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No Face Costume by JoyKodani No Face Costume by JoyKodani
Hmmm... just where does one submit a costume in DA? It's an Anime/Fan Art sort of thing, but it's not digital art or what you would call traditional art... doesn't really fit under any of the "artisan" categories... Sculpture?... nah... so let's just go with "miscellaneous"...

Anyway, this weekend was the the big Anime Weekend Atlanta convention, and my 14-year-old daughter wanted to go as No Face from the movie Spirited Away (one of my personal favorites!). After a lot of mental calisthenics, I came up with making the mask using a sort of papier maché material, and added about 5 yards of black fabric, plus some cardboard and a LOT of duct tape to create a sort of helmet to hold the mask up over her head. Her face is actually peering through some black mesh right under the chin of the mask. The whole thing was just under 7 feet tall when she put it on.

This was our second year attending the AWA, and it was pretty fun, but we couldn't walk 20 feet without somebody stopping us for No Face's picture, or coming up to hug him/her or ask if he/she had eaten any good frogs lately. As the designer and engineer, I was pretty proud, but it was really just fun for me to watch my kid having so much fun with her two best buddies (who went as Kisa from Fruits Basket, and Lee from Gun Grave).

Now I gotta figure out how I'm going to build a Totoro costume for next year!
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NiJole-teh-drac Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hey! i wanted to dress up as no face for halloween, so I just wanted to know, how did you make the head part? thanks in advance!
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camillesaidcami Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
This is absolutely amazing! My brother and I plan to go as No-Face and Chiriho for the Dubai Comic Con next year! But if I may ask, how long did it take to build the whole costume? Also, how did you attach the mask to the fabric??
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catslena Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
how did you make the mask exactly. I really wanna do this cause it looks a lot simpler than any other costume and its unique. If you could help that would be amazing because this is amazing
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grnthi Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
so cute! (X
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The-Thermals-groupi Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
OMFG I FEAKIN LE SPRITED AWAY!!! lol i LOVE THIS COSTUME!!!
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kuma92 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011
OMG! IT IS AMAZING! I WISH MY MOTHER WOULD LET ME MAKE COSPLAYS! I have been wanting to cosplay him for a few weeks now, so I was hoping you'd be willing to tell me how you created it all. It would be a big biiiig help if you would.

Thank you so much, and you're costumes are amazing! Your fantastic at making cosplays and your daughter must be sooooooo happy!

-Kuma Naru-
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CocoSaysRawr Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011
I need some help. I'm trying to be no face for this coming Halloween and i need help finding the materials and making the costume. Can you help me out please?
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LadyTara Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
That is amazing :D I want!
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rima12345 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
hey i have to write a blog for school and im doing it on anime halloween costume. this is the best miyuzaki inspired costumes i've seen so far. can i please use it? i will give you complete credit.
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drawwithme15 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome ! i want a no face mask (:
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JOHNNEMO Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Well done... I love this movie.
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mikopuppy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ah I love Spirited Away! Brilliant costume:)
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SSJ4Theo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
omg yes that was u!!! i loved this, i wanted a pic with u but i didn't have a camera
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Ilseaiko-chan Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
hi!
amazing no face..
:idea::confused: just one question .. what did you use to make the inside taller?

