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A Year of Cosplay 2015- Placeholder by firewolf826 A Year of Cosplay 2015- Placeholder :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 1 0 OTGW: A Little Birdie Told Me... by firewolf826 OTGW: A Little Birdie Told Me... :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 10 0 Eureka 7: Niji by firewolf826 Eureka 7: Niji :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 4 0 HQ!: Toss to Me by firewolf826 HQ!: Toss to Me :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 2 1 A Year of Cosplay 2014 by firewolf826 A Year of Cosplay 2014 :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 3 8 HQ!: King of the Court by firewolf826 HQ!: King of the Court :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 11 2 HQ!: Casual Days by firewolf826 HQ!: Casual Days :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 5 1 AOT: Keep Your Guard Up by firewolf826 AOT: Keep Your Guard Up :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 26 1 Gravity Falls: Mystery Twins! by firewolf826 Gravity Falls: Mystery Twins! :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 31 4 Free!: For the Team by firewolf826 Free!: For the Team :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 29 1 Spirited Away: Stay Close to Me by firewolf826 Spirited Away: Stay Close to Me :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 23 2 Cosplay Tutorial: Attack on Straps by firewolf826 Cosplay Tutorial: Attack on Straps :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 315 7 Free! Piggyback Ride by firewolf826 Free! Piggyback Ride :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 8 0 Free!: By the Poolside by firewolf826 Free!: By the Poolside :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 7 0 T+B: NEXT Ninja by firewolf826 T+B: NEXT Ninja :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 29 6 T+B: The Sun is Rising by firewolf826 T+B: The Sun is Rising :iconfirewolf826:firewolf826 21 8

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Oh right, dA is a thing... Maybe one day I'll update some things. I've been bad at updating all across the internet, tbh.
Long time no talk! Ah! I'm poking my way over here to say that I'm running a giveaway on Tumblr!

Sorry, Tumblr is the only place to enter, but you can win a set of my new Voltron pins! I've been obsessed with Voltron since the day it came out, so maybe a few of you are fans too! (I've already made Keith's casual outfit, so hopefully pics soon, and am in the midst of making paladin armor, aahhhh)

See Tumblr Post

If you aren't the lucky winner, you can buy these pins and other cool stuff over at my Storenvy!

Furthermore, if you'd like to keep up with my illustration posts, you can follow my illustration account erinwitzel. I'll try to get back into posting on dA, but you can also follow me on tumblr and twitter.

For cosplay things, you can still follow me throughout the web, including twitter (NEW!) and tumblr.

Sorry for the drive-by, life has been... a thing.... But I would like to return to posting on dA since it was one of the first communities I belonged to! (It says I've been a Deviant for 10 years!! Holy moly)

THank you!

  • Watching: Elementary (and finished Stranger Things!)
  • Playing: Abyssrium
  • Eating: rice cake
  • Drinking: water

2015 was the worst year of my life. I’ve had some bad years in the recent past, but nothing collectively takes the cake compared to this year. So I can’t speak positively about it at all. I really don’t have high hopes for 2016 either, because realistically I don’t see it getting any better.

The rest is rambling and I honestly don’t expect anyone to read it. It’s just a place for me to put my depressive thoughts, which, let’s be real. No one should be subjected to that.

I generally hate the end of the year. I know I’ll be having my birthday, which honestly it’s just always a depressing day for me, and I have to reflect on the fact I’m another year older and nothing to show for it. Nothing accomplished, no exciting life changes, no future. I’m so old and haven’t much progressed on anything at all. It doesn’t feel like a time to celebrate to me.

Everything is a blur. I think of “2015” and all I see is a blur. It’s a dark, sad blur. There are clouds and haze, it’s wet and cold. Any moments of happiness I had are just so fleeting, I can’t find them again. I wish I could remember them, but I can’t.

There are lots of things I enjoyed once, that I can’t seem to enjoy anymore. Certain series I liked, things I liked doing. I feel so removed from them that I just don’t feel joy anymore. I hope one day I can enjoy them again.

Countless things, very real and tangible things, very intangible feelings, went wrong this year. Work things, house things, health things, family things, friendship things. It’s hard to find any defining good moments amongst all these consistently bad things.

I don’t care if I seem overdramatic. At a certain point, you just stop caring how people interpret how you feel and how you act on your feelings. Because, trust me, all my bad feelings are just directed internally, that you don’t see 90% of the turmoil that goes on. So if people think the 10% that I show is attention-seeking or irritating or melodramatic– I don’t care. I’m broken and tired. And when you barely get on your feet again, you’re just knocked down once more, it’s hard to believe you’ll /ever/ stand on your feet for more than 5 minutes. But you have no choice but to keep trying to stand back up. It gets harder to care about the people watching you stumble and what they must think; how to impress them when you only have enough energy to keep getting back on your feet over and over again.

