So around this time last year, I attempted to start a blog but life decided that it wanted to kick me in the booty before I could even get started. However, one of my few post that I was able to was called "Cosplay 101: From a Beginner's Point of View". I was exploring my journey and giving out advise that I have learned during that time. I will continue to add to this type of content as I countdown to Otakon 2017.
So as an oldie but goodie that still stand true to this day, here is some of advise and a proper introduction to Cosplay 101 :
As written from June 2016:
Summer con season is in full swing and that means that lots of people are buying fabric, burning fingers on hot glue guns, and are inhaling bad substances to get that armor just right. But here you are thinking “But Cake, how can I do it? I do not know where to begin.” Well, check this out. I was in that same place.
Wait, I am still in that place.
Anyhow, I am writing this because I, too, want to cosplay and is currently working on somethings that I will be doing for Otakon 2016. So I figure why not show my process and really talk about what it takes to put together a cosplay. So, over the next few months up to when I will actually wear the piece, I will show my work in a sense either here or on my Facebook page (CakedaBlerd). But before any work can be shown we need to go through the basics.
Listen, I am a firm believer of “if you want to cosplay it, do it”. Choose a character that you are familiar with or at least that you always thought in your mind“I want to do that character”. Do not allow the “race” of the character stop you from doing it. Just do not paint yourself a human skin tone that it not yours to be that character (i.e. putting on brown makeup to be Yoruichi from Bleach. Just don’t. It’s not cool.).
Also, when picking your character, make a folder and get as many reference pictures from as many angles that you can get. Hell, if you love the character to the point that you have a figurine of them, that is even better. The more the better in this case.
To Buy or To Make…That is the Question
If you know that you can’t sew a button on a shirt to save your life, buy it. If you know how to draft patterns, make it. If you don’t know how to do something and you are too afraid to jack it up, get it commissioned by someone who can. If you are crunched for time and you know how to modify that cheap Halloween costume, do that. In other words, it depends on your skill set and your time frame on which one you should do.
Again, like I said before, I am a beginner myself. So these are some of my tips that I have learned so far. I will make this a series when I begin the construction of my costume. Oh by the way, don’t fall into the cosplay trap. Trust me, you will wonder where did all the time go.
But I will leave you will a funny, but true statement about cosplay….