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Wow, it's been over a year since my last post! Well I'm back Deviant Art, in that time I've been gone I've been working a lot, both at my day job and on props, a couple that I'm very proud of are the classic Rebellion from the game series DMC (Devil May Cry) and Astride's axe from How to train your dragon two. Pictures will fallow of everything that I've been working on since last summer.

Ok so it’s been a month since my last update and a few things have happened. I’ve reopened my commissions a short while ago and have a few more props to work on, on the current list is Archer’s swords from Fait Stay Night, Grell Sutcliff’s chainsaw from Black Butler.... need to hear back from a con about policies involving some of the exposed components though, Kitana’s fans from Mortal Combat and one very large complicated Scythe from R.W.B.Y..... that however will be a long term project that I will work on whenever everything ells on my list Is done

 

As always if you are interested in seeing more of my work you can find it here at  www.facebook.com/AndrewCoxPropDesign

Well it's been a week since Anime North and I've finally been able to sort through most of the photos I’d taken but most of them didn’t turn out very well. I still have some to go through and I’m thinking of taking a few photos of the cool stuff I bought at the con as well. Other than that I’m trying to sort out some personal things and trying to see when I might be able to reopen my commissions, if you’re interested in seeing more of my work you can find it here at  www.facebook.com/AndrewCoxPropDesign

OK ladies and gentleman, it’s the final days before Anime North 2014 and just about everything on my list is done! Through this year I’ve done Yuna’s twin bee’s form FFXII shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Sephiroth’s Masamune from FF Crisis Core shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Gentleman Deadpool’s Cain sword shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Tauriel’s daggers from the Hobbit shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Zoro’s swords from One-Piece “A new world” shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Shredders claws from TMNT shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Koshiro’s folding Kama’s from Basilisk shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Diablo III demon hunter crossbow shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… LOTR inspired dwarf sword shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art… Dark Magician girls sceptre from YU-GI-OH www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi… a pair of combat knives for a “modern day Assassins Creed costume shadow-ryuu.deviantart.com/art….  I’m still working on a bow and arrow for Tauriel from the hobbit www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi… Loki’s dagger from Thor two www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi… and my girlfriend gave me five days notice that she wanted a white mage staff from  FFIX for Anime North this year www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi… I think that's everything that I've worked on in the last year.... started my Facebook page www.facebook.com/AndrewCoxProp… I've been busy!

Ok so it’s been a while since my last journal update, but in that time I’ve made a lot of progress on props and have had some great things happen. To start off I got a new job! I’ve also made a lot of progress on props, I’m ready to paint the buster sword, and I’m almost done making a new head for my Miroku staff and I’ve finished the swords for my Roronoa Zoro cosplay for Anime north but I’m not sure if the costume will be ready in time, here’s hoping it is. Other than that one of the coolest things I’ve had happen is with the help of my girlfriend I’ve started a Facebook page for the prop work that I’ve done you can see it here at www.facebook.com/AndrewCoxProp… if you like what you see and want to stay updated on what we’re doing please give us a like and maybe share with your friends! :)

Ok well on my list of props I have six done, one of them has already been delivered and another six that still need to be finished. Among the ones I have finished there is the Masamune, steam punk saber, and since it appears to not be a secret anymore a few pieces that are going to be for a Hobbit inspired cosplay of Tauriel, I have both daggers done and some arrows as well. On the list to finish is the bow for Tauriel, Zack’s Bustersword from Crisis core, making a new staff head for my Miroku staff and three katanas for one of my cosplays at Anime North 2014. When I get a chance in the next few days I’ll be posting some photos of what I have done.

Ok I have four finished for Anime North that are finished one that has been delivered to its owner, and seven that I need to finish, one being Sephiroth’s Masamune that is just about ready for paint, Zack’s Buster sword that needs to be shaped, sanded and painted, and some swords for myself and a newly refurbished staff for my Miroku cosplay.... the last prop I have left is the final “secret” prop (one of four) for my friend Danielle White from Dano Cosplay on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DanoCosplay ) is in the final shaping staged before sanding and paint. I still can’t post photos because most of them are “secret props” but I’m looking forward to posting some.

All in all I think I’m doing well with my progress, and if I can finish some of the props ahead of schedual I make even take in some more simple ones to make a bit more money.

Ok my head is starting to spin when I try and think about everything I’m doing that’s prop related.... I have two props going to Anime North 2014 that are finished and I have about ten that are all still in the works, but I can’t post photos of most of them until after the convention because they are for “secret” cosplay’s that some friends are doing... I can tell you that some of them are for Danielle White Simi-famous in North America for her Marvel Avengers Loki Cosplay that can be seen here danoof14th.deviantart.com/or here www.facebook.com/DanoCosplay?r…;.

All in all I think I’m doing well with my progress, and if I can finish some of the props ahead of schedule I make even take in some more simple ones to make a bit more money.

