Beginning to Cosplay
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Hey everybody! So I'm interested in cosplaying although not to sure how to go about it. I'm abody nticipating to cosplay at AX 2013 as Yukio Okumara (for the first day at least)

Any tips from anybody who actively cosplayed or have before?

Would really appreciate it!
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Posted 1/13/13
Cosplaying as a Japanese Manga or Westen Comic character?

I think that westerners are better at cosplaying comic character, asian are better anime cosplayer.
For example, The Avengers movie would be rather stupid if they were Asian... know what I mean?

P.S.
No racism intended...
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Find a character that suits YOU, not who you want to pretend to be.
If you find someone who is like YOU, then you will pull it off much easier.
Next thing is, anime is often colored in naturally impossible combinations. So do not try to mimic it down to the C, the key to an awesome cosplay costume is the skill to make the impossible, possible. If you have a hard time getting that concept, go to your local tailor and ask one who has 2D to 3D experience, they will help you in this regard.

Best thing to do right now, is pay that tailor to make you a custom costume of your character. Ask them if you can see the process. Watch what they do, learn from it. They are the experts. When it is done, pay for it, and promise them you will spread the word, and actually do it, please.
When you get home, inspect the costume very closely and see what they did close up. Learn from this.

As for the role play, just have fun, and most importantly, be yourself. If you found a character that suits you, being yourself WILL be like being that character, and not fake at all.

:D
~From a LARPer.
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Well my advice is don't listen to anybody's criticism or judgment of what characters you can or can't cosplay... if you like a character, cosplay that character, even if it's the opposite sex.
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if you're new at it and have a budget id say try simple ones first and then maybe work your way up to more detailed characters and always consider improvising! itll do you good, like paper mashays and stuff like that doesnt matter if its the opposite gender even! and i like to save up on wigs, for example, if i buy a purple wig, id cosplay characters with purple hairs that i like :3 only you have to take good care of the wigs! which im not that good at i think :p have fun with cosplaying xx
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Posted 1/13/13

GayAsianBoy wrote:

Well my advice is don't listen to anybody's criticism or judgment of what characters you can or can't cosplay... if you like a character, cosplay that character, even if it's the opposite sex.


You shouldn't leave your camera on at a convention GAB, people might find things, like your pictures.

Anyway, seriously, starting small and easy is better for the new starts confidence levels.


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I would recommend not doing just half plotted...like in the picture above me. Take some time, look up anime characters, find a character who you look like and do not. Then make a list of characters who you can 'pull off' and ones that you can't ''pull off' and making it look good, in facial and bodily appeal alone and nothing else. Then after making the list, give those characters in the 'I can pull this off, maybe'' and give them a 'try' meaning: start getting the clothing/ hairstyle/ extc. After getting and looking like the character, clothing in all. Get some consulting from a friend/ girlfriend/ or someone. If they tell you something like "Really? you really think you can pull it off?" or "Yeah, I don't think you can pull it off" then do not go as that character. But, if you get "Wow, you look pretty good" or "Good enough" then you are fine. But, remember to have a character picture of the character you a Cosplaying as during the 'asking others' phase, some might have no idea about who the character is :x
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Cosplay as whomever you want to, really. (Unless its like the picture posted above..no one wants to see that at a convention lol)

At conventions in particular, it doesnt really matter if you are a perfect 100% recreation of a character or fat/skinny, if someone like the character you are cosplaying...you will get Glomped. Getting glomped is a Convention tradition!
Posted 1/13/13
Cosplay as a character you like, doesn't matter what they look like, if you like them, that's all that matters.

I suggest starting out with something easy, a lot of people make the mistake of looking at a picture and going 'it cant be THAT hard' then get extremely overwhelmed when they get started and realize it's a lot harder than it looks. And hell, if you aren't that great at sewing, maybe start out with clothes that look like what you need, and alter them to make them just like the character, that way you're not completely starting from scratch ... if you want to really get into cosplaying, work your way into it, don't try to just jump head first off the cliff.

Also, give yourself PLENTY of time to get your costume done, if you think 'it should take me 2 weeks to do, so I can wait til 2 weeks before the con to start it' ... start a month before the con (or do like I do, and start on it whenever you have time, and if you have it done 6 months early, oh well, then you don't have to worry about it and you were able to take your time).

