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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3
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1/80 second
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May 27, 2012, 1:39:38 AM
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X1999 - Flame Dragon by etaru X1999 - Flame Dragon by etaru
I've wanted to make Karen for years since she's probably my favorite character in X/1999, I'm attracted to strong female leads, which are few and far between in the world of CLAMP's boy love.
This outfit in particular was never on my list of things to make and was a sort of personal joking dare. However, when ~Lkon2 agreed to do Nataku for me at Fanime, the joke turned serious and I had to make it out of principle. We ended up with a whole group of various Dragons of Heaven and Earth in the end, which was just a pleasure to shoot with! I'll need more inserts if I'm brave enough to wear this a second time. Never enough.

The PVC corset was loosely patterned by me using an old corset pattern I had laying around and altered with deep red taffeta lining, mostly for show rather than real functionality. The bra cups were made using cut up bra forms with push-up inserts, covered in craft foam spray painted with glitter paint. Never again. Looks lovely in photos, but really impossible to work with for consistent results. The arm and leg buckles were patterned from red PVC, boots pre-owned, and finished with a serged chiffon cape. Wig was a lucky find on Ebay that required only bangs to be cut in. I opted out of her thorn choker because haha, no.

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Karen Kasumi from X/1999 (Justice tarot artwork)
Made and modeled by me
Photo by *ckdecember

See more at Etaru.com!
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:iconjwichmann:
JwichmanN Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
:thumbsup:
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:iconcelaya4ever:
celaya4ever Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So sexy and elegant! Well done! ;)
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconroguejoe:
Roguejoe Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Many other people have said it already, Etaru, but I really must say it again:

I saw this and immediately said aloud "wow!"
The passion and creativity you display with every piece, every detail, including your character's personality and individual flavors are clearly displayed in your best photos. You're daring, talented, fearless, and for the lack of a better way to say it tastefully... Stunning.

Bravo, dear, bravo.

I look forward to seeing your next character creation every time I log on. :D
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Thanks so much, those are really kind and motivational words to hear!
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:iconkyttasama:
kyttasama Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:la:
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SakuraMikage Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Very brave cosplay! Looking great!
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Thank you! Yeah, I took some precautions wearing this. Lots of cosplay bodyguards lol
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:iconsakuramikage:
SakuraMikage Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Good good. I'm glad you had fun. Fanime was quite the rollercoaster of ups and downs for me this year. Still going next year. Sad I missed seeing you and some others too.
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I know, I can't believe we never once ran into each other! ;_; Next time we do masq!
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