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Anonymous asked: Another question, did you also just paint the lettering for the psycho pass jacket. I'm using puffy paint, and it's so hard. I tried a fine tip paintbrush with acrylic but I'm not great at being precise. any tips?


Answer:

tanookicosplay:

cosplayruinedmylife:

Yes, I also hand-painted the jacket lettering. Since I did everything free-hand I can’t really offer any helpful tips other than maybe try finding something you can rest your hand on while you paint to help steady yourself? I know sometimes if I’ve been paining for a long time I’ll use a Kleenex box to prop my hand up so that I can keep going without being super shaky.

-Heather

A suggestion - You can type out the letters and numbers in Word, set them to an appropriate typeface and size (I believe I used “Trade Gothic Bold Condensed #20,” but there are other typefaces you can use that’ll do the trick), print it out on card stock, cut out the letters and numbers carefully, and use it as a stencil for your paint.

Another idea is to, again, cut out the letters and numbers, but this time, use them as templates to cut out the shapes on yellow felt, which you can then glue or sew onto the jacket - this is what I ended up doing.

(Edit - This is how the felt suggestion turned out for me…)

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— 7 hours ago with 4 notes
#helpful tips for anon! 
Anonymous asked: Another question, did you also just paint the lettering for the psycho pass jacket. I'm using puffy paint, and it's so hard. I tried a fine tip paintbrush with acrylic but I'm not great at being precise. any tips?


Answer:

Yes, I also hand-painted the jacket lettering. Since I did everything free-hand I can’t really offer any helpful tips other than maybe try finding something you can rest your hand on while you paint to help steady yourself? I know sometimes if I’ve been paining for a long time I’ll use a Kleenex box to prop my hand up so that I can keep going without being super shaky.

-Heather

— 12 hours ago with 4 notes

pardonmybloomers:

Since Otakon is coming up in a couple weeks, here’s a tip to cosplayers:

About half of a cosplay is the way you look in a picture.

I’m not saying your makeup should be immaculate or whatever - whether you even wear makeup is up to you, I’m not here to shame anyone. What I’m saying is that your pose and your characterization is what really brings the costume to life. If your costume is great but your poses are awkward, then it shows. Conversely, if you have a costume that isn’t the best thing on the showroom floor but you’ve embodied the character perfectly, then your quality is immediately improved - no sewing required!

Just a few things to remember:

  • Take note of light sources. If there’s a light from above, make sure you angle your head up so you catch the light, otherwise your face will be in shadow, and then we can’t see the lovely face of the cosplayer who did all this work! (Unless your character is creepy, then hell yeah, use that shadow to your advantage)
  • Does your character have a trademark pose? Absolutely go for that pose!
  • If not, you might consider showing off your favorite part of the costume. Got a cape with really cool details? Try an over-the-shoulder approach. Dress with a slit all the way up the thigh? Show off those gams! Did you spend hours on the giant prop you’re carrying? Make that the focal point of the shot.
  • Make sure poses are dynamic, and not static. Pictures that are straight-on of a person, especially if you’re half-smiling and clasping your hands together or making a V-sign (protip: very few characters actually canonically do that!) it makes a picture read as flat and, at the very worst, boring. Try standing at a 3/4 view to the photographer, or being caught in the middle of an action your character is known for. Kyoya Otori, like other glasses-wearers, frequently does the glasses push up thing. Sailor Moon has her “in the name of the moon, I will punish you!” stock footage sequence.
  • But the best piece of advice that I’ve never seen given out by anyone else is the 15% relaxation rule. Have a pose in mind that you can snap to. Great! But it’s going to hurt if you’re standing really stiffly for a long enough time to snap a picture or two, especially if one shot doesn’t turn out and they ask for another, or if other people take your picture while you’re posing. And sometimes, you can see yourself straining in the photos. So when someone asks for your picture, snap to your pose - that’s absolutely fine - then right as they’re about to take it, relax your body just a little bit, about 15% of the pose. It makes the hold look more natural, and you’ll start to see a real difference in your photos! (Bonus: Your mouth won’t hurt like Barbie at the end of Toy Story 2.) This is expecially relevant for group photoshoots.

And of course, the general tips - always ask for someone’s picture, try not to take pictures in high-traffic areas or in a walking lane (walls are your friend!), you are by no means obligated to let someone creepy take your picture, you are allowed to deny people taking a picture with you if you don’t like the chance of hover-handing, and never be afraid to report someone to a staffer if they are being a cosplay creeper or taking pictures without someone’s permission!

(disclaimer: I know that when you’re having a photo taken, you’ve agreed to that particular person, and the idea of photo consent gets muddied when other people take the opportunity to get your photo while you’re already posing. It’s well within your bounds as a cosplayer to ask someone to wait a second so you can turn and let them get your good side, or break the pose and apologize before hurrying off to that panel you’re already late for. In this case, it’s your call.)

— 1 day ago with 54 notes

Koumei Dantalion Djinn Equip progress. Otakon is so soon and I still have a to make the arm bracers, reinforce and secure all the other armor pieces and add some more details to the tunic. [lies down and contemplates life choices]

Some fun things to note about this cosplay:

  1. I went with colours closer to the manga cover art than the anime because I really didn’t like the anime colours (hence the dark hair, horns and armor)
  2. The wig is actually a black/dark purple fusion from Arda. It’s gorgeous.
  3. Horns are tinfoil, tape, tissue, and mod podge clipped onto the wig with alligator clips.
  4. Armor (minus the under-skirt which is entirely fabric) is all craft foam covered in metallic fabric.
  5. All of the garment edges are gradient dyed from purple to black (it’s hard to tell in this light).
  6. The train is comprised of 12 entire meters of fabric, an entire box of bedazzly doo-dads and includes 17 major constellations.
  7. There are 15 bells total and I jingle quite loudly whenever I walk anywhere.

