So You Want to Enter the Challenge….

Challenge #1 – “Drawn That Way” – Costumes inspired by artwork – print media, paintings, animation, etc.  Anything that was once originally drawn by a person qualifies.

Here at Shear Madness HQ we thought it might be helpful to show some examples of costumes inspired by artwork – both literal interpretations and those that are merely inspired interpretations.

1.  Sinbonnet Sue, inspired by an embroidery Design from Urban Threads

Not all artwork is in book form.  There are lots of amazing embroideries out there that you can draw from for inspiration.  Chelsey of DragonKitty found hers in a machine embroidery design.  She chose to duplicate the design exactly, and the results were amazing.

Will the real Sinbonnet Sue please stand up?  (Images from Urban Threads)

Will the real Sinbonnet Sue please stand up? (Images from Urban Threads)

2.  Moondragon, an original concept by Maral Agnerian

In this case the costume was designed after original artwork by the costumer.  I got to see this costume in person at Costume Con this year and it was truly amazing.  Every single detail was perfect.  Check the link for Maral’s website for more information on it’s construction.

Moondragon by Maral Agnerian

Moondragon by Maral Agnerian

3.  Teela, Captain of the Royal Guard for He-Man

Sometimes you don’t want to do a literal interpretation of something because the original design isn’t going to work due to a strenuous dance number, or because you HAVE to modify the design to include a can-can skirt.  (Masquerade entries can be strange and mysterious things!)

In this case the lovely Clare and Jessica added a can-can skirt to Clare’s Teela costume for her masquerade entry, and chose to make Teela’s top as a leather jacket instead of a strapless bodice to make it more secure for dancing.  The result is very definitely Teela, but with Clare’s own interpretation.

Teela costume (Clare Wilson), Teela cartoon image (Mattel)

Teela costume (Clare Wilson), Teela cartoon image (Mattel)

4.  A Historical Portrait Recreation

Sometimes you want to go for a historical recreation and make it as close as possible.  This was the case with Maven and her historical masquerade entry for Costume Con 2013.  Her hybrid Victorian/Georgian costume is pretty close to the original portrait.

Federico Andreotti, The Love Letter.

Federico Andreotti, The Love Letter.

5.  Batgirl, with a historical twist

Maybe you want to be a traditional character, and maybe you want to be that character at the Renaissance Festival.  What’s a girl to do?  Blend in, of course.  So traditional Batgirl becomes Elizabethan Batgirl.  But she still packs a punch.

Elizabethan Batgirl (Ashley Walton and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (DC Comics)

Elizabethan Batgirl (Ashley Walton and Barbara Gordon/Batgirl (DC Comics)

6.  Crossing Genres

These guys are some of the best I have ever seen at recreating Jedis, comic book and Dr. Who characters, etc. and then really making them their own.  The Thrift Brothers (Yancey and Damon) have won awards for their creative costuming, often by doing a genre cross with Steampunk.  Here both brothers are being The Green Lantern, with a Steampunk flair.

Green Lantern Steampunk (Yancey and Damon Thrift) and The Green Lantern (DC Comics)

Green Lantern Steampunk (Yancey and Damon Thrift) and The Green Lantern image(DC Comics)

Hopefully these examples will give you some ideas about some of the different ways you could approach this challenge.

Good luck and happy crafting!

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