The Cos & Effect anime cosplay convention was held at the Student Union Building at the University of British Columbia, prescription Vancouver on August 13-14, 2011. I was there on August 14, 2011 to take some photos of the amazing costumes. To see more photos, check out this album on Facebook and the Cos & Effect forum on IRLEvents.
Most anime and manga characters have freakishly large eyes. We thought it would be fun to do a photo shoot with large anime eyes painted over the model’s eyelids. Using some anime images as reference, makeup artist Mika did some very cool work with model Candy. Mika posted a video on YouTube with more info on how she did the makeup. Candy also brought along a bunch of different outfits for the shoot.
It was challenging for Candy because she had to keep her eyes shut most of the time. It was strange for me because after a while I forgot that the anime eyes were not real. When I’m photographing people, I pay special attention to their eyes – the shadows, highlight and focus. I did the same during this shoot and the eyes, as abnormally large and cartoonish as they were, started to seem real – as if they were looking at me and my camera! Candy did a great job modeling and I had to keep reminding myself that she had her eyes closed the entire time.
Here are some more photos from the shoot: