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:iconmattoxic:
Critique by Mattoxic Jan 31, 2012, 8:48:38 AM
I like this piece!

The costume, the makeup and keyblade have a nice air of quality to them. There's nothing more off-putting than a badly designed outfit, so top marks ma'am! In addition, the hair is wonderful, I usually have no trouble distinguishing between dyed hair and wigs, but you've got me stumped; bravo!

The model is a dream! She has the prefect physic to portray the character and an excellent facial expression - it's subtle enough not to steal away from the other aspects of the photograph, but enough to still attract focus.

Speaking of focus, I feel it's been done well here. The only niggling critique I could offer is that the foreground of the picture seem to fade from sharp to soft more abruptly than I'd like. Although, it's nothing Photoshop could fix within a few minutes, so I'll overlook it.

Unfortunately, I do have to deduct some points for originality. If only because the seaside background and character have been done before (quite I few times) and although you've done it right (it really is terrific) I still can't give it that 100%.

I really do like this piece - excellent work, keep it up :)
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I know I commented on this picture previously, but I thought I'd give a more thorough, in-depth review on this thing.

This thing is positively Enya-esque. I can envision this as something to be accompanied by Enya's music, or featuring in her videos. Your face and poise evoke this sentiment in me.

Your clothes are really, really well done. Much like I imagined, Aqua's top looks like a good bit of spandex. The crossed pink straps really look nice and tight. What little I can see of the Keyblade armour fragments on her arms look really solid. The hair is very natural, and I like that you added your own personal touch by adding eyeshadow. It's dusky and sombre, very much like Aqua's usual style, I like to think.

Not sure what to make of the shoes... They look a little cardboard-y to me.

The Keyblade looks exceptionally solid. The hand guard of the Rainfell looks a bit thick and rigid, quite against the idea of a flowy-looking starter Keyblade, but everything else about that Keyblade looks very curvy and nice. Good paintwork, too.

I'm not sure about the setting in which this was recorded -- yes, I understand it's Aqua, and it's the sea, and the sea has a connection to her and stuff, but I'm not sure if the setting completely fits her. If this was taken at night-time I would think this looks like Aqua in the Realm of Darkness, where she is weary from battle and kneeling for a rest, and I think such a setting would be a bit more poignant for me, and make me (and other viewers) think up some headcanons involving Aqua's Secret Episode. In this particular photo, the background looks a bit...... bland for my taste.

The photographer did an excellent job capturing Aqua's emotion, grace and beauty. It was a nice angle for taking this photo -- not directly into the light, but not facing away from it either. The sun naturally shines on Aqua and brings out her beauty a bit more. At night-time, I imagine an artificial source of light (a floodlight?) could bring out Aqua's radiance a lot better, but that's just my suggestion.

SUMMARY (TL;DR) :
Excellent technique.
Good costume.
Nice poise and excellent model; brings out Aqua's character well.
Could do with a bit more thought as to the setting / background of the cosplay.

I know there are a lot of Aqua cosplays out there but this is one of the best I've seen out there, and easily my favourite. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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troisnyxetienne Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't comment on this earlier, but I recommended your cosplay to the Kingdom Hearts Wiki's magazine. I'm not sure what issue this recommendation will be out, but there's that.

I don't know what it is with this picture, but it looks positively Enya-esque. No, seriously, this is what it'd look like if Enya dressed as Aqua and did a cosplay. I could see this going with her music. It looks statuesque, and beautiful.

The costume itself looks well done in this shot. Lovely photo. I'd put it in my favourites some time back, but I just had to let you know how much I love this. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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chidori-sagara Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
 chara, costume & photography are AWESOME !!!!
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks <3
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:iconhyiian:
Hyiian Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
Beautiful :D
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! ^w^
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:iconhyiian:
Hyiian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
welcome c:
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:iconcrydius:
Crydius Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
You make a very pretty Aqua. My compliments.
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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:icongenimonster:
GeniMonster Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing pics =D
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!^^
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:iconnieoein:
NIEOEIN Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dayum, dis is good cosplay. It broked my Engrish.
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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:icongoutte-de-nuage:
Goutte-de-nuage Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love that emanates from this photo, the pose, the cosplay ... It's very intense : ).
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!^_^
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:iconxionschiffer:
XionSchiffer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
You are THE ULTIMATE AQUA!!! and you obviously are the only person that looks soooo much like her.Love your work!!! :)
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
realy? thank you very much! *______*
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:iconxionschiffer:
XionSchiffer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
you are THE ULTIMATE AQUA!!! and you obviously are the only one who comes sooooo close to looking like her!!! Love your work
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:iconxionschiffer:
XionSchiffer Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
You are THE ULTIMATE AQUA!!!! and obviously the only person that comes so close to looking like her. LOve your work
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adventteenager Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like this piece!
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:iconmister-23:
Mister-23 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012   Digital Artist
This is so cute.
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!*_*
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:iconmister-23:
Mister-23 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Your very welcome.
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:iconroseriku:
RoseRiku Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is absolutely gorgeous.
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:iconversivalia:
Versivalia Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is really taken well *claps*
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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:iconversivalia:
Versivalia Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob! It's really good, and I generally don't like cosplay!
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SheroQuinkan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Fantastic ''can we go on a date ? '' Zack Fair
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:icongrubbytastic101:
GrubbyTastic101 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing Aqua Picture keep up the Amazing Coplay You really look like her!
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!**
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GrubbyTastic101 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yoru Welcome ^^
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lexi524525 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
Cute
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Im-scared-of-apples Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
you make a epic Aqua! :D
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!*_*
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:iconnirvanity:
Nirvanity Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
The keyblade,costume,scenery everything is very good!Great job!
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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:icondangerousemo123:
dangerousemo123 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!!!!!!!
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!*_*
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dangerousemo123 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
anytime
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:iconthestrayliger:
TheStrayLiger Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! Excellent cosplay and location. Aqua is my favourite KH character, I love this :heart:!
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks!
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:iconangel-of-wolf:
Angel-Of-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice view !
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:iconxixixion:
XiXiXion Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome aqua cosplay, it really suits you :_D
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!
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:iconpsmt:
psMT Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Love it
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:iconmoenitas:
moenitas Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome *---*
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you!*_*
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Conny93 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Che bella! *__*
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:iconkickacosplay:
KICKAcosplay Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
*^* grazie!
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