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11 Dec 2012 - 07:3594945
To those who do original character cosplay
Who here likes to do original character cosplays?

To those who do, here's some questions, feel free to describe your own creations!

What inspires your costumes? Do you base them on a series or fandom, or are they completely your own creation?

Do you give your characters a backstory, or come up with "in-character" explanations for parts of the costume?

Overall, why do you do it? Do you like the freedom of original characters/designs? Do you like the challenge of coming up with a design from scratch, or do you find it more personal than strict recreation?


11 Dec 2012 - 07:3794946
Quote Nicky Jing:
Who here likes to do original character cosplays?

To those who do, here's some questions, feel free to describe your own creations!

What inspires your costumes? Do you base them on a series or fandom, or are they completely your own creation?

Do you give your characters a backstory, or come up with "in-character" explanations for parts of the costume?

Overall, why do you do it? Do you like the freedom of original characters/designs? Do you like the challenge of coming up with a design from scratch, or do you find it more personal than strict recreation?



I'll start this off with my own answers:
Inspiration.
Lately a lot of my planned cosplays are personifications of some of NYC's skyscrapers which I am a fan of. I've been a huge skyscraper fan ever since I was a kid, drawing them in personified/avatar form for about as long as I can remember. When it comes to designing clothing for these skyscraper-folk to wear, I draw inspiration from lots of real-world sources. Sometimes I feel a bit like the costume designers from Star Wars, who used a ton of real world historical and ethnic influences, blending them together to create amazing looks for their characters, a whole visual language of sorts. Bet you didn't know that Amidala's episode 1 Senate Gown was based very much on a Mongolian women's outfit (even that hairdo!), or that Anakin's civilian disguise in episode two used real African mudcloth for its vest!
For my Skyscraper-folk, the actual buildings they're based on give me lots to work with too. Whether it's the bold vertical and horizontal elements of 55 Water St's facade, or the countless art deco details large and small of the Empire State or Chrysler, it's fun figuring out ways to weave those into an outfit that looks like something a living being would wear as either everyday, ceremonial, or battle dress.

backstory
I give my characters a backstory! Not just how the heck a skyscraper gains an Avatar in the first place, or the culture that these beings might create for themselves, but the history of an individual building figures in there as well. For example,One New York Plaza is a survivor of multiple fires, so she wears phoenix heraldry. One Penn Plaza may be a modernist skyscraper, but he wears some art deco elements, as a tribute to his elders.

I think it's fun! I get to combine two of my passions, cosplay and architecture. And in doing so, maybe causing people to look at something familiar, and see it in a new way. Recently, somebody online looked at the character drawings in my deviantart gallery and said (after googling buildings they were not familiar with) how well I had captured said building's nuances.
I love taking the ideas that have been in my head for years and bringing them to life though art, and yes, cosplay!


11 Dec 2012 - 10:4494949
It varies from costume to costume.

I'm currently working on a schoolgirl character that was purely based on a visual idea. No background or personality there, just a look that I wanted to recreate. Any backstory will be inferred by people who see it (which is intentional - I want to hint at hentai without actually "going there"

Whereas my Shadowrun Ork was based on a character I made for a tabletop roleplaying game, so had to take into account the setting, and the needs of the character (the outfit had to be eye-catching, but practical to move around in.) Personality and background were already established before I even thought of cosplaying her.


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11 Dec 2012 - 13:1394957
If I can bother my friends into it, I might do some OC cosplays. But these guys have deep routed storyline and something we're planning into making into a "thing".

Arguably, people who cosplay they're own Skyrim character are doing an OC.


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11 Dec 2012 - 14:2994959
Before I have inspired a costume from a level of the game Flower by ThatGameCompany (responsible for Journey, the best selling PSN game) Since you dont play as a character, you control the wind to blow around flower petals to restore flowers to the world, I thought it'd be great if I made a dress for a formal event at a con so I picked my favourite lelvel drew out my design, photoshopped it and started picking fabrics. I even intended to make something formal for my other half to wear inspired by Journey unfortunately that didnt happen. I hope to do my dress up a little better and then make his for him too.

As for why I do it is the same for why I do any of my cosplays. These days (for some) it's about cosplaying a well known or popular character, or showing as much flesh or getting as much attention as possible. For me each costume is a tribute to my character, or a nod to a great game.


18 Dec 2012 - 15:5495184
I have yet to do an OC costume. I would love to as I think it would be very interesting to create a story for them and to design what they might look like.

Just joined a Steampunk group so I am in the middle of designing an OC for the group.

I would love to have a go at more fantasy based costume designs. I love fantasy so it would be my biggest influence.


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