Debuted: February 2015
It's easy to say Gnar was a popular and well-loved character when he was first released. I thought he was just the cutest and so silly and fun, so I decided to cosplay him!
This was my first time working with fur. It was impossible for me to find orange and blue fur where I lived so I had to dye it. After trying to find cheap ways to dye fur, I finally landed on the acrylic paint method. I mixed acrylic paint with water and started dying. To get the look I wanted, I had to slowly pour the dye on the fur rather than soak it. I didn't want to blue and orange to mix. There was a lot of brushing involved. I had to continuously check on the fur as it dried and brush through it so it wouldn't clump.
I drew out the bottom of the skull and boomerang on cardboard and then sprayed the foam on. After hours of drying came hours of carving. Carving the skull was probably the trickiest. I had to put a mound of expanding foam on the cardboard and then free hand shape everything. Later I added 3 cardboard bases onto the back and applied foam to create the cross bones.
The ears are made from cardboard and wrapped in fur. Attaching all the pieces to a headband in a way that would support it was definitely tricky. I had never made such a large headpiece before either. This costume definitely had a lot of firsts for me. I attached everything using a lot of different glue and then attached a bunch of bobby pins to the headband so that it's better hold/stay in place. That seemed to work well.
The tail was also a first for me! Making the tail wasn't too difficult. It was a pretty basic shape and easy to sew and stuff. Attaching the tail around me without showing the rigging was where most the work went. In the end I sewed a ribbon into the tail and then cut a small hole in the back of the skirt for the ribbon to go through so I could tie it around me.
I used the duct-tape method to create a pattern for the top. The skirt was mostly free-handed when it comes to the pattern. I decided to leave all the edges raw and sealed it with Fray Check to keep from fraying. The top and skirt was made from faux suede. At the last minute, I decided the top needed a little something extra so I flipped around the suede fabric to use the wrong side and attached that to the top.
The leaves were made out of the same material as the top and skirt, just in a different color. I free-handed the pattern for the leaves (there's two different leaf shapes I used). Then I just attached all the leaves around a craft foam band I made to fit me.
For the leg warmers and cuffs, I simply wrapped the fur around me, cut, duplicated it so I'd have one for the other side, and then sewed it all together. Those were pretty easy to make.
What was made?
Top. Skirt. Ears & headpiece. Necklace. Arm cuffs & leg warmers. Tail. Prop.
What was bought?
Editor: Arlena Fae