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Maru hatsune
09-08-2008, 12:19 PM
okay so a few weks ago I have became a offical cosplayer and started cosplaying with an Original character I made up. ( haven't gotten any pics up yet. sorry, it frustrating trying post my pics :fuming:. anyways, my friend with me dressed up as altier from assassin's creed. he ended up getting all the attention. :bigcry: DAMN YOU!

so I've been wondering any of you guy have any cool Original character costumes. please send me pic and a bio.:toothy::toothy::toothy:

Angel of Cruxis
09-08-2008, 12:24 PM
If you cosplay as a character from an actual series, you're more likely to get attention because more people actually know who you are. I don't really take interest in original characters unless they have a very detailed costume, because they don't catch my eye otherwise. ^^;

SailorKnight
09-08-2008, 12:45 PM
A lot of original characters wear just normal clothes, so if you're wearing something like that and you say you're cosplaying, expect some funny looks. However, if what you're wearing is obviously a costume and someone asks who you are, it could be great advertising for whatever OC you're playing. It's not uncommon for people with webcomics to dress as a character from their stories.

Mangochutney
09-08-2008, 12:54 PM
If you are your own character, you are your own fandom. If you can deal with the fact that no one you meet has a pre-existing reason to give a damn about what you're wearing, go for it.

If you want more people to see you as a character than an outfit, pick an existing character you like.

It's a balancing act, really--you weigh your desire to show off your own character against your desire for attention and praise. Make your choice, and accept the results. No whining.

Xailyn
09-08-2008, 12:56 PM
*loves cosplaying OCs*
*points at name* Xailyn's my little OC boy, who has been adapted for every series, from Pirates of the Caribbean to Bleach. I've cosplayed a few forms of him (Organization XIII form, Pirate form, Shinra form, Noah, and I'm working on an Arrancar design now.), and even though I've only worn my cosplays for him to two cons or so (usually when i'm tired of getting "OMG ARE YOU *soandso*?!'" I'll change.), I always seem to get props for dedicating myself to something without a pre-existing design. Even though no one EVER knows who he is, it's nice getting complimented for designs. c:

But original concepts of actual characters, that's fun too >3

Ichibi
09-08-2008, 01:42 PM
Im the same as Xailyn; i have one OC - Ikara - whom i adapt depending on what fanfiction/RP im taking part in.
I just fell in love with her character and it became 2nd nature for me to RP as her.
I've got variants from Final Fantasy VII, Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, Evangelion, Xenosaga, Saikano and Reborn!
I've been meaning to get around to cosplaying as her Naruto variant at some point but i do like to design my own OC costumes, even if i never get around to wearing them.

I try hard not to make them just normal closet clothes so that if i do cosplay as them, i have to put some form of work into it!

Though i do have a Visual Kei variant of another OC in progress, hopefully to be used for bar activities at Auchinawa this year :3

Xailyn
09-08-2008, 01:44 PM
Im the same as Xailyn; i have one OC - Ikara - whom i adapt depending on what fanfiction/RP im taking part in.
I just fell in love with her character and it became 2nd nature for me to RP as her.
I've got variants from Final Fantasy VII, Naruto, Kingdom Hearts, Evangelion, Xenosaga, Saikano and Reborn!
I've been meaning to get around to cosplaying as her Naruto variant at some point but i do like to design my own OC costumes, even if i never get around to wearing them.

I try hard not to make them just normal closet clothes so that if i do cosplay as them, i have to put some form of work into it!

Though i do have a Visual Kei variant of another OC in progress, hopefully to be used for bar activities at Auchinawa this year :3

*high fives* I'm glad I'm not the only person who gets emotionally attached to their own character. The only way I can get Xailyn into normal clothes, well, it ends up being too lolita-esque or Fruits to make it normal clothing, so it works out in the end, and I never have to use casual wear for them.

