BRI ROSE : The idea for the Ariel and Eric statue duo came to me at three in the morning a couple years ago. I subconsciously drew a rough sketch that night and immediately drew a more detailed piece the next morning. I pulled up the scene from the film, took pictures of the statue at the Art of Animation Resort, and pulled up the Google 360 view of Ariel’s Grotto at the Tokyo Disney park for additional references.
The cosplays were comical but looked good. I wanted people to be surprised because it’s never been done before and to think that they were both creative. We got a bigger and better response than we could have thought of. Full grown men thought the cosplays looked realistic, little kids loved being able to touch the tail fabric and thought it was a real tail, and others just freaked out in general because they had never seen this duo idea done before. It really showed that all the hard work and long nights paid off.
Ariel’s costume is made from recycled metal wire, paper mache, duct tape, hot glue, recycled plastic tarp, a mod podge sand mixture, textured spray paint, and recycled plants. The wire frame of the rock is attached to a thrifted leather belt. The top is a flexible duct tape with the paper mache attached at the sides. The base of the rock is plastic stapled and hot glued to the bottom of the paper mache portion.
After the paintwork, I glued steamed moss to fill in cracks and add a sea plant texture along with the plastic plants. Her thing-a-ma-bobs were thrifted or came from home and were lightly coated with a rusted silver spray paint look. After they dried they were sewn to the plastic and glued for extra security. All of the shells on the cosplay came from Nokomis Beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The sparkly tail fits like a mini skirt with recycled dress fabric from a $1.80 Goodwill clothing article. The entire project was a trial and error process and used a lot of patience and proper manipulation of materials. Ariel’s entire cosplay cost under $30 to make!
Never have I ever made anyone look like stone for a cosplay before the Prince Eric statue. First I had to sew his prince outfit before adding stone texture and paint. His outfit was made from old grey fabric, maxi skirts, and grey sheets. JLine had to stand in my yard for 3 hours while I painted and textured his entire costume since I did not own a full-size mannequin. I bought a $1 wig from a local thrift store, cut it to JLine’s length, used pod podge, and a small tooth comb to style the hair in a solid form that resembled the statue.
JLINE : The statue was made under $30 worth of materials. Various grey clothing from thrift stores. Followed by spray paint on the clothes while standing in place. Then the makeup is dabbing acrylic paint on the face, and “splattering” droplets of various paints on the face with a wet brush.
BRI ROSE : Once the sand and mod podge mixture dried fully, I used the same stone texture spray paint to coat the wig to match the rest of the costume. The emblem he rests his foot on is made from leftover pieces of cheap craft foam hot glued to an old plastic retail sign display.
All of his accessories were coated with the same paint and sand mixtures. His face makeup was a gamble. I did not do a makeup test beforehand and did not look up any accurate stone makeup tutorials because his costume had a special stone look itself.
All the tutorials online had different textures and colors than what I needed. Luckily, his makeup worked on the first try and was created from Dollar Tree Halloween makeup in silver and white, and watered down acrylic paint in black and white. I coated his ears, neck, and face with a sponge in silver. The white was applied in a highlighting contour way to brighten his features. I mixed a small dab of black acrylic paint with the white face paint and used it with a sponge to highlight the eyebrows, cheekbones, and chin. The watered down acrylic paints came in last. I used small brush spurts of white and black sparingly where needed around his face to match the paint on the rest of the cosplay.
JLINE : Protect your skin when you’re spray painting yourself, even when wearing clothing. I had an allergic reaction to the spray paint on my hand and my shoulder. You guys should live and learn through my experience with the production of the costume. Good times though.
The response was quite overwhelming. Quite a variety of con goers stopped us for pictures! There were times when I was by myself, and people would mistake me for a real statue!
BRI ROSE : I guess you could say I have been cosplaying for years. My mom and I loved making random costumes of my favorite characters randomly throughout the year when I was younger. As I got older I started making them myself and wearing them to different conventions and theme park events. Cosplay also makes me feel close to my grandmother that passed away when I was six.
She never had the chance to teach me how to sew intricate details and large projects such as ball gowns, so I had to pick up those pieces and teach myself. Now, cosplaying is a hobby I love to do year round. I get to be creative, put my own spin on my favorite characters, and improve my skills by manipulating various materials in new ways. With every cosplay my costume making skills improve and I desire to create more.
JLINE : Cosplay has had such a great impact on my life! It has given me a reason to get out of the house more often, mostly because of the social and creative aspects to the environment.
ARIEL : @brirose_cosplay
ERIC : @jlinecosplay