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A Study in Black by curiousMigo A Study in Black by curiousMigo
First picture of a new cosplay: Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance.

Raistlin: Me

photo by my devoted little elven subject :iconmondlied:

(Still working on a perfekt shade of gold for Raistlin's magical skin.)
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A Study in Black by curiousMigo ( Suggested by Wen-Astar and Featured by pullingcandy )
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Jasryn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
If this happens to be actors dressed up, then please send me your email and where do you actually live?

I happen to have real White Robes, and a staff, and other items I use for LARPing Dragonlance.  This picture would've been a lot better if Raistlin was holding my spellbook, which is midnight blue covered with metal runes :)
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thank you. We're life roleplayers as well. :D

Sometimes. Most of the time we are cosplayers. ;)

The spellbook sounds great, but I guess we won't get to do larp together as we live in Europe. I envy you for having Dragonlance Larp.
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Jasryn Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
EUROPE?~!?!?!

You mean you actually get to LARP in actual CASTLES!?!?!?!
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
Yes. And as we live in Germany we have basically castles (at least their ruins) everywehre. ;)
So we rarely have a lack of locations.
And those castles which are used as youth hostles are often booked out for LARPS during the summer months weekends. Alas, those LARP-conventions are expensive and so most of your LARPS are booked on camping sites, which are, due to their nature, much cheaper. :D

BTW: We have a castle ruin close to my home and an old shaft tower of a silver mine from the 18th century also in the same area. But the shaft tower actually radiates a really creepy aura. We wanted to take Dragonlance pictures there, but both of us felt watched for some reason we couldn't recall later. It was quite eerie and we went away, because the place is fucking haunted. I'm still sure it is. 
So we have our own Tower of Palanthas right there. ;)
Ist terribly sad hat we live in such different corners of the world. :cry:
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Jasryn Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
OH....COOL!!!!  Take photos of the Tower!!!!!

And, if you've been keeping up, the Tower of Palanthas has been transported by Dalamar to Nightlund (so I guess it's now the Tower of Nightlund) and the Orders have separated into distinct groups.

The Tower of Wayreth is now the exclusive domain of the Red Robes,
the Tower of Istar is run by the Black Robes,

leaving the Tower of Nightlund for the White Robes to locate and refurbish as their new Headquarters....

I really, really wish I could fly out to Germany to film this and LARP with you guys!!!!  I can get decked out as a mean Palin, or my own character, Palin's apprentice, Jasryn Storm
(and Jasryn just happens to be a young Silver Dragon who was trapped in human form by an evil Black Robe during the War of the Lance...and, he just learned he's NOT a human boy, just RAISED as a human kid!)
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Kaelhiar Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful cosplay! :heart:
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Thank you very much. :D
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pullingcandy Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Thank you so much. :)
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nosuku-k Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
When I looked at your work, without reading the caption, I immediately thought...... "He is Raistlin!!".Love +fav
WONDERFUL!!
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Thank you so much. ♥
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ChaosAurion Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Is this your first DD?
SO GOOD FOR A START! Definitely need that correct gold shade. Think his hair should be longer and more flowy. For your next shots you should refer to some cover arts, and ALSO do some red robed versions.
The below are simply suggestions.

Check out all the covers that feature Raistlin(There's more but its already a wall of text):
dragonlance.vanhardeveld.com/l…
d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/…
www.turnthepagebooks.com/shop_…

Overall go more:
www.deviantart.com/art/Raistli…     (Robes would be more embellished like yours)
4.bp.blogspot.com/-cN63RfiuDE0…    (Less Nick-cage-ey, brighter hair)
farm6.staticflickr.com/5544/10…   (Look surly as fuck constantly. Like waking up from a huge hangover while sick with multiple virus)


and less
farm5.staticflickr.com/4081/48…
fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/201…
cosplayers.acparadise.com/3694…

But to keep in mind the #1 rule of Raistlin:
twinenigma.deviantart.com/art/…
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Thank you for so many tips. I guess I have a lot of inspiration now. :)
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:iconchaosaurion:
ChaosAurion Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Just love that character, one of the most well wrote
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darkapprentise Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Raistlin! Yes! This is awesome! Favorite character from my number one favorite fantasy series. 
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
:D
Thank you.
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darkapprentise Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
you`re welcome
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calico62 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
8) coooolll
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
Thank you. :lol:
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Mcreation4102 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg i just love raistlin very nice cosplay.
you saying your still working in his skin color, i would sugget not going too gold, 
try going with something like this ilustration
www.1zoom.net/Fantasy/wallpape…
a light cold gold tint that shine in the light.
i just love the robe, amazing
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Thank you so much. :love: 
And thanks for the advice.
You're right. that's exactly what we try to achive. We tried pure gold powder at first. It looked ... well ... horrific. ^^
This we mixed it with light make-up and used the gold powder sparingly. It looks much better in normal day light but I have to keep in mind that next time we make pictures with dim light, I can add a little more gold, because it didn't show in the pic.
Maybe that's okay like this, though. He doesn't sparkle after all.
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Mcreation4102 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeahh it looks good the process you are going, to make his skin, really i think of it mor like a sheen than a glow or sparkle, is something that a torch or fire would acentuate, but maybe not as much the sunlight, iam african descendent, a bit like brazilian skin tone, and i think a skin tone like mine,, with some light gold powder would make the result, and as he already have whithe hair it darknes the skin even more.
good work ;P
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Yes, that sounds good. :D
And during a recent photo session at daylight we found out that the black hood shades the face a lot and makes it look even more sombre and sinister. :fuzzydemon:
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robson666 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist
congratulations to the well deserved Daily Deviation
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Thank you very much. :)
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hotbento Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Oooh Raistlin <3<3<3<3<3
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Chrysania is that you? ;)
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hotbento Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
=/).(\= no... I mean... well... 
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
:rofl:

