Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

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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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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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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How To Start Cosplaying | Cosplay Basics

Cosplay. It’s fun, creative, and a great hobby to express your love for a favorite fandom. If you are thinking about cosplaying, but don’t know where to start here are some guidelines that can help motivate you to jump into this hobby.

A video version of this post can be watched below:

If, however, you prefer a written version keep reading below!

#1. Ask yourself “What do you want to get out of cosplaying? What are your goals?”

Whether it’s to improve a skill, meet new people, look badass at a convention, or simply to contribute to a fandom. Ask yourself why you want to start cosplaying. Remember(!) cosplay is suppose to be fun. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, but having a goal to strive towards can be motivating in and of itself.

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C.C. Wig + Wig Styling Tips & Tricks | Cosplay Work Vlog | Code Geass

Code Geass is my favorite anime of all time (yes, of all time). I recently re-watched the entire series and fell in love all over again. Besides Lelouch, C.C. is one of my favorite characters and I’ve always dreamed of cosplaying as her. 🙂

Check out how I styled her wig below and pick up some wig styling tips along the way:

The base wig is a NYX Wig in Tea Green purchased from Epic Cosplay.

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Becoming MC Makeup (Mystic Messenger) | Basic Cosplay Makeup

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with the mobile game Mystic Messenger. I’ll admit I had my reservations at first (I was never really one to play a dating game in the past), but I’m actually really intrigued by the story and character development!

As of writing this, I’ve finished Zen and Jumin’s endings. I plan on working on Yoosung, Jaehee, and finally 707 story lines next.

To help feed this obsession, I put together a quick cosplay tutorial on how I created my makeup look for MC. The greatest part about this look is that it can be applied to any anime character that has a natural look. Feel free to adjust the blush and lipstick colors to match your characters complexion. You can watch the tutorial below.

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