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Miyuki Ichiro
06-09-2007, 03:16 PM
Anyone ever cosplayed an original character? I did at the recent a con, but I'm not sure if I should do it again or not. She isn't a character I made for an anime or anything, she has her own backstory, etc. The reason I want to cosplay her is because I can't really get into anyone else's characters. Any and all opinions welcome.

Sonic Man
06-09-2007, 04:37 PM
I say go for it. I'm doing an OC myself for my first con in two weeks.

IMHO, OCs means more effort on your part, plus it means using your imagination to bring something you created to life. In fact, this year two of my friends are doing OCs as well.

cinfuldragon
06-09-2007, 05:32 PM
I think OCs can be interesting, as long as you come up with a unique design and put effort into it.

Putting on cat ears and a schoolgirl uniform and calling it an original character isn't good.

Cosplaying from fan-fiction is ridiculous.

**Scion**
06-09-2007, 06:14 PM
I completely support going in costume as an original character. I think it shows so much more creativity and most people are more than happy to accept you even if you are in a costume of your own creation (at least that’s been my experience)

CrossExtreme
06-09-2007, 07:00 PM
As long as you're comfortable doing it. Doing original characters is becoming more and more common.

I personally wouldn't be comfortable doing an original character, because by dressing as a character I really like I get to meet people with a shared interest.

Starre
06-09-2007, 07:33 PM
I've been thinking about scosplaying my original character, too.

Instant Noodles
06-09-2007, 09:16 PM
Sure, why not? Seems interesting!

But like Dragon said, make sure you put effort into it! :]

~ashe~ffxii
06-09-2007, 10:06 PM
Definetly go for it! I want to do that too but there aren't enough cons were I live.

Sonic Man
06-09-2007, 11:06 PM
Check out my designs!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Orgo65/SonicManTempestVersion.jpg <--- Sonic Man Tempest

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Orgo65/SonicMan-1.jpg <--- Sonic Man

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v38/Orgo65/SonicMan2.jpg <--- Bare-Legged Sonic Man, or Gladiator Version, or if you're mean about it, Yaoi version, which he ISN'T.

Miyuki Ichiro
06-10-2007, 10:58 AM
Wow! I'm surprised I got such a great reaction towards this.

Sonic Man- I like the character idea. Looks good to me =)

Sonic Man
06-10-2007, 12:06 PM
Cool!! I'm having it commissioned as we speak. Tell me, Miyuki, which version did you like best. Everyone seems to like either Tempest or all covered up best.

Miyuki Ichiro
06-16-2007, 11:37 AM
I personally prefer Tempest, but if you have the body to pull off the bare-legged one, I say, go for it!

Sonic Man
06-16-2007, 11:39 AM
I have somewhat of a body for all three versions, truth be told. After redesigning Sonic Man's outfit last January, I've liked Covered up and Tempest best.

Kesra
06-16-2007, 11:56 AM
Cosplaying from fan-fiction is ridiculous.

It really depends on the effort put in to the costume. For example, you wrote Final Fantasy X fanfiction about some previous summoner's journey and wanted to cosplay as that Summoner, I think it would be okay as long as you put alot of effort and creativity into it (And not wear a hot topic white corset shirt, and a pair of jeans with a yuna wig)

Sonic Man
06-16-2007, 12:35 PM
You go, Radleia, that's tellin' him! In some ways, it's HARDER making a costume from an OC since it's both totally original and probably not well known like your Goku's, Luffy's and Naruto's.

starcat
06-16-2007, 03:45 PM
When you make a costume for an original character, you can't ask other people, "hey, how did you do x part on z person's costume?"

I'm working on a costume that's sort of original-character right now. Thankfully, it's sort of a Victorian design, so I can look up all the other Renaissance/period costumers' websites, but it is rather hard to venture out on your own...

Original characters, like everyone else has said, are fun when they are original and need a little bit of effort. :)

Sonic Man
06-17-2007, 12:21 PM
When you make a costume for an original character, you can't ask other people, "hey, how did you do x part on z person's costume?"

Ah, but that's what makes Original Character Cosplaying so challenging and fun! You earn experience from making your OC and use said experience for more familiar characters.

starcat
06-17-2007, 03:06 PM
Ah, but that's what makes Original Character Cosplaying so challenging and fun! You earn experience from making your OC and use said experience for more familiar characters.

