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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Interview with Lady Aurora

It’s time for another interview, this time with Lady Aurora! She’s a cosplayers and photographer from California, who enjoys making her own creative costumes!

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Lady Aurora out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I have two aliases, actually. For cosplay, I go by Lady Aurora. I was always fond of the name “Aurora” because it’s derived from the Roman Goddess of Dawn. In other words, Aurora is always the light that comes after darkness. Kind of corny but it stuck to me. For photography, I go by Cosplay Atsume, like the cat mobile game “neko atsume” meaning cat collector. I got the name “Cosplay Atsume” = Cosplay Collector.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve cosplayed since 2006 but wasn’t as active until 2014. I always loved anime, cartoons, games, etc and wanted to be more involved. If I love a character a lot, why not show it?

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love working with fabric. There are so many different types of fabric out there and choosing the right one makes the costume even more eye-catching.

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Lady Aurora as Cable from Marvel Vs. Capcom 2, photo by Kelly Dun @pleasesavemycat

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I am still exploring. I’m not an expert prop maker or wig stylist but just exploring ways to construct something new is exciting.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Definitely creativity. It is ok to step outside the box and try something different. The cosplayer that comes to mind is “Avantgeek”. Very unique and some of them are quite hilarious like the “Taco Belle” dress. Another cosplayer is “Skygetsfancy”. Amazing details and creativity in the designs.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
The scene is how you want to view it. I met some amazing people through cosplay and some of them became more than friends; they are family. You will always have something negative but there are more positive things that come out of it. Just because there is one bad apple doesn’t mean the entire community is negative. You have good people and those good people make everything great about the cosplay scene.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
People need to be more open minded about what cosplay really is. It is not something you have to accurately match the character’s skin tone, body shape, or ethnicity. Keep showing positivity and give compliments to the person that is cosplaying the same character as you.

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Lady Aurora as Spring Fairy from her Original Design, photo by Kelly Dun @pleasesavemycat

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Cosplay whoever or whatever you want. Everyone started somewhere and we don’t improve overnight. I know the main thing cosplayers worry about is budget. When I first started out, I went to thrift stores to build my first outfit. Why? Well, you don’t want to spend a ton of money that you know may make mistakes on.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Kraken Con in California. Unfortunately this con ended but the memories stayed. What made this con amazing was that the managers hear what their attendees say and actually take action about it. So the next con went even smoother. Their volunteers are also well-trained. If the managers/owner isn’t hosting a con, they actually attend other local cons and cosplay gatherings to help out.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
For all my Blake Belldonna cosplays, I reuse the wigs, contacts, and accessories.
I am known for this character and I didn’t have to change too many things about it aside from the outfits. I am glad to keep bringing this character back whether it is an original design, fanart, or other upgrades from the series.

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Lady Aurora as Blake Belladona from RWBY, photo by Kelly Dun @pleasesavemycat

Thanks for the interview, Lady Aurora! You can check out her cosplay Facebook page here and her photography Facebook page here!

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Advertisement for Yunie’s Designs

I haven’t done an ad for my Etsy store on here for well over a year, so I figured I might as do one now! ; P

I run a store where I sell hand-made jewelry, costumes, costume pieces and accessories, and charity prints! It helps fund my conventions and costumes, plus make room in my costuming closet. All charity prints sold have the proceeds go to a local no-kill cat shelter here in Colorado! ❤

To check out my store, Yunie’s Designs, you can follow the link here!

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Catra from She-Ra Fur Wig Tutorial

This tutorial was Created by Kinpatsu Cosplay and is about creating that awesome fur wig for Catra from the new She-Ra! It’s relatively easy to follow, but is definitely not for beginners.

Hope this helps! 😀

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Interview with Annax Cosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with Annax Cosplay! She’s a long-time cosplayer from Colorado, who loves seeing, and doing, awesome wigs and make-up!

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Annax Cosplay as Satsuki Kiryuin from Kill La Kill, photo by Chocozumo

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Hey there! So, my cosplay alias is Annax Cosplay! I went with this name because it’s pretty similar to my actual name and it sounds powerful to me! I also wanted something that would be memorable and unique!

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been cosplaying officially for about ten years now, but I actually started doing closet cosplays around 14 years ago. I only did a few things back then without realizing that it was cosplay up until 2010! What got me started with cosplay was honestly just seeing characters that I wanted to be for Halloween and using items around my house to recreate those characters’ outfits!

