1. Cosplayers!

    swedens-wife:

    I feel like I should share this.
    I found an amazing Youtube Channel with incredible makeup tutorials for cosplayers, including specific makeup for lots of famous characters.

    They include SNK

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    Dangan Ronpa

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    Kuroshitsuji

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    and many others

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    Plus some really cool generic makeup tips, very useful either you’re a cosplayer or not!

    Here’s the channel!

    (Source: holytalia)

     
  2. antliongrub:

    IN CASE anyone’s interested! i’m selling a roxas costume i literally never wore on ebay :) for someone on tumblr i’m willing to haggle 

    here’s the link!

     
  3. A Public Plea for “Cosplay Recovery Lounges”

    mister13eyond:

    necroticnymph:

    piratereject:

    Cosplay is a ton of work, and a cosplayer’s worst nightmare is having something go wrong at con. I’ve had minor panic attacks when a vital piece snaps off during the con after months of prep work. :(

    On top of that, we’ve all had stressful moments were we just need to have a breather, grab a drink, make a repair with the helmet off.. without a bystander trying to snap a “candid” photo or ask us if we can throw our costume back on for “one quick photo” that multiples into 20.

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    (Photo Credit: Humble Shield)


    COSPLAY RECOVERY ZONES TO THE RESCUE!

    A “Cosplay Recovery Lounge/Zone” is an area off to the side (or within a quiet area) of a convention - panel room, tucked away atrium - marked on the convention map that cosplayers can duck into for a quick break or repair. 

    1. "No Photos" Zone
      This helps cosplayers relax! No worries about taking off your helmet, snapping off pieces of armor, hiking your panty hose back up, or pulling out a spandex wedgie. The other cosplayers in the lounge understand and won’t judge. 
    2. Emergency Costume Supplies
      A local cosplay group (or a few) can work with the convention to donate common emergency cosplay supplies, like hot glue guns, sewing kits, extra rivets, duct tape. 
    3. A Place to Sit and Rest Safely (Recover!)
      It’s hard enough finding a spot to crash in the crowd. As cosplayers up their game, their costumes may wear them down physically (more than they expected). Also, heat exhaustion and overall injuries are not at all uncommon with the hard core cosplayers.
    4. Lounge Time Limit
      Volunteers would make sure nobody’s using the lounge as a hotel room. ;)

    BENEFITS

    1. Cosplayers could rock out their costumes longer (which the convention and fans appreciate!).
    2. Cosplayers can network in the lounge! Make new cosplayer friends in a relaxed environment away from photographers and the public!
    3. The convention can promote this as an additional feature for the cosplay/costuming track. I know I would appreciate a convention going above and beyond for cosplayers, and I’d sing accolades for any con doing this.

    This is just an idea I’ve been having, but having attended a con from all angles (cosplayer, vendor, attendee, and organizer) and the explosion of the cosplay community, this would be a huge asset for small and large cons.

    This is a neat idea! Signal boosting!

    Depending on your convention, these actually exist! I’ve been to several conventions that have a “cosplay repair room”. Usually containing supplies like superglue, hot glue guns, needles and thread, and scissors/hairspray. When I was at AWA it was a room off to the side area, nice and secluded. There were chairs and tables to sit down and rest, and staff to make sure that supplies were checked out and not stolen and watch over the room.
    Definitely saved our butts when we needed to sit down and make a quick repair on our Touhou costumes and collect ourselves. More cons should DEFINITELY do this.

     
  4. sirshon:

    rogueshenanigans:

    queasykinesis:

    EXCUSE ME, MAY I HAVE A MOMENT OF YOUR TIME?


    Now, I came across this on Hellocosplay.com
    It is meant for a Titan cosplay, as in Shingeki No Kyojin, but I figured it can be used for many other things as well.

    Crossplayers maybe? Have a shirtless character you’re dying to cosplay but your pesky BOOBS are getting in the way? Well, here’s an option for you!

    It’s not the absolute solution, after all it is $55 plus shipping, and a certain skin tone.. but it is an option, and I thought I’d just try to let you all know about it.

