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Journal Entry: Fri Jul 18, 2014, 7:21 PM


G'day everyone!

As previously mentioned, I won the Perth heat for the Madman National Cosplay Championships - whcih means in November I will be representing the state in the finals. I am currently working on an epic cosplay to suit that - it is taking pretty much all of my free time (I'm not kidding) because I want to enter something that I am proud of and has pushed me to the brink of what I think I can do - and then a few steps more.

I'm not going to say much about my final entry, except that the code name is "The White One", and it has a lot of individual pieces and detail. It's a little like figuring out a puzzle - especially since I want the cosplay to be able to do a few things.

Anyway, I did promise you videos from my preliminary heat, so here they are!

The Highlights


The Performance
(Mine starts at about 5:24 mark)


So... now to create something "big" (why did I say that?!)


Senior Status

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 13, 2014, 5:31 AM


So this happened...

Seniority Announcement - July 2014
This article marks the latest additions to the dizzy height of Senior members in our community. With just over 1000 deviants holding the highly saught after Senior Member accolade -- it's clearly a moment that deserves recognition.
:faq29:
So what does it take to become a Senior? That's a question many have asked and have never really been able to get a straight answer on. Some have gained Seniority as a thank you for their time spent as a Volunteer, or to recognise their contribution to a particular project or collaborative action. Some have gained Seniority because of their community spirit, providing help and assistance to many other deviants and taking time out to promote the work of others in the community. 
Some people have received Seniority because of their artistic endevours, having a positive influence on their peers by sharing resources, providing constructive criticism and by being a voice that stands out


I was certainly not expecting it - thank you to Elandria and anyone else that nominated me to receive such an amazing honour.

Looks like I need my walking stick!

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In other news, I am super busy at the moment between full time work, making an EPIC cosplay (and trust me, this is the most challenging project I've ever tackled), organising a wedding, doing normal house stuff... and trying not to get sick *cough**cough* - not succeeding on the last one :(

Not sure when the next change I will get to do stock - I am hoping to at least do some portrait shots in the near future. Any ideas?

- Kirilee

Feeling a little over the moon at the moment...

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 21, 2014, 7:25 AM


G'day everyone!

I thought I would share my good news with you.

Today I entered into the Western Australian Heats for the Madman National Cosplay Championships - there were a total of 7 entrants; the most from any state and the most WA has ever had.

The competition was fierce and I entered with my Lady Elizabeth Midford cosplay, doing a skit about 4 tips for capturing the heart of a prospective love interest (of course they were completely unhelpful).
10463887 10152583903986614 2262736112072102227 N by kirilee


Lady Elizabeth Midford 3 by kirilee
I mean come on, does she look like a character you should take seriously? :P


Anyway.... I WON!

10385589 10152583903856614 7247251782305742400 N by kirilee
10449978 10152583904091614 20479745382652342 N by kirilee

I was not expecting it at all. It was a massive surprise - they caught it on video so I'm sure my reaction will be available on youtube in a couple of days.
In short, it was awesome. This was the first major cosplay contest that I've entered - so to WIN was amazing.

So what does that mean?
Well, I now will be competing (with a whole new character, costume and skit) in the finals in November... In Brisbane! My airfares, accommodation and entry to the entire event is paid for. *squee - I've never seen Queensland before*
I am super excited (and nervous!) to be competing and cosplaying with the best in Australia, especially when I am so new to all this. But I am ready for the challenge to bring something EPIC to the table.

I will let you guys know when the skit is up on youtube... and you can always like my facebook page ^_^
*cough* www.facebook.com/kirileecospla… *cough*

Just wanted to share my good/ exciting news!

- Kirilee


New Cosplay Facebook Page

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 17, 2014, 4:01 AM


G'day everyone,

Just a heads up that I have created a new facebook page for my cosplays. I will still be uploading them on here as stock, but I will be uploading WIPs there and showing any commissions I do on there too. (Yes, I am opening up the gates for commissions - a scary gate - but I figure if something is too complicated and I don't feel comfortable that I will be able to achieve it, I can tell the person in advance) :)

Please check it out and like!
www.facebook.com/kirileecospla…

Much love!
Kirilee

Tangled 2 by kirilee
Caption: You will go to facebook and like my page.


Latest happenings...

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 9, 2014, 4:01 AM


G'day everyone,

Here is a little bit of an update at where I am.

I got to start playing around with my new lens. It is so pretty! And the photos are so SO clear.

