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Anyone know where I can get a decent Star Wars X-wing pilot costume? (like, the whole thing, including helmet, flak jacket, chest box, straps, etc.) 

2 deviants said (if so please comment!) I REALLY WANNA cosplay as an X-Wing Pilot for Comic Con Manchester... XD


Michael Stevens
Artist | Student | Varied
United Kingdom
Hi there folks', I'm Mike, but most folks know me as Midori, call me whatever!

:star:Season's greetings!:star:

About me?

I'm just yer' regular guy... Pfft--- Couldn't type that with a straight face...

I'm nearly blind, completely in my right eye and severely in my left, but my sexy glasses are a big help! I'm on the Autistic Spectrum, Aspergers Syndrome to be precise, I'm also Dyspraxic, and being tested for Bipolar, and an insomniac. I think that's everything wrong with me.

On the bright side I'm actually pretty cheerful most of the time, I'm quite shy, especially so at first, but I'm always hopeful to make new friends, so if you want to spark up a conversation, or just simply comment on my artwork, please, feel free, I love the chance to interact with people, and will try my very best to respond as soon as possible!

Why am I here?
I once got told that I'd never be able to draw because of my eyes, so I said, Hey, you want a bet? And that's what brought me here to DeviantArt, my home at (and occasionally away from) home!

What do I like?
In case you couldn't tell I love Manga and Anime, Especially cute Yuri fluff! :heart:
I love tons of music, from J-pop to Rock to Heavy Metal, and I worship Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters almost religiously...
I also LOVE stand-up comedy, especially British stand-up, my favourite comedians are Russell Howard, Dara O'Briain, and John Bishop.
I have MAAAAANY FANDOMS. Anime/manga wise, there are far too many to list...
None anime/manga, my main fandoms are: Doctor Who, Star Wars (Classic trilogy and Expanded Universe), Mass Effect, and Dead Space... It's all Sci-fi, huh.

My goal?
My long term goal is to publish some Manga comics, and maybe start up a small production company! Hopefully in a few years time I'll be good enough! ^w^

Other useless info.
I occasionally do crazy stuff to raise money for charity, mainly Marie Curie Cancer Care
Here is a video of me skydiving to raise money for them:…

I'm hopelessly androgynous...
I have a Glasses Fetish that borders on the unhealthy...

One song that always tugs at my heartstrings, and makes me weep like a schoolgirl is Supercell's Perfect Day...…

My ultimate guilty pleasure is The Darkness' I Believe in a thing called Love.... Don't judge, awesome glam is awesome...…

My anime Hero is Vash the Stampede from Trigun.

Also, I'm actually a smuggler from Corellia, so, like... Don''t ever tell me the odds, we Corellians hate that.

I guess that's really it...? Anyway, thank you for visiting my page, I really appreciate it, feel free to say hi and leave feedback, really, don't be shy!

Peace and Love!

Icon by the amazing maybelletea, her artwork is fantastic, check it out! :heart:
Webcam image was part of a Commission, it was drawn by the wonderful ram-jam, go show this awesome guy some love! :heart:
Hey folks, how's it going? 

I'm doing okay, though with spring comes pollen and with pollen comes hayfever so I'm a little worse for ware, but it happens every year. 

Anyhow a few folks have asked me for tips on references for action poses, so I figured I'd share my own points of reference: Figmas, Figmas are awesome. What do I mean by "Figma", you ask? For the uninitiated, they're a brand of anime action figure produced by Max Factory and distributed by Good Smile Company, they're great quality productions and, most importantly, have excellent articulation. Due to their high quality they're generally not cheap, but I have a few.

But what about those traditional artist mannequins you ask? They're okay, but in my personal experience they're far too rigid, and not particularly good for action poses, as I'll demonstrate below: 

This is a standard Artist's Mannequin, praising the sun, they're fine for these kinds of rigid, static poses....
Image by MidoriNoHonoo
But Action poses, that are required to look fluid? Not so much...
Image by MidoriNoHonoo
Now let's compare to this Figma of Motoko Kusanagi, she's pretty standard as Figmas go, but compared to the mannequin, she's vastly superior, not only is she obviously more detailed and defined, but thanks to the way these figure's ball-joints work she is far better articulated, opposed to the mannequin's restrictive wired joints.
Image by MidoriNoHonoo
These figures also have adjustable bases, multiple hands (typically five pairs, some capable of holding accessories), multiple faces, and accessories for the hands. Note how the joints have been crafted to mimic human movement.
Image by MidoriNoHonoo
Making action poses far easier to pull off, and hence easier to reference.
Image by MidoriNoHonoo
At this point I got frustrated with trying to make the mannequin match the Figma, and gave up, it physically cannot pull off this pose.
Image by MidoriNoHonoo
Here I was able to closely match the figma's pose with one of Quinn's fighting poses. Again note how the joints work, closely following the way human joints work. (Note: she's holding an accessory from another Figma here, as they're all produced at a similar scale.)
Image by MidoriNoHonoo

