Steven Universe Apparel/Heat Transfer Vinyl Tutorial – Cosplay Work Vlog

My obsession with Steven Universe is at an all time high! I can’t wait for the Homeworld hour special on May 31st! To help feed this obsession in the meantime, I’ve been working on some SU cosplays. 🙂

In this week’s cosplay work vlog, we experiment with heat transfer vinyl to make the stars on Steven and Amethyst’s garments. Heat transfer vinyl is great if you are working with a stretchy fabric and if want to add a design with crisp lines.

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Have you worked with Heat Transfer Vinyl before? If so, what for? I would love to hear your experiences with this awesome product.

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Noctis & Prompto Wig Styling (Final Fantasy XV) – Cosplay Work Vlog

In this week’s cosplay work vlog, we take a look at how I styled my Prompto and Noctis wigs from Final Fantasy XV.

Both wigs were purchased from Arda Wigs in the style Magnum in Fairy Blonde for Prompto and Ash Black.

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Prompto Wig Styling:

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What are wig styling tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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Weathering Carl Grimes’ Clothing | Walking Dead | Cosplay Work Vlog

In this week’s work vlog, we look at how I weathered the clothing for my Carl Grimes cosplay. The techniques used here can be applied for any fabric that needs to be weathered or blood stained.

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Materials:

  • Garments you’d like to weather
  • Tea Dying Method:
    • Hot Water
    • Large mug, bowl, or pot
    • Black Tea
    • Raspberry Tea
  • Fabric Paint Method:
    • Paint sponge
    • Black, Brown, Red Fabric Paint

What are your favorite fabric weathering techniques?

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Poro Biscuit | League of Legends | Cosplay Prop Tutorial

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Poros are wondrous little creatures from the League of Legends universe who LOVE biscuits! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create your very own Poro Biscuit using insulation foam.

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Insulation Foam
  • Box Cutters (4-5 on hand)
  • Sandpaper (low grit & high grit)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Acrylic Paints (Dark Brown, Light Brown, Black, White)

Step 1: Create a template

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Starfire’s Chestplate | Teen Titans | Cosplay Work Vlog

I’ve wanted to cosplay as Starfire for a long time, and I can’t wait to debut her at ECCC this year. In the meantime, here is a world vlog on how I created her chestplate.

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Materials:

  • Newspaper/Paper to creative template
  • Pen/Paper
  • Scissors
  • 2mm Craft Foam
  • EasyCast Resin
  • Contact Cement or Hot Glue
  • Half Sphere Mold
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Silver, White, Black Acrylic Paint

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Heimerdinger’s Wrenches/Craft Foam Props | League of Legends | Cosplay Work Vlog

ECCC is less than a month away! O_O Heimerdinger is going to be main costume for this convention and I’m very excited to debut him!

In this week’s cosplay work vlog, we look at the process of how I created Heimerdinger’s tools. This techniques can be used for created most craft foam props.

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Circle Lense Showcase – 2016 Collection

Hi everyone! One of my favorite parts of cosplay is circle lenses! It’s crazy how enlarging my eyes by a millimeter can make such a difference in my “kawaii-ness”. ^^

Many of my circle lenses that I used in 2016 are reaching the end of their shelf life, so I thought it would be useful to document how each of these circle lenses appeared on my eyes. For myself, I will use this as a guide to help  me determine which circle lenses I should re-purchase for any of my future cosplays that I pursue, I hope you find this to be a useful reference as well.

Below is a video showcasing my circle lenses of 2016:

Featured Lenses:

G&G GBT Sky Blue

G&G GBT Violet

G&G GBT Green

G&G Max Pure Grey

EOS Dolly Eye Brown

EOS Dolly Eye Green

Vassen Rainbow Eyes Brownish Hazel

Vassen Sakura Candy Brown

Vassen Sakura Candy Pink

Vassen Sakura Candy Blue

What are your favorite circle lenses? Favorite brands? Favorite places to purchase? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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Poro Cosplay Photoshoot | Behind-The-Scenes | League of Legends

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My Poro Cosplay was my last cosplay I completed fully in 2016! I love how this cosplay turned out and I equally love the small park we found to take photos.

Go behind-the-scenes with me of my Poro photoshoot….

Photography is by Nathan Wong and editing was done by me. This photoshoot was one of my favorites! Personally, I feel like these are some of the best photos that I have ever edited. I even taught myself how to edit snow! 🙂

Below is the tutorial I used to edit snow into photos:

What effects do you enjoy adding into your photos?

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Becoming Poro (League of Legends) | Cosplay Makeup Timelapse

I hope everyone has had a nice start to 2017! 🙂

Looking back to 2016, my last completed cosplay was my Poro Cosplay from League of Legends. Check out how I put the makeup look together in the video below.

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Conducting Cosplay Research | Cosplay Basics

Cosplay research is one of the most important steps in the cosplay process. It helps to form a game plan of how you will create props and garnets, what techniques you will need to learn, what materials you will need to buy. Ultimately, this research will give you a better understanding of how much time you will need to set aside in order to create  your costume.

Even if you are not making your cosplay from scratch, taking the time to do cosplay research can also save you money if used to look up different prices of different shops to find the best deal.

Cosplay research is the first step needed to bring your cosplay idea into reality. Here are some tips to help you get started on your cosplay research journey.

1. Find Reference Photos

Ideally, you’ll want to find reference photos from various angles (front, side, back) to give a clear picture of how different elements are designed. For myself, a Google image search will suffice. Sometimes I’ll go back and watch the series my character is in and take screen captures from that episode.

I like to save my photos on my mobile phone, creating a photo album dedicated to that character’s reference photos. Saving the photos on my phone allows me to always have them on hand. A cosplay planning app that I also like to store my reference photos in is Cosplanner. This is a fantastic app where I can store my reference photos, as well as track my progress on my costume.

If you don’t have a smart phone or your own laptop, do not fret! Printing out my photos and keeping them in a physical folder works just as well. 🙂

There will be times were you won’t be able to find a sufficient amount of reference photos, whether that be because you are working off a piece of fan art or because there just genuinely aren’t any photos available at a particular angle. When this happens, don’t be afraid to take some creative liberties and interpret what your own design into your costume.

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