So my boyfriend started taking candid shots of me at the con…

animeboston:

5) Practice Posing

Before heading out into the con center, take advantage of the huge mirrors in your hotel room to work out a few poses. It gives you an idea of how to stand to show off the best parts of your costume, and sell the character!

4) Wig Cap

You spent all that time and effort…

xomiaamore:

Planning is Your Friend
I am an organization junkie, so planning out a cosplay comes naturally to me. If you’re not, though, I still encourage you to give it a try! Planning is helpful for so many reasons. 

First of all, it can help you determine how the costume will come together. It would be awful to spend weeks on the costume then realize at the end that you can’t finish a major piece in time for the con! Instead, planning helps you determine not only WHAT you need to do, but WHEN you need to do it. (Which company carries the wig you need? How long will it take you to get contacts in from Asia? How much time will it take to sculpt that prop?)

Planning is also useful for figuring out HOW you are going to make specific pieces. (Do you want to make your armor out of craft foam, or Worbla? Can you buy that item, or do you need to sew it yourself?)

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xomiaamore:

Planning is Your Friend

I am an organization junkie, so planning out a cosplay comes naturally to me. If you’re not, though, I still encourage you to give it a try! Planning is helpful for so many reasons. 
First of all, it can help you determine how the costume will come together. It would be awful to spend weeks on the costume then realize at the end that you can’t finish a major piece in time for the con! Instead, planning helps you determine not only WHAT you need to do, but WHEN you need to do it. (Which company carries the wig you need? How long will it take you to get contacts in from Asia? How much time will it take to sculpt that prop?)
Planning is also useful for figuring out HOW you are going to make specific pieces. (Do you want to make your armor out of craft foam, or Worbla? Can you buy that item, or do you need to sew it yourself?)

feytaline:

Aw snap it’s time for another round of Cosplay Basics, or, Stuff You Probably Already Know!I am not particularly good at wigs.  There’s something about them that seems to have a personal vendetta against me.  Although I styled almost all of my own wigs in the past few years, I’ve gone back to commissioning simply for ease.  There’s no point in getting stressed out over something I don’t like doing, and don’t feel like I have a talent for!But even if you’re not getting into any major wig styling, there are a few basic things that you should have on hand!1) The first thing you’ll need is a wig brush, or comb.  Everyone has their preferences, my favorite is a wire wig brush like the one pictured.  You can actually get this kind in the dog care section.  Mine’s lasted years and I have no complaints about it.  Combs are something a lot of people prefer, and I use for small touch ups like fixing bangs.  The only thing you want to avoid are soft plastic or bristled brushes.  They create a lot of static, and that’s a major cause of tangles.2) Not pictured is a foam wig head.  These are crucial for detangling as well as styling any parts that you can’t do while wearing the wig.  However, they are smaller than the average head, so it’s recommended to not do any tight styling on this.To hold your wig in place while you work, quilter’s pins are great.  They don’t have any edges for the wig to tangle on, they’re long, and they’re colorful so you don’t accidentally leave any in your wig when you take it off the foam head.  Not that I have ever… done that… I hear it’s really painful….
3) The third thing is probably the best invention ever.  It’s a razor comb!  Razor combs are phenomenal for getting a nice edge on your wig, rather than the blunt cut scissors can give unless you know how to use them properly.  It’s also almost impossible to hurt yourself while combing.  All you have to do is comb, and the razor slices the hair off!  They’re great for bangs in particular.While you can get disposable combs at places like Sally’s Beauty Supply, they’re a tad expensive and go dull fast. However, a razor comb with replaceable blades, like this, only ran me $3 for the comb itself, and $10.00 for 100 blades (4) , on ebay.5) Use big clips to hold the hair out of the way while you style. 6) And finally, we have a wig stand for foam heads.  This fits on the edge of a table or shelf (you screw it in to tighten it.)   However, I much prefer to use a free stand—I found that my dressform’s stand works wonderfully.  That way, you don’t have to worry about bumping against the table or shelf while you’re working!So maybe you learned something, maybe you didn’t.  Feel free to add any of your own advice in reblogs!

feytaline:

Aw snap it’s time for another round of Cosplay Basics, or, Stuff You Probably Already Know!

I am not particularly good at wigs.  There’s something about them that seems to have a personal vendetta against me.  Although I styled almost all of my own wigs in the past few years, I’ve gone back to commissioning simply for ease.  There’s no point in getting stressed out over something I don’t like doing, and don’t feel like I have a talent for!

But even if you’re not getting into any major wig styling, there are a few basic things that you should have on hand!

1) The first thing you’ll need is a wig brush, or comb.  Everyone has their preferences, my favorite is a wire wig brush like the one pictured.  You can actually get this kind in the dog care section.  Mine’s lasted years and I have no complaints about it. 

