Advanced Seam Finishing Tutorial - http://the-cosplay-scion.deviantart.com/art/Advanced-Seam-Finishing-Tutorial-281252875
Another cosplayer that inspires me is Yuzu Inumachi. This cosplayer is inspiring to me because she compromises with a lot of her cosplays to make them ‘her own’ and they still manage to look good. Work takes up most of Yuzu’s free time and has recently gone for quick/simple cosplays . My favorite works by her are Riku from the Kingdom Hearts series, Lightning and Noel Kreiss from FINAL FANTASY XIII-2, Kaine’ and Devola from NieR, and Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.
Oh man. Every cosplayer before a con.
You brush dat air wig, honey. It looks great.
I like to look at a lot of cosplayers when I get ready to make a new costume or on my way to a con, but out of all of them my favorite is CourtoonXIII. The work she puts into all her costumes is wonderful, she makes them all so perfectly. When she does photoshoots she puts them all in a perfect setting. And she obviously has so much fun doing them all.
I wish I could put on the costumes I love on here, but that would completely spam up everyone with pictures. Check her out, she’s wonderful
Last week I asked for people to submit their cosplay inspirations! The cosplayers they admire or are inspired by, or who they think do great things for the community. I’ll be sharing the submissions throughout the day!
I have quite a few cosplayers / propmakers / wig stylists /etc I follow, and a lot of cosplayers that I admire. We have a lot of fantastic people in this hobby with a variety of amazing skills! So here are my inspirations, I hope they inspire you too:
Volpin is an absolutely fantastic prop maker! Seriously, check out his gallery if you are not familiar with his work.
It’s not just the work I enjoy, but that he shares progress pictures and posts a step-by-step of how he made each project once it’s complete. Lots of people make tutorials, but his are very in depth with many pictures which makes it possible for anyone to learn how he creates his props.
It’s not all work and no play, Harrison also did a “sloshed” casting tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZTdZZj417g
I think she is my absolute favorite cosplayer right now. Her armor and prop paint jobs are fantastic, it looks like it came right out of the game! The picture above (Asmodian from Aion - Tower of Eternity) was, according to her website, was her first armored costume! I wish my first set of armor looked that nice! She also does tutorials, in both English and German.
1 word: WIGS. I adore her wig work, her spikes are so perfect and clean! She also posts tutorials (can you see a theme? I love people who share their knowledge!) and offers help through her position at Arda. From her deviantart FAQ:
If you have a wig-related question, please just shoot me an email at ArdaCustomers@gmail.com
At Arda-wigs, it’s actually part of my job to give advice and wig suggestions to customers, so if you ask me there, I’ll be able to answer you pretty quickly in comparison to here. It’s something I get paid to do, so I’m less inclined to answer the same kind of questions off the clock here, haha. XD
Okay that’s enough gushing for today :) I’ll share some more of my inspirations in a future post! If you missed it last week and still want to submit your cosplay inspirations you can e-mail it to email@example.com or use the Submit form
Tutorial: Every Day Makeup Look - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf68R1C2QpI
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I did the curls for my Mami Tomoe wig, so I thought I’d write this up for those who are interested. I based this off the advice Anti Ai Chan gave me. This is not a complete tutorial! There are no pictures included and I haven’t road-tested the wig I styled using these methods so I barely feel comfortable posting this. So please, feel free to experiment and to go about it another way, because I am sure there is a better way to do this.
Please link back to this tutorial if you use it. Not because I want credit, but because I want other cosplayers to have access to it if they need it. Half the battle in cosplay is knowing how to do something, help other cosplayers arm themselves!
Click the cut for the tutorial.
My soapbox is pretty dusty. No, that’s not an innuendo - you guys know I don’t use this page to preach, and I believe you appreciate that. I doubt any significant portion of you even know what I believe in (other than superheroes). That’s fine. That’s not why you’re here. But this thought and talk-provoking article was released a couple days ago, and it wound up coinciding with several ruminations that have been building within me for months. So I’m utilizing this time to let some things off my chest.
“Why don’t you have more Likes on your page?” I’ve been asked this by peers and by friends with more and more frequency recently. It’s either followed by suggestions of how to ‘get more numbers’, comparing me to other peers and their ‘numbers’, or followed with expressions of disbelief, that I should simply have ‘more’ due to talent/looks/longevity of participating in this craft.
My answer is always the same:
I know “Cosplay Fame” has become a big thing recently, especially with the rise of cosplayers as guests at cons. It’s great to aspire to be “famous” for cosplay, along with anything else you pursue, but you should also think about other reasons why you participate in the hobby. We’d all love to be famous, but not everyone will get there - so hopefully you are also enjoying the ride to wherever you end up going.
Armored Cups (Breastplate) Tutorial - http://www.vensy.net/tutorials/armored-cups/
Recently, Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame, but also an incredible model, prop, and cosplayer in his own right) posted a video at Tested.com discussing where to find materials. In particular, he mentions creative reuse locations. These are locations where various materials and supplies are donated and then sold as low-cost art supplies. I strong encourage people to check for any creative reuse locations in their area.
A quick google search pulled up the following:
Long Beach, CA
Thanks for providing a reference image!
Knowing the name of collars might help you with learning more about them and finding tutorials, this is a useful image from http://www.infovisual.info
Looking at the reference, the left image is probably the bertha collar. The image on the right is a high collar, attached to a blouse worn under the dress.
Unfortunately I can’t find any patterns or tutorials for bertha collars, so you may have to draft your own. You can use newspaper or a cheap fabric to create mock ups and adjust them so it sits how you want. Then you can use that as a sewing pattern for your final piece. Different fabrics and fabric weights have different drapes, so keep that in mind when choosing the fabric for your final piece.
You’ll find this post really useful in creating the sides of the wigs:
As for spiking, use glue and hairspray (freeze spray) to support the Mohawk. If it is a very thick one, you may want to tease the base for added support. What can you cut it with? A sharp pair of scissors! You can also cut wigs with razors.
Hope this helps!
For Weiss’s Rapier, I found this build log:
For Ruby’s scythe, this section has a variety of tutorials that you may find useful:
Hope this helps!
I couldn’t find a pullover in the color Vanellope wears, but I did find one in a bright/neon green. If I dye it with a blueish color, will it work just like painting and mix the two colors together, or will I mostly get the color that the dye is in? I’m trying to achieve a mint green. Thanks!
Cosplay Tutorial says:
Dyeing can be tricky.
First make sure that your pullover is able to be dyed!
What types of fabrics can I dye with Rit Dye?
Rit will dye most washable fabrics, including 100% cotton, linen, wool, and silk. It will also dye synthetics such as rayon and nylon, as well as fiber blends with at least 60% cotton or other dyeable fiber. (Blends will tint evenly but will not achieve full color.) There are fabrics, however, that will not accept dye, such as fabrics with 50% or more polyester, 100% acrylic, acetate, fiberglass, metallic fibers, fabrics with rubber backing or special finishes such as water-repellent fabrics with bleach damage or extensive staining, and fabrics that are washable only in cold water or labeled “dry clean only”.
If you dye it with a blue the blue will go over the green, and yes it will give you a blue green colour. This is called overdyeing.
You’ll have to be careful when dyeing, the longer you leave it in the dye bath the stronger the colour will be.
Dyes can be tricky, you may not get the results you want. If you were making the sweater I would suggest using some excess fabric to test the dye to see what results you can get. If it is possible to buy a second sweater, you can use it as your tester. When testing, make notes so you know exactly what you did!
Remember that colours appear darker/more saturated when wet. They’ll lighten a bit when dry.
This page has some useful information about dyeing that can help you out:
Hope this helps!