I have uploaded all the drawing reference photos, which was a great experience. As most of you know, I am all about the costume - so it was good to strip back and focus on poses and expressions. (And wearing something skin tight does scare the crap out of me - so I'm glad I faced that fear) - I got mixed results; the trolls came out to play just as much as the amazing artists. I tend to focus on the latter ^_^

I've also started uploaded the redo of the Greek queen - VERY happy how they turned out. Still more to edit and upload so stay tunes.

ALSO, side note, if you are looking for a specific pose with a costume that I'm currently in the process of uploading, please send me a note. I might have a suitable pose, but might not upload it unless I have a reason to.
Just please, don't abuse this generosity.

So what else have I been up to?
Well, I've been working on a whole lot of cosplays because recently (especially with Supanova coming up at the end of the month), I have been really enjoying sewing.

On top of the Elizabeth Midford cosplay, I have been making a few others:

Rapunzel (Tangled) - for me
10341553 10152548522156614 6202245285871326187 by kirilee

Flynn Rider (Tangled) - for Terry
(Just need to finish off the vest...)
10414582 10152549066981614 5895851004538802305 by kirilee

Shae (Game of Thrones) - for Olivia
10426592 10152551077281614 3719949478379933926 by kirilee 10341717 10152551077341614 3142392222349503401 by kirilee

(And I couldn't help but to also try it on)
10414540 10152551511676614 551530468109915506  by kirilee

The Shae dress was really easy to make, and I am considering making a tutorial on how to make it. Would anyone be interested in that?
The design is used for a few different characters in Game of Thrones like Ros as well, and has a few different variations.

So yes, that is me. :)

Stay awesome everyone.

Love
Kirilee


Pozible Feature - Slyshand

Journal Entry: Sat May 31, 2014, 3:49 AM


Kirilee - Gesture Drawing Write up by slyshand
:iconslyshand:

Slyshand has been a deviant for the past 7 years. His works are always great to see - from his sketches to his animations (some of which are quite funny!). I encourage everyone to check out his gallery - I think he is UBER talented!

02 Getting hit by slyshand
02 BeeSneezing Final by slyshand
Standing up from a chair:  Bee edition by slyshand

charligal-stock: Poses by slyshand
PirateLotusStock: Maid Marian by slyshand
jademacalla: Poses by slyshand


Pozible Feature - Hopfield

Journal Entry: Wed May 28, 2014, 2:03 AM


Demon Hunting by Hopfield

:iconhopfield:

Today's feature is truly an absolute pleasure of mine. Hopfield has been gracing deviantart with his artwork for a year and a half. His works are often some of my favourites to see (and I was truly touched when he pledged/ donated to raising funds for my lens). Between his great talent, respect for stock models, kindness and imagination, he is a great deviant for sure!
Thank you Hopfield, as always.

Corsairs by Hopfield
A back, acrylic by Hopfield
030 Portrait of Tasastock by Hopfield
An elf called PirateLotus-stock by Hopfield
Rainforest Queen by Hopfield Pirate! On a boat! by Hopfield
A Happy Hobbit by Hopfield


Pozible Feature Takisis

Journal Entry: Fri May 23, 2014, 8:56 PM

Pozible Feature - Ozmike

Journal Entry: Wed May 21, 2014, 1:57 AM


In the bedroom 3 by ozmike

:iconozmike:
Ozmike, or Mike as I know him, is a talented photographer based in Perth, Western Australia. I've personally known Mike for a few years after being introduced to each other through theatre, and have had the pleasure to work with him (and his lovely partner) a couple of times.
Their love for the theatre is evident in Mike's pieces, as they are filled with drama (and at times, comedy) - he also has some great shots in his gallery from various theatre productions.
Please take a look at some of his fine work!

Funny Business 8 by ozmike
Slug 2.01 by ozmike
Roll of Honour by ozmike
Reefer Madness Publicity 10 by ozmike
(Yes, that is me on top :P)
What to do....... by ozmike
Lux by ozmike

If you would like to see more of his GORGEOUS work, just visit his page.


THANK YOU! Pozible Campaign Success!

Journal Entry: Mon May 19, 2014, 5:35 AM


G'day everyone,

Today I want to share with you the number 28. 28 is a great number. It is a great number, because that is how many amazing people pledged and donated to my pozible campaign - making it a success and allowing me to purchase a new lens - a piece of equipment which will help me take my stock to the next level and create an even better resource for the deviantart community to access.

