As a cosplayer, this is certainly not a foreign idea to me, as I’ve mentioned before. Cosplay costumes don’t make good Halloween costumes, of course, but I’ve found myself picking out even more obscure designs for creation among books – especially children’s books. I blame it all on the teaching thing. Here are some ideas I’d love to go after:
I’m working on an author study of Mr. Mayer for graduate school, and this is one of the main reasons I chose him: his beautiful illustrations and tales. East of the Sun, West of the Moon is one of my favorite fairy tales (linked with Psyche and Cupid, the Frog Prince, etc), and I adore the detailed dresses and lush fabrics in Mayer’s illustrations. I’d love to create one of the pretty dresses from this story someday.
The Beloved from the Twelve Days of Christmas Golden Book.
This little book was such a surprise! I got it in a collection of free kids books that were donated to my future classroom, and this was indeed a treasure. Filled with beautiful illustrations of a girl and her holiday sweetheart, I fell in love with the medieval inspired dresses the girl changes throughout the twelve days. Also I HAVE A THING FOR PRETTY DRESSES.
Now that I think about it, I actually have done a slightly obscure book character: Arha, the Eaten One from the Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. LeGuin.
And of course Ophelia, in her Waterhouse incarnation… that’ll be finished up soon. What sort of obscure projects are you dreaming of?