Thank you! I'll quote myself with the answer I have given to others who have asked: "The wings are made of clear (bendy) plastic and craft foam. I used thicker iron wire in the upper part of the wing so I could bend them the way I wanted and help to support them. Otherwise I just glued the pieces together and nothing more. I couldn't find proper tights anywhere, so I bought regular striped ones and green opaque ones and wore the green tights on top of the striped tights."
Hi Yumi. Remember me from when I commented on a few of your April May pics? I came back to visit your gallery and found this picture, and I was like "Wow!", because I bumped into W.I.T.C.H. on YouTube earlier this year and found it quite amusing. The dialogue is witty, and Will becomes quite the cutie when she transforms to an older age. Is she your favourite too? I'm not sure those wings of yours are going to get you off the ground but you're looking pretty cute here!
Hi, sure, I remember something like that. Welcome back to my gallery! Will was definitely my favorite when I was a child, but nowadays I don't have a favorite one. I just think she fits me visually the best, so that's why I picked her to cosplay. I'm glad you like my version of Will. And yes, well, only Hay Lin of the five girls can fly. I'm fine staying on the ground. Thank you!
Thanks, it's nice to visit again. You were quite chatty last time so I came back for more! But hey, you're saying only Hay Lin can fly? That must be the comics you're talking about. I only really know the TV show, and in the show they all fly. This seems like a pretty huge difference between the two. Also, it seems weird that they'd have wings yet only one of them can fly (though I realize that Hay Lin would be the natural choice). Maybe you can explain a bit about this? It really surprises me. In the comics it must be a lot harder for them to do things if only one of them can fly.
And yes, they have to work things differently on the comic and I actually prefer it that way. It makes the girls more realistic instead of "allmighty". They learn from their mistakes and grow as characters, they feel more relatable.
Yes, it's that way in the comic. I have no correct answer for why the others couldn't fly, but I have some theories. I think it's mainly just a costume design thing to make the girls look like a team and equal. They will all learn the ability to fly when their powers get much stronger (new outfit and bigger wings) later in the comic. Because Hay Lin represents air, she already posseses the power of flying from the very beginning, even though the wings are small. Just my point of view explained quite plainly. I don't like the animation too much, because it's not too truthfull to the original.
Thanks for all that. In the comic, are the four other girls puzzled about why they have wings which don't work? It must seem weird to them, so I wonder how the comic handled that. I understand how being grounded could make them more relateable, but perhaps another reason for it was to help keep readers hooked. Like, readers would be looking forward to the time when maybe all the girls could fly - and especially their favourite character.
It's easy to understand why the TV series was different though, letting them all fly right away. Differences in TV adaptations are almost inevitable, let's face it. I can understand that you're not keen on the changes, but still, it was a quality series with some excellent voicing - Will and Cornelia especially I think (Cornelia is pretty funny). Also, the US version had a kickass theme song and intro. That was the version I watched. Did you watch an English language version, or was it dubbed in Finnish?
Oh, I just remembered something I forgot to add about the wings. When the girls transform for the first time they react to the wings. Hay Lin says: "We have wings!" and seems quite happy about it, to which Irma states: "We really are magical creatures!" in just as eager way. So I figured also that the wings are a symbol and proof of them being magical and therefore they are easier to recognize and accept as magical creatures.
The girls are not puzzled. They figure things out as problems go on. I don't find it weird that they are not troubled, as they know it's logical to Hay Lin to fly and not for them, as they don't posses the element. The fact that the others can't use their wings is mentioned in a little info section that is included in the magazines. Also, the comic is mainly directed to girls in their child and early teenage years, so I believe they don't find it odd as there is so, so many other interesting things going on in the comic. You have a good point questioning this and I am also a bit wondering, but as a costume designer for performing arts I think I can understand the reason. I find it logical that they all have wings even though they can't all use them. If only Hay Lin had wings, she'd stand out more compared to other girls visually, even if she possesses the element of air. They wouldn't be in a balanced harmony as a group visually. In in any case, the target group is different from the older fans who are easier to criticize and are able to analyse things with more thought. I remember myself from never questioning this wing-thing when I was 8, but I sure wondered if they all could somehow fly later. I wasn't hopeful, I just casually wondered for a short moment and let things go on in their own pace. I recommend you read the comic yourself as you apparently are interested in the subject. You can find the translated comic here -> z8.invisionfree.com/WITCH_comi…
I didn't find it to be a quality show, as I watched it in my young adult years. I am very, VERY demanding with voice acting and I found it to be a bit rushed (both English and Finnish). The way they drew the girls was very simple and it had nothing new to give me, really. Of course it has to be rushed as the show was forced to get out in quite a quick pace, plus the story line has to be either constricted or changed completely to make it fit to a certain amount of episodes in a logical way. Of course I am biased as I have basically grown with the comic my whole life and the comic is really dear to me even now, but I also understand why others like the show, especially little kids. I know a big amount of people who have also spent their childhood and teenage years with the comic, and pretty much everyone shares the feeling with me as we have discussed about the topic. I'm sure that if i didn't read the comics first I'd like the animation a lot more. It's okay, but I was disappointed. It's usually hard to surpass or even reach the same level of affection people have for their first image of something, when the original is already really good.
