For this year’s A-kon cosplay contest, I plan on cosplaying the Capricious Reaper enemy character from Dissidia: Final Fantasy. For a quick image, think of what a Kuja ice sculpture might look like, with some weird colors going on. It allows for a lot of interesting construction choices, which I really like. I’m progressing on everything and I’ve made a lot of decisions already, except for one: what theatrical contacts to use.
The Capricious Reaper is one of those creepy monster enemies that doesn’t have pupils, and instead just has a pale gold (although it’s actually very distinctively not pale at all if you look up close) color over the entire eye. I don’t want to have the budget for sclera contacts, and they don’t come in that color anyways.
Option 1: Go for the next best thing, and purchase 100% Blind White contacts, which would give a more-or-less single color appearance. This wouldn’t be too bad, since I thought the Capricious Reaper’s eyes were white for the longest time and people who don’t stare for long and awkward periods of time at the subtleties of Kuja’s costumes convention goers would still see the proper makeup impression. It would also take all of two seconds to give my eyes a narrow pale gold eyeshadow all the way around.
Unfortunately, that would be $100 less I could spend on the rest of the costume, and I would be blind. I would need someone to lead me around everywhere. Everywhere. That someone would also have to be responsible for things that are my job, like making sure the train of my costume isn’t on the other side of the elevator doors or the underside of someone’s foot (and A-kon is VERY crowded; people stepped on me last year when I was practically cosplaying a stop sign). Not only is that an imposition on someone else’s time at the convention, considering that cosplay contest green rooms usually take up a good two hours, but I would also sacrifice performance and showmanship because I won’t be able to move onstage without having someone hold my hand. And how in character is that?
Option 2: Use my Grell contacts. They happen to be the perfect shade of gold, will allow me to see, and will save me $100. They freak people out when we make eye contact. Unfortunately, the reason I like them so much is because they let me see stuff, which goes against the design choice to eliminate the pupils.
It’s easy to see two different options (even though one doesn’t involve seeing very much at all), but are there others?