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X/1999 - I Will Protect You With My Life by supernovadobe X/1999 - I Will Protect You With My Life by supernovadobe
X/1999 Created by CLAMP

Character: Sorata Arisugawa.

So my favorite aspect of these two in a relationship is the way that Sorata's pushy sincerity shines through, and how Arashi ends up becoming convinced by Fuuma that in order to save Sorata from his obligation of dying for her she must join the ranks of the dragons of Earth. So in many ways the both of them really sacrifice themselves for each other. Though the love is rather short-lived it's real. Which is why it's so touching.

:bulletgreen: Photoshoot: I was unable or unwilling to post these for quite some time because I was particularly disappointed in the shoot. Sincerely, lack of sleep, lack of food, lack of energy, caused the entire thing to really lose a lot of the aspects I was going for. I'm hoping that I can don this outfit once more to get some of the shots I was really hoping for, some of the ideas portrayed are fairly heavily photoshopped lightning, and a vision of Sorata's familiar spirit wrapped around Arashi as she sleeps. I missed a lot of my chances to do this because by day four of Fanime I was suffering from sleep dep and just derped the entire want of the shoot in favor of passing out on top of a small step pillar with my wife *Antiquity-Dreams against me. While that itself produced a lot of fine pictures, it wasn't exactly the look I was going for.

Regardless of lamenting - I really love the series X/1999. CLAMPS work dates and hails back to one of the first cartoons introduced to me by my first girlfriend. I am fond of all the memories I had of having screen names like Kamui-dragon-of-heaven on Yahoo and the like, and Kamui Shirou. I used to roleplay as him briefly in chats- and despite having a love for Kamui the most, I was happy to do Fuuma Monou because my wife was just a darling Kamui and I was certainty happy to live through her vicariously.

CLAMPS work influenced me through high school, and gave me a real look into perspective work, I remember wishing I could have half the talent they do growing up. I was also fond of Wish, and Chobits, as well as Clover, Legal Drug, (Drug and Drop?) Tsubasa ETC. Though I do wish they had finished X/1999.

:bulletgreen: Costume: I picked up a red hat from a dollar store, the black shirt was actually my Naruto shirt! Lol, all those many years that I re-wore the same shirt paid off to be used for Sorata, but I will always keep that shirt regardless! Too many memories! The pants I had picked up a while back for hiking, and decided to use for Sorata\'s own, the hiking boots were similiar in nature. The jacket was a absolute nightmare to make, considering the pattern had eight different seams that fit into the sleeves. (I don\'t know either, I was confused.) The wig was recycled from Fuuma!

:bulletgreen: Credits: Photographer is: [link]
:iconantiquity-dreams: Arashi Kishu
:iconno-brand-heroes: Created the entire outfit while AD styled the wig.

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-Supernovadobe
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QuinzyCobweb Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Such a sincere and awkward love these two share. It's really cute.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Awkward is a good word yes, awkward truly x.x
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emuchansan Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
awesome cosplay from you two as always XD
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I am glad you enjoyed it- of course we can't take all the credit ! It's all up there in the description that a lot of this was possible because of :no-brand-heroes: !
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emuchansan Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
hahaha its ok :D i actaully love all of Koi's cosplay photos XD cuz yall r my favorite cosplay group XD
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Student General Artist
You are far too sweet for words. I am but a simple banana peel you discard to eat the wonderful goodness xD
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emuchansan Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
yay!!!:XD:
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Jrzil4shizzle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012
wow you guys ahve been cosplaying for a super long time
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
I personally have been cosplaying since 2005. Raven goes back much further than me, and is much more talented than me, she has been doing it I believe since 2002- but she had been going to Ren Faires before that so she got her roots there.

I still need to see/visit you!
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Jrzil4shizzle Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
wooow you guys are sooo like uuh you know that thing were you are legendary cuz you guys have a lot of history in the cosplay world that thing.. yeah and actually I need to visit you. Come to think of it i never got your number. I'll just ask camry. I been in san diego for the past 3 weekends we shouldve took some time to visit you guys.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student General Artist
-Face desk!- I am sorry! I would have totally gone out to see you guys! I was busy doing some illustration pieces and working hard on some costumes for AX, but I could have easily found some time in my schedule to see you for sure!

Ahahaha- I am just kdlja;fkf My number is 925-339-2563. So call me anytime you'd like! If I don't answer I will when I get to it- sometimes lately the ring tone doesn't go off- so be careful about that
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Jrzil4shizzle Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
oh wow thanks I will text you so you can get my number too and call if were too meet up. yeah of course your super busy since ur part of one of the most elite cosplay groups in socal. well aside from that stuff that got stolen from your wifey i hope everything else is ok. I will be sure to make more sd visits.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I would not call us elite silly- I'm just a normal person. However I am grateful towards the flattery- you are insufferable <3
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LuminousFlame Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Raven Looks so sincere in this photo kind of Snarky like, and you kinda look like your trying to be serious but smiling a little. I really like this photo cause as you said as short-lived as it was, it's real. On a last note I really like the stance that you are in with with you elbow resting on your knee and then your other hand on the other knee it would probably be difficult to stay like that for a long period of time.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
It actually was quite the work out! Some shoots really can be! I loved their relationship in the series because they really did love each other in such a short amount of time but truly it was real. The way Arashi showed it was not nearly as brisk and up front as Sorata, but it was stunning all the same how much she was willing to sacrifice for him in the end.

Totally a tangent but i've had friends who have blown their knees out in shoots and needed surgery! So LOL! I am a lucky duck!
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LuminousFlame Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Extremely lucky I probably would've have blown my knee but I would have bruises for a while. A nice compliment to go with the one I already have.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh jesus you have injuries in your knees? Joints are the worst places to sustain injuries, I know, I have trauma in my left elbow from +shattering it+ twice and never getting it set properly. Tennis elbow and tendinitis set in already. It'll probably be in really bad shape when i'm older ugh.
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LuminousFlame Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I injur easily, I guess it's a curse or something. I bruise easily and my ankles are especially weak from multiple times of breaking them. So I'm totally with you, I will probably be in pretty bad shape too.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh god, I actually broke the metatarsal in my right foot, second from my pinky toe. It was sooo painful. Seeing as it's a metatarsal you can't set it, so it just calcified over. Now there's a painful bump on the top of my foot everywhere I walk xD I never complain about it anymore. It's just something i'm used to.
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LuminousFlame Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I've never gotten that bad. Most of the time when I get hurt it's because I'm either working on a cosplay or trying to do something really stupid. The first bone I ever broke was on a fourwheeler. I was camping with friends and got into a crash I rolled down a hill and dislocated my right shoulder and I broke my left wrist. It didn't really hurt that bad till I woke up in my bedroom the next day.
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supernovadobe Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student General Artist
EW....that sounds awful! I'm really sorry! Fourwheelers are so dangerous!
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