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Inspired by Alanna the Lioness from Tamora Pierce's books.
'The first adventure' is the book that made me fall in love with reading. I have such a clear memory of reading the end section where Alanna and Jonathan are defeating the Ysandir, I forgot to breath I was so excited.
Needless to say Ive been wanting to create something Alanna-esque for many a year now.
P.S Yes, That is the Master Sword

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This may only be my opinion, but I can tell just from looking this particular costume involved more time, effort, and creative vision than 90% of all other costumes, and here's why:

Cosplaying as a film character is a big undertaking (and I know because I've been there!), but there are images to look at, patterns to go from, and fabrics to match to the original color. When you get stuck, you go back and watch the movie or series to be inspired all over again, and you remember how the shoulders look on that jacket, or how the wig should be styled. And you do your best to mirror it while making it your own.

But portraying a literary character is a whole different animal altogether. You start with the descriptions found in the book (having read the series myself, I know that this character has purple eyes and red hair) but unless there's a 3 page description of the clothing (which there is NOT) you have to start from scratch.

And that can be a difficult process, full of an overwhelming amount of decisions to make. What material do you choose? Do you go with the easiest to work this? Or the most home-spun looking? Or do you make it shiny? What style of shoes? How does she wear her hair? At what point in the books do you portray your character? At the begninning? At the end?

I suppose you glean information and images from past eras, of other swordmen and knights. You find out all you can about this series and its country's history. You think about how she feels about certain things... how she stands, or lunges to attack; how she binds her breasts and fights harder and faster than her peers, just to be treated like an equal.

And all of this desicion making and thinking and planning comes together seamlessly, right here. All the research. The artistic vision. The purposeful stance of the model. (Good golly, even her AGE seems appropriate)

That being said -- and remember, this is just an opinion -- this is the most perfect piece of costuming I think I've ever seen. The boots! The bracers! The trim! Her hair! And I think my faovrite part of all: the neckline. She really leaps out of the pages and comes to life. I read those books well over a decade ago, and seeing this made all of those memories come right back to me.

I have only one critique, and that is I wish a sturdier leather had been used for the belts. I dislike that the one going across her chest is being scrunched and pulled down. I also wish that the bottom of her tunic had been reinforced with another layer of fabric so that it didn't appear so sheer.

Other than those small details though, she looks ready to join a movie set and kick some real ass :) This is definitely going on my favorites list, and now its got me thinking about other literary characters I could bring to life!
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inpixelation Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015
The tunic is lovely. Did you make it?
faestock Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Professional Photographer
hi, no i bought it from
SilverWynd Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the stock I have used it here:…
fuguestock Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this series of shoots! The look is just perfect for a serious swordswoman.
faestock Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you :highfive:
mnykskr Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, I used this stock in here => [link] I hope you like it. ^^
faestock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you for using my stock :heart:
Avogel57 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I like your footwork in these =)
TwistedSynapses Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
These are fantastic!
It's amazing how visibly your personality changes between the characters you take on. Always a new character. :)
faestock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you
Kiss-Me-KAS Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
Yeeeee one of my favorite written characters of all time!
faestock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
Cataclysm-X Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
amazing, just what I needed!! Thank you so much for sharing these!
faestock Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Great, my pleasure
BioWorkZ Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I hope you take it as a compliment. But has anyone ever told you that you remind them of Kristen Stewart?
faestock Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
once or twice :)
BioWorkZ Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very cool.
wraith2099 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are simply phenomenal. :0
faestock Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
MataHari22 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013
I cannot tell you how much I love this new series! I'm going to end up having almost all of them in my faves, and I cannot wait to work with them. You have outdone yourself with this Alanna series, and that, is hard to do, because your stock is always amazing. I've not read these books that your character is based on, but you clearly convey the strength, beauty and conviction she has. Well done! And thank you, for sharing your gift with us. :hug:
faestock Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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