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JoyBundle012 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
LOVE THIS MOVIE!! cool No Face costume ^v^ just...keep the gold away from me o~o
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CrayPasEveryday Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
yay spirited away lol
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:iconparsfiom:
Parsfiom Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
lol i have a very difficult request
the wolf or forest spirit or the little white head bobbing things from Princess Mononoke!!!
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Parsfiom Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
nice costume hes my fave character!
GREAT JOB
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13ArmedZombies Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so amazing. I really like the mask.
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Caslen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
Wow, I love no face! Your costume is so amazing! I am planning to go as No face to the MCM London Expo. Any tips?
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Tenshi-Ookami Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoot! No Face! Its creepy and cool at the same time. ^_^
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanxomuch! Creepy?... He's such a sweet guy!...
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Tenshi-Ookami Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
NP! ^.^ well...ya,creepy.But he is,like my fave character from the whole movie. :teevee:
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Me tew!
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Tenshi-Ookami Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
haha!Cool! :D
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dashatron Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
amazing!!!!! i love this guy...i actually wanted to make this costume for myself for burning man this year...you did an awesome job. might be asking you for advice hehe
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanxomuch! ^_^
I've always wanted to go to burning man. Sounds amazing.
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shinebrite Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
how did you get that hump shape? a pillow?
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the belated reply... I used a tomato cage and filled it with pillow stuffing.
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ppi23 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009
:D omg what a awsome costume
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Alexisrawr15 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
freakin awesome costume i love it
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanxomuch!
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DandyGrrl Featured By Owner May 18, 2009  Student General Artist
Sprited Away! Its the freaky one! Must have taken a long time to make the costume though.
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanx... I think I did it all in one weekend.
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Mae-Xie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
omg. spirited away ftw . gah its one of my favorite also :D nice costume btw, though that face scares me alot :S
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primulatook Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a wonderful costume!
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Sunnybrook1 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, old but good~ :+fav:
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thanx! ^_^
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Giving-up-the-ghost Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
wow, what a great costume, I was trying to think of the easiest possible char to make as a cosplay that's recognisable and no face came to mind.

The helmet idea is great! I might trial it with a balloon covered in paper mache first but my partner (nigel) and I were wondering how we were going to see through the mask, I ended up suggesting putting it on the back of the head so you can walk without hinderance or looking under the chin (as you suggested) but you're right, no face needs the height to him.

Thanks again for the tips & tricks.
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008  Professional General Artist
:icongivemesmilesplz: Thanxomuch!
Yeah, if you get some black screen, you can make a screen right under the chin of the mask that's almost undetectable. Another option I considered was looking through the mouth, but it was still a limited view. It would be awkward to walk around backwards, don't you think?
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Giving-up-the-ghost Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
I meant that instead of facing each other, both the photographer and no face would both be facing the same direction. But I like the cage idea better. Then again I might try with a bucket and some packaging materials to round it off a bit.

We don't have magic sculp here but due to your excitement over it I'll be ordering some in for the mask. I just have no idea how much we'll be using...

I like the screen idea. Something I considered doing was making a flap for the mouth and sewing the bottom of it to the main material and then having press studs up the top so it's possible to eat/drink while in the costume. The only thing to worry about there is the seam lines I guess.

If you're willing to discuss this idea with me a bit more please do so, I'm just thinking that I shouldn't steal the spotlight away from your wonderful cosplay ;)
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Feel free to borrow any ideas. I think I used two packages of the papier machée/clay stuff for our mask. One thing I like about it is that it's very light. Sculpey would have been too heavy. That's really an issue because it'll make the whole structure tend to tilt forward.

Another thing you could consider is just letting the black screen hang sort of as a flap, only attached on the inside at the top and sides (I think I used duct tape to attach ours -- really hi-tech, right ;P), so you could get food through it.
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Invader-Cyam Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
AMAZING!!! :giggle: yay! no face!
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
No Face rocks!
:headbang:
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Invader-Cyam Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
i like no face...
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:iconjoykodani:
JoyKodani Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
I love Gir!
:icongirplz:
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Invader-Cyam Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
I love Gir too!
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Imaginashawn Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
YES!!! That is one bad-ass costume!
I Loved Spirited Away and that was one of my favorite characters in that movie. Great job on bringing him to life!
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JoyKodani Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional General Artist
:aww: Thanxomuch for your enthusiastic compliments! I love both the movie and the character, too. Spirited Away is definitely Miyazaki-san's greatest work, although I love pretty much everything else I've seen by Studio Ghibli. Totoro is another of my favorites. I just may have to do some fan art of either No Face or a Totoro... :P
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naturally-morbid Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
<small>That was such a cute costume! We saw it on Saturday and I forgot to come get a picture. Very unique and one of my favorite characters!
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