This is my, by now pretty old, Taako costume! I designed it back in 2018 and finished sewing and crafting it in early 2019. Wore this one so many times to cons and shoots and still love it so much. I have the making off of this costume still on my story highlights on my insta, it anyone fancies to know more. I remember building the whole design around the blue and brown shifting taffeta I found in a fabric store close to my old university. There's actually a corresponding Lup design I did for @erl.cos but we unfortunately couldn't shoot these two together since first illness and then the panini came in the way. The umbrastaff was inspires by this artwork by @electeocereal
Costume made, designed and worn by me
First pic taken and edited by @vyn_photo
I have way more detail shots of this costume if there's interest I can add them later. Also little reminder that I studied costume design and worked in the field, so if people have questions about my design process or anything I'm happy to answer!
[id: three digital drawings of taako and lup from the adventure zone.
in the first, they are alive and well, both wearing flowing red capes clasped over their collarbones. taako wears a wide-brimmed hat to match, with a purple ribbon and tunic, while lup has dyed her half-shaved head white and wears a yellow tank top and fingerless gloves. they stand as if posing for a picture, taako with his tongue out and lup with a hand cocked on her hip, both flashing peace signs.
in the second drawing, taako cradles a red umbrella with a thoughtful frown. his hair has grown out, now dyed white and braided to resemble a close shave on one side. though he’s lost his red cape, his purple clothes a bit patched and faded, he retains the same wide-brimmed hat and ribbon. beside him, lup is a glowing golden specter over a skeleton in red robes. one hand peaks out of her billowy sleeve towards taako, just barely not touching him.
in the third drawing, taako and lup are reunited. they hold each other’s hands while they grin in relief. lup remains a lich, while taako’s hair is returning to its black color at the roots and his clothes, while still patched, are adorned with vibrant purple and pink ribbons.]
ID: A digital comic. First image is of Magnus, Taako, Lup, Lucretia, and Merle resting on a mall bench with a bunch of shopping bags. Magnus and Lucretia sitting opposite their companions. They all look in various degrees of bored and tiredness. Merle, a dwarf man, is asleep. Magnus, a human man, rests his head on his arms as his hands. Taako, an elven man in a wizard hat and a hoodie, mutters, "Who's great idea was it to give the van keys to Barold and Capt'n Port? It's gonna take like, two hours to track them down." Lup, holding a cellphone in one hand, raises her other hand to her face and shouts, "BLUE!" into the air. The second image shows a zoomed-out view of the group in the center of the busy mall. The following panel shows the same view, now with a word bubble from somewhere on the second floor, a responding "JEANS!" The third image zooms back in on the crew, all looking puzzled about the shouting, save Merle, who is still asleep. End ID.
it's their version of marco polo
@blupjeansweek beginnith! it's not midnight for me so this counts for day 1 prompt: bluejeans
people so often interpret sazed as taako’s ex, which like, to each their own obviously, nothing wrong with that, but i think its so so much more interesting to interpret him as taako’s apprentice instead. and like all we have to go on is that he really looked up to taako who sort of taught him how to cook. “thought taako hung the moon and stars” or something like that iirc. which brings so much more depth to taako’s relationship with angus if sazed was to taako then what angus is to taako now, someone who idolized him and saw him as a mentor.
it puts some of the conversations taako’s had with angus into really interesting context. like the fact that the first person taako’s (ever?) told about what happened at glamour springs (which he didnt know at the time, but was sazed’s fault) is angus. does he tell angus because he doesn’t want him to be betrayed (like he assumes sazed was, since he ran away)? or because he doesn’t want angus learning from someone so clearly unfit to be a mentor (both since he was unfit to be sazed’s, because he was dismissive to him, and because he believes himself to be a murderer)? he teaches angus magic and cooking. when he implies that angus might become as or more skilled than him he jokes about striking him down. which is exactly what he did to sazed when he wanted equal share.
but taako redeems himself with angus. he mistreats angus in the beginning, bullying him and dismissing him and generally being a dick, but as angus becomes taako’s apprentice, he’s more open and a little nicer. still “open” and “nice” in his own way, but definitely more than he was before. learning from his mistake, letting angus in and being encouraging and honest in the way he wasn’t with sazed.
idk. i think it’s so interesting and so rarely explored