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Shredder Cosplay Tutorial by GlitzyGeekGirlView the full tutorial here:http://www.glitzygeekgirl.com/2014/01/shredder-cosplay-tutorial.html

Shredder Cosplay Tutorial by GlitzyGeekGirl

View the full tutorial here:
http://www.glitzygeekgirl.com/2014/01/shredder-cosplay-tutorial.html

I really want to make a she Thor cosplay but I have no idea where to start and I was hoping you guys could help me? I love your blog so much it's super helpful by the way :D
Anonymous

This post is older than the “new Thor” news, so I’ll answer based on making your own female version of a male character. However, check out the art for the new Thor because you might like that design and it’s canon! 

First things first: Pick the version.
With comics you usually have a lot of different designs to choose from, and even more when you branch out to television and movies. You don’t necessarily have to pick a single version (when you genderswap you can get away with taking creative liberties) but it helps to choose a direction to go in. 

Next: What are you keeping? 
You want to carry over the identifiable stuff (like Thor’s blonde hair, the hammer, maybe the helmet, the red cape) but you also want to keep things that are important to the character. Think about their personality, what they do and how it ties into the character’s design. Is armor important for Thor? 

** Side note: I think a good question to ask is:” does it need to be different?”  You might only need to make some minor changes to make a costume feminine but still fit the character. You don’t necessarily have to bring bikini armor into your re-design to make it a female version. The final look of this gender swap is entirely up to you.  

Then: Reference! 
 Looking at similar female characters to get an idea of what a female in that world would wear. With Thor, you might reference characters such as Valkyrie, Thor Girl and Sif

You can also look at outside references. What have other cosplayers done? What are fan artists drawing? 

Sketch or Plan
After you have an idea of what you can do sketch it out, write it down, create a collage or otherwise get that idea on paper. Even if your drawing skills are terrible, it may help you understand if your plan will work. 

Review
Does the character look like a female version of Thor to you? Is there anything you could do to improve the design? Ask friends for feedback and finalize your ideas before starting on the costume. (Nothing is set in stone, if you get a good idea you can always adapt your costume as you go. Once again, creative liberties)

Also
This post mainly focused on doing a genderbend that fits the character’s existing design but makes the “genderbend” relatively clear but that isn’t the only direction you can go in… 

If you want to go the comedic route you might go completely opposite of what they usually wear but keeping recognizable elements, like the eleventh doctor in a bikini and bow tie.

You may also want to do a costume that is inspired by the character’s appearance,  like pikachu knight or lolita!sasuke did. 

Hope this helps! 

Tip Tuesday #76

Some costumes are extremely limiting, some are not limiting at all but you want to find out your limits before the convention! Can you sit in the costume? Can you walk? Can you bend over? Can you pee? 

If your costume does limit you, see if there are changes you can make to accommodate wearing it around the convention. For example: pieces of armor can be made removable through straps, veclro or snaps. 

If your costume limits your ability to see, walk or remove the costume make sure you are bringing along a cosplay handler to help you out! 

The sidebar on the tutorial list pages now contains a legend and navigation links. In case you want to really understand what the icons mean: Mainly TextThe tutorial is mainly text but may also include images.This is a Mainly Text example.  ImageThe tutorial usually has writing, but the tutorial is in one image or a series of images also referred to as a “vertical”. These are usually links to deviantart tutorials. If you rely on a screen reading device (text-to-speech) you may not be able to get information from this tutorial.This is an image example.  VideoThe tutorial is in video form, usually the link will take you to youtube. If you can’t turn up your volume, are hearing impared or are unable to view videos then you may not be able to get information from this tutorial . These links may also auto-play.This is a video example.  Video and TextThere is a video on the page but there is also useful information in text form.This is a video and text example.  PDFThe information is contained in a .PDF. This may download to your device or require a pdf reader to be viewed. (These are usually really long but very informative!) This is a pdf example. 

The sidebar on the tutorial list pages now contains a legend and navigation links. 

In case you want to really understand what the icons mean:

image Mainly Text
The tutorial is mainly text but may also include images.

