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05 Dec 2008 - 17:398254
That is very true. I can think of one that I'm doing next year that will be very big, but I still want to have my friends there with me.

I think it's because I don't a actually like to be a cam whore (..or appear to be at least) so I prefer to share the glory out between us. Also, in character interaction.

"Nightmare! Stop looking at my Knockers!"

Oh, it was a fun expo.

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05 Dec 2008 - 23:228266
Quote Uber-Nerd:


"Nightmare! Stop looking at my Knockers!"


Tab


I can just imagine what he was thinking........

Perhaps this **"but they are so big and round..."**











Or maybe not, I have been known to be wrong at times.......


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24 Jan 2009 - 04:4310026
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haha im gunna start making my first cosplay soon and iv chosen a lesser character and its really complicated.. its the spirit of fire off shaman king haha

u mean the huge thing that ends up eating all the other spirits?


24 Jan 2009 - 10:2710028
Quote nadesico81:
Quote Uber-Nerd:


"Nightmare! Stop looking at my Knockers!"


Tab


I can just imagine what he was thinking........

Perhaps this **"but they are so big and round..."**











Or maybe not, I have been known to be wrong at times.......


He was probably thinking "Souls!.... LARGE SOULS"


24 Jan 2009 - 18:4510039
Quote diphenhydramine:
Sometimes it can even be more fun cosplaying as someone lesser known! The first cosplay I made was Amaterasu from Okami. It wasn't perfect, but it came out far better than I thought it was, considering I made it during the week before expo. I got recognised... maybe twice, as the only Amaterasu cosplayers that get largely recognised are those that don a fursuit and go as her normal wolf form. But you know what - those 2 people who recognised it meant more to me than multiple screaming fangirls would!

I have one big cosplay motto I go by:

The costume is for you, not the character.

Take a look at the build of you, and of the character. If they wear a jacket, don't look at a picture of them, quickly measure yourself, and sew a jacket that size. Go put on a jacket, zip or button it up perhaps, and look at how ACTUAL clothes fit. Anime lies so much when it comes to that kind of thing, I've seen costumes go to the wrong from people forgetting that they unfortunately have to abide by the laws of physics.


Agreed x3


24 Jan 2009 - 21:4010041
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Also don't use spray on dye. That stuff comes off on everything and does not bond onto gelled hair.

And it looks horrid, too.


I wish someone could have warned me earlier..

Ive used a spray dye before that was ginger and by the end of the day the back of my costume was stained orange. And in the car it was all over the headrest too.

Dont make the same mistake I did.
Buy a wig.


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24 Jan 2009 - 22:3310046
i think the most important way to have a sucesful cosplay is to just go for it and have fun!
it may not be the best constructed cosplay but as long as yourlike your having fun, not sulking around going ooooh my cosplays terrible, others are more likely to come up to you and get talking/photograph you as you look like your having a great time and being confident^^


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25 Jan 2009 - 18:1110067
Quote kitty_yachiru:
i think the most important way to have a sucesful cosplay is to just go for it and have fun!
it may not be the best constructed cosplay but as long as yourlike your having fun, not sulking around going ooooh my cosplays terrible, others are more likely to come up to you and get talking/photograph you as you look like your having a great time and being confident^^


I agree. One event I made the stupid mistake of letting my non-win in a comp get to me (this was a few yaers ago when I still doing the Buffy cons). I was a miserable sod all evening and ended up not enjoying the event. I now try and have a good time. I did at Amecon even though I had spent so much on Seph and didn't win anything. I decided to have a laugh and get to know all my new friends. In the end it was the best event I had been to9 in yaers because I did enjoy myself.


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26 Jan 2009 - 11:2510090
I do allot of cons Sci-Fi, Star Wars, Anime, Furry cons etc etc etc.

Having fun is a KEY point whenever you do ANY cosplay or in my case photo & video work

Anime cosplayers are by far the most interesting of the bunch. They are outing and entertaining 99.9% of the time Most ScFi Cosplayers or Costumers as they like to be called tend to buy allot of their stuff. I am fine with that however Anime Cosplayers tend to sew and home make their cosplays.

As an American Photographer and videographer, I like the down home and close-knit relationship between British Cosplayers. Every one tends to know each other and sees each other at different events.