    Signal boost this? Thanks.

    also, if youre the DIY type or dont want to hassle with a singular skintone body suit, would like to do the opposite gender, or if you just want more customization, these tutorials can help you out! 

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    i can say that hellocosplay.com is my go-to site because they make such quality pieces. The prices are definitely worth it.

     
  5. she got the 8ooty

    squigglenaut:

    snowchildhero:

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    Aranea / Cronus / Photo&Gif

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    Kankri / Aranea / Photographer

    Excuse me, Aranea, I hate t9 6utt in—I mean! I hate t9 interrupt, h9wever, I feel that it needs t9 6e stated that while y9u are free t9 dress as y9u like, y9ur hemline c9uld attract unwanted attenti9n (as in the t9pm9st image) 9r inspire und9 stress in 9thers with m9re… prudent sensi6ilities. I feel it w9uld 6e wise f9r y9u t9 6e m9re mindful 9f m9desty issues in the future.

    # we kn9w y9u have ‘the 699ty’ # there is n9 need f9r sp9ntane9us advertisements

     
  6. thecontinuationof:

    blueisforscarvesandboxes:

    shigeako-cosplay:

    samanddonora:

    shigeako-cosplay:

    You just have to believe in it (2013)

    Tardis: shigeako
    Ten: kittenwelp

    Photos: ireneadlerholmes
    Retouch: me

       Did you wish really hard?

    As hard as I could ;)

    I don’t watch Doctor Who, but that’s fucking adorable

     
  7. Eyebrow Tutorial!

    sumptus:

    I’ve got a tutorial!! On eyebrows.
    With pictures!!!!

    This is a little more than just the glue stick method, so it will take some time, but the results are fairly decent (if you’re better than me, I bet you can make them look perfect) and it works particularly well for people with dark eyebrows.

    I accidentally left some stuff out of this picture. But here’s some stuff you’re gonna want to have!

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    OKAY, LETS DO THIS

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  8. Tutorial: God Tier Wings

    mini-mosca:

    God Tier Wings, they make your God Tiers waaaaaay more difficult then they should be, and theres lots of ways to make them. I borrowed a few peoples methods, then branched out to make my own. Here’s how I did it.

    Supplies

    • multi purpose wire
    • some nails and hammer
    • organza fabric (I bought 4 yards to be safe)
    • matching thread
    • a couple tubes of fabric paint and some brushes
    • spray primer and spray paint in your wing color
    • pliers 

    To start off before you go shopping you need to figure out the shape. For my first pair (Sollux) I used a computer program to get the dimensions correct and then printed out and pieced together the shape of one wing. For the second pair (Equius) I sketched it out on a large sheet of paper. Figure out how tall and wide you want the wing to be from there and just sketch until it’s good.

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    Now you know about how large the wing will be so you can tell how much fabric you’ll need. You’ll need enough fabric to cut out four wings shapes. Typically 4-6 yards will give you plenty of room to spare. I tend to buy too much fabric after messing up and running out once.

    For the wire I used this.

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    you can use other wires, but make sure they’re thicker then a coat hanger to give you stability.

    Bending the Wire


    So now you take your pattern and you get to a spot you can nail on. Every time there’s a bend in the wing you hammer a nail in.

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    Now unroll that wire (you may need a friend to help you straighten and untwist it). Leave about two feet extra, and start bending the wire to shape at the point where it first hits your shoulders. This extra bit will be used to attach it to your harness. Bend the wire at each of the points using pliers, and try to keep the wire relatively flat. Once you’ve gone all the way around and are back at the shoulder temporarily hook the two ends together, leave an extra foot of wire, and cut the wire off.

    Now you have a wire wing outline, but it’s still floppy and wants to bend in on itself. We’re going to add support. Figure out where your wings want to bend in the most. On your pattern draw the curved lines that would strengthen your wing. You can see mine on the pattern piece pictured above. 