Make sure you have plenty of reference pictures, from every angle, full body, close up, large images, and pay attention to even the smallest details, and proportions, cuz believe it or not, those 2 things can make a HUGE difference between what your reference picture looks like, and how your costume ends up looking like.

I think those are probably the best things I could tell you if you're just starting off XD If I think of anything else, I'll let you know, haha. Hope this helps!
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Have.
Fun.
Doing.
It
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Posted 1/13/13 , edited 1/13/13
My suggestions:

- Get started WAY in advance. Like, 3 or 4 months at least. Actually, get started NOW.

- Research the whole costume. Make a list of essential parts that you MUST have, and a list of things that would be nice to have, but if you can't find them in time, you can do without. Focus on things that you NEED first.

- Plan to layer your costume. Meaning, that if it gets hot, you can take off your jacket, and you've got something suitable underneath. Also, plan how you're going to carry stuff around. You will probably want some container like a bag or suitcase that you can carry around your camera or things you've bought. You can use your regular backpack, but it looks cooler to have something that looks like it's part of the cosplay.

- If you need to make something really complex, try doing an internet search and see if someone has made a tutorial for it.

- It's OK to hit up thrift stores or other places to buy cheap stuff that's the same, or similar to what you want, and just change it a bit (it's less work and possibly cheaper than sewing or making it from scratch).

- Unless you have a great complexion or need to look like you've been through the wringer, wear at least a little makeup. It doesn't need to be a full face mask; just a little concealer might be enough. It might be intimidating for you if you're not familiar with wearing makeup, but for all you know, someone might take a picture of you and post it on the internet for all the world to see for all eternity. Do you want your pimples to be memorialized?

- Make sure you've worn the complete costume for a couple of hours on some day before the con, so you know how to put it on, and that all the parts are done right, and don't rip or break after 10 minutes.

- Make a list of everything to bring on the day of the con: costume parts and pieces, makeup, and repair supplies (glue, sewing kit, safety pins, etc.). There will probably be a repair station at the con, but even so, it's a very good idea to know basic handsewing skills, and bring your own supplies.

- If you're bringing anything that remotely looks like a weapon or blade, find out what the con's policies and procedures are for weapon and weapon replicas. It's a good idea to read all the con's rules and policies before you start on the cosplay, so you know what's prohibited.
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Depends on what you wanna do. If you're just doing it for fun and have no specific standards, than well just do whatever. It really doesn't matter as long as you have fun with it.
If you're really trying to look like a character, plan in advance and find your budget. If you just wanna buy made costumes, than it's not so bad. But if you want to make your own costume, you're going to need talents in making clothes, costumes, wigs and such. I'm sure you can find some guides around the web, and with some practice make some nice costumes.
I don't really cosplay much, so I couldn't give you any better advice, but the best I could ever tell you is the have fun and don't bother with other peoples thoughts. It's not worth cosplaying if you don't have fun with it, and you don't have to be exact with your costume just to cosplay. It's just a hobby, made for enjoyment.
Good luck with cosplaying, hope your costumes turn out great~
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Posted 1/14/13 , edited 1/14/13
Have fun! It doesn't matter if you look like the character, but picking a character you feel something for (love, hate, whatever) seems to help a lot of people.

Don't listen to people who think you shouldn't do cosplay because [whatever reason]. If you want to do it, do it and have fun!

Google Image Search is your friend for finding lots of reference shots of whatever you are cosplaying as. You may have to turn on/off the mature filter to get some images (I found a really, really nice reference shot for a sword that way, which was mature because of the semi-naked lady behind it).

Experiment! Cosplaying is a fun way to learn about materials (Friendly Plastic, resin casting, Smooth-On Smooth Cast plastic, wire mesh, etc).

Don't be afraid to ask others for help (you're ahead of the game there, I just thought I'd mention it). Lots of cosplayers do it because they love it as a hobby, and will talk your ear off if you ask them for advice, even if they're rank amateurs.. wait..
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There's nothing else I can add. A lot of these posts in this thread are wonderful and explain in great detail this simple message: do what you want to do and have fun!
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