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Herculade - Be inspired by simplearts Herculade - Be inspired by simplearts
Unleash your inner hero- Get the ALL the muses!
:iconlezoz: as Calliope, Celia as Clio, :iconliv-is-alive: as Terpsichore, :iconanitchca: as Melpomene and Tina as Thalia.

Retouched by Lea Lovberg Retouch facilities inc.

Photo taken at Genki Con 2013

See their act from Genki here www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkWEmf…
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:iconromancefreak:
romancefreak Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! ^^
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Tarisha Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome cosplay!
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Agreed! :)
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RoxiiCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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RoxiiCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you are very welcome :D
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tajfu Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
love it!
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm very glad! :) Thank you
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GabeValente Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
oh my god <3
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm glad you like it :)
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IndoxicSalt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student Photographer
Hello there! your deviation has been featured here; disneycosplayclub.deviantart.c…

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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh... In good company I see.. Thank you so much :)
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SebbysGirl13 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
perrrrfeeect oh my gosh
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Taaank you :)
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SebbysGirl13 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
of course!
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Ki-Plueschie Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
soo great O__O
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Soooo many thanks ;) I'm really glad you like my photos :)
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Ki-Plueschie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
You are welcome ^^
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NurikoSenzo14 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome work! I LOVE it! :heart: 
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much :)
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Jibril-Cosplay Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
so cool! great shot!
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks.. :) They are all so beautiful :) :)
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:iconmc-neko:
MC-Neko Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You girls are so epic <3
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Those girls are so epic! Thank you.. I just took the picture ;)
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BellaVoce4 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
THIS IS SO PERFECT
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you sooo much! :)
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BellaVoce4 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome
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Calssara Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just SOOOOOO cool!
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Hercooles Perhaps? Sorry... Uncle humor ;) 
Thank you
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Calssara Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
hahahaah XDDDDDDD LOL
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Morgan-N-Wonderland Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great!
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
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Morgan-N-Wonderland Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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Sternentee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
You really look great and this is just an awesome picture!
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:iconsimplearts:
simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
They look fantastic. And thank you :) 
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Isadorada Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Fantastic!
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simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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BlankoCosplay Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is beautiful <333
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simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much :) <3
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ByChanceHappenstance Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I appreciate the time and work you must have put in to these cosplays, but did you darken your skin for this?  Darkening your skin for cosplay is very offensive, as it equates race and skintone with a costume and is reminiscent of minstrel shows, and in the future you should not do so. These characters are unique enough that people would know who you were cosplaying no matter what your skin color.    
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simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I'm only the photographer so I cannot speak on the behalf of the cospayers - so this only my own opinion and shouldn't be reflected on the girls.

I don't understand why it would be offensive darkening the skin for a cosplay? It is no different than taking on a wig to play a blonde if you are a brunette -or putting in contacts to make your eyes blue. 

We are all humans so what is the difference between switching hair color to darkening the skin a bit?
You switch skintones in cosplay all the time. Going from purple, blue, black, striped and so forth. Would it not be racism to actually look on skin color as anything else than different haircolor, eyes and so on?

Would it have been all right if the girls instead had sunbathed or for instance been in a spray booth as many do to get tanned? That wouldn't have been offensive would it? 
Though it should in regards to logic.


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ByChanceHappenstance Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
Darkening skin for cosplay equates race with a costume, it's very different than hair color.  There is a history of people, usually white people but this really applies to anyone, using makeup to pretend to be a person of color.  Minstrel shows, blackface in general, yellowface to make white actors "Asian" in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's and Cloud Atlas, redface to pass white people off as Native American as recently as The Lone Ranger.  Meanwhile, at the end of the day white cosplayers get to wipe off their black/brown/yellow/red face and never have to think about it again, whereas people of color will continued to be discriminated against because of our skin.  In fact, we are constantly bombarded with euroethnic beauty standards.  We are marketed products to bleach our skin, to make our hair straight.  Even light-skinned people of color like Beyonce have their skin lightened for magazine covers.  Actual people of color are told their dark skin is unattractive, are discriminated against because of it, and there are still some cosplayers out there who think they can "be black" for a day for kicks.  The whole statement behind dressing up as a different race is that white people make better people of color than actual people of color.  Cosplayers who use brownface want to be a person of color for their convention or their photo shoot with none of the realities that come with actually being a person of color, and their actions only reinforce the already prevalent idea that the bodies of people of color are commodities.   

Purple and blue people don't exist.  This is a false equivalency.  There is no history of discrimination, marginalization, or prejudice against Smurfs.

