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Ponyo Underwater - Fujimoto by alita-b-angel Ponyo Underwater - Fujimoto by alita-b-angel
Ponyo Underwater: Fujimoto

The first of some to come (hopefully).

Myself :iconalita-b-angel: as Fujimoto from Ponyo by the Sea

Shot by the lovely and talented :iconhoukiboshi:

The Shoot:
*houkiboshi then revealed she can't swim lol. Though I'm not the strongest swimmer either. But she was damned determined.

So that it mattered since it was more important that she and I sank like a rock.

With the help of :iconqueencattabby: to hold her down in the water lol.

Unfortunately the only person we knew who had a blue cement lined pool also had an UNHEATED pool so we froze and possibly got hypothermia while doing this.

Much kudos to :iconsorceressmoonblader: also for suffering with us in freezing temperatures as assistant and laughing at us being drowned rats.

The original idea for this underwater shoot was the life's dream of :iconarlo-arleh: who wanted to do Ponyo specifically for this underwater shoot (also the only one who's a strong swimmer).

The original costume was for Animania 2011 this year where we also won best skit: This Light Between Us where she also wanted to do a water dance using fabric (it kind of worked... kind of).


Probably the most proper sewing I've done in years. Fully lined coat done with perfect patterning, AND lined shoulder pads to give a non floppy shoulder (but you can't see this here)... and all in stripe. Which is extremely hard to do since there's no room for mistake.

We also did some water tests to make sure the chlorine won't ruin the coat... and it won't so long as you don't clean the pool the day before and heat would also make it easier to fade.

The wig was ruined by dunking it in chlorine water lol.

And the Ponyo was bought from Japan which we thought it would be a great idea to seal inside a Christmas globe for a bubble :)

This shoot was fun, but the hardest to endure for all involved. Again much kudos to *houkiboshi for almost drowning for us.

Related pics:
more to come!

And it comes to HOW MANY MORE GHIBLI can we do you asked? ALL OF THEM collect them all hohohoho.

See some of our previous Ghibli:
Spirited Away
Howl's Moving Castle
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Ichi-Nyu Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
I featured this photo in a Facebook Page [link]
I hope you will be OK with that. If you don't want, I will remove it.

Just amaizing!
alita-b-angel Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Thank you
Pucca2000 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so frickin' amazing... :O
UCrayCray Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I want that ponyo sooooooo bad
alita-b-angel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Should be... available on ebay?
luckysevenstars Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really amazing!!!
I have also done underwater shoots, but I never had to deal with freezing since I live in a tropical country...
but you can open your eyes wide and maintain your expression underwater - that's so hard for me to do. but I'm still practicing!

as for tangled wig in chlorine, try to soak them in a bucketful of conditioner for a few days? usually it works... :)
alita-b-angel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Thanks so much! The danger of having your eyes open is to have your contacts start floating away in front of you haha.
The wig's alright managed to salvage it to cosplay this another day, but I've dunked the coat in twice now so it's probably a little worse for wear.
luckysevenstars Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you wear contacts for underwater shoot?! O_O"
alita-b-angel Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
Otherwise I would be bliiind
luckysevenstars Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
but that's suicide! it can seriously damage your eyes!!!
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