Darth Maul from Star Wars Make-up Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Shonagh Scott and is definitely for someone with some make-up skills. While difficult, she breaks down exactly how she recreated the look, which is awesome!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Alli Cat Cosplay Interview

It’s time for another interview, this time with Alli Cat Cosplay! She’s a cosplayer from California, who wants everyone to respect one another and have fun!

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Alli Cat Cosplay out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My cos-alias is a merging of my middle name, Allison, and my rescue work with stray cats. Alli Cat just stuck.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been cosplaying at cons since 2004, but my first official cosplay was Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft, for Halloween in middle school. I wanted to dress up as her after seeing the film; I loved how it had this gothic take on her signature look, like AOD. They didn’t carry her costume in stores, so my Mom made it for me. I absolutely loved the feeling of walking around and having other students point and go, “She looks just like her!” when I headed to my classes.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Favorite things to work with would probably be avocado pits. Yes, you read that right. They can create a natural and eco-friendly pink dye when you boil them and make such beautiful tones. I highly recommend trying them out.

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Alli Cat Cosplay as Galadriel from Lord of the Rings, photo by Andrew Bell Photography

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m excited for the day that I finish saving up for a 3D printer and join all the cool kids. I know I’m really missing out! I’m always excited when cosplay friends from other countries come out to visit. My friend, Velveteen Velours, who’s a very talented model from Russia, flew out here and we met up in Little Tokyo and talked about what got us started, being crazy cat moms and, our planned costumes for future shoots.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I enjoy different takes on costumes; people putting their own twist into something. I love the originality. I also love to see cosplayers dress up in scrapped concept art or character designs that have yet to be cosplayed.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
It’s made an improvement over the years, but still has a long way to go. Back when I first started attending cons, you’d get banned for being dressed sexy; security would escort you outside in front of everyone and block the doors. They can’t pull that crap anymore. We have support groups now and are able to call out problematic behavior and have it paid attention to. I’m grateful for that.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
While cons have stepped up their game on weapon policies, I’d like to see them do the same when it comes to harassment. Many cons still invite sexual predators as guests, proving to us that they only care about the money and not the safety of their attendees. That has to stop.

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Alli Cat Cosplay as Judy from Cowboy Bebop

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Absolutely don’t raceface. People of Color are not a costume. It’s disrespectful, hurtful and you look like a clown. People will recognize your costume, that’s what we’re looking at, your craftsmanship and attention to detail.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Of all the conventions I’ve been to, I’d have to say that Anime Los Angeles goes out of their way, to make fans feel like they belong. The staff is always very helpful. They also allow cosplayers to submit photos of themselves to decorate the con hallways.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I’m the most proud of my Poison Ivy (Batman #181) costume. A lot of love was poured into it and I had a blast hanging with my friend Claire Sassypants, who was my Black Canary. Random fact? I added the leaves on the stockings last minute, meaning I hot glued them to my legs. *cries in accuracy*

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Alli Cat Cosplay as Poison Ivy from Batman, photo by Shotwhore Photography

Thanks for the interview, Alli Cat Cosplay! You can check out her Instagram here and her Twitter here!

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Blog Updates: Thanks COVID-19

I had previously written a post here about the plans for the blog this year and attending more conventions…. Then a pandemic decided to happen, you know. As you do…

I am still working since I’m in security. I had planned to attack more interviews, which I have posted more admittedly, but it’s not the amount I want. I’d really like to continue focusing on that, but it all depends on my schedule in all of it’s hectic glory.

One convention that I had planned to attend, Colorado AnimeFest, got cancelled right off the bat once the coronavirus hit Colorado. I am waiting to see what will happen to my plans for TwitchCon and Nan Desu Kan currently, since everything is up in the air with what’s going on in the world.

With that, everyone PLEASE be safe out there. Wear face masks if you have, practice social distancing, and craft away with your friends on Discord and Skype. ❤ Continue being the awesome community we all love so much!

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Animal Ear Tutorial

This cosplay tutorial was created by Kinpatsu Cosplay and teaches you to create animal ears for that finishing touch for your costume! It’s a bit more complicated to follow, but totally worth that awesome end result! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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Kumalatte Cosplay Interview

It’s time for another interview, this time with Kumalatte Cosplay! She’s a cosplayer from Georgia, who loves playing with different fabrics and enjoys the sewing of her pieces!

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Kumalatte Cosplay as Entrapta from She-Ra, photo by @iamoplord

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My alias is Kumalatte Cosplay! I chose my alias because I initially started out on social media as a cosplay duo, and we both loved the Rilakkuma and Korilakkuma bears. They’re both brown and cream colored, so they reminded me of lattes, hence the latte part! The irony is I never drank coffee up until late last year. Thanks, adulthood!

