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Project Cosplay

This blog is about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the hobby. The process that makes it happen, tips, tutorials, memorable quotes, and the little moments that make it all worthwhile. Brought to you by mods (Xaynie & ElfGrove) and our cosplaying cohorts.

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A lot of people, both cosplayers and not, will get approached by people taking video at conventions, and they usually will ask your permission before videoing you. This is great! Bigger productions will ask you to sign release forms. This is pretty standard legal protection stuff.

However, it’s a good idea before agreeing to be recorded to ask what they will be asking you to do. It’s better if you can ask them to video you first and then give agreement or not based on what is actually recorded. If someone is shifty about what they want to video you doing, you don’t have to agree to be recorded. If they video you and do something you’re uncomfortable with, state clearly that they do not have permission to use your image (into the camera if possible so that it is on record).

Because model releases are somewhat legally binding, wait until after a photo or video is taken to sign the release. This means you can decide to sign the release or not based on what they actually do.

Sometimes larger or formal shoots will require release forms in advance. Make individual judgement calls on whether or not to sign these by looking into the party you are signing the release to.

If someone is using their status as press or photographer to harass or otherwise be jerks at the convention, get their name, badge name, description, or snap a cell phone photo and report them to convention staff. No one wants these people at con, and staff may very well revoke their badges to prevent them harassing attendees.

This website (and this one [link]) may be helpful in getting the proper fit for a more comfortable men’s dance belt. There’s a guide, purchase links, and sizing information.

linuxscouser:

relenawarcraft:

OK dinguses, here’s something that’s gonna make your life and the lives of everyone who sees you at the con so much better.

This is called a Men’s Dance Belt.

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It’s for male ballet dancers to wear under their tights. Its purpose?

TO MAKE SURE NOBODY SEES THEIR BULGE.

when I’m at a con, nothing kills a potential good superhero costume more than seeing the cosplayer’s friendly neighborhood spider-cock through the costume.

I made a comment on this when someone shared this on FB, but I had to add here too.

As a dude, this is extremely vital if you plan on wearing spandex. Now I think it’s slightly misleading when it says it gets rid of the bulge. It doesn’t. You will still technically have a bulge. What you won’t have is people being able to tell exact details of what you look like underneath the spandex. No one wants to know that much detail about you on first meeting. This thing basically just smooths you out but you are still going to be obviously defined as male.

I will state though, that these things are the bane of my existence. They are not comfortable. I think the longest I’ve lasted is around six hours, at which point the thong part just hurts way too much and the waistband really cuts into your sides. I’ve been left with marks from these things for a day afterwards.

I will still wear it though in costume. I swear to God, you have no excuse. Wear the damn thing. Suck up the pain. It makes your costume look that much better.

As a female-bodied person I don’t know any tips for improving the fit of a dance belt to be more comfortable, but hopefully one of our followers does?

Regardless, a huge thank you to all the spandex clad male-bodied persons who do wear one.

Edit: Here’s a link with some places to buy dance belts [link] and some starter sizing information [link].

minimortem asked:

I wish I could submit a picture to you so you don’t have to image search or anything, but I’m doing Police Officer Stocking from Panty & Stocking w/ Garterbelt and she has these weird strap thins on both her arms. I have no idea what they are! I have no idea how to make them either. I’d really appreciate your help :)

I pulled up some reference pictures from Google. I hope these are right as I’m unfamiliar with the show.

Non-specific details like this from a show actually work in your favor as a cosplayer, because without canon definition, those things on her arms are whatever you want them to be.

You can take some jewelry arm cuffs and make them black. You could size down some thin black belts to fit. You can sew together fabric of your choice, turn it inside-out and stiffen by inserting craft foam to make a simple strip, size it to your arms, and make it either a circle or close it with a snap, buckle, or velcro. You could cut black craft foam (or black elastic) and fasten it closed with the same methods as fabric. Really, it’s whatever is easiest on and looks best to you. I note that the reference pictures appear to have a silver detail. This can be a buckle, a dab of paint, or a silver jewelry finding from a craft store glued on.

To wear this item, you should be able to just slide it up your arm. You may want to use foam mounting tape or fashion tape to secure it in place and avoid sliding.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
is there any way for someone who cant grow facial hair to get realistic looking stubble or scruffy facial hair on?
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

Hi! There’s actually a couple of methods available to you.

There are a variety of pre-made facial hair (both beards and sideburns) appliances out in the world that can be applied with spirit gum pretty much straight out of the package. They’re often sold at higher end costuming shops and wig retailers. I’ve never had need to shop for them myself, so I  cannot recommend a particular shop, but a quick Google search turned up this catalog just to give you an idea of some of the variety that’s out there: [link] (Please shop around to find the best deal.)

On a more DIY (and potentially cheaper) route, we’ve previously reblogged this tutorial [link] on using crepe hair to make a beard or stubble.

Additionally, there are a few purely make-up routes for getting the stubble effect. I like these tutorials:

firsttimecosplayer:

Sailor Fuku Cosplay Tutorial by ~SparklePipsi

An amazing tutorial on how to make your very own Sailor Senshi/Fuku Cosplay! Had a hard time finding really descriptive youtube tutorials surprisingly. So had to find step by step images! 

If you still need to visually see how to make a pleaded skirt here’s a youtube link to How To Cosplay: Make A Pleated Skirt! Though she doesn’t use actually cloth in the tutorial she uses paper - I think it’s pretty useful. 

In celebration of Sailor Moon Crystal, we know there will be many Moonie cosplayers out there who will need this. This is one of the most comprehensive tutorial to date. Good luck everyone!

(via cosplayresearch)

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

Most of my wigs require trimming and shaping of some kind. I hang onto the clipping to make curls/ahoge. I don’t like using a lot of product to get the ahoge look and find this method is a good alternative. As you can see in the photos the glue at the base of the curl is never visible. It is also super easy to take out if you need to use your wig for a costume that doesn’t require a curl.

Note: the curl used to make this tutorial is slightly larger then the one used in both the cosplay pictures and the finale picture. This was so it showed up better in the photos. 

(via youcancosplay21)

motherofcosplay:

Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?

A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.

One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.

The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”

Great job motherofcosplay! We’ve mentioned it before in our Cosplay Tip #002: Use Floral Spray for Shoe Dying. This is an example of what it looks like using this method- it turned out fantastic, don’t you think?

osheamobile:

patrickat:

Just read cosplay instructions that involved more steps of sanding, filling, sanding, and painting than a museum quality body off, frame auto restoration. O_o

True story: I was recommended tools and taught the proper use of said tools by a cosplayer.

That shit is hardcore, man.

coregeeknet:

I’ve had a lot of people ask me about the Worbla smoothing process I used on the King Loki build. To simplify explaining things I created this handy infographic. This is just one of many ways to achieve super smooth Worbla. After a lot of testing this is the process I came up with to satisfy my goal for the project. For average builds it’s probably too much work but I hope it may be helpful to some. - coregeek

Another way to smooth Worbla! Thanks for the submission, coregeeknet!