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Munkustrap Costume - Full Length by Amanika
Munkustrap Costume - Full Length
Realised that as lovely as the other photographs I shared are, it might be nice to include one of this costume that actually shows the whole thing. So here we are, photo taken on my own camera by a friend at MCM London Comicon May 2014. This was my first time wearing this costume in full and in public.

Costume Credits as before:
Wig: Roxanne (Crepe hair on a base of tights/pantyhose, hot glue method)
Blank unitard construction: Belle (Grey lycra/spandex, custom pattern)
Arm & Legwarmers: RossECobb (Hand knitted flat with mix of yarns and added weaving)
Unitard painting and fluffying: Myself (Dylon and Setacolor fabric paints and Setasilk paint with brushes, natural sea sponges and hatching bottles)
Tail construction: Myself (Various yarns - 'London' wrapped style)
Shoe painting: Myself (Citadel Warhammer model paints and Setacolor fabric paints on black split sole jazz shoes. Brushes)
Custom collar construction: Myself (Hand stitched vinyl leatherette, with studs and O ring on head button)
Make up: Myself (Based off London designs, in particular, David Ashley. White Kyolan Supracolor grease paint, black and white Snazaroo water based faces paint and Paradise AQ water based face paint in 'Storm Cloud'. Sponges and brushes.)
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Munkustrap 2 - Jean Genie Photography by Amanika
Munkustrap 2 - Jean Genie Photography
This is the first time I've uploaded proper pics of my Cats costume work here, or indeed the first time I've uploaded anything, but I think I've found the costume I'm happiest with and in and I'm so delighted with these couple of pics from a recent convention, taken by Jean Genie Photography, that I just had to share, with her permission, of course.

So, this is of course based on Cats the musical and the character is Munkustrap. Subject is myself, because I long ago gave up caring that I'm not a six foot plus muscular male. I'd wanted this character as a costume of my own for ages and finally put it together in May 2014. He's been worn on a few occasions since, most recently at MCM London Comicon this October, where these pics were taken. I just feel so at home in this character, have so much fun wearing him, and I think it's the costume I'm happiest with so far out of all of the ones I've put together.


Costume credits are as follows:


Wig: Roxanne (Crepe hair on a base of tights/pantyhose, hot glue method)
Blank unitard construction: Belle (Grey lycra/spandex, custom pattern)
Arm & Legwarmers: RossECobb (Hand knitted flat with mix of yarns and added weaving)
Unitard painting and fluffying: Myself (Dylon and Setacolor fabric paints and Setasilk paint with brushes, natural sea sponges and hatching bottles)
Tail construction: Myself (Various yarns - 'London' wrapped style)
Shoe painting: Myself (Citadel Warhammer model paints and Setacolor fabric paints on black split sole jazz shoes. Brushes)
Custom collar construction: Myself (Hand stitched vinyl leatherette, with studs and O ring on head button)
Make up: Myself (Based off London designs, in particular, David Ashley. White Kyolan Supracolor grease paint, black and white Snazaroo water based faces paint and Paradise AQ water based face paint in 'Storm Cloud'. Sponges and brushes.)

HUGE thanks to the wonderful Jean Genie Photography for snapping this awesome shot at MCM London Comicon this October, and for allowing me to share her work here. I'm super chuffed to be the subject of her awesome skills.

Check out her pages!
DA: DemureDomestic
FB: Jean Genie Photography
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Munkustrap Costume - Jean Genie Photograhpy by Amanika
Munkustrap Costume - Jean Genie Photograhpy
This is the first time I've uploaded proper pics of my Cats costume work here, or indeed the first time I've uploaded anything, but I think I've found the costume I'm happiest with and in and I'm so delighted with these couple of pics from a recent convention, taken by Jean Genie Photography. Since I'm using this one as my DA avatar, I wanted to share the full version here so I could properly credit it.

So, this is of course based on Cats the musical and the character is Munkustrap. Subject is myself, because I long ago gave up caring that I'm not a six foot plus muscular male. I'd wanted this character as a costume of my own for ages and finally put it together in May 2014. He's been worn on a few occasions since, most recently at MCM London Comicon this October, where these pics were taken. I just feel so at home in this character, have so much fun wearing him, and I think it's the costume I'm happiest with so far out of all of the ones I've put together.