Here’s hoping the weather gods will be nice to me and it will only be sort of really hot instead of ridiculously incredibly hot hahaha…

-Heather

— 1 day ago with 30 notes
#otakon  #magi  #ren koumei 
Anonymous asked: how do paint the psycho pass insignia? I find it really difficult. i'm using a paint brush but it's not working out so well


Answer:

I just used a really fine paintbrush but you might have an easier time using fine-tipped paint markers.

-Heather

— 1 day ago
acparadise:

East Coast Sailor Moon fans, your time has arrived! We are looking for a SAILOR MARS to help with VizMedia Booth/Panel activities at @Otakon 2014! Deadline 7/23/14!  Details and sign-ups can be found at http://www.acparadise.com/acp/events.php?eid=247Please share with your Sailor Moon Cosplayer friends! 

acparadise:

East Coast Sailor Moon fans, your time has arrived! We are looking for a SAILOR MARS to help with VizMedia Booth/Panel activities at @Otakon 2014! Deadline 7/23/14!  Details and sign-ups can be found at http://www.acparadise.com/acp/events.php?eid=247

Please share with your Sailor Moon Cosplayer friends! 

— 2 days ago with 4 notes

Since I’ve seen a few similar posts floating around Facebook, I thought I would also share some of my favourite patterns!

Note: some patterns are used exactly as-is but many have been modified slightly to accommodate the character’s design.

  1. Simplicity 5939 (out of print, 4080 is a very similar pattern)
    Use for Myoue’s monk robes, Uroko’s robes, Tomoe’s kimonos, Bouken Sinbad’s outer shirt,
  2. Simplicity 2499
    Used for Ithnan’s cape, Mr. Kirishiki’s cape,
  3. Butterick 3345
    Used for Arabian Rei’s bolero
  4. McCall’s 4745
    Used for Bad Boy TOP’s coat, Fantastic Baby TOP’s coat
  5. Simplicity 4079
    Used for This Love JunJin’s vest, Mr. Kirishiki’s vest
  6. Simplicity 3677
    Used for Arabian Rei’s pants, Bouken Sinbad’s pants, Fantastic Baby TOP’s pants
  7. Simplicity 4795
    Used for Bouken Sinbad’s shirt, Sinbad’s tunic, Ithnan’s tunic, Masrur’s tunic
  8. Simplicity 2895
    Used for Fushimi’s coat and vest
— 3 days ago with 50 notes
#cosplay tutorial 
acparadise:

Casting call for Psycho-Pass cosplayers (Inspectors/Enforcers only) at Otakon 2014! You can sign up at http://www.acparadise.com/acp/events.php?eid=246 with photos of your cosplay (and your Dominator if you got one). Amazingly we have details! Volunteers will be working shifts at the FUNimation booth, performing cymatic scans on attendees and then printing out special Psycho Pass badges for qualified recruits to the Public Safety Bureau Criminal Investigation Division.  Limited to ACParadise cosplayers only with uploaded photos of their costumes on acparadise.com. If you’re not on ACP yet, no worries, sign up for an acparadise account today, it’s easy! We’ll have more information as time passes.

acparadise:

Casting call for Psycho-Pass cosplayers (Inspectors/Enforcers only) at Otakon 2014!
You can sign up at http://www.acparadise.com/
acp/events.php?eid=246 with photos of your cosplay (and your Dominator if you got one).

Amazingly we have details! Volunteers will be working shifts at the FUNimation booth, performing cymatic scans on attendees and then printing out special Psycho Pass badges for qualified recruits to the Public Safety Bureau Criminal Investigation Division.

Limited to ACParadise cosplayers only with uploaded photos of their costumes on acparadise.com. If you’re not on ACP yet, no worries, sign up for an acparadise account today, it’s easy!
We’ll have more information as time passes.

— 3 days ago with 8 notes
faecakes:

One of my favourite shots of the bunch I’ve edited from Spellwoven So in love with this shot Q - Q <3

faecakes:

One of my favourite shots of the bunch I’ve edited from Spellwoven So in love with this shot Q - Q <3

— 5 days ago with 19 notes
#cosplayer spotlight 

kevinpark94:

projectcosplay:

These were made with mirror vinyl (bought from a Chinese seller) over craft foam held together with various glues.

This is the process / tutorial used.

Use the following chart when adhering materials so they stick well:

  • Vinyl front to vinyl front: Super Glue / Krazy Glue
  • Foam to vinyl front: Coat the foam in a very thin layer of hot glue, let it dry, then use Super Glue / Krazy Glue
  • Foam to vinyl backing: Contact Cement / Contact Spray
  • Foam to foam: Hot Glue (or your favorite method…this is my preferred)

Others have used contact cement to hold the foam to the vinyl backing but because contact cement smells like death to me, I prefer the contact spray adhesive instead.

Really love using this method as it’s fast, easy, and light. Luckily, my armor did not have any complex curves because if it did, I would have used Worbla instead.

For da cosplayers on my blog.

— 5 days ago with 6470 notes