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04 Mar 2012 - 01:3880115
Any tips for a new cosplayer?
I'm new to cosplaying, all my photos I have taken myself. I've never been to a convention. I really need some hints & tips!

Arigatou Xx

Female version of You Kurosaki from the JRock band Yellow Fried Chickenz.
04 Mar 2012 - 02:0080116
Hey, would you mind being more specific? People here are always happy to help, but what exactly is it that you wanted hints and tips with? Costume designing? What to expect at conventions? Generally if you ask something in particular people will be a lot more likely to be able to help you!

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04 Mar 2012 - 02:1080117
I'm sorry! Excuse me! Hai. Yes I would like to know about costume design, and how to make my pictures look good? And hai, what am i to expect at a convention?

Female version of You Kurosaki from the JRock band Yellow Fried Chickenz.
04 Mar 2012 - 09:0980119
When you say costume design, do you mean designing an original costume or making a costume?

My biggest tip is to have fun. Cosplay in the way that suits you. You're only cosplaying wrong if you're not having fun with it

What to expect with conventions. That can vary greatly depending on the event. If it's a con or an expo, if it's minamicon or Amecon. Each con has it's own feel to it. Though generally speaking, people who go to these events are friendly and happy to chat to you.

How to make you're photos look good. That's a looong discussion and there's a thread for it somewhere around. Generally it just comes down to practice, especially in front of a mirror. When taking photos, take them in weel lit areas and avoid flash. Flash, unless you know what you're doing, generally just makes you look bad.


Last edited by j_mercuryuk (04 Mar 2012 - 09:13)
04 Mar 2012 - 13:4180120
I take most of my photos myself aswell. but since I have got a new camera, my photos seem to look much nicer. it doesn't have to be a professional one (because mine isn't) and also, it really helps if the camera has some sort of beauty function thing on the camera to get rid of horrid spots and stuff . (this also helps if you don't have photoshop! )


04 Mar 2012 - 18:5380134
^_^ Thank you all. I feel much better!

Female version of You Kurosaki from the JRock band Yellow Fried Chickenz.
04 Mar 2012 - 23:1180154

1) Let's get the meanie one out of the way first. Don't pepper your posts with random Japanese words like hai and arigato - it adds nothing to your post content and is very what is known as 'weeaboo'-ish. If you want to sound weeaboo that's your own personal choice but as someone who used to do that, it's quite likely you'll look back on it several years down the line and wince. So yeah, your choice, but just thought I'd point it out

2) For posing and photography tips you can't go wrong with Nert's guides at http://www.manylemons.co.uk - check them out!

3) For design/making costumes, browse the costume profiles on this site, and the tutorial section. If you do a forum search for Cosplay tips there was a thread with advice for first time cosplayers which got buried due to not being pinned. I'd try and find it for you but I'm browsing on my phone just now.

4) The only other advice I can give is the more costumes you make the more your skills improve. And I'd start with Amecon as a con to attend unless you're under eighteen, in which case you're stuck with MCM expo events or anything organised by your local anime society until you're eighteen. Unless Minami still accepts people over sixteen but I think that's full.

Good luck!

08 Mar 2012 - 23:4480450
well my best advice is if you are panning to making your own cosplays then defo practice practice practice!!! i couldnt make clothes or costume at all whn i started and now i find it easy!! Practice is defo the way forward!

Most of all cosplay characters you are going to enjoy being , ones thats you think 'wow i really want to be them!!' and characters that you know well, its no fun not having a clue about who you are cosplaying!

If you find all this cosplay stuff a bit full on , them maybe try a smaller local convention first before attending stuff like MCM. The larger expos are an experience in themselves lol!

Just have fun with it

08 Mar 2012 - 23:5580451
I've just started trying to make my own stuff. Practise is certainly the key.

http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php I've been using this site just get used to bits and bobs/materials etc

09 Mar 2012 - 00:1880454
I don't make my own stuff because I'm lazy and have no sewing skills, my place is in the kitchen XD I act as a cosplay model for NixiethePixie =P my advice though is don't be afraid, if you want to cosplay a certain character or something, just go for it and have as much fun as you can with it =D

~Thigh high socks are my absolute territory, go on drool the otaku cannot resit!~
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