Watching the world of cosplay change over the last 10+ years, I remember back when I started to cosplay in 2003. Everything was much more DIY and the community was small, but passionate.
The cosplay world of today is a different beast entirely. With the power of the internet, more people are becoming inspired, taking the plunge and dressing up as their favorite characters. Practically any material a cosplayer could want is just a few clicks away. Fans connect across the globe and it’s obvious that cosplay is more accessible than ever.
Jumping into the modern cosplay world can be intimidating. That’s why I want to share some of the lessons that I’ve learned as a cosplayer of 10+ years.
What can you expect from this series?
The purpose of this blog series is to explore the non-technical side of being a cosplayer.
The internet is filled with tutorials on how to use Worbla, how to sew circle skirts, how to pattern a sleeve, how to spike a wig, and how to cut EVA foam safely. Getting Started with Cosplay is geared toward answering questions that aren’t usually captured in cosplay guides:
- Do I make or buy cosplay?
- I have too many ideas – how do I pick what to make?
- How do I figure out a costume budget?
- My parents don’t get my cosplay hobby: what can I do to help them understand?
- Tips for handling criticism on the internet
Table of ContentsChapter 1 - The First StepChapter 2 - Organizing Ideas
- 2-1. Brainstorming Ideas
- 2-2. Keeping Track of Future Cosplays
- 2-3. Sorting Cosplay Ideas
- 2-4. Picking and Scheduling Cosplays
- 3-1. Collecting Reference Images
- 3-2. Modifying Costume Designs to fit You
- 3-3. Breaking down a Costume
- 3-4. Identifying Risks in a Cosplay Project
- 3-5. Research Before you Start
- 3-6. Buying vs Making a Costume
- 3-7. Setting a Costume Budget
- 3-8. Creating a Costume Project Plan
- 3-9. Planning for Commissions