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Way to the Dawn keyblade by 8-13 Way to the Dawn keyblade by 8-13
This took me way too long, but I'm so relieved it's finally done. Riku would go and have the most annoying and least-key-looking design possible, wouldn't he? However, this is, to date, my lightest and most fun to tote around prop so far.
I am especially pleased that many many people commented that it looked like some kind of Soul Edge-ish keyblade (not even having known that I had already made an actual Soul Edge...)

See some detail shots here, if you'd like: [link]
My favorite parts are the curved optical lens eyeball, the variation in thicknesses throughout, and the jingling chain.
...& the fact that it is seemingly indestructible. I had left it sitting on top of the van on Sunday, and we somehow had made it all the way out of the parking garage and into major streets, before it *flew* off...But! Luckily, the keychain had wrapped itself onto the rooftop carrier and it slammed into the window, to be suspended thusly until we could pull over and -then- it neatly crashed into the middle of the street. Completely unscathed, though.
^_^**


Anyway, Ohayocon coverage of it in use soon to come...uh, and I guess maybe some actual drawn art someday, sometime, too...

~U-E
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:iconatemthewicked:
AtemTheWicked Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
Awesome
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XenethisFan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
Nice job.
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RedCastorPollux1138 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This keyblade reminded me a whole lot of the Evil version of Soul Calibur when I first saw it...
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TheCoolCosplayer22 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! :D
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Gamerdragon1992 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student
Very very awesome^^
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Starvois1127 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011
Really nice work im a fan of KH
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AkuroBaisotei Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist
wow you are truly amazing to make this yourself ^^
respect !!!
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:iconpowerstc:
Powerstc Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010
i do beleive that is called the soul eater but u did an awesome job anyway
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gannnonluk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Soul Eater is the blade form of it. The keyblade is The Way to Dawn. It really bothers me that people get that wrong. :lick: :chainsaw:
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Powerstc Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
hmmmm it wud bother me too if i knew more than most people and u had explain things over and over again. but thanks for the info now i feel slightly less nieve
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13souls Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Dude thats freakin awsome. He has the coolest of the key blades i think and u made it realy well.
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TehKiwi106 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
o: you made that!?
how did you know the measurements?
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
I took a bunch of screencaps from the game (and then had to skew them because when the camera is zoomed into a close object in KH2, the perspective goes all fisheye) as well as looking at the polygon renders and then made an outline drawing that merged all the references. Then I scaled it up to actual size (at least compared to my had/arm) and print-tiled it in InDesign, and used the pattern to cut out all the pieces.
[link]


~U-E
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:icontehkiwi106:
TehKiwi106 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
OMG O_O you gave me a great idea of what to do now, thank you for all your help. ;D
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
oh ok. good luck. ^_^
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naruto-uchiha1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
i really like it i might try to make 1
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ryugirl123456789 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2008
I really want to make this but I can't find any guides on how to make it so if you could detail how you made it that would be awsome. If you don't want to that's fine.
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Zapped Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2008
omg lol i really want this! So well done
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Anti-Roxas-99 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love amazing work like this. The paint job is amazing beyond belief. You did a great job on this, cutos :3
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obsidianEMOtion Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
How Long is yours Mine is going to be like 40in
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:icon8-13:
8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Just under 4ft, it seems.
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obsidianEMOtion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Ya Once i looked at how long a 44 incher would be i bumped it down to 40.
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obsidianEMOtion Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2008
Hmmm! Very Nice Keyblade! What did you use to make it? I Am cosplaying as Riku, and am Trying to figure out what to make it out of.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Its all foam with a wooden core. ^.^ Very light-weight and durable.

-Saeru
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obsidianEMOtion Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009
What kind of foam?
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obsidianEMOtion Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008
Hmmm... I was going to make mine from all wood... Sand i down. And do the details in sculpey and glue and sand it on.
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Niko-ru Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2008  Student
Hey! I've been doing so much work on researching ways to make a sturdy prop. So I have two questions, since this is both an amazing piece (and from your little story) and very strong.

