This is another awesome guest post from Starnigh Industries discussing how far cosplay has come with everything that’s on the internet! 😀
I have to tell you, this seems like the Golden Age of Cosplay. I know it sounds weird to hear that, but I’ve been going to conventions since 2001 and it’s really interesting to see how things have changed.
Back when I started, there were very few places to get help when you were learning your craft. Cosplayers and artisans horded their techniques the way that a miser hordes his gold. When I went to go make Sesshoumaru’s spiked shoulder armor for the first time, there was nowhere to go for help. I remember going to forums, asking people for tips and suggestions, and receiving only silence in return. So, I ended up taking an idea a local friend gave me and modifying it.
I made and subsequently broke three sets of armor before finally finding a technique that suited me. Each set took dozens of hours to bring to completion, only to have it snap when I tried to attach it to the chest plate.
However, today? Today, there are so many craft, cosplay and sewing resources it is absolutely amazing. I love seeing all the websites and blogs out there, where people detail how they crafted this or that object. And youtube? Forget about it! A step by step video for instructional purposes is fantastic!
Even better, most of the stores that sell you products AND the companies that make them either have FAQs, instructional videos or forums, so that artisans like yourself can talk with other crafters and compare notes. All you have to do is spend a few minutes in your search engine of choice, and voila! You usually will have a plethora of information right at your fingertips.
Good luck sorting through it all. I know we spend hours on end looking for new tips and tricks to help us in our cosplaying endevours. 😀
(If you have some extra time to kill, take a few hours and browse through http://www.cosplaytutorial.com/ – it’s a website specifically geared towards cosplay tutorials. How cool is that?)