To these 28 people, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I am so completely humbled by your generosity. Some of you even putting in some very substantial amounts. At times, I even started crying, I couldn't believe that there were some amazing people out there - whom I had never ever actually met in person - who would be so generous towards me.
Thank you.

And now, the deviants who are responsible for giving me this opportunity to take my stock to the next level.
:iconozmike: :iconevelivesey: :iconsaronai: :icontakisis: :iconlakespirit3: :icongambargin: :iconcassy-blue: :icongirl-n-herhorse: :iconwintersmagicstock: :iconhiddenyume-stock: :iconkawaiistock: :iconnull-entity: :iconslyshand: :iconelandria: :iconwaldhaus-stock: :iconc0mpassion: :iconsenshistock: :iconfaestock: :iconsteffel: :iconmayumiogihara: :iconsirenabonita: :iconhopfield: :iconitznikki530:

There are some others - some not on Deviantart. I have included everyone who I had a deviantart name for - but if I have missed you for some reason, PLEASE let me know (sorry, I think I missed about three because I didn't have their deviant name).

And some awesome folk who selected an image of their to be shared in this journal as their reward :)

:icongirl-n-herhorse:
First Bodice - Rysta and Rose by girl-n-herhorse

:iconwaldhaus-stock:
Prancing Swan III by Waldhaus-Stock

:iconsteffel:
Yuthura Ban by Steffel

:iconmayumiogihara:
Countdown by MayumiOgihara

:iconitznikki530:
The Young Mage by itznikki530

:iconelandria:
Oceans of Sky 06 by Elandria

Once again, a massive thank you to everyone who pledged and donated. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Physical rewards will be sent out this week once I get a few details off some of those who donated. The solo journals will start later this week - there are four awesome people who selected that reward! :)

Thank you again. xoxoxo

- Kirilee


48 Hours Left - GOAL REACHED!

Journal Entry: Fri May 16, 2014, 7:05 PM


WE REACHED IT!

WE REACHED IT!

YAAAAAAAY!!! CLICK ME TO SEE!


G'day everyone,

First off, a massive thank you to every person who pledged money towards this campaign. Thank you all so very much for helping me reach my goal. I have been borderline breaking into tears of joy all morning since I got the news. I have messaged Matt who is selling the lens and told him also. By the end of next week, I should hopefully have the brand new lens in my hands.

MY STOCK IS GOING TO THE NEXT LEVEL!!!


If you would still like to pledge, it will not go wasted! Any extra money raised will be put into a safe savings account to purchase a new camera base or new lighting. (But, I am super happy right now about the lens :P)

The campaign will still run it's course and will finish in 48ish hours.

I will be contact everyone who pledged physical rewards soon if I need any clarification of what they would like, and will post the thank you journal on Tuesday... and will then after be posting journals for the solo journal rewards over the next 2 weeks-ish.

Thank you all. I feel so humbled.

Thank you.


58 HOURS LEFT (and counting...)! PLEASE HELP!

Journal Entry: Thu May 15, 2014, 6:41 AM


G'day everyone!

The end is near! Three days left to get your pledges in - think of it as a gamble if you like :) If the goal is not reach, not a cent from anyone is given. Are you ready to place your bet? ;)


For those who don't like to bet, don't think of it as a gamble! It is a pledge of support.


Either way you look at it - please pledge today.

Need more info?
In short, I am trying to improve my stock by purchasing a really decent lens for my camera. However, because of some other financial pressures (mainly a new house and a wedding), I can't afford to buy the lens all on my own - and I have organised for a really good deal to get this lens second hand... but I have until the end of the campaign to agree.

EDIT 3: SOOOO CLOSE! 90% funded!!! A total of $766 pledged!!! Only $84 left!!! Please help!!!

EDIT 2: HOLY MOLLY! I wokeup this morning to see we are at 87% funding - $746 in pledges!!! Only $104 off reaching the goal! We are SOOOO close, please help me cross that finishing line with a bang!

EDIT: WOW! Now we are at 83% funded - $711 pledges, $139 left to raise! Come on! Help me cross this finishing line!

The campaign is currently 71% funding - that equates to an AMAZING $611 pledged with 23 amazing people showing their support already. This means that we still have at least $239 to raise before the end - and the end is near. Please pledge.


One week left! Please help me!

Journal Entry: Mon May 12, 2014, 5:29 AM


G'day everyone!

Please help me! There is only one week left - that's right, 7 days.