First, what materials do you recommend? I've been working with MPC (step up from particle wood) for the past few days, and it was going great. I had all sorts of details chiseled out, too. The part that broke my heart was when I went to put it up on the shelf, and it fell on the floor. The handle cracked clean off (you know, that weak point, there) and you must know that when you've put your heart into working on it, it's sad when it doesn't work.

Second, I'd really like to know what you used for the eye piece. I thought it would be awesome to have a translucent eye as it should be.

Anyways, hope you catch this comment, it'd be great to get some pointers.

By the way: awesome job on this, I know just how difficult Way to the Dawn is to work on. *thumbs up*
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UnitFourteen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
AWESOME! *nosebleed*
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Akuyasha Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008
I don't care what anyone says, this will always be my favorite keyblade u.u It's beautiful +.+
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zelrox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
wow that's amazing. the most detailed keyblade ever!

mwahahaha Riku....
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AridelaAriadne Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2008
great!
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iSapphirus Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me Likie xD!
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Kaikuu Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
I got a picture of that keyblade! =D
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IkuraMiruku Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2008
We ran into you at the con and I remember just staring at your prop and drooling. I didn't say anything cause I haven't seen you since Ohayo 04 and I didn't think you'd recognize me or Mel D=

I bet is scared the shit out of you guys when something random just slammed into your window while you were driving. I probably would have crashed the van XD
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Katana-Okami Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Wow. You guys never cease to amaze me. And indestructible props are made of win.
In the Organization XIII group I was in last year, our Saix had a really awesome sword, but then there was some craziness involving a really strong wind, and the whole top half of it snapped off. It was so sad!
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Rosaka-Chan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Student General Artist
Hm...I'm kind of speechless. xD

Brilliant work....I could never even dream of making something so amazing.
Good work on details. ;)
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izychlinski739 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
i thought it was called soul eater.
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
It's Soul Eater when it's just a sword, but it's name changes after it mutates in to a keyblade. Even though Riku still calls it his "Soul Eater" it does change in the equipment menu. :shrug:

~U-E
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izychlinski739 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
ahhhh...kk.
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SilverKaname Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Artist
:happycry: That's amazing :clap:
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leonhart-less Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Much love for the lower wings, and... much love for the indestructable-story... I totally could envision it happening, and I lol'd and gasp'd a few times. Kudos.
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ScarsHeart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist
Is this drawing with water colour/acrylic? 'Cause I think, that's look like a bricolage with this effects of light and shadow...
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
No, this is a photo. ^_^; I just stuck another photo behind it at like 30% opacity for an interesting background. I painted the actual real sculpture/prop keyblade the same way I paint flat drawings though, but this is a real 3-dimensional piece here.

Here is the original photo: [link]
Here's a close-up: [link]
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ScarsHeart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist
^^ Ah. Thank you very much.
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forgotten-light Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
wow.... this is just amazing! the attention to detail and overall craftmentship is just beyond awsome!!!
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
thanx ^_^ I admittedly got a little carried away at the end and added more colors than there actually is, but that just kinda always happens when I paint..

~U-E
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Eiian Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Pretty details! I love it! Say, is this a photo? It looks like a drawing to me, but it says textile... Okay, I'm going for drawing.
Flying keyblade! Well... Weirdblade! Yes, it is a weirdblade. Faved!
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Yep, it's a photo I took yesterday. There's a bit of a collage going on for purposes of making a more finished dev, but the original shot is here = [link]

There's a bit of fabric on it, but I suppose it's much more foam & plastic. I just never know what category to put costume -props- in...so I just stick them in the costume category which is under "textiles" - I guess it might be more of a sculpture?

Haha, but thank you for thinking it is a drawing! I paint props the same way I paint Saeru's art, so I guess I'm just being consistent.

~U-E
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aikei-chan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
That is really amazing!

And of course, all I can think of when I see that is 'oh god I'm going to have to make that if I'm Riku...D:'
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8-13 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
For all the times I kept losing interest in working on this bloody thing, this was the only reason I could stay focused making Riku in the first place. XD

~U-E
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