An interesting reply, and definitely the longest I ever got on dA! When I said "quality series", that's just how it struck me considering that it was mainly aimed at a young age group. I'm way out of that demographic, yet it was witty enough to make me chuckle. It's something that could be appreciated by more than just kids. Appreciated for other reasons perhaps, including subtle or clever lines.
You said about the girls being drawn simply, but it's animation after all, a medium in which things typically need to be simplified for practical reasons. To me the visual style looks relatively good and pleasing compared to most other childrens' animation. To mention one specific thing I liked, the girls are drawn in a relatively realistic form, as opposed to being stylized in a very cartoony way (although there were times when that momentarily changed and a cartoony facial expression was used).
In regard to the voicing, I've noticed several places where the wrong voice was used for the girl speaking. That's a bad point of course (and it's hard to understand how they could possibly get that wrong), so yes there were certainly some flaws. Perhaps this occasional carelessness is part of what you meant when you talked of things being a bit rushed. I'm not sure what other aspects you had in mind.
Thanks for the comics link, although I'm really not planning to go beyond the TV series. The comics clearly have the edge when it comes to the sheer amount of material. But I get the impression that they're pitched at an even younger audience than the series, partly because of the drawing style.
I found the bit you referred to, and I notice that when Irma says "We really are magical creatures", she's actually staring at her boobs. Maybe a bit of grown-up humour sneaking in there! As you may remember, in the TV series it was Cornelia who notices the boobs aspect of their transformation, and gets a funny line.
Incidentally, looking through a scan or two, it's as if the translation was written by someone who wasn't a native English speaker. Things often read a bit strangely, and sometimes there are definite mistakes. I'm not sure if you ever realized this, although your English is clearly good. From what I saw, it looks possible that many subtleties of expression got lost in translation.
As said, W.I.T.C.H. is quite an important part of my life as I've grown with it. People experience it very much differently. I don't know what else to tell you other than what I already have: as a costume designer the wing thing is very clear to me. I understand the ideology, stared Irma at her boobs or didn't. It's interesting how people have so many points of view. For example you clearly have a different preference compared to mine when it comes to style.
I have read the comics both in Finnish and English and I must say that the Finnish translation is quite ingenious. I love our language and its richness in delivery. I usually like reading comics in English more than in my native language, but W.I.T.C.H. is something else. Sure there are some counterwords in Finnish that sound just plain ridiculous. I don't think the English translators are native English speakers, since there are some silly and misinterpreted lines. Though who knows; not all English speakers know their language too well. However, misinterpretation is really common with comics as the pace of release is quite fast. Also, in the comics there are times when the coloring is done incorrectly, for example Irma's skirt and shirt exchange colors in one of the panels. It's not too often, but it still happens here and there. I'm not saying the comic is perfect, but I am saying that I prefer it to the animation for the story line and growth of characters.
DispassionateCirclesFeatured By OwnerAug 27, 2013 Traditional Artist
Actually I forgot to ask, but what did you use to get the detail work on the skirt to stick to your skin like that? I've been trying to figure out what you could have used, but so far I've come up with nothing.
Wow, this is a fantastic Will cosplay! It's nice to see that people are still cosplaying from W.I.T.C.H. I'm looking to cosplay Irma soon and I was wondering what kind of fabric you used for this costume and if you had any tips for making the wings?
I myself used jersey fabrics so they'd be easy to make skin tight and still be able to put on without zippers. The wings are made of craft foam and this bendy kind of plastic (probably acrylic), and have been attached to bra and not just the shirt, so they'd stay put better.
And no, I don't really have a group, yet. After making this cosplay there have been several people telling me how they'd like to company me someday, so hopefully it's going to happen! I will have a small Meridian group next year, though, as I'm going to make Elyon.