CLICK ME CLICK ME CLICK ME


Need more info?
In short, I am trying to improve my stock by purchasing a really decent lens for my camera. However, because of some other financial pressures (mainly a new house and a wedding), I can't afford to buy the lens all on my own - and I have organised for a really good deal to get this lens second hand... but I have until the end of the campaign to agree.

Please help me.


UPDATE! Pozible Campaign - Paypal now working!

Journal Entry: Thu May 8, 2014, 3:03 AM


HELP ME PURCHASE A NEW LENS FOR STOCK! CLICK HERE FOR THE POZIBLE CAMPAIGN!


UPDATE: 9 DAYS LEFT! AND - last night I spoke to a pozible technical specialist and got paypal activated! So, if you would like to pledge via paypal and not CC - it is NOW POSSIBLE! (or... pozible ;))

G'day everyone!

We have reach the half way mark of the pozible campaign set time period... but just shy of half way for the goal.

An amazing 43% has been pledged so far.
Thank you to all the AMAZING deviants who have shown their support to date.

There really are no words how grateful I am, and humbled when I see the pledges come in. Very single one of you who have pledged have left a mark in my heart. My stock is for you. I am so humbled because you realise how much this lens would mean to me. I just want to create amazing, top quality stock for artists like yourself to use.

For those of you still wondering if you should pledge, a friend of mine said it like this (and I kind of like it):

Friend: This pozible campaign is like that Hare Krishna restaurant.
Me: Say what?
Friend: Well, you "customers" use your stock for free although there are plenty of other stock artists and websites which cost money to use the image. Just like the restaurant - there is no set charge for the food - and plenty of other restaurants which have fixed costs. However, at the end, you ask for a donation or how much you think the goods/ service was worth.


Hmmm... food for thought? :)

So, moral of the story - please help me reach my goal.
Remember, this crowd funding is all or nothing. If I don't reach the goal in the next 11 days, none of the funding will reach me or help me get the new lens :(

Here's the link again ;) : www.pozible.com/list/pop/13/al…


Can you spare $5?

Journal Entry: Thu May 1, 2014, 3:32 AM


5 Australian Dollars equals...

4.64 US Dollars
3.34 Euros
2.74 English Pounds
5.09 Canadian Dollars
17.05 Emirati Dirham

Can you spare it?

It could buy you a cup of coffee out on the cafe strip, it could even buy you a cheeseburger from McDonalds... but can you spare it to help a fellow deviantart *cough*me*cough*?

I am running a pozible campaign (just like kick starter) to help purchase a new lens... and any amount you could spare would help. It's crowd funding- that means, all or nothing by the time the campaign ends (so if you pledge some money, and the campaign doesn't hit the goal, you don't pay). We've had some amazing people already pledge, and to them I say from the bottom of my heart - thank you and I am truly humbled by your generosity.

But there is still 70% to go.
I need YOU now, more than ever.

It is a great opportunity, and it won't come again at this price for the lens. If I had the funds, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
But... with the new house (mortgage, bills... and saving for some amazing things like tiles, carpet, blinds - at the moment we have a dusty concrete floor) and the wedding next April... I don't have the funds to spare.
(Engagement-House warming-Wedding present perhaps?Nana, look what I have and you dont! )

If you like my stock.
If you think what I do is worth while.
If it inspires you.
If you have used my stock for free and without restriction.


I ask you to help me make EPIC stock.


Kirilee Stock- The Next Lvl - Pozible Crowdfunding

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 28, 2014, 2:37 AM





G'day everyone!

I have been given the unique opportunity to purchase a Canon EF 70-200mm 4L IS lens (at a great price!) which would drastically improve the quality of my stock images as I am currently working with very standard lenses. I had the opportunity to work with the lens during the reshoot of the Weapons Wench series... let me show you the difference:

My current lens:
Sissy 15 by kirilee


vs. The New Lens
Weapons Wench 1 by kirilee

Take a close look - you'll see that the second image captures a lot more detail. It is clearer. In short, it is a MUCH better image quality wise.

However, as you might be aware, my cash flow at the moment is not great as Terry and I have just moved into our new house and we are saving up for our wedding in April next year.

That is where I need your help


I have started a Pozible campaign (much like kickstarter but based out of Australia and focused mainly of the arts). It can be found by clicking the link at the very top of the page or by clicking HERE

Any amount that you could spare would be greatly appreciated.
(And if I don't hit the target, no money exchanges hands)

My entire aim for getting this lens is so that I can improve the quality of stock I shoot, to better aid deviantart artists. And I really never wanted to start charging for stock because I believe all my stock should be available to everyone who wants to use it as a free resource (another reason why I never created exclusive stocks).

