=_= Sorry for the resubmit, the DA staff took down the last picture because of the screenshot I included for comparison purposes (
Whoops, I should have realised it was against DA policy...). I've added one of my favorite shots from the day to fill in the gap.
*EDIT 25 Sep 2006*
very kindly offered me some links to reference pictures of Tifa's Premium Heart on her server for comparison (thank you!): [link] [link]
Is that your real hair?
No, it's a wig.
My hair isn't that long.
How did you make the elbow pad?
I started with the plastic part of a knee guard, and glued on packaging foam to get the curved shape right. The whole thing was then covered with heat formed craft foam, and studs were added using plastic screw caps. I gave it about eight coats of sealant, then painted it with chrome spray paint, and model paint for texture.
Who's the guy dressed as Reno?
He was another cosplayer at the Final Fantasy shoot. I'm afraid I don't have his DA name (if he has one).