Where do I start? What is the first step? What do I need to do? These are the questions that plague many newbies to cosplay, as well as those who want to cultivate the hobby. But in the first phase, there are a lot of experienced people like me who sometimes get very desperate. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of hosting a number of workshops on weapon and item making at the convention. One of the topics they discussed was proper preparation and planning for the upcoming role-playing project. I never summarized it as a tutorial. I decided to get my online fans involved
- Know your skills!
Your wardrobe choice is the most important decision you can make for your upcoming project. On the Web, in movies, video games, comics and other resources, you’ll find many characters with great designs, a lot of charm or just an amazing look. As much as you love the character, you should always keep your skills in mind. It’s pretty hard to keep a fully armed warrior alive if you’ve never made armor.
Maybe Iron Man wasn’t the best choice for your first outfit, maybe Captain America Costume
If you’ve never sat down at a sewing machine, it won’t be easy to sew these amazing clothes from Granado Espada. If you have never used resins, fiberglass or plexiglass, you may have problems. So starting with smaller projects is always recommended. Of course, it’s not impossible to perform something difficult in your first project, but keep in mind that it won’t be easy for you and the risk of failure will be higher at different costume points.
- Accept challenges!
If you really choose something challenging as your next project, so don’t forget that it takes time. You will fail in some steps, you will feel depressed and despair, you will cry for your project. In this case, start early. It takes time to redo something, find a new solution to your problem, or simply find the motivation to continue working on such a difficult project. In addition, failure can directly forward work than you spend more time and energy. When I created my first piece of armor, I also got lost many times and I wanted to give up, or just couldn’t see the chaos I had created for many days.
In addition, I have to create a huge chest armor more than three times, I tried a lot of fixed and failure of wig modelling. It all took time, and in the end I was very relieved that I started six months before the deadline.
- Bring your costume to life!
Cosplay is more than just creating and wearing a costume. Just because you wear fat thor costume doesn’t mean you’re thor.Cosplay also means bringing characters to life. I’m not a cosplayer, and I suspect most of you are not. However, I always try to give my costumes a realistic look and at least create a character look in my photos. To achieve this, we need to not only remember the character’s reference, but also think about his life.
Well, that’s about it! This is not really a tutorial, but more of a guide that hopefully will help some of you with your wardrobe planning. Some of them I discovered years later, and not only did they help me complete a role play, they helped me create a real character. So I really hope this helps you and maybe makes you fall in love with this amazing hobby!