Homestuck wasn’t something I thought I’d get into as much as I have. It was one of those series that was super popular but I never really got, until I sat down and gave the whole thing a read, and I pretty much got hooked from there. Kanaya is my favorite troll out of the bunch; I wanted the chance to make some of her fantastic outfits. The first on that list being the red dress she wears.
I’ll start this off by first saying I didn’t make the horns. I bought them from the lovely lambentworld. She does amazing crafting work, you should check out her page.
The dress itself is slightly modified from its original design. From the way that its drawn, the collar looks similar to a mandarin collar. But the dress pattern I wanted to use was based off of a vintage style dress with a larger collar. I took a bit of artistic liberties and went with that instead. I generally try and stick closer to the source material rather then embellishing, but I loved the pattern so much I stuck with that.
The pattern I used was newlook 0110 . I thought it suited the style that she would go for, and how the dress seems in the series. The stripped type pattern she has was painted on. I made sure to draw the design on first, mask it off with painters tape and then used Tulip Fabric Paint to paint on the design. It’s not a difficult process just tedious. You need to make sure you paint in layers, and wait for the paint to dry before moving on. But it created a really nice result and I was happy with it. I used the same process on the collar, cutting fabric out of the same red then painting over it, so I could get it to match the stripped color.
The belt was reused from an old waist belt I had sitting
around. The logo on it is just craft foam. Though I would probably seal and
find a way to make sure it won’t just easily crumple. It stayed on, but when I
was sitting/moving my body would constantly bump against it.
|The dress with all accessories but makeup and tights.|
I decided rather then paint my arms I made myself some quick armsocks. There’s a lot of really wonderful tutorials out there on how to make them, mine are a little more simple, because I was wearing gloves already, I didn’t need to make finger holes in mine. I took a pair of tights, matching the ones I used on my legs, and attached each leg on an arm hole, doing a quick stitch to keep them in place on the sleeves. Then cut off the ends so I could pull my arms through. Super simple and it was one last thing I had to worry about painting.
My face with painted with Ben Nye White face paint. Again, there’s a ton of tutorials out there how to do it, but I’ll go over my own process. Since I was going for her as a rainbow drinker I needed a very white, clean face. Getting that shade of white with just the Ben Nye is a little difficult. The facepaint has a habit of being a bit translucent, so you need to paint it in layers.
My first step is to prime my face like I normally would with
regular makeup, moisturizer and then primer to keep my face looking smooth and
to hold the makeup better. I take a makeup sponge and rub the first layer on my
face. From there I just keep building up. You don’t want to just rub the makeup
on your face once you start getting the layers on, other wise you’re just
pushing it around/off your face. After a while you’re going to want to work a
patting technique, so it smooth’s how the makeup looks on your face. When I was
applying the white paint I made sure to put it anywhere that might show; my
neck, under my jaw and the back of my neck. After applying the paint, I use the
Ben Nye White Powder. The powder helps set the makeup and keeps your face from
looking shiny. I went with white instead of translucent because it gives a stark
white look. The translucent works better when you have different colors on your
face, but I want a super white look. It also can help even out any makeup that
might look a bit smudged. After adding the powder I add on any little details I
want, stuff like eyeliner, eye shadow, contorting and lipstick. For this
instead of actual black lipstick I just used black eyeliner for my lips. Adding
the little details helps make your features stand out against all the white on
my face. After putting on the paint, you'll need to highlight your eyebrows as well. I just took a eyeliner pencil and filled them in over the makeup.