Well it seems that I had a few more props come in than I thought. My friend Becky asked me to help her make some armor for a costume and one prop for a “secret” cosplay at Anime North 2014 and it’s in final stages of paint, but I can’t upload photos until after the con because it’s a “secret”. I still have a total of nine pieces that I have for her girlfriend, six of them are small and the same thing, I still need to finish one of them, the other three I need for her are all around 70-80% done. Aside from that I have three Katana’s to finish and the other two props I had on my list that are now at 90% and 65% done.

I’m still working on props for Anime North 2014, one of the two I was commissioned for is about 80% done and the other is around 50% due to a setback that I still need to fix. I have started on some of the four pieces for my friends girlfriend and i have two of them around 30% and i still need one measurement before i can start one of the last two. 

Well it’s the "New-Year"..... Still no job but I’m looking into some new leads on places that can help me with my search. I’m still working on props for Anime North 2014, one of the two I was commissioned for is about 70-80% done and the other is around 50% due to a setback that I am in the midst of fixing. An old friend’s girlfriend has also asked me to make some props based on a recent movie release, In total I think I need to make her at least four finished pieces, and a few to fill empty space to complete the costume. I just need to finish getting her measurements before I can start sizing them to fit her.

Today wasn’t a very productive day. I was able to get some work done on the handle for one of the two props I'm making and they are both sitting around 60% done now, although I need to refasten the handle for the other. 

Ok, so today was a very productive day. I was able to get some materials I needed to move forward on one of the two props I'm making and they are both sitting around 50-60% done. No word from any of the places I've applied to but I'm still hoping that someone will get back to me.

Ok, so none of the local theaters in my area have gotten back to me, I’ve been applying to other shops and companies so I hope I hear back from someone. I have had almost no progress on the three props for myself so they are still around 70% done but I have been given the go-ahead for the two props that I was asked to make. One of them is around 40% and I haven’t started the second one yet. I also just talked with a friend about making something that lights up for a costume. I already have a few things that I can use to make one but I may need to get help from someone on how to make the LED’s spin. I have an idea of how to do the basic wiring for a motor but making the LED’s light up at the same time has me stumped. 

Still looking for work, as of yet no word from any of the local theaters. I think I'll even start taking commissions to get some money coming in to pay some bills while I look for work, still looking into my girlfriend's suggestion to me about getting a table at an upcoming convention to try and sell a few of the things I make. I’ve already made some basic props but I don’t think I’ll have much ready in time for this year so it may have to wait till next year. As for props on my list, for Anime North 2014 the three props that I need for myself are around 70% done, I got in touch with the person that I needed to talk to about pricing and they want two props now, I’m gonna have to do a bit of looking at materials and then give them an estimate on price.

Ok so I’m still looking for work and have started looking into local theaters and studios to see if they need any prop workers, as of yet no word from any of the local theaters. I might even start taking commissions to get some money coming in to pay some bills while I look for work, and my girlfriend made a suggestion to me about getting a table at an upcoming convention to try and sell a few of the things I make. I’ve already made some basic props but I don’t think I’ll have much ready in time for this year so it may have to wait till next year. As for props on my list, for Anime North 2014 the three props that I need for myself are around 60% done, I still need to reach one person about pricing but I think three of them are going to be a bust so I’m taking them off my list as of now.

Well it looks like DA has finally fixed the bugs that were messing with my Journal page. Ok so an update on what's going on with me. The prop I made for Fan-Expo 2013 was the Diablo III crossbow in my gallery, still on my list for Anime North 2014 I have finished two props that I was working on for my girlfriend's roommate. Her intention is to do a FFXII cosplay of Yuna so I made her the twin Bee's. I will add photos of them when I can get a chance. Three of the other seven props that I need for Anime North are about 40-50% done, and I still need to hear about pricing for the other four. I also applied to a collage program for a program that had a prop making section but didn't get accepted because I didn't have any theater experience, oh well not going to stop me from making props. Still looking for work and have started looking into local theaters and studios to see if they need any prop workers. I might even start taking commissions to get some money coming in to pay some bills while I look for work.

Ok I'm still looking for a job but I'm getting more commissions from my friends so I now have one prop that is needed for FanExpo this summer and nine for Anime North 2014.... The one for FanExpo is about 40-50% done and two for Anime North are about 50% done.  The other seven that I need haven't even been started because I still need to hear about a price range for three of them, and three of the remaining four are for me. the last one is extremely simple but I's ridiculously long -_-. All in all i'd say that i have a lot of work ahead of me.
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Anime North was awesome! I was able to finish all of the props on time and had a blast at the convention. The only down side is that the staff i made for my Miroku cosplay was knocked to the ground and broken half way through the saturday. I already have 9 props on the list for next year so i'm setting my cap on props for now. If I can finish them early and not have to scramble like I did this year I may make more.
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