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Viriya by vickybunnyangel Viriya by vickybunnyangel
See me in action cosplaying as Homura in this video: [link]

Viriya is the pali term for persistence and energy exertion in Buddhist literature. It is a critical quality for Enlightenment. Homura is all about persistence, and she stops at nothing to achieve her goals. That's part of the reason why I like Homura as a character. She doesn't start off as being very likable, but her tenacity stands out.

Character: Homura Akemi
Photographer: :iconalucardleashed:
Cosplay made entirely by me, and modeled by me

Jack shot this picture with an ethereal feel in mind. I wanted to convey Homura as someone who transcended normal human beings. Her ability to excel at a lot of things, almost makes her seem super human. I think this photo definitely makes me look like a magical girl :3, and Jack caught a bit of motion blur for my spinning shield!

This costume was an interesting project. At first glance it looks easy enough, and technically wise it isn't hard to construct, but I have never worked with to much bias tape trimming before so this project was a great exercise in mitered corners. Because the design is so simple, it was imperative for me to keep everything very clean and well tailored. I love how this turned out, and the colours I chose for the fabrics worked really well.

My time shield is made from wonderflex, craft foam, and gears from a clock I cannibalized.

I custom sharpie dyed a grey wig, to get Homura's dark grey hair colour.

More Photos of Homura
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:iconultrapancake:
UltraPancake Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your cosplay is so good!  Your face really suits Homura well too :3
If you don't mind me asking, where did you buy your wig?  And did you have to cut it to get the right shape for Homura?  I'm trying to put together a Homu cosplay too and I'm having trouble finding a good wig.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Late reply is late...I'm like never on deviantart ;_; the wig was purchased from Fantasy Sheep many years ago and it was a grey colour that I darkened with sharpie ink to dark grey. The wig had some trimming but I didn't have to do a lot.
Thanks for checking out my cosplay!
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GingaBishounen Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Love all of your Homura cosplay photos, it's difficult to pick a favorite! The spinning shield is a nice touch too :)
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you for stopping by! I love the spinning shield too :D
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JayHang Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing! :)
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MikiKimio Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PERFECT HOMURA COSPLAYER! All i have to say here.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Thank you so much for one of the best compliments a cosplayer can receive :heart:
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MikiKimio Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome >u<
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AkemiYukimura Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Congradulations for winning to cosplay portion of the Homura contest at :iconpuella-magi-fc:! You really did such a fantastic and lovely job portraying Homura! Keep up the good work!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
FOR REAL?! Wow that is such an honour! Thank you so much for choosing me :heart: out of all the wonderful Homura cosplayers.
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aokamei Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OH MY. You make the perfect Homura...!!//// ; 7 ;

Everything is just really stunning.
AJSKGLSJ THE SHIELD IS SPINNING TOO-- :iconeyezoomfojlplz:

HNNGG and are those purple contacts I see?! :icontearplz:
TOO COOL. <333
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you so much! You're too kind Yes, they're purple contacts :)
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dbrloveless Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012
This is gorgeous! The model, composition, everything! :heart: I love it :iconinloveplz:
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for enjoying my Homura cosplay! :D I tried hard to portray her well, so your comment is very appreciated
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lyeric Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
The lighting make this look so surreal. It's amazing. I hope to have beautiful pictures like yours someday.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart: Your Arthas photos look pretty ethereal as well :). You're so brave to pose in the snow
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DeltaRee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Your Homura cosplay is beautiful, and the spinning shield just makes it perfect! C:
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahhh thank you so much for the amazing compliment *o*. Yeah I had to have a spinning shield. I didn't know how to make one at first, but I had to make it happen.
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DeltaRee Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! ^w^
And you did a great job on it in the end!
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mikuen-drops Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
You make a great Homura! *O*
In fact, I love your Homura very much! The not too cute, not too gar - everything in between to convey the strength that she held through all the timelines.
More Puella Magi love yay :D
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for commenting! You are too kind ^_^
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pohcbSonic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THUMBS UP.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
^^
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pohcbSonic Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
=)
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fabiSm Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
such a beautiful shot!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:) thanks!
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fabiSm Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
my pleasure!
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Most of the anime was in the dark or in a..weird place (not sure if that even covers it ^^; )

But etherial works too. I think I do this type of shoot too much though (bright background, cosplay evenly lit), especially my outdoor-ish shots ^^;
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just wanted to look like all the other pretty asian cosplayers with overblown white backgrounds for once. K? K? T____T why can't I have nice things like that too?


But I agree. Katsucon is too "nice" of a venue for the darker Madoka sets. :P
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Because you never shoot with me? :please: :lmao: :rofl: :lmao:

Sure seems that way. Even from photographers who don't edit their shots, the general lighting seems to allow them to get away with it....mostly. ( still think many photos need a bit of improvement....not over-photoshoping, but a few minor edits )
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
@#^*&!^*)! I know! Why is that?

Jack made this one all faded and bright like that on purpose...I'm not sure if he's being clever/witty/or making some kind of subtle photo commentary XD
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Because you never get close to California~ >P (or specifically the Bay Area)

Subtle photo commentary? :?
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
psh right back at you. You never come up to Toronto Canada :P
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BlizzardTerrak Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm in college. You got a job! >P
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alucardleashed Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
We've got a wedding to save up for, bills to pay. Life truly begins once you're out of school.

I haven't seen any of these ethereal shots you were referring to, can you link me to some? I've only been seeing your FB posts, so it's possible I may have missed others that didn't make it there.

Also, considering how bright the background lighting is, it wouldn't make much sense if this photo had normal contrast and clarity, hence the slightly faded look. Even if I were to use another lighting source (ie: reflector, diffused flash), there'd be a different quality of foreground light that's certainly not as soft and gentle, compared to what's available. In this case, I felt less is more. :)
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Xiaros Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
nice :)
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
I love how your prop is spinning in this picture*o*
Lovely photo and costume!~:heart:
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
spin spin spin! weeee!

Thank you <3
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Yuuri-C Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Hehe xD you're welcome!:tighthug:
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
It's spinning o.o Jack took such a great photo of you!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
IKR?! I can entertain myself for a few minutes just spinning that thing XD. Thanks!
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Yuuri-K Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
haha, you're welcome :la:
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oOMewCookieOo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a really great job with the wig. c: It's just the right Homu colour.
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much ^_^ It was nice to meet you this past weekend in person too!
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m-squaredphotography Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great job :iconalucardleashed: capturing the movement in the shield!

:iconvickybunnyangel: We're very impressed with the level of careful detail you've put into a relatively simple cosplay. Custom sharpie dying a grey wig shows real dedication to detail!
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for commenting m-squared! I like to try my best, that's all I can say :D
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cloudy12 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
I love your Homura and all the photos you've uploaded so far =D
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vickybunnyangel Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you so much *hugs*
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Koizuki Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the spinning effect, with the blur providing a sense of motion.
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