Costume credits are as follows:


Wig: Roxanne (Crepe hair on a base of tights/pantyhose, hot glue method)
Blank unitard construction: Belle (Grey lycra/spandex, custom pattern)
Arm & Legwarmers: RossECobb (Hand knitted flat with mix of yarns and added weaving)
Unitard painting and fluffying: Myself (Dylon and Setacolor fabric paints and Setasilk paint with brushes, natural sea sponges and hatching bottles)
Tail construction: Myself (Various yarns - 'London' wrapped style)
Shoe painting: Myself (Citadel Warhammer model paints and Setacolor fabric paints on black split sole jazz shoes. Brushes)
Custom collar construction: Myself (Hand stitched vinyl leatherette, with studs and O ring on head button)
Make up: Myself (Based off London designs, in particular, David Ashley. White Kyolan Supracolor grease paint, black and white Snazaroo water based faces paint and Paradise AQ water based face paint in 'Storm Cloud'. Sponges and brushes.)

HUGE thanks to the wonderful Jean Genie Photography for snapping this awesome shot at MCM London Comicon this October, and for allowing me to share her work here. I'm super chuffed to be the subject of her awesome skills.

Check out her pages!
DA: DemureDomestic
FB: Jean Genie Photography
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New avatar is my Munkustrap costume, completed in May 2014, wig by Roxanne, blank unitard construction by Belle, warmers by RossECobb. Make up, unitard painting and fluffies, shoe painting, tail and custom collar construction by myself. Thanks to Jean Genie Photography for the photo, taken at MCM London Comicon Oct 2014.
Yup, it's been over a year since my last entry, but apparently I have nothing better to do right now lol!

It's been a busy year, I changed jobs or at least, same job, new venue, got married, made a whole new Cats costume for myself, plus several commission pieces. Attended several friends' weddings too. Oh gained my gorgeous baby niece! I don't want kids of my own, but I love her to bits and am happy to spoil her rotten! Also just a little smug because my sis was convinced she was having a boy, and I always thought, secretly, that it was a girl.

Made several more trips to see the Cats UK/Europe tour. Followed the press launch for the Palladium production. Raged a lot at ALW and his need to change things. Particularly 'street cat' rapping Tugger... Way to 'modernise' your show ALW, that should just bring it kicking and screaming into what, the early 90s? Seriously don't fix what isn't broken. You want an up to date Tugger, try Oliver Savile's version from the 2013 leg of the tour. He had it spot on, just perfect!

Ahem, anyway. Where did I get to. Bought a ticket to the Palladium anyway. Went for a lot of job interviews. Went to back to the theatre I used to work at and caught the tour again there, had a lovely chat with some of the boys in the cast, felt a little better about the Palladium. Gave up on job hunting for a bit, got called for an interview for one I'd applied for ages ago. Got the frickin job! So changed jobs and venues again!

Still finding my feet with that one! But have a few days off this week to catch the end of the UK leg of the Cats tour. Then first air refresher, work and then eventually, October expo and before I know it, no doubt, my first wedding anniversary. So yeah, even in summary, a busy year, lol! If a little Cats obsessed... I am proud of my new Munkustrap costume though. Excited to wear him again this October.

So yeah, I guess that's me! Maybe another update in another year, lol!
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: TS Eliot reads TS Eliot, Old Possums & other Poems
  • Reading: Nothing, should change that!
  • Watching: Tumble, until it ended last week! & Doctor Who
  • Playing: The Sims 2 - Got back all my old mods!
  • Eating: Probably a Pret lunch!
  • Drinking: Tesco Cherries & Berries Squash

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Amanika
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I'm a lurker here, since I'm no artist myself, but I love looking at other people's creations. My interests lie primarily in fanart and costuming/cosplay relating to Cats the musical.

I'm a Cats cosplayer myself and part of a group who for the last few years, have been catting it up at MCM London Expo/Comicon. I do my own make up and most of my costumes are commissioned or part self-made and part commissioned.

I'm a theatre geek in general, and it's certainly the industry in which I'm currently trying to build a career. I also figure skate for fun. Oh and I'm a self-confessed forum-based rpg addict. ;)

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Yup, it's been over a year since my last entry, but apparently I have nothing better to do right now lol!

