Archive for December, 2011

FAQ Monday – Do I have to get a wig?

This is one of the most common questions I see being asked around Cosplay forums by those who are new to the hobby. If you look up pictures of cosplayers, particularly if you come across the more passed around photos,you’ll notice that many cosplayers do wear wigs but that some (such as this Aeris costume by Adella) don’t.

Short Answer:
You don’t have to!

Your costume is your creation, your representation of the character, and you can do what you want with the costume including use your real hair. Use your best judgement based on your budget and what is available to you. Not everyone can afford wigs, not everyone can buy wigs, not everyone can wear wigs or even wants to and the majority of cosplayers can respect and understand that.

Long Answer:
In most cases you should probably get a wig. There are quite a few reasons for this:
– Wigs can be easier to style since you can get a 360 degree view, which can’t really be done with your own head. The back can be just as important as the front, and in some cases is even more important.
– Wigs can be taken off, meaning no lasting damage. Extreme hairstyles and colors can have effects on real life, some workplaces and schools have restrictions on what is allowed.
– Wigs are re-usable. You’ll have to re-do your own hair each time you plan to wear the costume!
– Wigs don’t get a greasy unwashed look like hair can, wigs also hide dandruff.
– Wigs can have items hot glued to them, wires poked through them, be stubbed, and have foam pieces added in, real hair does not give you this luxury!
– Wigs are one consitant color (unless you choose otherwise), while your hair might have issues with certain dyes, color can wash out, or the roots might show depending on when the job was done.
– Wigs can be styled way ahead of time, meaning (a bit) less time in the bathroom on a convention morning.

Though that doesn’t mean that you must wear a wig, as mentioned in the short answer it is best to use good judgement based on your budget and what is available to you, real hair can be an option! Real hair works best if you have hair that is similar to the character’s in color and length that is doable with the regular styling products.

So how do you make real hair look it’s best?
– Get it cut, and colored if needed, right before the convention. It will still have the style that was cut into it, and the color looks best early on – before it has time to fade / wash out / grow out.
– Make sure you wash it the day of the convention and each day you pla to wear the costume. This will make sure that it isn’t oily or dirty which can make it look bad!
– Use products to help achieve the style. Spend time to make it look good!
– Avoid spray-in color, which often doesn’t color the hair well and can make the hair stiff and chalky – which often rubs off on clothes

Add comment December 27, 2011

Looking for Reviews

We have finally started on the “Where to Buy” list which will list many websites for where to buy cosplay related items. It’s just starting out but right now we need some help!

Have you bought a wig from any of these sites?
arda wigs
cosplaywig
cosplay.com shopping
cosplayFU
epic cosplay

We need people to add some reviews to fill this section up! If you have bought from one of the above sites and would like to help, you can make an account for our new forums and make a post here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=2

And if you haven’t bought from one of those sellers but would like to submit a review for a wig site you have bought from, you can submit a seller here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3

Please ignore the messy look of the board, it’s still new and will take some time to make it look pretty ;) I appreciate anyone who can help with this project, especially at this early stage. Hopefully this will grow to be an excellent resource for all costumers!

Add comment December 20, 2011

Amazing Rorschach Masks

While the watchman fad has passed there is still some love for it at conventions, especially for the ever popular Rorschach! But how do you make your costume really stand out? How do you do the mask? Well this would really make yours costume rise above the rest:

So where can you get one of these beauties? From rorschachmasks.com for a reasonable $35. Currently they are sold out, but you can contact the owner to see when more will be available.

Add comment December 15, 2011

It’s not easy being desaturated

at least according to a wonderful blog post about appearing desaturated while in costume. You can check out the post on Brodyqat’s Blog by clicking here. The effect is a good way to stand out as a popular character! It can also be used to pull off manga versions, extremely old cartoons / television shows, and black and white characters such as Timless River Sora below!

 

Add comment December 13, 2011

Put your best footer forward

So Cosplay Tutorial is now proudly displaying it’s brand new footer! This is something I wanted to add for awhile but I didn’t have much content for it and kept putting it off.

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Add comment December 12, 2011

All they wanted for christmas was a gravity gun

According to Volpin Prop’s facebook his Gravity Gun prop (which was his most recent project) sold at auction for $21,000! The auction was for Child’s Play, a charity that brings gamers together to provide games and toys for children in hospitals. If you would like to learn more about this amazing charity or make a donation you can check it out at http://childsplaycharity.org/.


You can oggle some photos of the prop at Volpin Prop’s blog but if you insist on a teaser…

Photography by Dan Almasy: danalmasy.com/

Add comment December 9, 2011

Cosplay Impersonator

This isn’t the first time there have been cosplay impersonators out there, I have seen at least a couple of the more well known cosplayers posting that “this isn’t me” in regards to fake profiles or stolen photos being used to sell items on e-bay. Though this is definitely one of the more extensive attempts I have seen. Most people don’t go farther than claiming photos of someone else as themselves, but this girl(?) has built an entire persona using stolen photos!

The name is “Heather Mikayle” who has several sites and pages out there (a google search of the name can bring up facebook, twitter, google+, formspring, a personal website and so much more). She also has extremely detailed information on her pages and photo descriptions, it is pretty believable especially with fake movie credits. I don’t think I would have been able to tell if I wasn’t warned before visiting!


 
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Add comment December 9, 2011

Old Posts

I originally posted cosplay tutorials from my personal blog which had everything including cooking and other hobbies of mine, which means that people looking for the cosplay posts had to dig! That is why this blog was created, to make the information more available and to also provide a place for Cosplay Tutorial specific news and information to be posted.

So with the move I am transferring over some older posts which are pre-dating this Blog’s creation. So if you see posts from awhile ago, that is because they were made awhile ago!

Add comment December 9, 2011

Cosplay Christmas Day 7

It’s been a whole week’s worth of cosplay christmas pictures!

Today we are showcasing Yashuntafun’s beautiful Juvia (Fairy Tail) costume! The curls on the wig are particularily impressive! Want to see more of her costumes? Visit her website at http://www.yashuntafun.com

Add comment December 9, 2011

Cosplay Christmas Catchup – Day1-6

Day 1:

Check out PeaceMakerGirl’s awesome hat in this holiday photo of Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Battle Tendency! Great work! Looking for more? Check out her Twitter, Deviantart or Tumblr

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Add comment December 8, 2011

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