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Amanika
Peace~Flowers~Freedom~Happiness
United Kingdom
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. 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 industy 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. ;)

Current Residence: UK

Wow, it's been a while! I was right when I said this wouldn't be a regular thing!

But well, a lot of my friends are jetting off to Dragon*Con (totally not envious, not at all...) this week, so gotta find something to fill my time. ;) Also, having started watching a new anime (new to me that is, I think it's actually been around long enough) series of course has nothing to do with it. Totally haven't just been on here looking for fanart of my latest pretties...

Actually, things are pretty good just now. Wedding in 3 months, one week and four days. So plenty of organising there keeping me busy. Most of it good, though juggling so many things in your head at once can get a wee bit stressful, especially when there are deadlines. For now, I'll relax when we've picked our music, readings and wording choices for the ceremony.

Not much to report by way of costume work, since I'm not really doing any of my own just now. All my money is going on rent, bills, food and wedding! Couple of commission pieces including a Broadway-style unitard fluffying. I haven't done one of those since my own Broadway Alonzo costume, I forgot how slow-going it is, lol! Still, it'll be done by the deadline, just working on a little bit every day, since doing too much at once hurts my eyes. Speaking of old costumes, I did revamp my old Electra costume to wear to the UK Tour of Cats last month. It's one of my older ones and had been leant out a few times, so it was well in need of some TLC. Took it into my head to do the revamp about two days before the show, so it was pretty manic. Still I managed to repaint the unitard, heat set it, re fluffy it, fix the broken shoulder closures and re-fluffy it within 48 hours. Pretty pleased with the results too, I was never sure if I was going to keep the costume or sell it. But the repaint has helped me feel like wearing her again, so she's making a con appearance at October Expo.

Anyway, time to sign off. Totally need to get something done in the hour I have left before work!

  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: Starlight Express, 1980s Bochum cast recording
  • Reading: Wintersmith - Terry Pratchett
  • Watching: Ouran High School Host Club & Torchwood
  • Playing: Reinstalled the Sims 2 but not played much yet
  • Eating: Pasta and Wonka Nerds (not together!)
  • Drinking: Mostly water

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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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:iconamanika:
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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:iconchickenpopcorn:
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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:iconchickenpopcorn:
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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:icontugger21ash:
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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:icontugger21ash:
Tugger21Ash Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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