It's been a busy year, I changed jobs or at least, same job, new venue, got married, made a whole new Cats costume for myself, plus several commission pieces. Attended several friends' weddings too. Oh gained my gorgeous baby niece! I don't want kids of my own, but I love her to bits and am happy to spoil her rotten! Also just a little smug because my sis was convinced she was having a boy, and I always thought, secretly, that it was a girl.

Made several more trips to see the Cats UK/Europe tour. Followed the press launch for the Palladium production. Raged a lot at ALW and his need to change things. Particularly 'street cat' rapping Tugger... Way to 'modernise' your show ALW, that should just bring it kicking and screaming into what, the early 90s? Seriously don't fix what isn't broken. You want an up to date Tugger, try Oliver Savile's version from the 2013 leg of the tour. He had it spot on, just perfect!

Ahem, anyway. Where did I get to. Bought a ticket to the Palladium anyway. Went for a lot of job interviews. Went to back to the theatre I used to work at and caught the tour again there, had a lovely chat with some of the boys in the cast, felt a little better about the Palladium. Gave up on job hunting for a bit, got called for an interview for one I'd applied for ages ago. Got the frickin job! So changed jobs and venues again!

Still finding my feet with that one! But have a few days off this week to catch the end of the UK leg of the Cats tour. Then first air refresher, work and then eventually, October expo and before I know it, no doubt, my first wedding anniversary. So yeah, even in summary, a busy year, lol! If a little Cats obsessed... I am proud of my new Munkustrap costume though. Excited to wear him again this October.

So yeah, I guess that's me! Maybe another update in another year, lol!
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: TS Eliot reads TS Eliot, Old Possums & other Poems
  • Reading: Nothing, should change that!
  • Watching: Tumble, until it ended last week! & Doctor Who
  • Playing: The Sims 2 - Got back all my old mods!
  • Eating: Probably a Pret lunch!
  • Drinking: Tesco Cherries & Berries Squash

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:icontrapanzemia:
Trapanzemia Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, Just was wondering...
Why don't you show off you wonderfull costumes and makeup designs around here. We would all be pleased to see them. Art isn't just drawings or painting it is whatever is creative. You call yourself a "Luker" as you are not a real artist. You have talent with costume design and makeup. THATS art! :)

Also good luck with your growing career! you are definately in the right place!!
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:iconamanika:
Amanika Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Hey, first of all, thanks, that's really sweet of you to say so. <3

Honestly, the main reason I don't share that stuff here is because I already share it on the CCDB, which is the main place I'm active in the Cats fandom. And honestly, by the time I've uploaded photos to photobucket and posted them on the CCDB and sometimes my facebook, I just don't have the energy to go through and post them on here as well. Also, the majority of my costuming is collaboartive, and whilst I always credit people, I'd hate for someone to look at a photo here and assume it's all my own work. I'm much more comfortable sharing those photos on a community like the CCDB where we all have an understanding of the costuming and make up process than in a much wider and infinitely more public one like DA.

Mostly though, I'm just lazy! ;)

Thanks for your kind words though.
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:icontrapanzemia:
Trapanzemia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha your welcome!
That is totally understandable! and I just realised you are on the CCDB!! (so am I!!) I'm just happy that you post your work somewhere, where people can find it because it is truely wonderful work!
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Amanika Featured By Owner May 1, 2012
Lol, I kind of assumed you knew my name from the CCDB, since I recognised yours from there. But it's fine. And thank you, you're incredibly sweet to say so. It's honestly not that great compared to some of the standards of work there, but I do my best. <3
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chickenpopcorn Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for the :+fav:! :la: :hug:
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:iconamanika:
Amanika Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
You're welcome. Loving the combination of the two shows there. Cats is an old, but still current love for me, and Phantom, a relativly new one. <3
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chickenpopcorn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They're both such awesome musicals! :la: :love: Andrew Lloyd Webber is the king of musicals :iconyesyesyesplz:
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Tugger21Ash Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you from the forum? If so its nice to see you here.
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:iconamanika:
Amanika Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
That would indeed be me. ;)
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Tugger21Ash Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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