This is a Mainly Text example

image Image
The tutorial usually has writing, but the tutorial is in one image or a series of images also referred to as a “vertical”. These are usually links to deviantart tutorials. If you rely on a screen reading device (text-to-speech) you may not be able to get information from this tutorial.

This is an image example. 

image Video
The tutorial is in video form, usually the link will take you to youtube. If you can’t turn up your volume, are hearing impared or are unable to view videos then you may not be able to get information from this tutorial . These links may also auto-play.

This is a video example

image Video and Text
There is a video on the page but there is also useful information in text form.

This is a video and text example

image PDF
The information is contained in a .PDF. This may download to your device or require a pdf reader to be viewed. (These are usually really long but very informative!) 

This is a pdf example. 

Wing Harness Tutorial by Laurel Tree WorkshopView the full tutorial here:http://laureltreeworkshop.com/cosplay-wing-harness

Wing Harness Tutorial by Laurel Tree Workshop

View the full tutorial here:
http://laureltreeworkshop.com/cosplay-wing-harness

Hi, I'm planning on making a Bioshock 2 Big Sister cosplay for my next con but I have no idea how to get the air tank and cage to stay on my back. Do you have any suggestions?

You’re probably going to want to use some form of harness to help support the weight on your back and attach it to yourself. Check out these wing harnesses for some ideas:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/list/wings.php#WingsHarness

Watch Nel’s Cosplay Boot Cover Tutorial!

Hello! I was wondering, do you have any cosplay tips on how to make a staff Morrigan (from dragon age) uses?

There are a bunch of different staff tutorials here.

I suggest reading through a few of them and then choosing a method that is going to work for your budget, skill set, and tools you have available.

Wooden dowels or thin pvc pipes are common bases for staves, and insulation foam / expanding foam are common materials for lightweight staves and props in general. 

Goodluck! 

This (and Last) Week In Cosplay - July 8th to July 21st, 2014
Dashcon was a thing that happened and now we get hilarious cosplays from it. And ballpits at conventions become a lot more common!
Sometimes props take cosplay to a whole new level of awesome. 
Our cosplay tutorial list got a major update (check the dropdown) as I continue to make the site even better.
Marvel put out this guide to cosplaying and this women of Marvel podcast featuring Yaya Han.  (Plus: I’m sure we can expect to see a lot of cosplays of the new Thor and Captain America ) 
On the flip side, DC fans are probably already getting their new Batgirl cosplays ready. 
Cosplaying an alternate design of a character can help you stand out in a crowd.
Cosplay really made a difference in this disabled veteran’s life
Cosplayer Yau Wong Siu-lun wants the world to know that underneath the make-up and outrageous costumes, cosplayers are real people, too.
CNN interviewed Hideaki Kobayashi, a well known Japanese crossplayer who demonstrates that cosplay doesn’t have an age limit
If “Mi’lady” is part of your regular vocabulary you might love this cosplay. 
[Last Week in Cosplay] 
Clay Horns Tutorial by neptunyanView the Full Tutorial Here:http://neptunyan.deviantart.com/art/Clay-horns-tutorial-Elfen-Lied-Lucy-447689781
How do you make Dirk Strider glasses?
Anonymous
Hello there! I'm going to be cosplaying princess peach but the race track suit version and I was wondering how I should go about making her ponytail. Thanks for your time!
Anonymous

You’re going to be so cute! :P 

Check out these tutorials for adding a ponytail to a wig. The easy way is to make a clip-on ponytail, the more challenging way involves adding wefts and stubbing but if you have a thick wig you might be able to get away with just pulling it up. The major difference in appearance is that you’ll have hair hanging down with the clip-on, and the hair will all be pulled up with stubbing. 

Goodluck!

Tutorial for Anna Boot Embroidery or Other Cosplay by MomoKurumiView the full tutorial here:http://momokurumi.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-for-Anna-Boot-Embroidery-or-Other-Cosplay-452966472

Tutorial for Anna Boot Embroidery or Other Cosplay by MomoKurumi

View the full tutorial here:
http://momokurumi.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-for-Anna-Boot-Embroidery-or-Other-Cosplay-452966472

Handmade Lunch Bag tutorial by Create-Celebrate-Explore

View the full tutorial here:
http://www.tonyastaab.com/2011/03/handmade-lunch-bag.html

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