If you’re drowning, struggling for air, the moment you get your head above water and manage to breathe… that’s a success. Maybe you’ve managed to wade in the water long enough to keep from drowning for a few days. That’s a success. Maybe you’ve gathered enough strength to doggy-paddle your way forward. You’re not swimming, you’re covering little ground. It doesn’t feel like much when you’re struggling, watching everyone else doing laps around the pool. But, you’re trying. Almost everyday is a struggle to keep from drowning. And so, whether people recognize it or not, I’m trying every day to stay alive. Physically, but more so, emotionally. To keep from being completely dead inside. I know it may not seem like I’m trying, or getting anywhere. Trust me, no one’s more disappointed in my lack of success than me.

I wish I could be positive, I wish I could have something good to say. I wish I could say I’m looking forward to the future, but I’m not. I have no reason to hope or believe anything will be different or better next year. It’s my logical, realistic, cynical side that tells me to know better than to have high hopes. I’ve never been a very positive person, but throw depression into the mix, and you can just forget it. No matter how hard I try or how much I want it. There’s nothing on the horizon for me except more of this. All I can hope is that I can manage to keep myself from drowning.

2015 is ending just as it started: a lonely disappointment.

I’m sorry to all the friends and family that have to deal with me. I wish more than anything that things could be different, and that I wasn’t like this. Sometimes I can’t believe anyone would want to be around me. “How can you like me when I don’t even like me?” I ask myself.

Thanks for sticking with me regardless. I really need you.

  • Listening to: Passion Pit's Gossamer
  • Reading: Fruits Basket
  • Watching: Noragami
  • Playing: The World Ends With You
  • Eating: oatmeal
  • Drinking: coffee

I'm gonna let the photos do most of the talking on this one, because it was kind of an awkward one to write. I spent like half the con sick and utterly depressed, which isn't fun to share and talk about. But that is not to say there weren't good times. Quite the contrary, there were a lot of silly shenanigans. But if you want to stay away from the the more depressing parts of this writeup I suggest just looking at the pictures, hahah...

Haikyuu, Jojo style. Part of Friday night wacky times.


Thursday around noon, janiekat​[Jane] and I left Philly for DC and had a pretty uneventful ride down. When we got to the Gaylord, I checked in only to realize we were assigned the most inconvenient room on the topmost floor far away from the elevators. I don’t like to complain about stuff like that but checking in at 3pm on Thursday after booking the room several months in advance, and THIS is the room you give us? Luckily when bluucircles [Amanda] arrived, she asked them politely if we could change rooms, which we did to something much better in comparison. 

Amanda and I then change into Matsuoka siblings for a carefree (careFree!) photoshoot with sorairo-days ​[Sarah] and fairyring​. When I heard Sarah was going to be Momo, I jumped in on the chance to be Rin (I've been wanting to be him for a while) with her and Nitori, and later Amanda joined as Gou and our Samezuka group was born. Naturally we headed for the pool to shoot with Kaze-Mike and Chasis Photo, both of whom were great to work with!


I love this photo of all of us! Photo by Kaze Photography.
This is when Chasis Photo kept telling me to “be more bishie”, and I was like howwww, cries.
Unsurprisingly, there were lots of Free cosplayers at the pool, even on Thursday night, and we ran into jmoosalecki as Momo!

Of course, we had a silly time shooting, but were kicked out when the pool closed. Afterwards, we took some ridiculous photos at the hotel gym room as well as goofy pics at the arcade. I think this was the first time cosplaying at Katsucon on Thursday, and honestly it was the best Thursday night at a con I’ve ever had! Too many shenanigans to count.

I misplaced the photo strip from purikura, I hope I can find it ;^;

Arcade and gym fun times.
I can’t stop laughing at these photos of me on the horse. I really wanted to ride it, okay??
Gou doing what she does best: appreciating muscles.
Some of us needed to work extra hard on our muscles, though....

After we finished all up with shooting, Amanda and I went to get food at the sports bar in the atrium. It was funny because we ended up sitting next to other Free cosplayers at the bar. We also ran into friends!, including the Twin-Cosplay gals, and later dem-hips[Tara], kacielacie[Kacie], skwinky[Steph] (and maybe a few others,  my memory is faulty). We talked so much we kind of neglected our food, but it was a good night!


Friday morning Amanda and I got into our Chuunibyou costumes. A few months prior to the convention, Amanda finally convinced me to watch it, and I really enjoyed it! It's not a series that many people have heard of though, despite running for two seasons. Anyway, we had a morning shoot with TigerShot Productions, who got some really great shots of us! It was my first time shooting with him, and it went really well!

