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Alphonse Elric Cosplay by rockinrobin Alphonse Elric Cosplay by rockinrobin
I made this last summer, but I never got around to actually taking some high-res close-up photos of it to post haha. So here it is! It was a fun challenge to make and very rewarding to get some great feedback at conventions. :]


for those who are interested in how it's made:
It's mostly made out of craft foam, with cardboard inside for support and extra durability. the round part for the top of the head which also serves as the base that everything is attached to is made of paper mache. and the horn in the front is just cardstock paper. the only glue I used was hot glue, because it hold well and dries almost instantly, which was useful in assembly.

I made the design by first creating a miniature pattern out of paper to figure out how everything would fit together. For example, I had to figure out how the piece with the eyes would overlap and fit underneath the piece above it. Also, figuring out just the right angle and shape of the jaw piece was a challenge and took several tries. Then I made a life-size pattern out of paper to figure out how it would fit on my head, and make sure the eyes would line up properly. I had to tweak the design just a little and move the eyes closer together, because the real Alphonse's eyes are too far apart to properly see out of. Then I used the patterns to cut pieces out of craft foam. Most of the craft foam pieces are actually two pieces of thin foam with cardboard sandwiched in between. The cardboard helps give it shape and durability.

Ones the pieces were complete, I gave everything several coats of primer and paint. (the paint is a metallic blueish green craft-grade acrylic paint) Then I glued the whole thing together. Assembling the whole thing was extremely nerve-wracking, since hot glue is not very forgiving! one slip up could mean having to start over entirely. But luckily I was careful and everything worked out. After the whole thing was assembled, I used black paint and a light metallic color for highlights, grease smudges, and other weathering effects such as small scratches and chips here and there. That's about it!
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Axl-Scott Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student General Artist
i know it's your personal work etc but would it be possible even just as a rough guide for you to make a pattern for this as im interested in making a full alphonse elric cosplay armor included and the helmet is one of the things that im not looking forward to making from scratch 
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Hinata-teh-Lefty Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Wow, awesome awesome awesome job!! I wish I had this kind of dexterity!
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kasinda123 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AH! So perfect! You're talented!
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derpacosplayer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
what primer did u use on this project
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derpacosplayer Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
what primer did u use

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brianwietzman Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
that is... AWESOME!
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diamond-flutist Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Alphonse!

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hsc1993 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Coooooooooooool
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deathweaselx86 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive! I thought it was real aluminum!
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acklaygohome Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That is so cool.
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