Monthly Archives: December 2016

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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Choosing A Character | Cosplay Basics

Choosing a character to cosplay may seem like an easy step, but everyone now and then we can get stuck, especially if this is your first cosplay. Here are some tips and tricks you can use if you find yourself unable to choose a character.

What video games, anime, manga are you currently loving/passionate about?

The most obvious step is to think about characters your are most passionate about! Though its not necessary, choosing a character you love can be a motivating factor in keeping your cosplay going! Think about video games, T.V. show, anime, manga, comic books you’ve recently indulged in to help narrow down what characters you’d like to cosplay.

Still too many characters to choose from? When do you plan to debut the costume? How much time do you have to build the costume?

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