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Red Hood: Born To Die by kay-sama Red Hood: Born To Die by kay-sama
With one move, Jason's face was encased in crimson red. The act was effortless...as if he'd been born to perform it, all along. As if it was his destiny to take the mantle so devoted to destroying Batman; one thing Talia had dead on in her numerous assumptions about Jason’s intentions regarding his former mentor.

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Pfft, if only it really was so effortless. But, I made my hood snug so it didn't make my head look too big. xDD
But, unfortunately that which is physically possible in comic books isn't necessarily physically possible in real life. VERY unfortunately.

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So, Anime Banzai was fun this year. ^^ Got to see some friends who we don't normally get to see and got to wear some of our favorite cosplays.
Even though it was extremely cold...and we're still a little frozen. xDDD

Oh, yeah! And Hollie got my most favoritest pictures of my Jason Todd cosplay to date. >3

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Red Hood (Jason Todd): :iconkay-sama:

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:iconanimeloving-okami:
seriously great work I have bin looking at red hood cosplayers all day and a good number of them have that "bobble head" look  ( does not mean they are bad just something I was noticing )  your red hood is amazing!
I know how hard it can be to get things as close to the source material but have real life restrictions >< 
I also am creating one like what you where describing actually  
what was the hardest part for you ?
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kay-sama Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much! I take great pride in my Red Hood cosplay. I've put a ton of work into it over the years.

I've found that most of the "bobble head" looking ones were purchased from prop builders on the internet...which, there's nothing wrong with, but they tend to build their product on a 'one size fits most' basis and when you have a smaller head, like myself, that can be really difficult to work with.

I made mine by building a paper mache form (using a kid's Iron Man mask for a base for the face...edited, of course.) and then covering it in several layers of Bondo, which is a product used to fill in dents and rusted out areas when restoring cars. You can find it in the automotive section of pretty much any Walmart for about $6-$8 a tube. You'll have to sand it down, which was what I had the toughest time with...simply because it was so time consuming. But, it wasn't really a difficult build and you can make sure it'll fit your head just the way you want it to, if you're careful. 
It does change size a little bit with temperature fluctuation, so I suggest you build it when it's cold simply for comfort. It can get a little tight on you in colder weather, if you don't. xDD I found that out the hard way. It was a bit tight in this picture for that reason. 

If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask. I'm more than happy to help you out however I can. :3
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animeloving-Okami Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
yeah i am doing the same thing actually thats why I contacted you and plus your amazing cosplay haha 
okay so I did the paper mache around the head but I am having a tad bit of trouble with getting the proper size for  the back of the head.... did you have a  cast of your head you worked off of or  just really good measurements or something ?

yeah I found you through that list of "top red hood cosplays" from cos couture  ( i have bin in their spiderman and black cat  versions)
and you for being so willing to share and help other cosplayers ^^
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kay-sama Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, no problem! Actually, I had a wig head that's the same size as my head. The men's styrofoam one they sell at Hobby Lobby and other craft stores is just my size. (I have a very small head because I'm not really all that tall) But, it's something you can totally do on your own head, if you have no other options. All you have to do is secure your faceplate down and them start paper mache-ing. ^^
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animeloving-Okami Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
thank you I will try it ^^
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SUP-FAN Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nice cosplay. Looks so real. Redhood is awesome.
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kissamekisame Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
This looks amazing!! I'd like to know what materials you used for the mask!!
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kay-sama Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The base (for the front of the mask) was originally a kid's IronMan mask. I used paper mache to create the rest of the crown and smooth out some of the less desired ridges on the base mask. I also opened up the eye wholes a bit. Made 'em quite a bit wider.
After the base was fully paper mached, I covered the whole thing with several layers of bondo, sanding it down between layers, of course.
Once the bondo was thick enough for my liking and sanded to a smooth surface, I spray painted the whole thing red, clued on a foam lip to the back of the helmet (for comfort) and painted black around the eyes.

I also added tulle to eye wholes for the white. 
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kissamekisame Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Wow, sounds like quite the work, thank you for sharing. Again awesome work!:D (Big Grin) 
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kay-sama Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anytime!
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