As I begin work on my Poison Ivy costume for the upcoming Denver Comic Con in June, I reflect on reactions to adding a little extra “something” to your costume. The reason? I’m doing so with Poison Ivy, but staying true to the character.
I’ve had odd responses over the years because of my additions and creative changes. It’s liked or disliked, which is normal for anything, but I do question my own accuracy at times. I make changes while staying true to the character, or I believe so, but have been told time and time again that I’m wrong. My Rydia, Esper Terra, and Kuja are all examples of my creative flair to costumes. I do this to make it my own, unique creation, and perhaps to add a little challenge for myself in the process. I like taking different elements from each incarnation of the characters (artwork, rendering, sprites) and mixing things up a little. I think it adds a bit more, while others claim it detracts.
But seeing as how I wear and display the costume, I should be proud of my creation. It shouldn’t matter what others think, but I do enjoy constructive criticism so that I can potentially make some awesome pieces later on, or do alterations to things already produced. Please note how I said constructive criticism. ; P
What are your thoughts and opinions on this, readers?