Pirates Of The Caribbean cosplay and photoshoot found on cosplay.com
What is cospalying? For most it's fun way to spend the day, night or weekend and for others it's an artform. Cosplay is the act of dressing up as a character usually from anime, scifi or comicbooks. There are conventions for cosplayers held all around the world such as Comicon and Supanova. It's a great way for scifi and fantasy enthusiasts to gather together and share the things they love as well as "getting into character."
So how do I cosplay? You ask. Well I'll give you five simple steps and tips to have you looking like the leading role and of course getting your geek on!
Step one. Choose your character!
Obviously people usually go for thier favourite characters, but when choosing a character make sure you consider if you would be comfortable wearing thier outfit, how hard it would be to find an outfit or make one or if you can alter it to fit your needs. Of course you don't have to have a 100% accurate costume, many people love to do mashups, group cosplays, crossplays and themed looks such as a steampunk or futuristic version of thier character.
Make sure you collect as many inspiration photos as you can and pictures from all angles if possible.
Don't hold back, dress as superflous as you like and just have fun!
Step three. Costuming help.
There are alot of costumes available on the internet and in stores. You could also hire a costme. For good quality costumes you will be paying a high price. If your budget is low you will be wearing a low quality costume with far less detailing, however there is another option! Make it yourself!
For those of you who are going to take the plunge and attempt to create your own costume here are a few good tips:
1. If you have never sewn before. PRACTICE FIRST! There are millions of tutorials on the internet, get onto youtube and find some. Also stay tuned for next fridays blog post on my top sewing tips!
2. Sourcing material. There are so many variables to consider when choosing things to sew. Have a look at what you need, look at similar cosplays. Is it shiney? Is it stretchy? Ask the shop assistant for help when looking and ask if you need any needles, thread and what setting to use. Otherwise ask google or a cosplayer whos done it before.
3. Make sure you have made or bought an appropriate pattern in your size.
4. Cheat! and glue things on like feathers or sequins instead of sewing - whos going to know?
5. You can often find things in thrift shops or stores that can be altered slightly to fit your needs, this cuts down on time, effort and money.
6. Where to for props? Have a massive sword? A heavy shield? The first place to go would be to the toy store or internet. But ofcourse you can get creative and make your own! Google it, I'm sure someones done something similar before.
Step four. Makeup
Yes even if you are a very manly guy, you should still wear makeup, you'll look severely cool. Eyeliner is pretty much essential. If you are wearing a mask, use black eyeliner and eye shadow to cover in the skin around your eyes, it makes it ten times more effective. I'm no makeup expert but I do use it enough to know you don't need the expensive stuff!!
Refer to photos and watch tutorials.
The best tip I can give you is to play around with your face a couple days before you need to get ready! You can test out all sorts of techniques and looks and of course call in the recruits to help or give thier opinion.
Step five. Get into character!
Sure you may look great but can you play the part? Chances are there are going to be alot of photos being taken and if you are standing quietly in the corner, you won't get noticed. You can memorise quotes that your character may say alot if you like. Some people completely leave thier identities behind and get right into thier character. But theres no need to go to that extreme. However one thing you definitely must do is POSE! When you get photos taken of course you need to pose! have fun with it! If theres a pose or sign your character does then go for it! Otherwise put your hands on your hips, turn to the side or make an action...
Above all don't stress too much, if your costume isn't perfect there is always next time, everyone is there to have fun, and it will certainly be a day to remember if your stickytaped tail keeps falling off!
Below are some pictures to get you inspired!
Leave a comment on any cosplay tips you have or who you would love to cosplay as!
May the force be with you, until we meet again, I don't like goodbyes, as I ride off into the sunset - I hope I inspired all my fellow geeks.
Dark Alley Design!
Phoebe is the unique young artist behind Dark Alley Design. Inspired by comic books and sci-fi, her geek side shows through her amazing artwork!
Discovering comic books at age eleven she says, "as soon as I saw Judge Dredd I simply freaked out!" Growing up with sci-fi influence through movies such as "Alien vs Predetor" directed her imagination to capture unreal pictures. Becoming a huge Batman fan aswell, inspired by the Tim Burton films her arkwork reflects these dark, alternative shadows of muse. While being a strong believer in individuality and keeping an open mind she places confidence in kindness, fueling her love for comic justice!
With art in her genes, comics in her heart and paint in her hands; Phoebe creates eye capturing pieces of fantastic characters as well as using out of this world imagination to create female androids and eerie looking masked persons!
Below are a few of her comic related artworks. I'm sure you will enjoy!
Phoebe's favourite quote - words of wisdom... "My religion is kindness" - Dalai Lama