, it’s just that I’m getting used to this.

Well, I’ve had many adventures in the Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland. I go almost every week to see the kids there, it’s quite fun and there’s always a story to tell every day. Anyhow, two months ago, we were doing ‘basket weaving’, where we weaved baskets out of paper rush. When I made my first one it was sooo awful. So the teacher was kind enough to let me use more of the paper rush to make another basket. This time, I really wanted to impress the kids, so I made a tiny little basket….INTO AN ELEPHANT!

Hand Woven Elephant Basket

Yup, no glue at all, it’s ALL weaving. I thought the most hilarious thing when the kids saw it was when one of them was arguing “Hey that’s not an elephant, that’s an anteater!” Oh silly….

If you don’t believe me that this is a basket, it’s because this is upside down (the hole/opening of the basket is under its belly).

I’m really proud of this. Too bad I mailed it off to a friend in Japan as their Christmas gift. And you know the term “work until your fingers bleed?” When I was weaving this thing, three of my fingers started bleeding from the strain of the paper rush. I just sucked it up, disinfected it, put on a bandaid, and continued. Also, there’s a blood stain on this thing hidden inside the belly of this little elephant.

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