*Deep sonorous voice*: "So you found your way to my tower, Revered Daughter. Welcome ..."
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hotbento Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
*timid steps* no... I mean... well... maybe... I just (can't remember what she said here cause I read the book so many years ago) was passing by while I saw your tower and ... I... *blushes and tries to run away*
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Wen-Astar Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Writer
Do I know that robe? It looks way better than in the original ;)
Wasn't it uncomfortable, having the staff between chair and table?
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Yes, I've got the feeling, you might know it. :lol:

Now it has a velvet collar and some pretty pieces of braid. Yes, you know that red velvet too. :rofl: 
The mage owes you something. ;)
Only the best quality blackrobes for Master Raistlin, you know?

The staff, however, didn't trouble me. But we couldn't get a good shot of it in combination with a natural pose. Its one or two heads taller then me. Nice to walk around with at a con but not good to handle in a room. When we make outdoor pictures, we'll have a better view on the wizard's staff with a knob at the end. :lol:
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Wen-Astar Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Writer
The wizard's staff has a knob at the end, has a knob at the end, and it's long and sharp and ...

Actually, by the usual length of wizard's staffs, I gather they all got taught in gothic churches. Not even the rooms in the most castles are high enough to accomodate these long silly things. Also, when too long, they are not all that practical in a fight - they just get in the way of everything. I usually keep to comfortable 120 centimeters of staff, if needed.
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
WORD!
One could think most mages need to ... uh ... compensate ... something.

I still remember these DSA Staff spells on a belt because a belt is way more practical. This particular mage didn't need a compensation of any sorts. :D
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Wen-Astar Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Writer
Oh, the horror! Was that belt made of redoak wood? Connected by magical metals? No? Then it had no business being an object of magic in the Official DSAiversum(TM) as seen by frothing-at-the-mouth hardcore fans.

Of course, I like that idea very much. For reasons above I just can't copy it ... :D

Actually, I think nobody in D&D ever thought much about the practicability of these staves - they just introduced them because they looked stylish. Erm... Dragonlance is a D&D module, is it? (g,d,r)
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
:rofl:

Blessed age of first or second edition. Nobody cared. :D

Yes, Dragonlance is D&D based. I'm not quite sure if that means more freedom.
Style IS definitely the most important criteria for fantasy clothing in general.
Why do I now think about the tough guide to fantasyland?
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Wen-Astar Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Writer
Because great minds think alike. Does the Guide actually have an entry on Staves? I can't remember anymore.
Actually, sometimes lack of style looks like the main criterium for fantasy clothing. All those silly tunics and robes. Which tunic? A dalmatica? Why not use the word? Which robe? A ball gown or a monk's habit? All these nice descriptive words, and nobody uses them anymore. Waaaah! 
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Valerya713 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
No, he certainly didn't! (Not in my fanfic, anyway, lol!)

I really, REALLY like this and I am uber-picky about Raistlin (although I do love many different artistic interpretations). He is the fictional love of my life after all ;) 

You have perfect hands for him, and the best face I've seen so far in a cosplay, at least from that angle. I like that the wig is white, but not "anime white". I go back and forth on whether he should have bangs or not, but it looks good here. The props are great, too, especially the teapot. I can totally see that in Dragonlance.

Good luck with the skin. That's a tough aspect to get right. I'm looking forward to seeing this develop!
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Aww. Thank you. :blush:

When I tried the make-up for the first time, I looked like I was cosplaying the trophy of the Academy Awards. At the third try my Dalamar mixed it with normal make-up and then it started having the right shimmer without having one look like a brass statue. :D

With "bangs" you mean the styling of the wig? We're still not completely happy with it. But it definitely has the look of the (horrific) eighties hairstyle they all have in the original art. :lol:

No, you're right. Raistlin-Darling doesn't need to compensate ... that. I've also written fanfiction. *Cough cough* ;)
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Valerya713 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, "bangs"= "fringe" depending on where you're from - shorter above the eyes instead of all one length. I've seen him depicted both ways and it can often look good either way. I think your wig looks better than some of the original art, actually! Wow - the eighties...

I always imagined Raistlin's skin to be somewhat sallow/olive-toned and faintly shimmery as opposed to blatantly metallic. Like it would look odd up close but you wouldn't see him glowing from down the street. Seems like you're on the right track mixing the gold with regular make-up. Wow, I wish I had my own Dalamar :)

Fanfic - omg! If they ever invent holosuites (like in Star Trek) I will spend the majority of my life with Raistlin and Dalamar in the Tower at Palanthas. I would go back to school for a tech degree just so I could write that program!
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
So you know Dragonlance AND Star Trek well enough to know holosuites. :love: (I love DS9. :D) If you invent the program, tell me! I'd love to use it too.

A Dalamar is a very useful creature. Everyone should have one. :lol:
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KormyraSekyria Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow nice cosplay, the photo looks like an illustration, good work! =D
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curiousMigo Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Thank you very much. :D
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