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I cosplayed for the first time in 2011! I remember wanting to go to cons far longer than that, but when I discovered that cons existed near me, I went wild. I felt terrible existing at a con without a cosplay, so I tried my best to get something made for the next con. My first cosplay, Tetra from Legend of Zelda: The Windwaker, was commissioned from a friend of my dad’s, and I hated it. It was fun to wear, but I wanted to be involved in the creation process too! So my dad (very, VERY reluctantly) taught me how to sew, and I very gradually learned how to construct garments from there. Not everything I made was cosplay; I made a lot of fleece hats, skirts, formal wear, as well as some small props and nerdy inspired crafts here and there as gifts for friends. It wasn’t until I moved out to Atlanta for college that the cosplay community truly swept me away, and I’ve been scaring my neighbors by walking out of my house in different cosplays ever since!

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Fabrics!! I don’t tend to fall in love with armored characters, but luckily my love has always been for sewing. Since I’ve started cosplaying, the availability of cool fabrics has exploded – there’s a 90% chance you’ll find me at the color-shifting, holographic, or sparkly fabric section of your local fabric store. I have a lot of fun in the planning stages of a cosplay, figuring out what kind of fabrics would help translate a character to life and knowing I have full creative freedom to use whatever I like. One characters design can be interpreted in so many ways by hundreds of people; why strive to be the “best, most accurate” one of all when you can just make it something that’s uniquely your own – and looks rad hanging in your closet.

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Kumalatte Cosplay as Caesar Zeppeli from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, photo by Vaughn Photography

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Armor and props, actually! It’s hard to believe I’ve been cosplaying for 9 years and have never really attempted armor. I bought my first heat gun and dremel late last year, and I’ve been looking into different types of foam since my next six projects all need armor and props. It might be overkill to do that much as a beginner, and part of me feels like a “lesser” cosplayer because I don’t have refined foam crafting skills (I’m not, but boy does it feel like it!), but part of me is grateful that I’ve waited this long to tackle it. The accessibility to materials, tools, and tutorials is insane, to the point I can acquire all of those within 5 miles of my house! So I feel confident knowing that I have a plethora of resources and friends to help me if I struggle with it initially.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love seeing originality! Like I mentioned before, cosplay has become so massive, any one character design can be cosplayed by dozens or thousands of people. Its great to see someone work incredibly hard to look like they’re the literal character come to life, but seeing a cosplayer REALLY make the character their own is what steals my heart. And it doesn’t take much to make a cosplay unique! It can be something as small as using an unconventional wig, or a unique fabric, altering a fantastical character to be more realistic or a realistic character to be more fantastical. There really is no one who can tell you no, so watching people go crazy and stupid with this sort of freedom reminds me why I spend countless dollars and hours to be in this community.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
It’s definitely grown and evolved a lot since I’ve started, that’s for sure! I spent the majority of my cosplay life fearing letting anyone in my daily life know I was a cosplayer. And I honestly still do! From the outside, we really do look like a bunch of freaks spending time and money to become fictional characters for a few hours a year. I’m glad that it’s becoming more accepted and known thanks to media and the growth of “nerdy” pop culture, because I really don’t think my life could have taken me towards any other path. As an artist, crafter, life-long nerd, and owner of too much chaotic energy that demands to be released through constant creating, my fate feels like it was always going to be tied to cosplay somehow. The cosplay community really is the perfect place for me and so many other creative people, so I’m very grateful that the nerds of the past braved cosplaying in public so that we could see Yaya Han’s face gracing the Cosplay aisles of Joann Fabrics. And maybe even tell the employees at the cutting counter what were cosplay we’re buying that fabric for.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
There are a couple of problems I’ve seen externally and internally. By externally, I mean the people who aren’t really in the cosplay community themselves, but support cosplayers or involve themselves in other nerdy, cosplay-adjacent communities. I feel like the general acceptance of cosplays that don’t follow the canon hasn’t really reached them, so I still see them hyper focus on accuracy. I still see a lot of negative comments and bullying of POC cosplayers, a lot of “Best Cosplays of xxxCon” and “Top 10 xxxx Cosplayers” lists, and a very biased view of what makes a cosplayer considered good. I don’t feel like it discourages me anymore, but like I said before, it makes me weary of the public view of cosplay and how it can impact people wanting to start cosplaying, but feel like the community is too competitive and “vile” when it really isn’t.