ChibiTenshi
09-08-2008, 02:08 PM
I'm the same as Xailyn and Ichibi. I have an OC named Marixa, who I totally love to use in roleplay's with my sis and sometimes my bf. I have never cosplayed as her though, because I have so many different designs of her, I really cant choose XD. I've never actually used her in any fanfiction i have writen on the internet though.... but I've also adapted her to Naruto, Yu Gi Oh, vampire Knight, Final Fantasy, and others. I've always wished of making a manga using her as main character. Who knows? Maybe some day I will XD

sam vimes
09-08-2008, 02:20 PM
If you are your own character, you are your own fandom. If you can deal with the fact that no one you meet has a pre-existing reason to give a damn about what you're wearing, go for it.

If you want more people to see you as a character than an outfit, pick an existing character you like.

It's a balancing act, really--you weigh your desire to show off your own character against your desire for attention and praise. Make your choice, and accept the results. No whining.

I nominate this post for Stickydom.

Vash_Fanatic
09-08-2008, 02:33 PM
I wouldn't say my OC is a cool one, but I love it. =D I thought it was a lot of fun to make up the costume as I went on. In fact, I'm making another Elf OC that will be done shortly. It's way more detailed than the one in my profile (Aurah Skywind).

sschmidt9886
09-14-2008, 09:31 PM
i find that if it's a really interesting design you'll get just as much attention as anyone cosplaying a real character. my blau persecom had me stoping every few steps to pose for pictures. and next year i'm doing this crazy dragon warrior i designed <-- is excited ^_^

Xailyn
09-14-2008, 09:55 PM
i find that if it's a really interesting design you'll get just as much attention as anyone cosplaying a real character. my blau persecom had me stoping every few steps to pose for pictures. and next year i'm doing this crazy dragon warrior i designed <-- is excited ^_^

I just took a look at that and that is AMAZING. It's well designed, and I can see why you would get your picture taken so easily! Great job!

ChibiToon
09-14-2008, 11:55 PM
I've been wanting to do one of my many (MANY x.x) original characters for a long time now. But everytime I try, it usually gets booted off the con list by some existing character. Hopefully, I'll get to do a "prom version" of one my characters at next year's Katsucon. Hopefully..... x.x




CT

makotohanabi
09-15-2008, 02:32 PM
My original characters don't have names or bios. One is a LoTR inspired elf, photos in my gallery, another is a butterfly kimono with elaborate hair ornaments. In progress is a dryad and a Bollywood style background dancer.

I keep original costumes to sci fi cons since they are eligible as Masquerade entries. Still do recreations as well.

GoPlayer
09-15-2008, 06:23 PM
I'm going to be doing an almost-OC character. He doesn't have a name or anything anyway, so I just call him the unknown warrior. He's from a Legend of Zelda manga (Majora's Mask), but I think his costume is just crazy cool.

http://www.cosplay.com/costume/173613/

TehAna
09-22-2008, 12:27 PM
I almost always do original costumes, its more fun for me. I think it is because I am just a more creative type.

This is my latest one, a Southern Belle. (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/173553/)


Don't sweat people not recognizing you, sometimes I just agree with what they think ( This costume I got "ARE YOU PRINCESS PEACH" and "THAT GIRL FROM FIREFLY") I take it as a compliment and will take the opportunity to explain that I created the character :)

Most people are really impressed when they find out you created it all yourself!

Xailyn
09-23-2008, 01:23 AM
I almost always do original costumes, its more fun for me. I think it is because I am just a more creative type.

This is my latest one, a Southern Belle. (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/173553/)


Don't sweat people not recognizing you, sometimes I just agree with what they think ( This costume I got "ARE YOU PRINCESS PEACH" and "THAT GIRL FROM FIREFLY") I take it as a compliment and will take the opportunity to explain that I created the character :)

Most people are really impressed when they find out you created it all yourself!
Totally agreed! I love when people mistake Espada! Hanatarou Yamada for Luppi. I can explain the character idea, and people love hearing about it! C:

flame82warrior
10-11-2008, 07:27 PM
I'm the same as Xailyn and Ichibi. I have an OC named Marixa, who I totally love to use in roleplay's with my sis and sometimes my bf. I have never cosplayed as her though, because I have so many different designs of her, I really cant choose XD. I've never actually used her in any fanfiction i have writen on the internet though.... but I've also adapted her to Naruto, Yu Gi Oh, vampire Knight, Final Fantasy, and others. I've always wished of making a manga using her as main character. Who knows? Maybe some day I will XD

