Cosplay Tip #1: Starting your cosplay “too early” is the best time to start.

Story Time!

My first few cosplays were terrible. Each one was made the night before the convention day. I thought “They’re simple. I can do it in no time.” My Friday cosplay (though it was a rather simple) took me from 10pm-5:30am. My Saturday cosplay; 10pm-4am. Both fell apart by the end of the day.  My Sunday cosplay never even happened because I didn’t have time to even finish the shirt. By the way, I had to wake up no later than 7am to get to the con.

Pulling all-nighters on a cosplay is not a great idea. It is very unlikely you will  have time to add important details when you rush the construction of a prop or outfit. You’ll attend the con exhausted from the lack of sleep and that ruins the fun.

In short:

  • Start your cosplay at least 4-6 months ahead of time. Even if you are buying for a cosplay, 6 months is sufficient time for the creator to sew and ship your cosplay with time to spare. If you are buying anything online, you have time to return or exchange items.
  • Work on your cosplay during down times or when you are bored.  Sewing one day, adding detail for an hour another day, sanding a prop another day. This guarantees progress in the long run.
  • A complete cosplay makes a happy cosplayer. You’ll get a full night’s rest and there will be no worries if your makeshift cosplay will fall apart.

Have Fun!

(via willowwish)

Stumbled upon this and fell in love with the shot.

NYCC 2013 - The Lutece Twins by SpideyVille

Online Crowdfunding

I posted this on my FB page a couple days ago seeking opinions but didn’t get too much response, so I thought I’d see what you guys thought. Please note that this is only an idea at the moment since I’ve seen other cosplayers do such things. People who’ve been following for more than two weeks feel free to comment, and anyone else who would like to can inbox me (or reblog if you really want).

As some of you may know, PPD started as company to just sell handmade clothing and costumes. I successfully crowd funded for that a few years ago. In that situation it made sense since it was for start up money for what essentially was an online company (and it worked out pretty well and is still going, in case you investors were wondering!). I am currently contemplating doing another fundraiser for me to be able to go to one of the bigger conventions within the next year. I really want to get more into cosplay community, and that means getting more exposure/networking with “famous” cosplayers/let people know I do commissions with them actually seeing my work firsthand/etc., and the best way I see that happening is attending more cons. You’ve probably heard the story before— between tickets, travel, lodging, food, and making costumes months before, conventions get pretty expensive pretty fast. Currently my job does not pay enough for me to be able to spend that kind of money.

I guess this is me testing the waters to see if any of you would even consider donating. I haven’t nailed down any numbers yet, but I’m looking to raise enough for tickets for a full weekend, hotel, and enough to make one more costume (I’d probably take Rosalind Lutece and Elizabeth along for two of the three days). 

Would you donate if I did this or is it ridiculous to ask of strangers? A good part of me feels the latter, but I really believe in myself with cosplaying and maybe a few of you do too? Let me know, and please feel free to be honest!

ohmygosh your blog is so amazing! Thank you so much for existing! :D

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And all of the rest of you! All of you are great!

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eelrak:

with just a whisper, they’re all yours.
photographer // cosplayer

here’s a cool shot of my Possession Hawker costume from PAX East! It was so much fun to wear (and SO COMFORTABLE WOW) :’D

I’d like to cosplay the Possession Girl one day, but gah, my bottles would never turn out as awesome as hers. Check out her blog to see more detailed shots. They’re amazing.

p.s. Let’s all make up a cosplay group where we do the most random minor characters from the Bioshock series and go to a con. Annnd… go!

A couple months ago a did a little Rosalind video to thank all the new followers on my Facebook page. I complied all the stupid outtakes from the twenty minutes of film I had for my own entertainment but never shared it… until today because I am a goof and maybe this’ll make one person laugh.

I’ll probably regret this later. And I know my dialect isn’t perfect. 

EDIT: It just finished processing, and that last preview frame… oh my god, I die. xD

I don’t know if I still want to actually cosplay BaS Elizabeth now that I’ve played through both episodes, but have another shot of the one I threw together in excitement for the release.

I’m going to try and finish Infinite Liz soon, but I need to grow my hair back out a bit before there’s any real pictures of that (womp womp).

I hardly ever like genderbent cosplays because they’re generally done up too sexy and unlike the character whatsoever, but this is one that I do approve of because it’s so well done. So well done.

Cosplay Tips - Going to the Source

If you can contact the designer/concept artist/creator of the character you’re cosplaying for advice/help YOU SHOULD. I’ve done this twice so far in my “cosplay career,” and they’ve been nothing but fantastic and more than willing to help.

And by extension, if you can contact another cosplayer about a costume they’ve done or tips and advice or whatever else YOU SHOULD. I know a lot of people are very guarded and close-lipped with their work (which is completely understandable), but most of use won’t bite. :)

I guess I’ll make this tips post a thing now…

LAST WEEK TO GET $5 OFF THE LUTECE MUGS ON MY ETSY SHOP! ENTER THE CODE 5WOULDYOUKINDLY AT CHECKOUT.

single mug (one Lutece on each side)
set of two (one Lutece on each, as shown)

p.s. Sorry I’m lame and am posting the same picture of them. Just wanted to remind everyone of the sale!

p.p.s. Please do no remove the links if you reblog this! Thank you! 

So I started working on this in October when my boyfriend started telling me more about Dota 2 and had full intentions of finishing it in time to wear it all winter long, but real work got in the way (and the actual hood part took me way too long to figure out, and it turned out being the simplest thing in the world). Just need to embroider and add the fur now.

I have too many ideas constantly churning away in my head, that’s why I never finish anything. I’m working on that.

But, I love Crystal Maiden’s Snowdrop set. A real cosplay of it will be done one day. 

zacloudseth:

Photoset of my Booker DeWitt from Otakon.

I actually really enjoyed this cosplay. It was very easy to wear around and I just love the game/series so much!!

Photos by Obscura Vista

Booker DeWitt - Zacloudseth

I’m just going to go ahead and say it— best Booker I’ve seen yet.

"If an atom can be suspended indefinitely, well— why not an apple?"

For the month I’m offering $5 off the Lutece mugs in my Etsy shop since there are so many of you who reblogged my original post with them. Enter the code 5WOULDYOUKINDLY at the checkout to receive the discount. Ends 4/1/14, so jump on it while you can!

single mug
set of two

(My Robert wasn’t around for me to get a shot of him with that side of the mug, but you can see it on the listings!)

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