Internally, there is still a good bit of elitism and an emphasis on popularity that can’t be ignored. I remember seeing a post on Facebook years ago about how someone wanted to start cosplaying, and wanted to know how much to “invest” monthly so they could become a popular cosplayer (their budget was $1k a month, too!?) and it made my heart sink. The premise of being a “full-time” cosplayer sounds amazing, but I’ve seen that pursuit take the fun out of cosplay for people very quickly. Like any profession, it’s not as glamorous as it seems, and more visibility can lead to more online negativity than some people can handle – especially if you’re a POC cosplayer. If someone succeeds at making it to the level of full time, professional cosplayer, I commend them, but it can be very problematic when people make that their initial goal for getting into cosplay, and I hope that the few cosplayers that have achieved it can be more transparent about what being a professional cosplayer is truly like.

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Kumalatte Cosplay as Pink Diamond from Steven Universe, photo by FXDandy

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Cosplay isn’t going anywhere. Not anytime soon, at least. I remember being 14, and feeling so frustrated that I wasn’t able to make super elaborate cosplays from the get go. I wasn’t able to buy things online by myself, couldn’t drive myself to cons, and could barely make cosplays without my dad, who really disapproved of cosplay for a while. All that came with time, and 8 years later the cosplay community is still thriving! But even with 9 years and lot of projects under my belt, I still consider myself an amateur cosplayer. I still make lots of mistakes on every cosplay. I still buy not enough fabric, and look at other people’s cosplays and scream “why can’t I make that yet??” I still have tons of techniques to learn, and I realistically don’t feel like I’ll develop my skills to a professional level for at least another 6-8 years. Thankfully, I’m in no rush to become a master cosplayer any more! Cosplay takes a lot of practice, dedication, time, and MONEY above all, and I think new cosplayers can get overwhelmed easily because of it. So my main piece of advice is: take your time entering the cosplay community. Enjoy that awkward period of starting out, and don’t be afraid of failure. You’ll look back on those times in enough time, and you’ll have a lot more interesting stories to tell than the people who got everything right the first time. Ask me about how many wigs I’ve fried and how many skirts I’ve destroyed with my serger!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I think Anime Weekend Atlanta and HolMat take the cake for me. I’ve been going to AWA since 2011, and I initially only did the basic stuff of walk-in around the dealers room with my dad and brother, go to a panel, play a game in the arcade, and leave. But ever since I’ve gotten more involved with the Atlanta community, there’s not enough days of the con for everything I want to do! AWA in particular does a great job of inviting amazing Japanese guests and performers (the Daoko concert in 2018 is one of the best moments of my life), the venue is gorgeous, and the party atmosphere at night is incredible. I haven’t been going to HolMat for as long, but it earns a spot with AWA because of how relaxed the con atmosphere is. It’s holiday themed, but also in Florida, so there’s people in fluffy fleece costumes, and then people in swimsuits right next to them. Plus there’s a good amount of Atlanta cosplayers that attend, so I usually make a lot of new friends while seeing old ones, too!

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Galo Thymos pants have socks sewn onto the pant holes. They are red and fuzzy. Their primary purpose was to keep the pants tucked into my shoes, since they’d slip out anytime I posed. But they actually contribute a lot to the dimensional poofy silhouette, since it keeps the pant leg opening curved, and they help my feet fill in the massive platform shoes that didn’t come into my actual shoe size of 4. So that’s proof that even the dumbest of problem solving ideas can work better than imagined!

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Kumalatte Cosplay as Galo Thymos from Promare, photo by Vaughn Photography

Thanks for the interview, Kumalatte Cosplay! You can check out her Facebook page here!

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Blog Plans for 2020

I figured it was time to give a longer update about the future of this blog for 2020, since I have quite a bit going on.

First and foremost, I’m hoping to be continually more active than the previous year, however, it all depends on my mom. Last May she was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma (rare from of brain cancer) and is reaching the end stages. She is continuing chemo, but it is a terminal form of cancer, so she is coming first above all else.

I do plan to continue to bring more interviews and tutorials to the blog. I have one more interview lined up to post and there’s always hundreds of tutorials to choose from. I’d like to get more photographer interviews, but it all depends on who responds to my requests and understandably, their schedules as well.

I have three conventions potentially planned to attend and review, with 2 being local and one in California. We’ll see how that all goes, as once again, it all depends on my mother’s health.

I’ll keep everyone updated as I can, but here’s hoping for an awesome year!

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Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad Make-Up Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Dais Cosplay and is honestly very easy to follow! It looks great for the end result!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Lady Ikari Cosplay Interview

It’s time for another interview, this time with Lady Ikari Cosplay! She’s a cosplayer from the East Coast, who loves playing with a variety of fabrics and detail work!

