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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:01 pm    Post subject: Trio of Twi'lek's Reply with quote

My two sisters and I are going to make Twi'lek dancing girls, because the standards for them are so simple Razz . Well, I'm going to make them, one sister is going to model them, and the other sister is going to design and chorograph for them.

But, I'm not a model maker. I'm a seamstress and I work with fabric. So I'm not sure how to start on Twi'lek lekku. I've done some looking around (thank you, Pam, for your Twi'lek forum! I will be joining that soon.), and I think I get how to make the lekku out of fabric. But that's where I get stuck. I don't understand about latex and all that. Do you guys have any advice?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 06, 2010 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I was going to do anything Twi'lek I would go to the gospel according to Pam. It seems you know this.

Keep us updated with your progress.

btw - I'm a former Tusconian. Miss the place.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, Pam ist THE source for everything Twi'lek-related. ^^

For the costumes themselves: You can post pictures here. What kind of Twi'lek dancer girl are you want to make exactly? Lyn Me? Oola?
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 07, 2010 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We're going to make generic girls. So we aren't recreating any specific dancers in particular. Yes, we do understand that we will be explaining who we are every time we turn around, but that's okay with us Smile .

My sister is working on the drawing and as soon as she finishes it, I'm going to color it in Gimp and then post it on here Smile .
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My sister is still working on the stetch and it's looking REALLY cool Smile . Since it's almost done, I'm thinking about color schemes now. I've read that Twi'lek's can be any color in the rainbow. Are they usually kinda Neon or are they sometimes duller colors?
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't say neon. That brings to mind some bad fashion flashbacks from the 80s that seem to have reared their head's again recently. Laughing

I would say that most Twi'leks females I've seen have rich, strong colors as opposed to a pale, subtle color. Hope that makes sense.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 10, 2010 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Twi'lek character gallery shows a fair number of Twi'lek skin colors, if that might help you figure things out:

http://www.chucrew.com/twilekcelebration/gallery/index.php


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Pam! That is a huge help.

My sister finished the drawing and I'm going to start coloring it in. But we wanted to share it with you guys and see what you think.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really like the look of these designs! I like that they all have the criss-crossing on the torso to tie them together aesthetically. Look forward to the colored version. Do you know what type of fabrics you'll be using? And is that beading I see?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Ann Smile . The criss-crossing was my sister's idea so that we would kinda look connected Smile .

I'm not sure what kinda fabrics we are going to use. Probably what will happen is we'll each pick our color scheme (the right hand dancer is going to be red with a yellow-orange scheme) and then just go shopping.

Yep, that is beading Smile . The sister that drew the picture has volunteered to do the beading, even though some of it she's not sure how she's going to do Razz . But the other day we met a lady who does bead-stitching, so we might be working with her/buying pieces from her for the costumes Wink .
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2010 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sketch looks very promising. I'm eager to see the colored version and, of course, the costumes themselves. ^^
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice sketch. Cool I look forward to see more progress on this.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The coloring is going well. Two of the twi'leks have their color scheme and are gimped, and we finially decided on the third one (the artist hadn't a clue what color she wanted to be and we had to walk it through slowly for her Smile ).

Right now we have three colors, Red, Green, and Teal. I can't WAIT to show them to you! They are looking SO good. And we were glancing at fabrics at SAS the other day and we think we are going to use stretch caremuse (with a satiny look to it) for our costumes. Not sure, though. Floating cotton gauzes would also be cool for some of the costumes Smile . Each costume might have different fabrics, to better match the wearer and the costume Smile .

(I hate saying this, but I'm getting really excited about these costumes Smile )
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's colored!!! It's not a finalized picture, but it's as done as I personally am going to take it. And as far as I'm concerned, it looks pretty darn good Smile .



The artist of the picture is teal, I'm the green one, and the model sister is the red one.

Any comments? Do we look star warsy? Any other comments?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

padme9055 wrote:

Any comments? Do we look star warsy? Any other comments?


I really liked the look of this when I saw your first sketch, but there was something that looked a little off to me as I was looking at the colored version. The two on the right look very gypsy-ish. I'm generally a fan of this aesthetic but I have to admit I don't think it's super star warsy. Twilek dancer outfits tend to be tight, revealing/cutouts, and/or with a lot of netting. Looking back over other twi'lek dancers outfits I know that most of them are so revealing that when members make custom ones we tend to steer away from that a bit (I know I did).

But there are ways to incorporate that aesthetic without making it so that you would feel uncomfortable wearing it. When I did mine I knew that I wanted cover more of my body than Lyn-me or Oola did. So I designed cutouts on the sides so that I could have most of my midriff covered and most of my legs covered but still have that kind of look to it. One of the Twi'lek dancers from Episode two, Ayy Vida, is completely covered with a suit, but its made to still look star warsy with the pattern and tightness. I think that you can keep some of the loose flowy fabrics for both modesty and design (plus they can be really fun to dance in wink2 ) but if you adjust in some areas it could help change it away from being so "gypsy".

Not trying to be discouraging, just an observation. The red one looks the most star warsy to me and I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that its tightfitting and has holes down the arms. Having cutouts does make it much more annoying to do the body paint (again, I have the same problem) but it does help with the overall look. I think it would be easy to make the other two look more star warsy by making some of the articles closer fits.

For example, if the teal twi'lek outfit had spandex pants instead of the kinda piratey bloomers I think that would help. And maybe even have the nice sheer overlay fabric not cover up the midriff but instead let the halter undershirt have the strapping on it instead.

Perhaps if the green twi'lek's overskirt was made of a netting fabric instead of the two opaque layers. Netting is again, one of the common themes for Twi'lek dancers.

Obviously, these are just my own opinions and a few ways that I thought of that could be tweaks on the designs that could make them a bit more "star wars".

Again, I'm not trying to be discouraging because I really like the idea, but while the nice sheer fabrics and the beading will certainly look beautiful, I just don't know how much they will look like they came out of the star wars universe. I guess a good way to describe it would be they look more like "fantasy" than "science fiction".
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