Yes, spray tanning and sunbathing to cosplay people of color, in this case black women, would be offensive.  People of color are not white people with tans even if they are light-skinned.  In fact the "I'll just get a spray tan line" was used by Jackson Rathbone, a white actor, when he was cast as Sokka, a member of a fantasy race strongly inspired by Inuit culture set in a pan-Asian inspired world, in The Last Airbender movie.  Once again, this equates race with a temporary cosmetic procedure and it is offensive.  

I enjoyed the part where you tried to subtlety imply I was being racist for calling people out on blackface.  Maybe you should read up on the history behind this before you start trying to argue that racefacing is even remotely similar to putting in contacts.  We all may bleed red, but you and all the other supporters and practitioners of racefacing certainly aren't treating people of color with the respect that should be accorded to human beings.
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simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Professional Filmographer
To argue whether it's offensive or not is pointless.. Obviously you are offended and by definition it is offensive.

I'd still like to argue that it shouldn't be. 
The soceity and culture I live in goes to great lenghts not to differ between sexes, skincolor or religion. And I can only act from this point of view. When it's different other places like the states I feel the more need for dialouge than I did before. 

I hear your argument and I can see where you are coming from. I just don't see it applied in this context.
First of all - in all matters and respects you should weight the message/situation in it's subtext. - Is this to ridicule anyone? Is it a parody? 
No it's the picturing defined characters from a cartoon and has no racial statement what so ever -unless people deside to put it there.

Second of all. Muses are from greek mythology and are gods. Disney chose to picture them as greek. I have greeks in my family and they are not offended. If the greeks are not offended -why should anyone else be?
They are not depicturing black women but greek.

We did not mean to offend anyone but you can't make anything worth something without the risc of offending. So sorry.
I'm guessing that it is due to the cultural and historical legacies that our different soceities have been built on.

If you'd like to discuss further give me a private message. I will close down this thread from now on.

-As I little side note. I think that black women a some of the most beautiful in the world. And I do not get anyone who would like to change it.
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Liv-is-alive Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Hello, I am the girl in the middle of the photography :) Thank you for noticing all our hard work - we strive for accuracy in our efforts to portray and represent the characters. That is really the point for us - acceptance of the characters as they are. There were 2 reasons for our groups decision to tan our skin: 1) To even all members of the group out (I for one am very pale and Marie just went hiking in the Summer so her skin was almost at the pictured colour already) and 2) To make a big deal out of the accuracy in the smallest detail.
You wrote that cosplayers blackface just "for kicks" - and I can't speak for others, but in my case I tan my skin to show that I am proud of the characters inside and out. I think it would be wrong to leave my skin white for a cosplay of a black character, since this would belittle the efforts a creative team had made to conjure up a strong role model for those without the white privilege.
One might say I should stop portraying non-white characters altogether then. But I cosplay out of love and to share my joy with a character. I do think the subject is very valid for discussion, and I do understand where all your frustration is coming from. We just didn't do this to undermine black girls; we grew up with these characters and respect them so so much. I am in agreement with you in the case of the many wrong type-castings in Hollywood - Katniss is clearly describes as someone with olive skin in the books and was specifically casted as a Caucasian girl. When Hollywood makes such a massive mistake it has effects on the whole of the world, since representation in media is of such importance - but there is a great difference between what Hollywood does on such a big scale out of ignorance and what we do in a group of friends out of enthusiasm. I believe anyone can cosplay anything; a Chinese girl can be Cruella de Vil, a African girl can be Cinderella. This opinion I therefore also apply to myself.
I hope this can make you see the subject a bit from my end and I wish the offence hasn't been too big.
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ByChanceHappenstance Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
I can understand what you are saying but raceface is simply not a respectful act.  There is no need to change your skintone for a cosplay, especially not one like yours where it is very clear who you are cosplaying as.  Skintone falls out of the realm of "accuracy" as a black cosplayer wouldn't be expected to lighten their skin to play a white character just as a white cosplayer is not expected to darken their skin to play a character pf color.  Just the history of racefacing should be enough to show that it is never okay, but combined with today's realities of race there is really no excuse for it.  You're intentions may have been completely benign, and I have no doubt they were, but the fact is that raceface is simply not acceptable.   Everyone can cosplay any character they want, but if they do something with such racist connotations to do so it is not okay.
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Sternentee Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
there actually are a lot cosplayers with darker skin who use light foundation to portrait a "white" charakter  also there are make up tutorials where the same thing is done for example -->www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RM9-p…
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MaryAliceRedbird Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have absolutely no idea what you are cosplaying as, but it looks great! The hair/wigs are very well done - I can't imagine they were easy to make.

~MaryAlice
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simplearts Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
What Liv said... And I had nothing to do with it.. Just the picture ;)
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Liv-is-alive Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
We are portraying characters from Disney's Hercules :) And thank you for noticing - they did take quite a long while to style !
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