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Some of my favorite things to work on with cosplay are wigs and makeup. It’s always a challenge working with wigs, especially ones that seem to defy gravity! I still have a bit more practice to go with them, but I’ve noticed that each time I style a wig, I get better and better! Makeup, on the other hand, is super fun for me. I love seeing my face change through makeup to look like the character that I am portraying. Each character is different, too, so it’s always fun to experiment with makeup!

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Annax Cosplay as Kim Possible from Kim Possible, photo by Inoli Images

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’m actually excited to start working more on props, especially this year. That and sewing, which are two of my weak points when it comes to cosplay. I really want to grow my strengths in both aspects of cosplay, so I’m excited to work on more simpler cosplays to practice both sewing and prop making!

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I honestly love seeing others’ wig work and makeup. It astounds me when someone can style a wig to the point where it looks like it was pulled straight from the anime or video game. I feel that anyone can do anything well as long as they put the practice and passion into it!

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
My current view on the cosplay scene is that it has definitely grown and has become more socially acceptable. I enjoy seeing different communities around the U.S. and seeing how each one is growing every single year.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would love to see more acceptance within the community itself. The cosplay community still deals with people of color, size, and accuracy discrimination, both from within the community and outside of it. As being a plus-size cosplayer myself, it can be a little difficult to cosplay what I actually want to cosplay without getting told that I shouldn’t because of my size. I know many people who have dealt with all sorts of discrimination within the cosplay community and seeing that thin out more would be amazing. Everyone can cosplay whoever they want to cosplay, regardless of anything.

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Annax Cosplay as Tiki from Fire Emblem, photo by Chocozumo

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
The best advice I can give to someone starting out in cosplay is to not give up. Keep practicing everything that you want to learn and remind yourself that it’s okay to buy pre-made cosplays and to commission other’s for wigs! Just remember, too, that accuracy is not important as long as you’re having fun!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Some of my favorite conventions that I’ve attended were Saboten Con in Phoenix, Arizona and Anime Banzai in Layton, Utah! Saboten Con is super fun, being a 4-day convention in the middle of downtown Phoenix. You’re able to spend a lot more time with friends and enjoying the convention, rather than only having 3 days at a typical convention. Anime Banzai has an amazing community and a wonderful layout. A smaller con than Saboten, I honestly can’t wait to go back to Anime Banzai later this year!

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
So, my Sailor Hanzo from Overwatch that I made for Saboten Con 2018 was mostly made from free-handing patterns from my phone and it was made in 18 hours total! I definitely don’t recommend con crunching right before the con, which is making a cosplay usually a week or a few days before a convention, but I managed to make him in record time! It was also nice because the tattoo, the wig, and the boots were already finished, but everything else was a first for me!

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Annax Cosplay as Sailor Hanzo from Overwatch

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

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End of 2019 and the Start of 2020!

I started off the year by beginning to do cosplay streaming and focusing on enjoying that while working on more photoshoots to sell off older costumes! I need to still complete quite a bit of shoots, but I already have one planned in the warmer months of 2020 and then I plan to also sell the costume!

I ended up completing seven costumes for 2019, which is insane! I altered a Shindig Inara from Firefly and made my husband the matching Shindig Mal. I also altered a Kasumi from Dead or Alive 5 costume. Friends made me a Maki costume from Love Live to join in their shenanigans, and I made a Marishka from Van Helsing to continue said shenanigans, lol! I made Princess Saturn from Sailor Moon and a renaissance wench costume to use some fabric up for my cosplay streams! 😀

I managed to attend 2 conventions this year. We went to Denver Pop Culture Con and Colorado Springs Comic Con, both of which we’ll probably be skipping in 2020. My husband and I both want to travel, so we’re looking at TwitchCon with friends and doing a “mini-con” with a photoshoot with friends again as well.

I had a hard time remaining active on my blog work after starting streaming, although I did attempt to find time. However, a lot of things got messed up this year when we learned my mother has Stage 4 Glioblastoma, a very rare form of brain cancer, and it is terminal. My focus has been surrounding her and helping her enjoy the time she has before the end comes.

I’m looking forward to 2020, even if just to spend it with my mom. I do have more costumes somewhat planned, but it’s all dictated by how things play out with my mom’s health. ❤ I hope everyone enjoyed their 2019 and are ready for the “Roaring 20s” again!

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