Welcome back Iggles to another cosplay post! I decided to change the name from Cosplay 101 to Iggles Guide to Cosplaying because there might be some times where I share or discuss things that aren’t really ‘beginners’ topics if that makes any sense. Anyway, I like the name and hopefully you do as well!
So, imagine yourself home on a Friday night (if you’re anything like me you most likely are) browsing your favorite fandom tag on Tumblr. And you see it. Right before your very eyes is the most magnificent fan art piece of (insert favorite character from fandom you like here) and you know you have to cosplay it. You just instantly get the urge to do the thing and dang it you wanna do the thing BAD!
I can’t be the only one who has been in that situation. I have a folder on my laptop dedicated to fan art pieces that I want to cosplay some day. I have cosplayed some fan art versions of characters before but only recently have I decided to culminate a small list of things I should do before (and after) I get too happy and go buy fabric! I wanted to share these quick handy dandy tips with you!
Tip 1: Ask the artist for permission.
It’s as simple as sending them a DM on Twitter, leaving them an ask on Tumblr, or shooting them an email! You don’t HAVE to do this but I find it to be a common courtesy. I am after all going to be making what they’ve designed and if I want to give credit when it’s due I say who designed it and that they were okay that I did. Because imagine if you’re an artist and you see someone has cosplayed your design and hasn’t given you an ounce of credit for it.. it’d probably suck. I’ve also recently started doing this because more times than none the artist will say yes and be just as excited about you cosplaying it!
Tip 2: Ask the artist questions.
I recently reached out to comic artist Jordan Gibson about cosplaying one of his redesigns. I was able to ask him about his inspiration (which he actually sent over photos he used as reference) and what his idea for fabric choices would be for the costume. Because if you’re someone who is a perfectionist in any way you’ll want to do the costume justice which means trying to create it the way it was intended to be created if it were going to be a wearable garment. It really doesn’t hurt to ask the artist for tips and suggestions!
Tip 3: On social media, always credit!
If you’re posting progress photos and photos of the design that you’re doing, make sure to always give credit. You could put something like “original design by: ____” at the very bottom of your post or photo or commentary. It’s small but it’ll definitely show the artist (and everyone else) that you’re not just going to try to pass it off as your own idea.
Tip 4: Don’t lose that drive!
Sometimes when I know I want to cosplay a fan art version of a character I sometimes get that little voice that tells me “what if know one knows who you are supposed to be and you get ignored?”. Well just remember why you wanted to do it in the first place, because YOU liked it. Who cares if no one is going to recognize you, you’ll know who you are and you can work it. And if by some chance you want a photo for your own self and no one snaps one, ask a friend!
Tip 5: Send the artist a photo of the finished product.
I am sure they would love to see your hard work come to fruition and to see their work come to life. Send them a photo and maybe even share your experience with them.
That’s it! I mean, much like cosplaying any other character, it’s just all about making it but with designs drawn up by an independent artist or Tumblr artists who don’t get much recognition as it is. I try to make them aware that I love what they’ve created and I want to make it in real life!
So next month I wanted to create an actual tutorial for a post so if you have any suggestions on what I should make shoot me a tweet over at TheGeekySquib! If you have any cosplay related questions you can send those as well and maybe I can dedicate a post to that too!
Until next time!