Poison Ivy Make-up Tutorial

Time for another tutorial! This is a video created by Bonnie Carbon SFX that teaches you how to create your own look for Poison Ivy!

Hope this helps! :D

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Living for the Moment’ Founder Needs the Community’s Help!

On January 15, 2016, Arjay, the founder for Living for the Moments Cosplay site, came home to find his home one fire. He and his father lost everything, including 3 dogs and their bird. The bright side was that one of the dogs was saved, but unfortunately has extensive damage… So with vet bills and having to relocate with nothing but what’s on their backs.. Arjay and his dad need this amazing community’s help!

If you can even spare just $1, please think about donating! You can see the page and learn more information here. Let’s show what this wonderful cosplay community is made of, everyone!

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Shoe Paint Tutorial

This tutorial was created by NyuNyuCosplay and is the exact way I paint my shoes, so I can safely say it works wonders! This is very easy to follow and seriously has great results!

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Shoe Paint Tutorial by NyuNyuCosplay

Hope this helps! :D

 

 

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Cos Culture Magazine: A New Voice for the Community

I was approached by a young lady, Nikko Marie, to check out her project, Cos Culture Magazine. The magazine actually launched in the summer of 2014 and was created to feature the vast creativity of the cosplay community, by those involved in it. It is currently only available in print in Canada, but can be downloaded digitally for about $10 per issue, however, Nikko and her team are planning on going world-wide with print!

Launching January 25, 2016, the Cos Culture Kickstarter will be allowing 6 issues throughout the year with world-wide printing. They’re doing everything without advertising to allow 100% content and it’s all being done by those involved in the cosplay scene, as compared to being done by outside sources. The magazine will continue to feature a variety of interviews, features, and tutorials for all! To be notified of the launch and check out the early viewing of the Kickstarter, you can visit the page here.

I definitely plan on supporting this project. The more positive light shed on the cosplay community as a whole, the better!

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2015 Cosplay Year in Review

I missed doing these the last few years, but hey, might as well do one now!

This year, I worked on multiple costumes but only debuted three: Dark Phoenix, Ms. Marvel, and New 52 Zatanna. I focused primarily on comic book costumes since I’m working on becoming a full-fledged member of Heroes Alliance and I’ve had more interest in them than other costume genres. I re-older costumes and sold off some that I no longer fit into.

I wanted to do more, but finances and my work schedule have made it clear that’s not in the cards. I unfortunately have to pay bills and be an adult instead of wishing to indulge in my hobby. : /

However, next year, I’m setting a goal to get projects done, as I’m doing a long run of charity prints for a local no-kill cat shelter, Angels with Paws. Every limited print I sell will benefit them! <3

So, here’s to 2016! Hope to continue sparking your interest into the new year! :D

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Posing for Photography – Fashion Modeling Posing for Beginners Tutorial

I found an amazing series of tutorials on modeling for photos that I felt could work well for cosplayers! This tutorial is created by PhotoandGrime and is exceptionally helpful by breaking down how poses appear on film versus how they’re done!

Hope this helps! :D

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Armor-Making Class and Buying Resource

I was recently contacted by a site I’ve been following for awhile that not only makes armor, but if you live near to their area, you can actually attend a class and learn to make your own!

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For years, people have been asking Paul Hersey to teach them how to use the unique materials he’s developed to make his sculpted headdresses and gold armored bikinis. He is finally ready to tell his secrets!

Paul and his wife, Jennifer, run Organic Armor studio in Asheville, NC. The clientele for their custom work are an eclectic bunch – belly dance stars, metal band singers, professional mermaids, comic-con cosplayers, renowned photographers and other creative people from all over the world.  With their new online course “Introduction to the Organic Armor Arts” they are opening the door for other artists to explore this versatile combination of liquid rubber, fiber and acrylic.

The course will be an exciting addition to the tool boxes of performers who make their own costumes and props, as well as cosplayers and LARPers and masqueraders of all kinds. It offers a new way to make armor, headdresses and other pieces that comparable methods can’t accomplish without expensive and sometimes toxic materials.

“It works like paper mache but it’s lightweight, flexible and durable.” says Paul. “The tools are basic and the materials are inexpensive. It’s more than a technique, it’s really a new art form. I’ve been developing it for more than ten years and I am still discovering the possibilities.”

The course has been live since mid October. The website was launched at DragonCon, where Paul was a presenter in the Costuming Track. It takes the form of a series of streaming videos, viewable on demand, downloads, and online support forums.

Through teaching Paul hopes to build a community of artists who want to explore this new costuming art.

“Introduction to the Organic Armor Arts” is available at OrganicArmorArts.com.

Who: OrganicArmor.com, cosplay commissions since 2007, and now courses and workshops
What: Online course teaching a unique sculptural method of making costumes for performers and cosplayers
When: Enrolling artists now
Where: Based in Asheville, NC, sold worldwide
Why: To empower artists to make amazing (and comfortable) costumes and props

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Hope this helps people on future projects! :D

 

 

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