Getting started with Cosplay

Cosplay is an amazingly creative hobby that connects passionate devotees and artists from all over the world. Never tried it? You might want to!

Creating a cool costume or prop out of ordinary substances like fabric and floor mats is incredibly fun. However , cosplay is so much more than that. It’s meeting different people, learning new skills and all of this while dressed like your favourite character!

The story of how I got into todoroki cosplay set about many years ago, back in 2003. I was still in school and just discovered that there were conventions (fan gatherings) happening in Canada. I read some articles about it and just loved the very idea of dressing up as my favourite characters! As a huge fan of Dragonball I could not wait to get started. Due to my budget boundaries I collected only the cheapest materials and protected them for example treasures. Then I finally I grabbed the old sewing machines of my grandmother (probably from a time before the terrific war) and tried to give it my all. I was nervous to ruin my precious fabric, but also hyped around creating my very first costume. It was like trying to beat the boss in a video game and losing would erase very own save point permanently. Naturally, the machine died half strategy trough and forced me to finish rest by hand. Just another test, but nothing that would stop me working on my costume! I spent a few sleepless nights full with cursing and bloody fingers, but I finished everything in time! Being the Great Saiyaman was an incredible feeling and I’ll not forget how much my chest hurt just from being for that reason damn proud. I did it all by myself and didn’t perhaps gave up when my machine left me. Finishing this outfit was an incredible boost for my self confidence and explained me that I can accomplish anything if I just have faith in myself and give it a shot! My life completely changed then.

And I think this is how everyone starts! You pick a character you like, get hold of some cheap materials and give it a go. Doesn’t problem how good or bad your costume turns out, if you in reality look like the character or not or even if you made the entire halloween costume yourself or bought it. It’s all about having fun. My first of all cosplays were silly, held together by safety pin codes and hot glue and I surely didn’t look like the very tall, muscular man I tried to portrait – but it didn’t matter. I had a great time, not only walking around in fancy dress amongst similar minded people, but also because I constructed the entire thing with my own two hands.

Cosplay for your own benefit, create something with your own hands, experiment with new materials to hold in mind it’s okay to fail. Learn to be proud of you and most important: Just have fun!

“Talent” is just not giving up as you fail. And everyone fails at the beginning. Nobody is born with the creativity to create great costumes without practice and endurance. Everyone won’t become a master over night and your first costume wil look as good as you want, but you’ll improve with possibly single project. Just compare my Dragonball costume from above to one of my more recent costumes, Aloy from Mesure Zero Dawn. It’s not talent. It’s just many refusing to give up.

As times goes on, your workspace as well as tool selection will grow as well. I started along at the dining table of my families living room, then after moving out for university, I dedicated half of my own room towards cosplay before I finally moved to a big company together with my husband years later. No matter how much space you possess, it’s important to keep everything organised. IKEA has a massive selection of shelves, boxes, containers and tables that would not cost you a limb. An organised room leaves space or room for imagination and time you would otherwise need to obtain things can better be used to actually make things.

What precisely tools do you need to begin? Good question! My first varieties were scissors, a box cutter, a dremel, a good hot glue gun, a hot air gun and a sewing machine. While you’ll have to spent at least around 100$ for a quality sewing machine, all other tools are really economical and allow you to already craft pretty much everything you want. No need to shop for everything at once too. Just grab something here and there as you need it.

I actually made a little list of my Top 10 handy tools for Cosplay, so check out the video if you are interesting!

Cosplay is not expensive when you do it right! Keep your little brown eyes open and be creative. You can make entire armor suits out from cardboard and even EVA foam, one of the most useful and versatile making materials doesn’t cost much.

Now, storage might be a little tricky – especially if your costume collection starts to nurture and you keep falling in love with huge, elaborate armors and also props. Again, IKEA comes to the rescue. My favourite resolution is using these gigantic PAX closets, which I fill with all different kinds of boxes and containers. They might be a bit pricy, but the expenditure of money is well worth it. Otherwise you might want to grab a few plastic packing containers and stack them over each other. Just keep your clothing dry and in the dark, so they keep cool along with don’t dust until you wear them the next time!

Finally, you desire need to reinvent the wheel! While trying new elements out is fun and educational, it also costs money, as well as nerves. Instead it’s really helpful to check out all the cosplay tutorials the community created over the years. Many of the costumes you want to assemble have probably already been made by somebody else. If you are lucky, you’ll quite possibly find a step by step instruction how he or she made it. My favourite destination for tutorials is actually Youtube and the the Google appearance search.