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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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Aki Con 2016 – The Finale | Convention Vlog

My last planned convention for the year wrapped up yesterday–Aki Con! This is Aki Con’s last year after nine years. I’ve personally attended two (counting this year), and I genuinely had a fun time. It’s an incredibly relaxed convention and everyone is so friendly from the staff to the con goers.

Aki Con holds a special place in my heart.

Without further ado, please watch my Aki Con 2016 experience:

My next convention won’t be until March of 2017–Emerald City ComiCon.

What is your next convention?

❤ Shaina

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Toadette Wig Tutorial | Mario Cosplay

Toadette is super adorable, and I wanted a super adorable wig to match! ^^

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The Materials

  • Pink Wig (Ferrai in Rose Pink from Arda Wigs)
  • Extra Wefts
  • 4″ Smooth Styrofoam Balls x2
  • 2″ Styrofoam Balls x4
  • Modge Podge
  • Pink and White Acrylic Paint
  • Pencil
  • 2″ Circle Stencil (optional)
  • Hot Glue
  • Hair Scissors
  • Teasing comb with tail
  • Small clear elastics

The Break Down

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Toadette/Toad Mushroom Hat | Mario Cosplay | Cosplay Work Vlog

For PAX West 2016, I will be cosplaying as Toadette from the Super Mario Brothers! One of the most iconic pieces of her costume is her giant mushroom hat. In this week’s cosplay work vlog, we look at how I created just that.

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The techniques used in this video are from Vensy Props’ Giant Hat Tutorial. I’ve used this tutorial to create my Pool Party Lulu squid hat, as well as my Final Boss Veigar hat, so there are so many uses for this tutorial.

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Blood Moon Kennen’s Ninja Star | League of Legends | Cosplay Work Vlog

This week’s work vlog looks at how I created Blood Moon Kennen’s Ninja Star. I used very basic prop making techniques using EVA foam. The key steps in making this prop were creating a template out of paper to achieve the exact shape I wanted the ninja star to look like and taking time to give the piece a good paint job.

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Blood Moon Kennen’s Gauntlet | League of Legends | Cosplay Work Vlog

My journey to cosplay all the yordles continues as I start my Blood Moon Kennen cosplay.
Watch as I work with Black Worbla for the first time as I make his gauntlet.

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Final Boss Veigar Makeup Walk Through | League of Legends

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Starting with a clean face, I put on my wig cap and circle lenses. The circle lenses I am wearing are the EOS Dolly Eye Green lenses.

TIP: Be sure to moisturize and prime your skin so that the makeup applies smoothly.

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Anime Expo 2016 – Convention Vlog

Anime Expo is my favorite convention! Not only is there exclusive anime content and epic cosplay…there is also AMAZING FOOD. 😀 If you have been following along on my YouTube channel, I’ve been posting my vlog ventures there for the past two weeks. Below is a complication of my AX vlogs. Please enjoy!

Pre-Con Vlog:

Day 0:

Day 1:

Day 2:

Days 3 & 4:

My next convention is PAX West in September! I’m working on some brand new costumes and I’m excited to share my progress with everyone.

What’s your next convention/cosplay plans?

❤ Shaina

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Ragdoll Poppy’s Hammer | League of Legends | Cosplay Work Vlog

I went to Anime Expo this past weekend and had an absolute blast. My favorite cosplay that I wore this weekend was Ragdoll Poppy from League of Legends. One of the biggest challenges of this cosplay (besides her yarn wig) was her giant hammer prop.  In this week’s Cosplay Work Vlog, watch as I construct Poppy’s massive hammer and as I experience the joys and messiness of working with expanding foam for the first time.

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Materials:

  • 1 Bucket (purchased form Daiso)
  • EVA Foam/Craft Foam
  • 18″ PVC Pipes at 1″ diameter (2)
  • PVC Pipe Connectors (2)
  • Expansion Foam (2 cans)
  • Large Knife or Safe
  • Newspaper cut into 1 inch strips (for paper mache)
  • Modge Podge (for paper mache and sealing)
  • Water (for paper mache)
  • Hot Glue/Hot Glue Gun
  • Dremel/Sandpaper
  •  Plastidip
  • Acrylic Paints (Brown, White, Black, Gold, Red)

Also please use your safety gear when working with the expansion foam and plastidip (or any toxic materials):

  • Protective goggles
  • Gloves
  • Respirator

❤ Shaina

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