Yuuta wants nothing of Rikka’s nonsense. Photo by TigerShot Photography.

After finishing up the shoot, we had some downtime so we grabbed some coffee and breakfast. Soon after it was time for our shoot with the newly created Photopomp Studios!-- the combined powers of friends skwinkography and kdoranphoto. We all somehow braved the cold and wind (Steph and Kacie brought blankets for everyone, they were so prepared) to get some super cute shots. I'm so glad we got shots with the ferris wheel as well as recreating a few scenes!

Rikka wants Yuuta to go on the ferris wheel with her. Cuuuute. Photo by Photopomp Studios.
The iconic pinky holding scene ;^; Photo by Photopomp Studios.

After the shoot was over we all gladly warmed up back inside. Amanda and I wandered a bit, then gave in and waited in the badge line which never really calmed down. At about an hour wait, it could have been worst, I suppose. Then we toured the Dealer's Room before it was eventually time for some food. We went to Nando's with Jane and fenihel and ate back in our hotel room. It was then time to change into Haikyuu, but not before Amanda and I whined a bunch about taking off our Chuuni costumes. (We realized we never took photos in the photobooth, so we want to plan a trip to do purikura sometime!)

We cute.
We still cute.
We ran into ameatyourservice, it was lovely meeting you!
We found a Nibutani cosplayer!! I couldn’t believe there was another Chuunibyou cosplayer, I was so glad!

So Amanda, Jane and I met up with a bunch of folks (skwinky, vintage-aerithshinjaninja, kacielacie, etc) for fun Haikyuu times in the lobby. Literally, we were there for hours, acquiring more members (such as psychedelicpaprika) and shouting "SPORTS SPORTS!" and other crazy shenanigans. The best part is how well-received we were for just hanging out; a lot of people enjoyed us and took our picture. We were in a few wacky videos, like one wishing a con-goer's friend a happy birthday. We even sparred with some Kuroko no Basuke guys (ok, not actually). It was a pretty obnoxious fun night, and there are many a photo documenting our wacky times...

I still laugh every time when I see shinjaninja as Tsukki in the background...
Also Steph’s Noya face kills me. Everyone is so good.


Eventually we headed back to the room. I didn't mention yet, but we were sharing the room with sewthoughtful and Armen again, which with the five of us, is the best reoccurring con roomie group I could ask for. <3


Saturday morning I woke up leisurely and changed into Wirt for the first part of the day. There were... oddly a very large number of Wirts, which was surprising and not surprising at the same time. Anyway, I hung around with Jane and the large Fire Emblem group photoshoot she was a part of with Photopomp Studios. We hung by the doors at the back of the atrium as members of the group individually braved the cold (Steph and Kacie were troopers for hanging in there all weekend). We kept having to open the door for con-goers because it was locked from the outside, hahah.

This is a random vine I stumbled upon that has me as Wirt and Jane in FE in the background, lol:

I hung around there for a while, helping wherever I could, but eventually separated to join Amanda in touring the Artist Alley. (Sad I didn't get to see Ceriene in her armor!) Eventually she had to go to a shoot and I ran into Sarah, Hibrrry, Zach, and Vinh, and hung around with them for a while. Everyone kind of dispersed with different events going on and I met back up with Amanda and we chatted with death-rae for a good bit! We then finished up the AA before heading back to the room to change into our Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-Kun costumes. 

Jane had made Amanda and I marathon GSNK one weekend, and it was certainly was fun and entertaining. A bunch of different friends wanted to cosplay together, so I wanted to join mostly to hang out with everyone (As in, I didn't have any strong desire personally to cosplay any of the characters, but it seemed like a fun and easy thing I didn't want to miss out on, so I joined the group). So after changing, Jane, Amanda and I met up with the group in the lobby. We then went to Nando's (again, because lol without the Freshii/Baja Fresh there's like no other close/quick/cheap place to go) with skeletim and vintage-aerith to grab dinner and brought it back to eat in the lobby. 

It was Valentine's Day and Mikoshiba's birthday, so you can imagine the hilarity that ensued. Besides the before mentioned people, also in our very casual group shenanigans were kacielacie, dem-hips, skwinky, supitscarrie, amisgurumis, mie_scattering, Kassie, and I think that's it. It was a goofy time, so I'll just let the photos speak for themselves. (I wish I had gotten pics with more of everyone there)

Selfies with kira-rin!
Apparently I spent the night trying to photobomb, ahah. Can’t let my cute friends have all the fun.

