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Samsara by vickybunnyangel Samsara by vickybunnyangel
Character: Homura Akemi
Source: Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Cosplay made and modelled by Me

Samsara is the continuous flow of life, time - an endless cycle. It is the cycle in which beings are trapped in to forever die and be reborn again until the day we reach our nirvana.

I spent a lot of time tailoring my Homura costume and making sure the proportions for the collar, triangle things, skirt length, etc. are right. With such a simple costume design, it's a lot harder to hide imperfections.

Homura's hair is a dark greyish black, and not jet black, so I took a dark grey wig and dyed it with a bit of purplish black sharpie dye to darken it a bit to get Homura's hair colour. You can't really see it in this photo, but other photos of Homura the wig photographs more grey than black.

My hand gem was done last minute using paperclay mounted onto craft foam. I didn't have time to cast it out of resin, but I think my quick solution still looks pretty good.

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:iconlameninja:
lameninja Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
this is so gorgeous. Great shot :D
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much *_* :heart:
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:iconawalmine:
awalmine Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awesome.. look like you making some seal.. XD
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Exactly! :D I think it suited the character really well
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awalmine Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
maybe if you edit it more glowing (the seal).. it could be more fun.. hehehe.. XD
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lateonomen Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
Love this picture.
As I've said before, you make great Homura.
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much, Lateonomen! :)
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paper-stars Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You make such a wonderful Homu-chan. :heart:

The composition of the photo and with the way you're posing just reminds me of the saints that have halos around their heads in old Christian Renaissance art. So, you look super saintly! I think it's fitting.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw thank you! Hahaha that was my secret theme for all my Homura photos. Madoka is god, and she's a saint :P
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paper-stars Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohohoho! Well don't I feel clever... /is shot

It really does suit well, though! *_*
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Dessi-Desu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Homura is so tragically beautiful ;~; You do such a wonderful job portraying her. I also love the photographer's choice in using the carpet in the Gaylord as a clever backdrop.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you so much for the awesome comment! I looooove that carpet
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KohimeBashiri Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
This image is so wonderful! It looks great and you look gorgeous! Very inspiring <3
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you so much for the kind words! :heart:
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MiyuHimekawa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome pose!!
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's definitely an interesting background
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octomobiki Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
holy awesome.
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^
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tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why are you so awesome? :D Clearly I need to get cracking on a new Madoka costume at some point.... I think I could manage to bring her school uniform over the border.... but I'm not too sure about Godoka <3333 I just really love this shot though, it's so Homura :D
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oooo that would be fantastic! Still kind of bummed we missed each other in our Madoka outfits at Katsu, but that's the way the cookie crumbles I guess.

Also thank you :heart:
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tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Me too.... :[ But, I know there will be other opportunities! Cons get so crazy that even when you plan things, they don't always work out. At least we got to see WCS together. In retrospect, I should have put Madoka on instead. :(
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
But you were cute and comfy in Sakura! So it's all good :D
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tokidoki-loki Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I knooooooow XD One of these days though! :D
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august-fehrmont Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a really cool angle, very nice!
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :D
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x-mywishingstar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
This is an absolutely gorgeous, gorgeous shot! I'm not familiar with the character, but the backdrop does a fantastic job of bringing out the purples in the uniform as well. Not to mention it's a beautiful picture of you!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you for the kind words! Much luff for you :heart: :heart:
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x-mywishingstar Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Good, I earned the love. I said the nice words, now be nice to me forever. -cackles- The evil plan worked!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh dear >.>
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x-mywishingstar Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Evil Cait takes over! But still means the positive things she says! <333
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pohcbSonic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=)
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The-Cosplay-Scion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
As usual Vicky you and your costume look absolutely amazing!

Was this particular photo your idea or Kevin's? I know Kevin is really good at finding and using backgrounds so I was just curious (I did one photoshoot with him where he ran around finding paintings and making me stand in certain ways in front of them so they worked as killer backdrops)
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!:3 This time it was my idea since Kevin had no idea who my character was. He made it work really well! I made him stand up, crouch down, then get on his belly to shoot. What a trooper photog eh? Kevin is awesome
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The-Cosplay-Scion Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
He can be insane to shoot with. A lot of the shoots I've done with him he's had to climb on things to get certain shots of me because I'm so tall! Actually one of the first shoots I ever did with him he climb a tree with his camera to get a shot of me in a different tree XD
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x-mywishingstar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
^^ I remember this! Kevin is cray cray! (And that's why we love him, yes?)
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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
thats pretty cool... I like the. stunning piece..
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
Amazing job on the outfit! You look so pretty in it c:
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you so much ^o^
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012
you're welcome~
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Koizuki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's quite a dreamy Homura there.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
;D thank you!
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's very hard to find a (clean) carpet with interesting designs for me to do a shoot like this....

....also, I keep forgetting to bring a step-ladder ^^;
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's why you should come to Katsucon - where the carpets look like they've been vacuumed every 5 minutes :P
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Seriously? :?

(urk...in a few years X__X; )
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PaXingCai Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very lovely shot and good use of the carpet :)
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:iconvickybunnyangel:
vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I kept thinking all year of how to utilize that awesome carpet XD. Carpets in Canada are fugly.

I saw that you guys used it too.
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PaXingCai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I don't think I was even in that hallway this con _-_ Maybe different carpets but not the cool star ones unless Carleen or Sara used them while I was somewhere else. I think Katsu has the nicest carpets of all the ones I've seen as Ohayocon and Otakon have nasty carpets too >_<
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ohh yeah it was Sara's Sayaka I saw there. I wasn't sure if the rest of your Madoka group went or not.
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PaXingCai Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Nah I ended up changing out of mine after lunch and we really only did some outdoor pics :) Hopefully they will come out nice after all the freezing and everything. I'm a bit worried my being sick will show through but we shall see.
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