Anyhow, this was just a little insight into my own references, so I'd highly recommend exploring to find references you find most helpful, from Mannequins, to figures, to models, hell DeviantArt is full of excellent references, check out the "Resources and Stock images" category as there's plenty to find! 

On an unrelated note I''ve been slowly playing through Bloodborne in my spare time, and saved a few highlights, I put em' on my Youtube channel which I never use, they're kinda' low quality because the PS4 uploads them in low quality (thanks Sony...), and I didn't have my microphone on, so no commentary I'm afraid, but if you want to check them out I'll link them here. And if you would be interested in seeing some more let me know, hell I'll set up my headset and hopefully entertain ya'll, though don't expect obnoxious screaming/shouting and the like, because I really don't like those kinds of videos. XD  
Disclaimer, there is a fair bit of blood and gore. 

This is me fighting the boss Vicar Amelia

And this is both my fights against Darkbeast Paarl.

Again, I wish they were in higher quality, but the PS4 uploaded them low, and I'm NOT tech savvy in the slightest. ^^;

Aaaanyway, that was a few random things, I'll get back to art (and Bloodborne XD), Love n' Peace ya'll! 
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Playing: Bloodborne
:star:Hey folks!:star:

This journal is a special feature for the wonderful rayn44!


Now, if like me you're a part of the Star Wars community here on DeviantArt, I'm pretty damn sure you know of her work, she's one of the best, her characters and her art are amazing, in fact, they're what lead me to rediscover my love of Star Wars, meet many more of my wonderful friends, and in turn create my own characters and stories! If you haven't already, you should definitely check her gallery out! 

Seeing how she was such an inspiration, for the longest time I've wanted to commission her to draw my characters, and recently I had the pleasure of doing so, so without further ado, check this beautiful piece of artwork out! 

Commission for MidoriNoHonoo by rayn44

My first and favourite Star Wars OCs, the Corellian Jedi Quinn Shara, and her adoptive, Force-sensitive, Chiss daughter Orchid Shara.

I can't tell you how happy and how honored I am with this, it's perfect, I love the expressions, Quinn tenderly embracing Orchid, and Orchid treasuring the moment, it's so warm, so soft, and so beautiful.

Thank you, so very much Rayn!

By the way, her commissions are open too, You should definitely check them out, I fully recommend her! 
Here's a like to a Journal with the prices and guidelines! 
rayn44's Commission info!

Once more, thank you for the amazing work Rayn, I very much look forward to commissioning you again!!! 
  • Mood: Euphoric
  • Listening to: Empire Strikes Back ost
  • Reading: various Star Wars comics
  • Watching: Second Force Awakens trailer again, and again...
  • Playing: Bloodborne
  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Empire Strikes Back ost
  • Reading: various Star Wars comics
  • Watching: Star Wars: Rebels (need to finally watch it)
  • Playing: With my X-Wing miniatures cuz' I'm a dork. XD


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maybelletea Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
michael, do you have a myanimelist account?
MidoriNoHonoo Featured By Owner 18 hours ago  Student General Artist
I actually don't, which is kind of surprising... XD
maybelletea Featured By Owner 9 hours ago
u should get one
SakumaDrop Featured By Owner 1 day ago   General Artist
Thank you for the watch!!!!
iroori Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Thanks for the Fav!!
NexusYuber Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! I hope you like my characters and stories and whatnot. I've got Star Wars juuuuuust starting up. 
Miss-Madwell Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the watch! 
RagingNerd Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Thanks for the watch and favs! Here, have a Llama!
franklando Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015   Filmographer

Hey Michael, thanks very much for adding me to your watch list! You can see a pic of my entire Lego Star Wars Collection here and loads of other Lego Star Wars awesomeness in my gallery… Hope you like it too! :D


deviantART’s dedicated Lego Star Wars group…


‘Do not underestimate the Force… of the Brick!’

LadyLightningZero Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the deviantWATCH! I really appreciate it!
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