Not too long ago I posted a request for inspiration I posted about an upcoming Masquerade Ball that I need a new costume for. (Well, I don’t NEED a new costume – rather I WANT a new costume.. since this group of people have already seen most of my existing costumes…) I wasn’t really sure which direction I wanted to go in, so I headed to the fabric store and hoped for some inspiration!
I was up in Edmonton and headed to Marshall’s fabrics. I’ve been there once before and wasn’t too impressed with the organization of the shop – but the prices were ok. This time around I felt the same – I found great fabric – but only in one colour… (or at least I couldn’t find it in other colours…) or fabrics were in the entirely wrong sections – and some sections seemed to be entirely random.
Still though, I found some fabric which got me started…
So, starting off with some inspiration images…
Please click on the images for the original source – no copyright infringement intended, using only for reference and research purposes.
|From the Statue Forum
“He was usually portrayed as a half human, half jackal, or in full jackal form wearing a ribbon and holding a flail in the crook of its arm. The jackal was strongly associated with cemeteries in ancient Egypt, since it was a scavenger which threatened to uncover human bodies and eat their flesh. The distinctive black color of Anubis did not have to do with the jackal but with the color of rotting flesh and with the black soil of the Nile valley, symbolizing rebirth.” – From SpinSerpent
From the Closed Heart
An amazing costume in photos…
Check out this series of photos illustrating the build of an amazing costume from the wire-frame headpiece to the illuminated ankh that the player will carry. I LOVE this illuminated ankh – and this part (unlike the mask) might actually be attainable! – Check out Wolftronix
From Gratz Industries
|An actual costume this time!Clearly not something I’ll be making for myself for this time around, but a great jumping off point!
See below for a different view of the same costume! Or click here for yet another!
From Demmi Goddess
|This photo gives a LOT more detail of the top of the costume, which is fantastic!The mask looks fantastic – the ears are slightly striped in texture (as though golden ribbon has been laid into a curved ear, the eyes are outlined in gold, and the nose is shaped just like a canine nose. Really excellent work!The headpiece goes over the head and comes down on either side – The shape of this is really distinct – and something important to replicate I think to get the right look. In this case it’s black fabric with golden (lame?) fabric stripes cut and sewed onto the black fabric.There is a collar – a golden (lame) curve trimmed on either side of the curve with golden ribbon-braid, and then a different gimp-like braid down the collar for decoration. There are also golden coins with blue beads hanging from the collar.The triangle top is just as described above – with the same ribbon-braid and gimp-braid to decorate and trim it.The cape is sheer and dotted.The staff has a large ankh on the top..Cleopatra’s foam headdress is also fantastic!
It looks like Anubis may have originally had a white costume! (The mask definitely looks the same.) Another shot here. And yet another! So photogenic!
Just a few links
These are nice photos and all, but don’t really add a lot to my overall inspiration board. Still – they might come in handy!
- A glossy black and gold statue on the Lost tv forum.
- A photo of a huge statue in Seattle (to celebrate the King Tut exhibit). Another photo of the same statue in Vienna. And London.
- A bunch of really cool Anubis tattoos – unfortunately you can’t see the larger images without a membership…
- Really beautiful illustration – though I don’t think it’s useful inspiration – though I do love the idea of the half-mask.
- Another amazing illustration – I like the use of green and purple with this one – though I think that black, gold, and blue will probably read better…
- Anubis vs. Batman. Awesome.
- A little statue, but it doesn’t add anything to my list – it’s just pretty. (It does use red along with white and blue for the costume, which is nice too…)
|Speaking of the shape of that headpiece, BakuraGirl has a great sketch with a fantastic idea – cut outs. (For the shoulders)She also illustrates a snake on the top of the head, and golden paint around the eyes.More photos on her page show a work-in-progress of the mask – using wire and tape for the initial shape of the head, followed by paper mache, and foam for the ears.|
While searching around, I found this really awesome mask/helmet from a Sci-Fi series that used an Anubis-like character, and I really love the decorative elements contained within the texture of the helmet. (Fans/fronds, scarabs, etc) I thought that having some decorative elements included in my research would be important and useful too.
From Blingdom of god
|This doesn’t really seem to fall into the same category for inspiration – a ring…BUT… I am thinking this might be a neat way to make the ‘mask’ – base it off a tiara/crown versus basing it off the mask.. This might make more sense in my head than on ‘paper’.|
From the Atomic Think Tank
|Ok, moving back to illustration…I am adding this one in because of the colours and decorations more than anything else…
|An amazing illustration
From Dark Natasha
|Another fabulous illustrationI really love the details on this one.
So I’ve got my inspiration…
… more posts to come! Follow the Masquerade Ball Category for where I go from here!