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A Light in the Dark. by cupcake-rufflebutt A Light in the Dark. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Myself as Lulu from Final Fantasy X. Photo taken by Ted [SpookyElectric] at Katsucon 2009. Appropriate locations for a FFX shoot were next to nil in Crystal City, but I've always been a fan of elemental motifs where Lulu is concerned. This darkened lounge lit by wall sconces worked out really well! I've wanted to remake this costume ever since I first wore it, but now that seems inevitable, as I lost one of my hairsticks at the convention. ;__; As luck would have it, that particular hairstick was the most time consuming of them all to make! So yes, a better version of this costume is on the horizon - Hopefully one that I can stand to wear for more than an hour at a time, LOL.

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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auronlu Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely photo, really captures that elemental-Lulu ambiance.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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alexander3 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2009
Great idea, elemental themes. I'd love to see a series of four with you as Lula - like, a fountain/pool/beach, in the snow, during a thunderstorm (Thunder Plains, Lulu's 200 bolts challenge!!) and in front of a fire.

Something about your cheeks seems just right for Lulu.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would love to do this, as well! Unfortunately, there aren't many opportunities to shoot in specific locations within the cosplay community. ;__; Maybe one of these days!
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carrousel Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009
wow! this is not only a really cool costume, but a great photo as well! lovely all around!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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RikkusDagger Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
Nice Photo!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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PonderMoofin Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
You're a wonderful, Lulu 8D! ~ :heart:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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PonderMoofin Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2009
you're welcome :D
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kaffien Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, is that the original size of the photo?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! No, it was larger and I sized it down. I always upload at 480x640 or smaller, because I use these same files for my Cosplay.com account and there are strict size limits over there.
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Saaner Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I miss playing Final Fantasy X! She was my favorite and had the best battle sequence lines. Your cosplay is dead on and the background is amazing as well as the lighting it screams Lulu!

It reminds me of the temples of Besaid and Kilika!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I hadn't thought about the temples at all until someone mentioned them. <3
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blueheart29 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
You are simply beautiful. ^^

are you going to AX with Lulu in tow?
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much, but I haven't attend AX in years. Whenever it gets back to Anaheim I'll return, but money has been tight and I haven't been impressed with the recent locations. ^__^;
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blueheart29 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sad to hear that! I don't think it will go back. Seeing as how they turned half the convention center into office space. -____-;;

the new locations are meh.... ^^;
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm not sure, but I do have a photographer friend who is involved somewhat in the planning/logistics of Anime Expo, and he seemed fairly confident that a move back to Anaheim would occur within the next year or two, but he couldn't tell me any specifics. It seemed pretty hush-hush. At any rate, I cling to that little bit of hope!
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blueheart29 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? Sounds awesome! I thought that it would take a lot longer! I'd imagine about the hush-hush. They want it to be a surprise. ^^

I'm clinging too! 8D
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SinsofaFighter Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
Wonderful picture.It's like how Lulu would really look like in real life.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! <3
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LadyRayngerYuna Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009   Writer
This is the most dramatic Lulu shot I've seen! Wonderful job, and excellent attention to detail. :D
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, though the costume is definitely lacking key details. ^__^;
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LadyRayngerYuna Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009   Writer
Even if it is its hard to tell over how awesome it is :D
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anewzero Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very, very good job here, again, Tess! i love how much like Lulu you look!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! <3
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anewzero Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any time
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everything-anime Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Oh no! D: It's terrible to lose a piece of your costume!

Regardless, this looks absolutely amazing! :heart:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know. D: Thanks for the comment, though!
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everything-anime Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
You're welcome ^o^
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sk8trgrl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist
i guess all i can say is hard work paid off aye. good job on this for real.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! XD
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sumikins Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
God, you are SO gorgeous. Seriously. I thin you really make a FANTASTIC Lulu, you've got the perfect face for it.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks. <333
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xSoulxxxReaperx Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
You are soooo gorgeous. Best Lulu I've seen. :3
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! <3
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Bigpaw Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so pretty, the dramatic lighting makes a really great atmosphere :)The fur on the dress looks really soft xD
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I also really love the way the light highlights the fur. <3 Thanks for the comment!
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BalthierFlare Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
You make such a great Lulu! :)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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BalthierFlare Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Student Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! ^^
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GenisisValkyrie Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Great setting for a background you make a great lulu :D and loving lil mog :clap:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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serkunet Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome costume and setting ^^ it's like your in one of the temples...shrines...er where the summons are found XD I forget what they're called ^^'
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I never thought about it that way, but it totally does! Good imagination! <3
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KikiKannon Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Nice Lulu :3
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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Bob-Raigen Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great ^^ nice lighting
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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