    Now take your wire, and allowing a few inches extra at each end, measure these lines out. at each connecting point use electrical tape to wrap where the wires meet. DO several nice tight wraps that completely cover where the wire joins. Next cover that joint with some duck tape as smoothly as possible.

    Now the same technique is going to apply at the point where the two ends of the wire outline meet at the shoulder. The bottom wire will loop up and over to attach to your harness. The top one will overlap, be wrapped and taped.

    If all went well your wing will look like this.image

    Painting


    Using a spray primer coat the wings about two times on each side. I used white primer to make sure I fully coated the green.

    Once primed and dried take spray paint in your wing color and fully coat the wings. Each time wait for them to dry then flip it over and hit the other side. After two or three coats my wings were looking good.

    Fabric


    So now you have your frame, but no cover. Take your pattern and cut out four copies from the organza fabric. Cut a little outside the pattern to allow for seams.

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    Now pin all along the outside, but at one end of the wing don’t pin. You need to leave one end open, along with the part that touches your back. This will allow the sock to go over you wire frame.

    Now in matching thread, sew up the pinned sides.

    imageNow take you wing frame and slip the sock over it, keeping the sock still inside out. the wire may need to bend a little to get the sock on, but it should go. Use pins to hold the open spots closed and get a good feel of how the sock is fitting. Note what spots are loose, pin them and then resew to get the best fit. This make take a few tries.

    Once your sure it’s good, flip the sock right side out and put it over the frame. You’re now going to hand sew the open part closed, only leaving a small gap for the attachment wire at the shoulder to come out.

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    Fold the rough edges inward a bit, and use a slip stitch to close everything up.

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    EDIT: I forgot to add one last little step. Once the wing is closed up take a needle and do a few little securing stitched in some of the corners or spots where the wire is trying to bend inwards. A few small stitches on the inside right against the edge of the wire will help to keep things in place.

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    Painting the Design

    So now you have beautiful wings, but they look a little plain. Time to paint the design on. Look at your reference material very thoroughly. For Sollux it was mostly just outlines so I had it easy. I used a medium sized brush and just went to town. I used up one large bottle of fabric paint to paint both sides of two wings. I did about two coats, and would’ve liked to do a third coat if I had more time

    For Equius we used up 6 or 7 little bottles and wanted to do more, but ran out of time as well.image

    Now you have wings, but how do you attach them. onward to the next part of the tutorial, THE HARNESS.

    After you make the harness cut that attachment wire to the same length as the tube in the harness. Don’t let it be longer because then it will flop everywhere and not stay up.

     
  9. God Tier Wing Harness Tutorial

    mini-mosca:

    I’d seen several god tier wing guides, but none with a harness design I really liked. So I made my own based of a back brace my boss had. 

    Supplies

    • 1 3/4’ belting material. Enough to wrap around your waist twice, and over your shoulders twice plus a good bit extra for details. I used 5-6 yards I believe
    • around 1/2 a yard of fleece, or similar material
    • two parachute buckles
    • tubing that fits your wire from your wing

    This tutorial is the second half of my wing making tutorial. It works best with that one as it depends on you using wire to make your wings.

    Begin


    First cut a length from belt material that is enough to go around you waist and add a little extra to that to attach the belt buckle. Do this again with a length for your chest.

    Stick the belt through the buckle then use a zig-zag stitch to firmly attach the buckle to the belt. Repeat this on both waist and chest belts. Make sure that the rough edge is inside on both belts

    Next measure out the distance between these belts. Take that measurement then add the width of both belts to it.

    that measurement X the length of the longer belt= the fleece you need to cut out

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    Attach the fleece to the belts, allowing the fleece to fully go under the belt. This keeps you from having a rough belt rubbing you all day. Sew a strong zig-zag on each side of the belt. Do this on both belts.

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    (There’s only one buckle in these picture because the store ran out and I didn’t have it when I started. But if you have them they should already be both attached early on.)

    Shoulder Straps

    Now try on your wide belt. I would suggest using a measuring tape and finding the length of the shoulder straps based on where you want them to lay. This step it VERY important as where the shoulder straps are determines where the wings will lay on you back. Be very sure of where they will lay.

