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Guts Armor & Sword Tutorial by Junkers Cosplay

View the full tutorial here:
http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.ca/2014/03/berserk-guts-ala-2014.html

Finishing Up

I’ve been adding banners to the sections (Lights & Electronics is by far the prettiest)  and am happy to announce that the major updates to the site are nearly finished! Just a few tweaks left here and there. 

If you are experiencing any major difficulties using the site please let me know. If you could provide the name of your web browser and version that would help me solve the problems you are experiencing. 

So what now? Expect some new tools are articles over the next few weeks, among other things…  

I’ve been around…

I’ve seen it mentioned here and on facebook: some people feel that cosplayers are trying to keep their methods secret and that there are less tutorials out there. The cosplay community has changed a lot since I joined it in 2004, but let me tell you that when it comes to cosplay tutorials and resources - things are getting better all the time. 

Seriously! I search for cosplay tutorials regularly but the community makes it hard to keep up. I remember when cosplay.com, livejournal and deviantart were your go-to places for tutorials but that has expanded to include facebook, tumblr, multiple forums and many blogging platforms. 

It’s not just tutorials, it is help and advice too! There are people going out of their way to tell you how they made their props, with progress pictures along the way and detailed writeups. Take a look at tumblr: there are multiple blogs dedicated to answering your questions about how to make things! That is CRAZY to me! That isn’t something that was around when I first got into the hobby. 

So TL;DR - There are more tutorials, covering a wider range of materials and many with more detail, than ever before!

( Sidenote: I do support the creation of even more tutorials! I am always on the lookout for new tutorials to featured on this blog and the tutorial list! You can submit them here. )

Anime Boston Ninja Tetris Skit uploaded by Serge

Ancient Nord Armor Guide by Volpin Props

View the full tutorial here:
http://www.volpinprops.com/ancient-nord-armor-skyrim/

Would you rather…

Suffer a major costume malfunction a week before the convention OR Suffer a minor costume malfunction at the convention

sagihairius:

cosplaying

pros: cons

cons: pros

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 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!






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