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26 Jan 2009 - 11:3410091
Quote Sephirayne:
Quote kitty_yachiru:
i think the most important way to have a sucesful cosplay is to just go for it and have fun!
it may not be the best constructed cosplay but as long as yourlike your having fun, not sulking around going ooooh my cosplays terrible, others are more likely to come up to you and get talking/photograph you as you look like your having a great time and being confident^^


I agree. One event I made the stupid mistake of letting my non-win in a comp get to me (this was a few yaers ago when I still doing the Buffy cons). I was a miserable sod all evening and ended up not enjoying the event. I now try and have a good time. I did at Amecon even though I had spent so much on Seph and didn't win anything. I decided to have a laugh and get to know all my new friends. In the end it was the best event I had been to9 in yaers because I did enjoy myself.


Thats the best attitude to have ^^ cosplay should be for everything but competitions ^.^ I mean we only get 1 mabye 2 cons a year ^.^ the one place in the world where everyon is all there for one reason ^.^ how could you not have fun.

pps: just read this thread and its got awesome advice although unable to agree with

(1. Only do cosplays you can realistically pull off. Sorry insanely huge fat guy does not look right as Sailor Moon. Anyone who has seen Sailor Buba will know what I mean. If you have the proper body for certain cosplays good. If not push and train yourself to work out so you can look good while cosplaying. You will look and feel better in the end)

just seems kinda stuck up to me ya know ^^ few people look exactly like who there cosplaying, when your at a con its just really small minded to think that, i tend to think if you have spent alot of time on your outfit it tends to show regardless of weight/size you shouldnt have to lose weight to make yourself feel good O_o

Sorry for odd rant O_o its all golden advice ^.^


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08 Feb 2009 - 20:0310565
I always find that the shoes can really ruin the cosplay.
Someone could have an amazing everything else and then show up in dirty trainers D:
Really ruins the magic xD


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09 Feb 2009 - 12:0310581
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3. Whenever possible keep your cosplay realistic. No use cosplaying some one if no one can understand or figure out who or what you are.

Unless I'm misinterpreting you, then that's nonsense. By an odd quirk, I tend to cosplay as lesser-known characters and get markedly fewer photo requests than people cosplaying as characters from, say, Kingdom Hearts or shounen-series-du-jour. But I wouldn't say that there's "no use" in me cosplaying. I enjoy it, and I cosplay as characters I like, from series I like. So as nice as it is to have people ask for photos and pay me compliments, I'm not hugely bothered about having lots of people know who I am.

If anything, I like being under the radar. Keeps my pictures from being posted on 4chan.

I agree about keeping things realistic, but more in the sense of "don't try to do a Trinity Blood artbook costume if you've never so much as picked up a needle before". Cosplaying to be recognised should be down to the individual cosplayer.


The key words to that is Understand and realistic

It all depends on the person honestly. I have seen some people who have honestly tried and other who have not. If you’re cosplaying a lesser know person that’s fine however try to keep it within reason. I once cosplayed as a Tokyo Police officer from You’re Under Arrest. I confused a lot of people including the local Police Department.

I once saw a guy in a tan suit wherein a football helmet and green cape? Could not figure out for the life of me what the cosplay was till I asked. The answer the cosplayer gave me left me speechless. He said something to the effect of "I’m Borat playing in the Super bowl" Then he asked me which way to the 50 yard line? I would of never guessed that in a million years.


Sorry but that sounds quite amazing.
Good advice, I think it'll help cosplayers~


09 Feb 2009 - 12:2710582
Quote PockY_MonsteR:
I always find that the shoes can really ruin the cosplay.
Someone could have an amazing everything else and then show up in dirty trainers D:
Really ruins the magic xD


I totally agree. Making the right shoes can be very difficult, and sometimes very expensive so I can understand that not everyone will have perfect shoes, but try and get something along the right lines, nip to your local primark (or other cheap place that sells shoes) and get a pair or £3 pumps etc in a matching colour, also that way if you do one try and do the shoes you have a cheap pair to use as a base! There are lots of simple tutorials on the net for making cheap shoe covers from very little material!

But please people, don't wear grotty white trainers! You'll only look back in a few years and regret it!

Primark/peacocks/shoe zone are your best friends!


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