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NIKON CORPORATION
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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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:iconsakuramikage:
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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:iconsakuramikage:
SakuraMikage Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I was at masq this year. I was a stage ninja for the Yugioh group. No idea what masq plans will be going on next year. Maybe just watching in the audience. xD
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Could very well be for me too, I enjoyed my Sunday with no rehearsals or green room XD
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:iconljimagination:
LJImagination Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Absolutely stunning!
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:iconmasimage:
masimage Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Student Photographer
Fantastic cosplay. You are every red blooded fanboy's dream.
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:iconaigue-marine:
Aigue-Marine Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very sexy! You look great!
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:iconeyon:
eyon Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
.......did the EVER realese the ending to X?
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
In the X movie and the X OVA, but not yet the manga. I made Karen after being motivated by the teaser volume 18.5
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:iconeyon:
eyon Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
.....teaser link?
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
I found it in a Kinokuniya book store, you'd have to Google search for it yourself.
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:iconeyon:
eyon Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
ahh
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:iconmosomenzari:
mosomenzari Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
very hot darling!!! >u<"
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thank you Monica <33
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:iconjarrak:
Jarrak Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Awesome as always, you look fantastic! :w00t:
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:iconthe-wind-the-sea:
the-wind-the-sea Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
You are one sexy woman and this is a gorgeous photo.
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:iconpablour026:
pablour026 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
beautiful cosplay, you look so sexy and cute.
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:iconafiguyx:
AFIguyX Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I love you, nuff said.
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:iconderekashcroft:
DerekAshcroft Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb. Awesome cosplay. :nod:
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:iconbizria:
BiZria Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So fabulous~!
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Thank you darling!
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:icondannsegoshi:
dannsegoshi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Nice cosplay! Is there more?
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:iconetaru:
etaru Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
On my ACP, but I'll soon get the set on my website.
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