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Melissa Russell
United States
Current Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Favourite genre of music: Rock / Pop
Operating System: Windows 7
Favourite cartoon character: Vash the Stampede / Lupin III
Hello deviants. I've neglected you. I'm sorry.

I did not finish my EDI kit. It is frankly too hot in Phoenix for the materials that I have available. Instead, I started pouring efforts into the Mechromancer and into updating my Varric kit from DA2 to Those That Sleep and Dragon Age Inquisition. (I'm going to need much more work for the Inquisition build. The comic build was much easier to whip up. I debuted it at SDCC 2013.)

I lost my job in March, 2013. I wanted to cry, but I was promptly swept by a quality assurance software company. I've been providing quality assurance testing for video games for a little over a year, now. In the past year, I've worked on ~five titles~, published three, and won a game jam competition with a team of three people. It is ... exhausting.

I have an hour commute into work and an hour commute home, so I spend every waking hour driving or playing video games (professionally). On the plus side, (pfft, other than playing video games for a living) I've finally caught up on A Song of Ice and Fire. (I'm house Mormont.) I'm also totally in love with the Ettiquette and Espionage series, as well as the Iron Druid Chronicles, and -- of course -- the Gentleman Bastards Sequence.

Unfortunately, it means my costuming and artwork has taken a back seat. My actual gaming has suffered, too -- I STILL haven't finished Borderlands 2. (But I'm actively working on Child of Light and Transistor!)

I just finished and debuted my Delsin Rowe cosplay at Phoenix Comic Con. You can track the progress and finished photos for it on my fancy new Facebook fanpage: I have also been posting my WIP pictures for Delsin and ~Darth Revan~ to my private tumblr, but I'm seriously focusing on building and promoting the Facebook page.

Did I mention I'm working on Darth Revan? Aicosu convinced me to purchase a roll of Worbla, last year, so I finally broke it out and started shaping it. I'm about 80% done with the Revan kit. It's all primed and painted. It needs some softparts and some straps ... and then it will be photo ready!

Unfortunately, worbla's pliable point is definitely NOT PHOENIX SAFE. After I spent three weeks hand shaping the breastplate, I set it out on the patio table to prime. IT MELTED TO MY TABLE. :( :( :(  ... Thankfully, it was still pliable enough to throw back onto the duct tape dummy! So it's ... mostly salvaged. I'm getting a lot of commentary about how no one can tell that it has been melted and re-shaped a few times, from pictures. SO. WE'LL SEE HOW THAT GOES.


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Horakso Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mara-Jade-Fans, is a dead group ?
JonathanWyke Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014   General Artist
Thanks for the Watch!
coolbyproxy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks for the fave! :)
Mxi665 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Thank u for the fav ^^
TheSleepyRabbit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday!
MotherMcKarther Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday! :D
Jacinthe Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hey again Melissa! (Hope it's not creepy if I call you Melissa. ;) ) Just wanted to thank you here for watching and commenting. Comments are so rare these days, you know?

Anyway, hope to see you at PCC. =)
JoeHoganArt Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Thanks so much for the watch!
ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the fave! It always makes my day so much brighter knowing that someone is enjoying my work. ^^
DarkLyghtning Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the :+fav: on my Chocobo Blanket [link]
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