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the ilea underwing by BelovedUnderwing the ilea underwing by BelovedUnderwing
Good god this was a LOT of work!

Ok, indulge me for a moment or two while I try and piece together a good explanation.
Many moons ago my sweetie approached me with the idea for this years renaissances festival's costumes. He said that he wanted to go as High Court Fae this year, but that he didn't want to look like some of the less inclined to details that are wearing elf ears with tennis shoes.
so we embarked on the idea of two Elves that are trying to pass as human, but are just falling short of it.
Jeremy {~Nviermor} made a suit of armor out of wood.
I. Shit. You. Not.
I will most likely be adding more photos as I receive them for friends and such, so I will be getting a photo or two of his suit up soon. [link]


but this is about me here. sooooo
I was reading along in one of my many books and came across a reference to an ilia underwing moth, and went "huh? A Moth with MY name!? What does this bug look like?!!" (the original greco-roman spelling of my name is ilia)
so I went a-googling to find some photos, and the idea struck me to make my Fae outfit as though I had this moths coloring and wings and wanted to go walking amongst the humans for a day or two.

Upon a doing a little background research on this moth I learned many things I did not know, such is the nature of research... this moth's other names are the Beloved underwing and the Wife...didn't say why, but meh...
plus that it ranges over much of North America and lives on Oak trees and Oak tree sap.
So I adding in a lot of acorns and oak leaves to help round out the look. Jeremy made my crown, and helped me get the wings to fit better.

The whole thing is hand painted with Rite dye and puffy fabric paint (for the white spots)...that was a bitch!
And it took me better part of a month to get it all done.
I've got pointed ears that are so small you might miss them...and I was asked repeatedly if they were real! geez...

Anyway the fair was a blast and I had a ton of fun!...and a ton of photos taken...and was almost bitten on the neck by a complete stranger......hmmm, maybe too much fun....

anyway, I'll be putting more photos up soon!
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More shots of the ilea underwing


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My other Faerie Queen
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:iconceltic-dragonfly:
Celtic-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is incredible and beautiful!
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:iconbelovedunderwing:
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
:blush:
Thank you!!
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:iconarachnoid:
Arachnoid Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely my favorite of all of your fae cos. The moth wing motif... *swoon* an artisan after my heart.... just.... words escape... I could write you, your craftsmanship, your costuming skills, your creative vision, and your artistry... a sonnet.... <333 thank you for sharing this with the world. inspired... does not even begin.... ugh... your a super star. I love LOVE your work. <33333 
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
:blush:
Wow...just wow. Really from the bottom of my heart , Thank you!!
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:iconlookingmanystars:
LookingManyStars Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Beautifull!
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:iconbelovedunderwing:
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbushitaka:
Bushitaka Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Wow!
Like :)
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:iconbelovedunderwing:
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I'm currently working on a remake of this, more or less. The original costume you see here...most of it didn't survive storage. I really didn't know what I was doing when I mixed the dye. You really need to get the right mix of water and powder dye. :blush:

The version is going to help with my want of a little wild fae. More like something that stepped out of a Amy Brown piece...I would rather it be a Brian Froud piece....but most of his faeries don't wear a lot of real clothing...which makes walking around in public a tad difficult.
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:iconbushitaka:
Bushitaka Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Did not survive storage?
What a waste:(
What happened? Moth plague?
Succes with the new one.
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:iconbelovedunderwing:
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
:aww:
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footballbutterfly Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional Writer
Love this! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous
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:iconbelovedunderwing:
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
:aww:
thank you!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm always browsing through DeviantArt to see different folks' interpretation of the Fae and Fairy or whatever you want to call them. Your costume is both beautiful and amazing—and a wonderfully different approach! I can see that it took a lot of effort. Well done! (and I did look at your companion's wooden armor—also amazing!)
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I have since moved on in my faerie queen look, but I do want to redesign this one since I now have a better understanding of fabric paints and have that airbrush. I really do like the nature based fairy looks so much more then the "disney" look. I was having this conversation just last weekend with another faerie performer, but it was mainly focused on wings and costume functionality with wings. But thank you again for the kind words! :hug:
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Azayra Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
I'm extremely terrified of moths so whenever I see something moth-related it always sends shivers down my spine. But I actually really like this! So I just wanted to compliment you on that :).
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow! Thank you for sharing!!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
That is an awesome idea and beautifully executed.
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you very much!!
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sombrefeline Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:wow:
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks!!
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SophieFreak Featured By Owner May 9, 2011
This is so beautiful, I can't find words! A brilliant, creative idea. Really... all my appreciation!
(BTW the other Titania costumes looks great, too :))
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
:blush:
thank you very much :D
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Rea-the-squirrel Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!! :love:
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D thank you!
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:iconrea-the-squirrel:
Rea-the-squirrel Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
Thank you for the llama badge! :dance:
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:iconeulicee:
Eulicee Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
*o* aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!
awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm gonna guess that means you like it :D
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Eulicee Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011
yes I like it !!!!!!! >__________<
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AdnilemsAdornments Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Wonderful work.
The replication is splendid.
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:iconbelovedunderwing:
BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you!
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AdnilemsAdornments Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
You are welcome.
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EMasqueradeGallery Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011
Gorgeous costume and great job on it!:)
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks again!
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Anariel-Erestor Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:worship:
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
:giggle:
thanks!
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Anariel-Erestor Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot accurately describe with words how incredible that dress came out, my awe at your skills. Excellent work!
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
many hours sitting on the floor with a paint brush, dyes and lots of photo references to go by....then saying, "well hell, it's suppose to look like tree bark!" and then not using the photos too much after that...
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MorbidMorticia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omg..this is amazing !!! :faint: :clap: :heart:
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D awww! Thank you! :hug:
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MorbidMorticia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome :aww:
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ravynfaire Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool. You can really see your concept come to life.
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D
thank you!
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Digimaree Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Wow, what a fantastic concept and dress. Beautiful!
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
:aww:
thanks!!
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whispersss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :) you have been featured in the Avalon Monthly Aspects about "dress design" take a look here >[link]
*whispersss from :iconavaloncommunity:
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D
thank you very much!!
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Alyssa-Ravenwood Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is truly gorgeous
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
:aww:
aww! Thank you!
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CelticStrm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that is absolutely beautiful! That is such a creative idea for a gown and it worked out wonderfully!
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BelovedUnderwing Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you!
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