Motherland Chronicles #30 - Untitled Amano Girl

Motherland Chronicles #30 - Untitled Amano Girl

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Model/Hair/Makeup: Alodia Gosiengfiao
Photo Assistants: Julia Wang, JoEllen Elam
Studio: Pillar Box Studios

Photo © Zhang Jingna
Character © Yoshitaka Amano

My first cosplay picture! Thank you Alodia for aiding my inner fangirl in making this possible! :D

In the beginning we were only talking about making one Motherland Chronicles picture (week 24),  we both got to L.A. for Anime Expo. But after hearing that she too had just visited Yoshitaka Amano's studio, I couldn't resist asking if she would be open to cosplaying one of his characters. And she said yes! 

So despite deadline and time-constraint Alodia managed to put the costume together and I was so excited you have no idea. I was almost a fangirl on set because it was just so exciting to see one of Amano's character come to life, and Alodia was so perfect for it too, I so want to do more cosplay shoots now~!

Special commendation for my assistant Julia that day, who did like, 4 hours of driving because I stayed in Irvine and her LA. So thank you and ♥ x100000!

Motherland Chronicles #29 - Lyle

Motherland Chronicles #29 - Lyle

Photography: Zhang Jingna

Hair: Junya Nakashima

Makeup: Yuui

Model: Denys Yakovenko

Photo Assistants: Ngoc Vu, Ernie Chang

Etched gorget armor by ArmStreet

Choker and circlet by Harlequin Romantique

First guy for personal work in 3 years! Dedicated to my love for 80's and 90's Japanese fantasy anime, or maybe just mostly Amano's work. Also may or may not have been thinking about Laurent from Captive Prince by S.U. Pacat a lot? The possibilities are endless. :D

So happy I finally got to shoot a piece of armor from ArmStreet! Thank you Misha for lending me this beautiful gorget. 

Motherland Chronicles #20 - Lily II

Motherland Chronicles #20 - Lily II

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Hair: Junya Nakashima
Makeup: Gregg Brockington
Model: Lily Olsen-Ecker
Photo Assistant: Ngoc Vu
Head piece and choker from Harlequin Romantique

Wow, can't quite believe we're at week 20 already!

We're beginning to seriously plan the specs of doing an artbook for the project. It's super exciting and tiring because I have this unstoppable compulsion to make lists and go crazy about trying to get everything asap. Still gotta do fashion work ofc, but it's such an exhilarating feeling I see no point in trying to hold back. :D

On that note, not sure if you guys saw, but Yuumei did a super beautiful guest piece for us! Check it out here. :3 We have a stellar list of artists coming along for the book so keep an eye out on the Facebook page for updates~

Motherland Chronicles #19 - Lily

Motherland Chronicles #19 - Lily

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Hair: Junya Nakashima
Makeup: Gregg Brockington
Model: Lily Olsen-Ecker
Photo Assistant: Ngoc Vu
Head piece and choker from Harlequin Romantique

How apt is it that I have another Amano-inspired piece to coincide with the Final Fantasy announcement at E3? :D

This shoot was so amazing to work on. Magic team is magic. I loved this piece so much. Someone said it's like the live action version of Amano's Angel's Egg. Oh how I wish. Would be brilliant if anything Amano made is turned into live-action. 

Also I'm in Milan! The Photo Vogue exhibition opening is tomorrow! Swing by to say hi if you're in town! :D

Wonderful days.

I'm on the verge of losing my voice but words can't express my feelings right now~

Today we visited... Yoshitaka Amano's home.

[insert fangirl squeal here]

I was so nervous and excited. The place was freaking huge and so mega epic.

The entrance felt like one in an RPG game, where in darkness a door slides open to a spacious, gorgeously decorated hall with no one to greet us... Kind of ominous.

But the place was gorgeous.

I was probably too shy or nervous, or both, that I forgot to take photos of the first floor!!! Which I would die really wanted to shoot in. It was black and red and so large, there were a few of his sculptures and paintings and it looked so... just too awesome.

The 2nd floor was where all his large-scale work were done. 

Loads and loads of different paints, space, and work-in-progress paintings. 

I was still too shy to take photos ._.

Went to the 3rd floor too, his workspace for the regular stuff:

So much papers, everywhere! (even on the floor!)

Can't imagine how much he draws.... *_*


You can also see Tokyo tower from the windows. :3

As we were leaving I found these 2 beside the lift (yup he has a small lift in his place, so cool!! ._.) and jumped right to take photos of them shamelessly. They're my favourites!

It was such an amazing experience, it felt like I levelled up just by being there. *_*

The only regret was that he wasn't in town. *sighs* But I'm sure (hoping!!!) we will meet one day. :3