I was nearly strangled trying on Dokidoki Kokoroki’s “Get Along Scarf”....
Photo documentation of Amanda, I mean, Seo being obnoxious.

When I changed before dinner is about when I started feeling sick, and tried to take medicine to hold it at bay, but to no avail, really. I usually get sick /after/ cons but not during them, and it basically hindered me the rest of the weekend, which I go into more about how it took a toll on me, womp.


Sunday I slept in kind of late, I can't remember how long, but I was sick and certainly didn't feel like waking up. But I did, and changed into Hiro to meet up with Tara as Gogo. In fact, her wanting to cosplay Gogo was the main reason I decided to cosplay from Big Hero 6 in the first place! So I'm glad we both followed through with these costumes. We tagged along with Amanda, Kacie, and baronvonblitz[Tyska] on their One Piece shoot with Steph. It was nice chatting with Tyska (and warming her cold hands, as usual) since I hadn't seen her in awhile! After they finished up their shoot, Steph graciously took some quick photos of me and Tara.

Me and dem-hips, heroing it up.

Photo by skwinkography . Thanks for doing an impromptu shoot with us! <3

As the con was dying down, a bunch of us hung out in a sort of secluded hallway for much of the afternoon. As people came and went, we said our goodbyes. By early evening, mostly everyone had left, and only us who were staying until Monday remained. Eventually we changed out of costume, and Amanda, Jane and I went to the Mexican restaurant, which I hadn't been to in a few years. I was feeling pretty awful mentally and physically and could barely eat my food. This is when I was hit hard by depression (so you can stop reading now if you don't want to read about that), and I won't go into much detail other than I was a sorry sobbing mess the rest of the night.

I was too sick and depressed to join, but look at my cute friends wrapping up the con.


Monday morning I really did not want to get up, unsurprisingly. I am never the last person to get up in a hotel room. Definitely was not feeling better in any way. Regardless I had to pack my suitcase in its entirety as we all got ready to check out of the hotel room. The five of us went to get brunch at a nearby IHOP. It was a nice and leisurely way to wrap up the weekend. After finishing eating, Jane and I said goodbye to Steph, Armen, and Amanda, and then made our way back to Philly (I left one of my favorite hats at the restaurant, which I can say did not help my mood in the least). 

The funny part about this is that we asked the waitress to take a pic of all of us, but she fully cut out Jane, hahah. So Steph took a solo pic of Jane. We think it’s because Jane wanted to swipe the passing plates of bacon...

We returned around 5pm, and I proceeded to sleep almost immediately. I had to do a fairly simple hour-long-ish task for my job on Monday evening, as prescheduled, but otherwise was nonfuctioning. I actually called out from work the next day, which I rarely take sick days, and that was bad because I had a project I needed to finish up that day and had to leave it for my coworker to do. I felt extra shitty because of that on top of it all. 

It was a weird sickness, not the usual type of cold I get. This had some intense coughing but mostly just feeling incredibly drained, kind of feverish. I don't mean to focus on this too much, but it was a huge take-away of the con. I don't want to let it outshine the good times that were had, but getting sick destroyed my ability to contain my emotions at the con, so my depression just came pouring out. I realize now this was certainly not the first time being an emotional mess at a con, not at all, but I was completely unable to control it this time. I hope I won't have to have a con like this again anytime soon. It was not fun for me to deal with, and it was not fun for the people around me either, I'm sure, so for that I'm sorry. No one did anything to me to cause this, so it's certainly no one's fault. I'm just mostly ashamed you had to witness it.

If I don't stop now I will just ramble abut my depression, which is unrelated to this con report, so I'll shut up now. Thanks to everyone who made the good times of the con the best they could be, and I look forward to the next time we all can hang out together.

  • Listening to: depressing music
  • Watching: Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins)
  • Eating: eggs
  • Drinking: coffee


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Artist | Hobbyist | Artisan Crafts
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I am a college graduate with a BFA in graphic design (interactive and illustration) and a Japanese minor, and am working as a web designer & programmer in downtown Philadelphia. I really love doing cosplay, started in 2004. I am pretty stubborn, have high-expectations, dream big, and often over-extend myself.... I'm not quite sure where my life is going, but for now, I'll just be having fun cosplaying... ^_^;


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lady-blackwings Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :cake: 
theXVthmember Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Um, could you give me some tips for a wig I'm making? See, I'm going to cosplay as a character with lavender hair, but the wig I'm using is Dark purple. I'm wondering how to lighten the color. It's one of those plastic-y, synthetic wigs.
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vinxx555 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! OvO
MrJechgo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016
Happy B-Day ^_^
mytherbale Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I sent you a note for you, in your account.
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