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Lady Ikari Cosplay out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I go by Lady Ikari Cosplay. I picked Ikari because at the time I was really into Neon Genesis Evangelion where the main character is Shinji Ikari. I then used the name Ikari since I had not heard anyone else with that but I did want people to know that I was a girl so I added the Lady to the front.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I have been really creating cosplays for ten years (man that seems so long ago now). I actually got started because of my cousin who took me to my very first anime convention. I still clearly remember sitting in the backseat of my aunt’s car and my and my cousin sewing the sleeves of my Sango from Inyuasha cosplay in the backseat.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love fabrics! I highly enjoy taking yards of fabric and creating my favorite characters with it. I also love the different types of fabrics that are out there and choosing the best one that I think will work for the cosplay that I am creating.

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Lady Ikari Cosplay as Warrior Sailor Pluto from No Flutter Sailor Moon Designs, photo by Wild Spice Photography

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
There is a new project called a CosTail that I was selected to try out one of their first prototypes and now the finished tails will be shipping in March! I can’t wait to try out the new version of the moving tail and use it with my Final Fantasy Y’shtola cosplay!

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I personally love being true to a design. I try to be as accurate as I possibly can with my cosplays and I enjoy others who have done so as well. I also love cosplays with details that you can’t always see from far off.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I really don’t think I’m hip enough to be to really have any thoughts on it. I have made my friends in the cosplay world and I keep them close. Lately there has been a lot of drama in the cosplay scene, least so I have been reading. However, I’m not involved in it because how myself and my cosplay friends are. You can make a lot of acquaintances through cosplay and some of them may even turn into long term friends but its all in how you want those relationships to go.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I think it would be nice if people stopped caring about what others are cosplaying so much. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it and keep your comments to yourself. Cosplayers have enough issues with the normies that make fun of us without other cosplayers doing so as well. There has been far too much drama in the cosplay world with cosplayers judging each other and I want us to go back to encouraging each other.

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Lady Ikari Cosplay as Storm from X-Men, photo by Lazy Cat Cosplay & Photography

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
BUYING A COSPLAY IS NOT A BAD THING. I promise you that if you buy a cosplay you are still cosplaying. You can also take things slow and use thrift store clothing to alter/use for cosplays. Take things slow and practice; you will get better with time. There are so many tutorials online that you can use for resources. Keep it up and welcome to the world of cosplay fun!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Katsucon is probably my favorite convention as I see so many beautiful and detailed cosplays there. It is also at a lovely location with being near a harbor (all the water shots!) and the hotel that hosts the con is very elegant. I highly look forward to going every year. Next is Fan Expo Canada as it a fun comic and anime con that I just started going to. The convention is in two buildings and it’s not super over crowded like New York Comic Con has become. Animenext was my home con and that was fun because of the friends that I had at the convention.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Salem from RWBY cosplay wig has a light pillow base that I created myself. Its the biggest (heaviest) and most complex wig I have ever made even though it looks rather simple.

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Lady Ikari Cosplay as Salem from RWBY, photo by Brad Behles Photography

Thanks for the interview, Lady Ikari Cosplay! You can check out her Facebook page here!

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Suggested Cosplay Streams

I figured after the article about cosplay streaming that I made here, I feel like I should also share some cosplay streamers that I’ve watched and learned from! 😀 Gotta share that love!

  1. AtomBombBody – While Atom streams mainly gaming, she also does a lot of costuming! She does primarily armor and prop building, and she’s hilarious to watch!
  2. GoingApeCostume – An award-winning costumer, Going Ape has some crazy builds! She works with all types of materials and loves showing off her craft!
  3.  NotaHepburn – This lovely gal streams when she can. but it’s fun to watch her draft her patterns and create them!
  4.  AngiViper – Another awesome lady who games, cosplays, and also does unboxing videos! She’s a lot of fun to watch and interact with!
  5.  StarlitCreations – These two are some of my best friends, so I love supporting them. They share cosplay, gaming, and also items they’re making for their store!
  6.  StellaChuu – A very well-known cosplayer, who streams when she cans! She does gaming, costuming, and loves to just hop on and chat as well!
  7.  Maridah – Another very well-known cosplayer! This gal can create anything (I swear) and does game once in awhile! She’s exceptionally talented at patterning and loves sharing her techniques!
  8.  Serephita – This gal is not only a cosplayer but a serious gamer! She likes sharing her techniques when she can on cosplay streams and loves interacting with people!

Have other cosplay streamers you want to share? Please link in a comment below! I love adding more to my list and I’m sure others will as well! 😀

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Long Tiered Petticoat Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Kirilee Cosplay and while a long process, it’s not super hard to follow!

Hope it helps! 😀

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