Inspiration and Connection

As part of my blog revival, I drudged up some draft entries and thought of finishing them.

We wanted to pay homage to particular pop-culture icons, based on popular images best representing them or perhaps from official art. 

There are lots of creative approaches to shooting cosplay, and there is a huge area for creative license and interpretation as most photographers have used. But then, by putting in these parameters based from an established piece, it trains the imagination to work in a sniper-like fashion. The art direction takes a familiar path, and from there you work on making the image a reality. Although it would be really difficult to nail down an exact copy of the original piece, familiarity should be there for people to make the connection almost instantaneously. That’s how particular cosplay work becomes recognized.
One iconic scene for me was Minmay being hoisted up on the platform in front of SDF-1. This was right before she sang “Do You Remember Love”, the movie’s title as well. For me, this was the strongest part of the movie since the changed the outcome of the battle. 

Make-up: Jopie Sanchez
Styling: Hannah Kim
Art Direction: Allan Montayre / Jay Tablante
CG Imaging: Riot Inc.
Digital Imaging: Allan Montayre

There are so many Major Motoko cosplay shoots out there, but few have dared to do this, primarily because it doesn’t involve a costume at all. But this image is the official art you would see on the DVD covers. We just had to try it. Good thing a long-time model friend of ours was game enough to pose. 

Make-up: Leo Posadas
Styling: Hannah Kim
Costume Production: Badj Genato
Art Direction: Noah Valdez
CG Imaging (New York City): 429 Studios
Digital Imaging: Mooo Digital Production / 429 Studios (New York City)
Model: Carla Abellana

Art Germ (Stanley Lau) is a popular comic book illustrator based in Singapore. He’s head of Imaginary Friends, an illustration studio doing work for Capcom, Marvel, DC, Microsoft, and various commercial gigs. He makes pin-ups of various characters, and this piece he did of Phoenix was quite phenomenal. 

Make-up: Ara Fernando
Styling: Hannah Kim
Costume Production: Badj Galias-Genato
Art Direction: Gelo Lico
Production Design: Raffy Tesoro
Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno
Model: Lindsey Joy


Make-up: Ten Franco
Hair: Charlie Manapat
Styling: Hannah Kim
Costume Production: Badj Genato
Production Designer: Raffy Tesoro
Art Direction: Javey Villones
Digital Imaging: Ghani Madueno
Model: Rhian Ramos

I am a huge fan of Jim Lee, and I always believed he was one of the reasons Marvel had a resurgence of popularity in the 90s. I collected the Marvel cards, and his artwork was all over the place.


Make-up: Kris Bacani
Styling: Raffy Tesoro
Costume Production: Badj Genato
Art Direction / Final Artwork: Angelo Lico
CG Artwork: Genald Tungol
Model: Alodia Gosiengfiao 

I have been an avid player of Final Fantasy since FF III (or VI, if you’re in Japan) and as the graphics got better on every iteration, it made quite a jump by the time it reached FF-X — complete with a voice cast. On a interesting note, we even found an Al Bhed font to use.  

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