Oh yes. :D It's DEFINITELY a fun experience. ^_^ I want to try out so many techniques to see what works best, but I know that I only have the time and resources to do a few...@_@

Of course, now that I think about it, I don't think I've ever actually done a cosplay I've seen anyone else do. o_O; Even the characters I do have been more obscure. Huh.

Kesra
06-18-2007, 06:33 PM
Well you don't totally have to be in the dark. Sometimes there will be characters out there that have something similar to what you wanna make....like if the character has a really funky sword...you could totally look in to Kingdom Hearts tutorials

Sonic Man
06-18-2007, 06:40 PM
That's true! Sonic Man's armour is somewhat reminiscent of Sayian Armour.

ThiefKing87
06-18-2007, 06:52 PM
I'm thinking about doing an original character, too.

http://tn3-1.deviantart.com/fs12/300W/i/2006/274/4/5/My_totally_cool_elf_dude_by_Tarcamiel.jpg

That's only a head shot. I'll get the full body picture up soon. The wig is going to be difficult. His outfit is fairly simple in design, but still needs to be made pretty much from scratch and seeing as I suck at sewing....it's going to be a good challenge.

Once my scanner stops hating me, I'll get the full body picture up.



:sleep: I'm tired. :snoring:

Dragonmun
06-20-2007, 03:42 PM
When you make a costume for an original character, you can't ask other people, "hey, how did you do x part on z person's costume?"


Well... if you're able to draw (even poorly) what that part looks like, then you can usually get some help from other people on how to go about creating that part.

If you're able to get the costume into a visible representation of some sort before you get started, it actually makes it easier to make because you can figure out the patterns you'd need as well as the potential problem areas.
^_~

Dragonmun
06-20-2007, 03:56 PM
I'm thinking about doing an original character, too.

http://tn3-1.deviantart.com/fs12/300W/i/2006/274/4/5/My_totally_cool_elf_dude_by_Tarcamiel.jpg

That's only a head shot. I'll get the full body picture up soon. The wig is going to be difficult. His outfit is fairly simple in design, but still needs to be made pretty much from scratch and seeing as I suck at sewing....it's going to be a good challenge.

Once my scanner stops hating me, I'll get the full body picture up.



:sleep: I'm tired. :snoring:

That wig is definitely going to be a challenge. If you get a long-haired wig and cut down, then you've got to worry about exposing the netting (most long haired wigs rely on the top portion to cover up everything else).

What I might suggest is getting a Spiked Wig (http://amphigory.com/wigs_spike.html) and then get some braid/weave hair (http://amphigory.com/hair_braid_and_weave.html) to attach to it (Here's a wefting tutorial (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=113387)).

Coloring it to get the gradient might be a bit of a problem as well. For this Definitely DO NOT go with the cheaper materials as they won't hold dye very well. Shoot for Kanekalon fibers and give this wig dye turorial (http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=57484) a try.

TakanoMe
06-24-2007, 02:26 AM
My friends and I have a lot of original chars in storage. I've been thinking about doing one. Anyway, I think that it's cool to make/cosplay an original. But I also agree that cosplaying from a certain fanfiction, or just putting random clothing articles together in order to make an "original" version of an already made character is ludicrous.

But I think it's an awesome idea!

starcat
06-24-2007, 03:03 AM
Well... if you're able to draw (even poorly) what that part looks like, then you can usually get some help from other people on how to go about creating that part.

If you're able to get the costume into a visible representation of some sort before you get started, it actually makes it easier to make because you can figure out the patterns you'd need as well as the potential problem areas.
^_~

Oooh, yes. :) One of the first things I do whenever I settle on a new costume is to draw it out on paper, whether it looks nice or not. Learning the pieces is the most important bit. Definitely an invaluable help to any costumer. @_@

Of course sometimes I get so wrapped up in doing parts of it I nearly forget details anyways. ^_^; Oooops...

Amaraeon
06-24-2007, 05:50 PM
I enjoy making OC's based off of existing series. Mine tend to be more along the lines of 'If I were in this series what would I look like? Where would I fit in?'
Once you start asking questions like that you can really put your personality into the story and make a character that is truly your own.
Example:
Right now I'm working on a Shinigami OC from bleach. So I basically just thought of who I am and what I like and molded a character around that. It gets kind of hard because you don't want to be just the carbon copy background character. The trick is making it realistic to the series while still making it unique to yourself.
If you want to check out the sketches for this and other Cosplays just go to my gallery. They should be up by the end of the day. (Once I scan them)