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Lonzie - Jeanie Jean Photography by Amanika
Lonzie - Jeanie Jean Photography
What better way than to share my other new Cats cosplay, Alonzo (London styled) put together for MCM London ComiCon/Expo October 2015 than with this fantastic photo by the wonderful Jeanie Jean Photography. I should probably share another one at some point that shows the unitard painting, but I'm so pleased with the dynamic she captured here. He was a tricky one, since monochrome isn't as simple as it looks, but I had a lot of fun painting him and putting him together and so, so much fun wearing him, trying to bring in as much strut and sass as I could. The other makers who collaborated on this with me delivered perfect results too, exactly what I was looking for to bring the whole costume together.

Costume credits:
Wig - Nanayena
Blank unitard construction - Belle
Warmers - Moonykins
Unitard painting, fluffying, shoe painting, tail and make up - myself

Photography credit - Jeanie Jean Photography
subject/model - myself (personal cosplay)
Cettie by Amanika
Wanted to share one of my two latest Cats cosplays, Etcetera (Londonesque styled). This one was put together and worn for the first time at MCM London ComiCon/Expo October 2015. Annoyingly I don't have a full body shot that's decent resolution, so I picked this one since I like my expression and pose, even if you can't quite see all the paintwork. I'm really pleased with how the paintwork came out on this one and how the costume came together as a whole. It was a joy to collaborate with two makers who really get me and were able to perfectly translate what I asked for in the wig and warmers. She was so much fun to wear and I really had the best time, I think she's going to be a firm favourite for the future.

Costume credits:
Wig: Nanayena
Blank unitard construction: Belle
Warmers: FelinaeSilverstris
Unitard painting, fluffying, shoe painting, tail, custom collar & make up: Myself
Photo credit: FelinaeSilverstris
subject/model - myself (personal cosplay)
Cosplay - Tinkerbell from 'Hook' by Amanika
Cosplay - Tinkerbell from 'Hook'
I must credit this photo first as it was taken by my awesome friend Starski, who's been very lovely about letting me share it here. She's an awesome, creative lady and takes gorgeous photos!

That's me in the pic in my first cosplay that isn't a cat! The costume is a Julia Roberts style Tinkerbell from that amazing piece of my childhood that is the film 'Hook'.

I have to thank my mother for most of the sewing and patterning work on the tunic and shorts, and pretty much all the rest is my own eg all the leaf edging with SO MUCH fray stop, the lacing, the details, the painting & decorating of the dagger, the make up and the wings, most of it pretty new territory for me. The wig is a 'hansel' wig from Arda wigs and the pointy ears are pre painted small pixie ears from Aradani Studios.

I wore this for the first time to London Film and Comic Con this July with another friend as Rufio, and had a fantastic time.
Rumpelteazer - Photography by Ian B, March 2015 by Amanika
Rumpelteazer - Photography by Ian B, March 2015
So from sharing my most recently made costume, Munkustrap, I wanted to share my oldest. Rumpelteazer. This costume originated as my first ever attempt at Cats costuming over eight years ago, with my first ever attempt at painting a unitard and warmers knitted by my Mum! She's been repainted and revamped at least twice since then and I think I finally was happy when I completed the most recent revamp on the costume in October 2013. She's only been worn a couple of times since though and a pre-con photoshoot this weekend was the first time I actually got decent shots of her. All credit for this photograph goes to the wonderful Ian B, he does gorgeous work, so please check out his page, linked below.

With the final revamp, I gave the unitard a final repaint, resulting in it's current very vibrant, busy look, and also replaced the original shoulder fluffies, which are made mostly from frayed organza & other sheer fabrics. I was happy with the look of the original warmers, but not the structure, so I carefully unravelled them and the frogged yarn was reknitted for me into a new set, by Moonkins. The tail also contains yarn reclaimed from the original. And the shoes and wig I've never needed to do any work on. I have replaced the collar, mostly because my skills have moved on since I made the first one (though it was what started me on that path) although the studs are from the exact same pack as the original. Good job it was easier to buy them in bulk! But she really is a recycled, reclaimed Rumpel!

Costume credits:
Blank unitard construction and original fluffies - Belle
Unitard painting and subsequent repaints & refluffying - Myself
Wig: (Still her beautiful original work, made from crepe hair) -  Nanayena
Warmers - Originally knitted by my mother, unravelled and then reknitted by Moonykins
Shoe painting - Myself (This is still the original paintwork)
Custom collar construction (the only thing in this costume to have been entirely replaced multiple times) - Myself
Tail construction (reworked from pieces of the original) - Myself.
Make up - Myself, based on UK designs. Snazaroo water based facepaint, Kryolan Supracolor greasepaint & Barry M Dazzle Dust.
Photograph: Photography by Ian B


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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. ;)

Current Residence: UK
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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maiarcita Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thankss for :+fav:
On Oook Tribute to Terry Pratchett by maiarcita
I really appreciate :iconcocoloveplz: :rose:
Amanika Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
You're welcome. There's not enough Discworld art out there and this is stunning. Been browsing through a lot recently, RIP Sir Terry. X
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!!
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.
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!
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:
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
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:
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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