As you may have seen, my secret cosplay that I debuted at SDCC 2017 was none other than Sirius Black from Harry Potter!
I’ve been planning to do Sirius for several months but didn’t actually plan on being ready for SDCC. And then, two weeks ago, with my wife’s help and urging on sourcing some of the clothing, I decided to go for it!
For this first version of Sirius, none of the clothing is made. It’s either stuff I already had (the pants, shirt, pocket watch, and shoes) or stuff I bought (the vest and jacket). I figured that as long as it had the Sirius style and flavor, being an exact match for one of his movie costumes wasn’t critical for a first attempt (though I do plan on an updated version with more movie accurate clothing in the future).
Obviously, I had the hair and beard down already which only left two things to sell the look – a wand and tattoos.
For tattoos, I went with Freehand Ink from Inkbox. This stuff is amazing! It comes in a little bottle with a steel tip and the temporary tattoos last about a week or two (depending on how well you moisturize it and how much you wash it). I printed out a full-sized version of Sirius’ chest tattoo, taped it to my bathroom mirror and then freehanded it in the mirror. Once you let the Freehand Ink dry, you wash it off and there is no trace of your tattoo! It takes about a day for it to fully “develop.” I have to admit to being quite anxious while waiting to see how it came out, but thats also why I did a test a week ahead of time. I reapplied the tattoo the Tuesday before con to make sure it wasn’t too faded or coming off by the time I actually wore Sirius.
As for the wand, I decided to do my second Apoxie Sculpt project (the first being the Sword Art Online laser sword I made recently). I used a length of armature wire, rolled it into some Apoxie Sculpt and then spent awhile molding it to the correct shape. I took a stab at carving the runes and details while it was still soft, but I kept deforming the overall wand shape so instead waited for it to fully cure and then carved them out using several files and carving tools. Once I had everything carved out, I did a wash of black to get down into all of the runes, followed by several dry brush coats of multiple shades of brown to give it a wood texture look. Not bad for a wand I made in 24 hours!
Sirius was a huge hit at SDCC, almost even bringing one girl to tears. Apparently not many people do Sirius cosplay and seeing one is fairly rare (though I did find two others). I even found a large Potter group based in SoCal that was in need of a Sirius. Too bad I don’t live closer! I’ll close out this post with a gallery of myself as Sirius with folks at con!