As mentioned in the video above, there are some rewards - some of which are physical items made by my own two hands (with possibly some sweat, blood and tears woven in :))

I thank you all for your continued support and for all the amazing pieces of artwork that you use my stock in. It truly is the highlight of my day!

Please feel free to spread the word if you are inclined to help me get the message out :)

Many thanks and with all my love
Kirilee


Setting up the stock/ sewing room, EPIC COSPLAY 2

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 25, 2014, 12:08 AM


G'day everyone,

Quick update.

Stock news
I'm so glad that you guys like the lovers series. I hope it comes in handy for a few of you. I loved working with Terry and we look forward to do another set in the nearish future... but this time costumed so...

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE TERRY AND I COSTUMED AS?

Please let me know in the comments below. We would like a few ideas. We have a few costumes... musketeer and lady, forest queen and squire, romans (toga party!).... feed me with your ideas.

Also, the Phantom series will be edited and upload hopefully within the next week.

Stock/ Sewing/ Costume Room
This is a work in progress. Still lots of boxes but I managed to hang up all of my costumes (gathered from 3 separate storage units)... see any that you recognise?
10153632 10152448373021614 3383603501418277034 by kirilee

EPIC COSPLAY - Number 2
Some of you may already know this but I am currently working on another cosplay outfit. It has been eating up a lot of my free time because I want to do it really well - and there is a fair amount of handy work that goes with it. Plus, I have a pretty tight deadline to adhere to.
1798081 10152448523241614 6914649849591856656 by kirilee
Any guesses who I am cosplaying as? It is from an anime (and she is missing her bolero, necklace and head piece).
So... many... box pleats... and yes, every layer goes all around.

Looking forward to your thoughts!

- Kirilee




Big stock shoot yesterday - New stock today!

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 19, 2014, 6:56 PM


G'day everyone,

Yesterday I finally got around to setting up the studio in my new house. It was a lot of work to set it up SO I did a total of 4 series (and 800+ photos later...). I am now running a poll to see what series you would like to see first (Please vote via kirilee.deviantart.com :))

Cupcake
Cupcake 1 by kirilee

Lucrezia Bogia
(Also doubles as an 1800 dress)
Lucrezia Bogia 1 by kirilee

Lovers
(Finally got Terry to do some stock with me. This will be the first of hopefully many couple shoots together *squee*)
Lovers 1 by kirilee

Phantom
Phantom 1 by kirilee


I hope you enjoy the previews - please remember to vote. I'll be uploading the series in the order based off the votes. What would you like to see sooner? :)

- Kirilee


Where dat stock Kirilee?

Journal Entry: Wed Apr 9, 2014, 3:27 AM


G'day everyone!

Sorry I've been a bit MIA lately. Unfortunately it doesn't seem like it will be ending any time soon I'm afraid. But... now that I am officially living in my own house with Terry means that stock will be even more awesome when I get back around to it... still unpacking and sorting through 26 and 30 years of "stuff".

BUT... it does mean that Terry and I will be doing some shoots together - any particular themes that you would like to see?

And... as a teaser, I will be doing a shoot hopefully soon utilising part of my latest cosplay creation:
10173617 10152409223391614 1428422153418838478 by kirilee

I'm think of calling the series "Cupcake" :P

Nothing like POOF!

So yes... requests. Ideas. Throw them at me.


Sci-Fi and Fantasy Contest Winners!

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 7, 2014, 7:24 AM


Recently, Cassy-Blue hosted a "Sci-Fi and Fantasy Contest" for both artwork AND stock. The entries were fab and it was a hard time to judge (I was on the panel) - but here are the winners!

Art
First Place
Visions of a Dream by MCVD
by: :iconmcvd:

Second Place
Project Fantasia: Lady Cassandra of House Draconis by Gambargin
by :icongambargin:

Third Place
The Sea Sorceress by A-Wakefield
by :icona-wakefield:


Stock
First Place
Song of the Siren - Sunset Premade by Thy-Darkest-Hour
by :iconthy-darkest-hour:

Second Place
Lava Lamp 12 26 13 by amethystmstock
by :iconamethystmstock:

Third Place
Winter Princess Contest Entry by HiddenYume-stock
by :iconhiddenyume-stock:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS & EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!