    Cut out that length of strapping for the shoulder straps, plus an extra 1/2 inch to fold under on each end. To prevent fraying fold under each end of the strapping and do a quick zig-zag to make a smooth hem Next pin the straps on (this is your last chance to adjust positioning). Sew the strap to the wide belt. I made a little square at each end where it met the belt straps, and then did two lines along the middle section on each edge.image

    Now take your tubing and figure out how long you want it to be. I went from the middle of the shoulder blade to the bottom of the waist belt. This is the attachment area for the wing. Make sure it meets in the right spot to get the look you like, and make sure it’ll be long enough to hold the weight of the wing. snip the tube to that length.

    Now use a drill to make a tiny hole a little bit up from one end. Place the bottom end of the tube just a little bit up from the bottom (to allow for a seam) and using that hole attach the tube to the harness. This will keep the tube from sliding away when you take the wings on and off.

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    I unfortunately don’t have a picture for the next step. Take more strapping and get enough to fully cover the entire length of the tube. we don’t want any of it sticking out at all. Finish one end of the strap with a hem. For the bottom end (which we didn’t hem) lay it down so the rough end is touching the bottom of the tube. Sew a zig zag stitch to attach it. Then flip the strap back up so that it is now covering the tube. Pin the sides of it it over the tube, like a little cover, and sew up the sides. Now your tube is all covered up. You want the stitch to be as close to the tube as it can get, without hitting it. VERY snug.

    imageNow you have a harness. If the harness needs more support you can add little straps on the back. My wings weren’t sticking up enough, so I took two short lengths and added them between the shoulder straps around my shoulder blades. It provided more support and kept the wings from flopping in.

    As a note this will show if you are wearing a very tight shirt. It works best with a shirt with a little give. If you want to show off your curves, you can take the waist in a little bit, but in my case I used the shape it gave me to look more like a boy and eliminate some of my curviness.

    With this method you can take your wings on and off, and the attachment point only requires two tiny holes in your shirt.

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  10. neil-gaiman:

dezi-desire:

My daughter Helena as Delirium and myself as Death from Sandman at Vancouver Fan Expo!
I’ve cosplayed for years, so my daughter has grown up seeing me in all kinds of costumes, but outside of Halloween stuff hadn’t taken much interest in dressing up herself so I never pushed the idea of cosplaying on her. Some of her favorite books in her collection are the little endless books about Deliriums adventures, she’s even shown them off at show and tell at school. So I’d been talking to her about this upcoming con I was going to and working at and she excitedly asked me if she could dress up as Delirium and have me go with her as Death. I was beyond excited at her request and quickly whipped these costumes up for us! Was so fun having her along with me and she really loved coming with me to a con for the first time. It was also awesome having her be the one who wanted to do the costume as she was in character the whole time introducing herself as Delirium and singing about her fishy balloon, even had her stuffed dog “Maribelle” cosplay with her as Barnabas.

You have no idea how happy this makes me.

    neil-gaiman:

    dezi-desire:

    My daughter Helena as Delirium and myself as Death from Sandman at Vancouver Fan Expo!

    I’ve cosplayed for years, so my daughter has grown up seeing me in all kinds of costumes, but outside of Halloween stuff hadn’t taken much interest in dressing up herself so I never pushed the idea of cosplaying on her. Some of her favorite books in her collection are the little endless books about Deliriums adventures, she’s even shown them off at show and tell at school. So I’d been talking to her about this upcoming con I was going to and working at and she excitedly asked me if she could dress up as Delirium and have me go with her as Death. I was beyond excited at her request and quickly whipped these costumes up for us! Was so fun having her along with me and she really loved coming with me to a con for the first time. It was also awesome having her be the one who wanted to do the costume as she was in character the whole time introducing herself as Delirium and singing about her fishy balloon, even had her stuffed dog “Maribelle” cosplay with her as Barnabas.

    You have no idea how happy this makes me.