Combs are something a lot of people prefer, and I use for small touch ups like fixing bangs. 

The only thing you want to avoid are soft plastic or bristled brushes.  They create a lot of static, and that’s a major cause of tangles.

2) Not pictured is a foam wig head.  These are crucial for detangling as well as styling any parts that you can’t do while wearing the wig.  However, they are smaller than the average head, so it’s recommended to not do any tight styling on this.

To hold your wig in place while you work, quilter’s pins are great.  They don’t have any edges for the wig to tangle on, they’re long, and they’re colorful so you don’t accidentally leave any in your wig when you take it off the foam head.  Not that I have ever… done that… I hear it’s really painful….


3) The third thing is probably the best invention ever.  It’s a razor comb!  Razor combs are phenomenal for getting a nice edge on your wig, rather than the blunt cut scissors can give unless you know how to use them properly.  It’s also almost impossible to hurt yourself while combing.  All you have to do is comb, and the razor slices the hair off!  They’re great for bangs in particular.

While you can get disposable combs at places like Sally’s Beauty Supply, they’re a tad expensive and go dull fast. However, a razor comb with replaceable blades, like this, only ran me $3 for the comb itself, and $10.00 for 100 blades (4) , on ebay.

5) Use big clips to hold the hair out of the way while you style.

6) And finally, we have a wig stand for foam heads.  This fits on the edge of a table or shelf (you screw it in to tighten it.)   However, I much prefer to use a free stand—I found that my dressform’s stand works wonderfully.  That way, you don’t have to worry about bumping against the table or shelf while you’re working!

So maybe you learned something, maybe you didn’t.  Feel free to add any of your own advice in reblogs!

gemiblu:

circusdreamerr:

theshotaboy:

The actual most important video on the internet.

I personally believe everyone should take a look at this video

WATCH THIS NOW

Every cosplayer

Very important

risingmo0n:

grapeyguts:

Incredibly clever How To about making cosplay armor with foam and plastic coating!!

USING THIS FOR EVERYTHING!

disneyselsa:

Heres a photo tutorial of Elsa’s train.

1. Heres the material used! regular glitter(white), extra fine glitter (white and blue), acetone(to thin the fabritac), Fabri-tac, pins to pin the fabric to the wax paper, and the bowl of mixed glue. All good projects have some sort of drink to keep you going!

2. Here is the tulle on the wax paper design of Elsa’s train. I just pinned everything in place to get started.

3. I went ahead and painted the fabric with the glue over the snowflake design. Be careful to make sure you have a fresh brush! I used a brush that was used for painting before and the acetone pulled the color out. The glue will also destroy the brush you use as a warning.

4. Sprinkle the glitter mixture on the painted area of the tulle. Lightly push the glitter around to cover all painted areas.

5. Carefully peel up the fabric from the wax paper and the excess glitter should all fall off with a few shakes.

6. You may have missed a few spots(like me). Just set the fabric back down, reapply glue and glitter, and repeat as needed!

7. Heres my repeat!

8. Heres the train with some new additions. All the flakes will end up being the lighter white/blue color. I sadly ran out of glue and the craft stores are all closed. I’ll have to pick up where I left off tomorrow!

I hope this helped anyone who was curious as to the process! Please feel free to shoot me asks or anything of the sort of you need help or are running into some issues with your project!

adachimerica:

bottleofstars:

adachimerica:

bottleofstars:

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yOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HELLO T H E R E……. oh my gosh…… happy frickin halloween indeed *O* <333333333 hhhhhh this looks so good oh my gosh u cosplayed my staticy cape baby oh my gosh…. oh my gosh congrats. oh my gosh /)QuQ(\ <33333333

OH THANK YOUUUUUU >3> MAn I tried to add static to these pics but it’s so hard…………..what program do you use?! XD;;

*Lazes around the house*

i j ust use photoshop, just selecting + copypasting various sections of the screen and then applying a noise filter to it! or a sharpen or skewing it slightly depending on the mood hehehe.

also congrats. congrats on your all of you. 1000 applauses

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Sydney SMASH 2013
The Lorax
Cosplayers:  The Once-ler (myself)
Photographer: Mtknot
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Sydney SMASH 2013

The Lorax

Cosplayers:  The Once-ler (myself)

Photographer: Mtknot

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So uh, this is the only serious picture I got at Sydney Animania 2013 of me dressed as Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale.
I DO HAVE A LOT OF DERPY ONES WITH MY CECIL.
//will be uploading soon lolol.

So uh, this is the only serious picture I got at Sydney Animania 2013 of me dressed as Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale.

I DO HAVE A LOT OF DERPY ONES WITH MY CECIL.

//will be uploading soon lolol.