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.
Pepakura is basically the art of paper craft folding. You can make amazing life-sized pieces of armor such as:
So how do you use Pepakura? Here are tips on how to get started.
1) Download Pepakura Viewer (free). Here is a tutorial on how to download, open, and scale your first file. Most files are pre-scaled for someone 6 feet tall so it’s pretty easy to use. There is also a Pepakura Designer which is not free but only needed if you are going to create pep designs. Otherwise, for a cosplayer, the Viewer is more than enough.
2) Know where the Pep databases / galleries are. Some of the links are outdated or old so here are some useful (not dead) databases to start your search:
3) Pepakura is good for “metal-like” armor. I will create another post for more organic armor but the pep databases are much more useful for costumes that would be made out of metal: Gundams, Star Wars robots, Halo suits, Mega Man, etc.
4) It takes a lot of time, paper, and work. If you are doing this only using paper, it will already take a lot of time. However, if you are using craft foam and then using vinyl over it, or anything else over the craft foam, that’s three times the work. So just keep in mind, these are very detailed down to every fold so it will take some time to finish the projects…but they will come out awesome. Sometimes, I feel like pep is a little overkill because of all the details for every fold but it gives you a good starting point.
5) Oh and I have to mention, this method is not for everyone. I’m pretty good with fitting pieces together and 3D orientation but not everyone is made that way. So if you print out the pieces and get discouraged, it’s ok. Keep trying or try another method altogether. While using the software is easy, constructing the paper patterns is a completely different skillset. So don’t beat yourself up too hard if you can’t get it right the first, second, or even third time, ok?
-Me (via xaynie)
what a terribly inappropriate thing to post on a cosplay blog
Actually, I believe it is terribly appropriate post for a cosplay blog. Cosplay, costume play, is all about having fun while in costume.
Cosplay blogs that deride people for their body type go against the spirit that we encourage here at Project Cosplay.
If you are having fun, no one should give you a hard time about your costume choice, because evidently the person complaining about having the “wrong body type" is the one that has an issue with your body, not you. Your body type is perfect for whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, and it is no one’s right to judge them but themselves.
Xaynie: I think you would make a great Isara. She’s cute, and I do like her outfit.
Lexx: What’s that thing attached to her neck?
Jru: Old school iPad. jkjk, no idea. xPPP
ElfGrove: It’s totally an Etch-A-Sketch. >:D
Xaynie: It’s a map, lol.
ElfGrove: Boo. My interpretation is 10x more awesome.