Bilbo Baggins - "Hobbiton Version"
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The first book I ever read was J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit." My dad used to read it to me every night and, as a kid, I carried around a dog-eared copy until the cover fell off. Tolkien's works have, since childhood, held a special place in my heart.
I wanted to recreate Bilbo Baggins' iconic costume. So, when the movies came out, I immediately got to work. The costume is a basic frock-coat and vest, created using 8 Wale burgundy corduroy and velvet. Matching the burgundy was probably the most difficult part of the ordeal. The costume is fully lined and has functioning pockets and zippers (something I hadn't done before). I really enjoyed analyzing the reference photos and was able to add a ton of small details, like the velvet collar.
In 2015, for Wizard World, I got to go and see the WETA booth. Warren Dion Smith was doing demonstrations and putting on hobbit ears! I signed up and he put the ears on super fast. He was incredibly nice and told stories about his experiences working on the movie. He even helped fix my wig! I went to the panel later we got to watch him do a dwarf makeup. It was a really cool experience and I hope they go to more US shows and do panels.
I want conventions to focus more on prosthetics, makeup and costuming. Obviously attendees like costumes. It seems like a no-brainer for me. I'd attend more cons if they had makeup artists doing demos.
Completion Date: Winter, 2014.
Logged Time: 30 hrs.