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Someone on DA once asked me how I made my blood moon akali mask, and after I drew my akali drawing (Unimpressed Akali), another fellow LoL player asked me how I got the details on the mask. I assume they mean which reference picture did I use. Because…there is a ridiculous amount of discrepancies between the bloodmoon akali costumes (the chinese art and western art … And if that isn’t bad enough, the in-game animation differs slightly too).
In addition, I made a little summary/tutorial on my bloodmoon akali costume but it wasn’t in-dept. So I was thinking of going over it a bit here, for anyone who are wanting to make this cosplay (which there is bound to be someone, given the rise in popularity League of Legends has received in the past 2 years.)
First of all, note some of the discrepancies I highlighted, but are not limited to:
Now, the pattern I based my mask off of is the in-game animation. No idea why I picked this but I did. I also used the same patterns for my akali drawing:
As shown, two white horns. No brown random ass horns. It would have just added extra weight to the costume. However I didn’t want just 1 pair of horns like the western art either. So I chose something…in between I guess.
So I originally purchased a cheapo batman mask from party packagers from Heartland in sauga. Then I put some paper mache over it, after trimming down the ears etc. (The reason i used this batman mask bc the nose was exactly in the shape as akali’s mask (the white mask on the michael’s (craftstore) had human shaped noses…not what I wanted), AND it was $1.98 CAD. Anyway I only used 1 layer of paper mache because I’m not really good with working with it, so after the 1 layer dried…something felt, lacking. So I decided to make paper pulp. Paper pulp will allow me to fill in gaps that paper mache couldn’t. AND it’s easy to make.
Just take some paper (i used paper towel but you can use newspaper or…anything, colored paper). Use a blender you don’t care for to blend (esp if you are using newspaper, bc the print/ink from it will stain the blender). If you don’t want to use a blender, you can soak the papers overnight and pull them apart but I feel like blender is faster/does a better job because it physically breaks up the paper well.
Drain the water. People use a strainer or w/e. I didn’t have one. So I just took a cloth and put the pulp inside…wring ithe water out. Repeat until you have enough pulp for your project…in my case, enough to cover the batman mask.
Mix the pulp in glue. Some people add a joint compound or powdered chalk or whatever… I didn’t have any. But it worked fine with just white glue. I guess it’s not as “clay” mixture as it could have but who cares lol.
Carefully press and push the pulp mixture on the mask. Works best against a flat surface. This is a really good technique I think… because you can actually sculpt and shape detailed structures so you can actually use this to make various masks… (oni masks… or hannya masks like in Blood moon shen, or like ANBU masks for naruto).
Made the horns. Use anything underneath to shape the horn first. I used foam sheets + masking tape so i can shape the horns so that it’s not just ‘straight’…to give it a bit of curviness.
Next is easy. Let everything dry and paint. For the mask… I actually indented some of akali’s mask patterns onto the pulp before it dried completely so that after it dried, it served as a guide for my painting since I freehanded it. Cut one long piece of ribbon (NOT two); poke two holes on the mask; one on each side. I used a nail for this… don’t just jam the nail in – gently poke and screw the nail through the paper. You don’t want to break your project! Next string your ribbon through one side from the OUTside of the mask; using the same end of the string you just used, string it through the hole on the other side of the mask from the INSIDE. That way, you now have the ribbon adjustable to fit your head; because akali’s mask lays on her head at the SIDE, the ribbons will end up being different lengths but this way, you can just adjust for it. Clever huh?
Annnnd that’s it. :P