Yay! I'm not the only one who does that! She has a few names only 'cause so it would fit in the norm of the universes she's varied in. She never appeared in any of my stories as an OC, but I already have designs on what she looks like. I could not wait to cosplay her!!! :D

I think the only need to be concerned about cosplaying OCs is how you're going to explain it to people. I'm still working on that part a bit. ^^;

Zerofox Kitsune
10-11-2008, 08:16 PM
Simple.

"I'm an OC"

Really, I'm not sure why so many people say it would be difficult. You're just telling them the truth. O___o

SabienStrange
10-13-2008, 04:39 AM
I've actually been dying to cosplay a few original characters from this story I'm writing with a few other people, but there's always that issue of being semi-ignored for the day at a convention. Even though his costume is simple, I'd like to think he's distinct enough that he'd stand out...especially if I'm carrying around 7 pairs of giant pointy implements. ._.;
Maybe one day I'll do an OC. =w=

ArtofAnam.com
10-15-2008, 11:40 PM
This was previously posted by myself, and I think it fits here as well as the other two locations...

I am one who loves to create original characters. Here's my post on one that's kind of like an Eldar, though, I am not going to make an Eldar:

I don't have much time, but I will give some details:

Looking for basic feedback of overall impression of where I am going. I know most people try and make a certain character or such, but I've never really cared to do that. I very much enjoy creating something NEW! That said, this one most closely resembles an Eldar from the Games Workshop Warhammer 40k game. I am not necessarily going to attempt it, but it happens to be close to what I envision, especially the dark Eldar.

Every Halloween I try and create a costume to go and win some prizes with. Usually it's sci-fi themed. I enjoy hearing what people think, and enjoy seeing their varied reactions to what I create.

Now, this helmet is store bought, and I've used it in a costume before, but I tend to vary it by adding things on it. This year I want to use alot of what I have made in the past and do something over the top and very much congruent with an idea.

The keywords that I could use for my goal are: mysterious, high-tech, dreadful, dark, alien, warrior. Here's what I have been thinking of using to add to what I already have:

Led lights, mini light modules (switch, battery, light) clear tubing (with single light at end for effect), electroluminescent tape, latex paint, puffy paint (for alien symbols), plastic toy guns (to take apart and repaint into one long gun), black chemical resistant gloves, black galoshes, white see-through material (for they eyes), sintra (moldable plastic for more armor).

Can anyone come up with a good way to make it appear that I have glowing eye holes, but I can actually see out of the eyes in the helmet?

Thanks. All comments welcome, see photos below:

http://artofanam.com/images/crop_front.jpg

http://artofanam.com/images/crop_side.jpg

EchosOfTheDead
11-16-2009, 04:41 PM
I cosplay A LOT of my OC characters. I don't have any photos up yet (stupid camera!), hopefully, in the future. But I think cosplaying as an OC is really cool, especially if you have an amazing design. Me, I like cosplaying from a game my friends and I made up (we have a website!). Yes, we became so obsessed we have an unfinished website (www.animorphia.wetpaint.com). But OCs are really the most fun cosplays to do. (Except Naruto and Bleach! o.O)

Tsukune
07-30-2010, 11:57 PM
I've also cosplayed my OC though it was only once and quit some time ago. But I fell in love with my OC that my OC's name became my cosplay name, my deviant art name and well my username on pretty much every site I go to (therefore if you ever find a Tsukune on a site chances are its me). I've regretted not cosplaying my OC Tsukune again and because of that I'm currently reworking the designs for her main outfit and I plan on remaking her costume and cosplaying her once again. When I don't know but I defiantly want to cosplay my firery OC Tsukune. =)

MadameEvelyn
07-31-2010, 11:13 AM
WHOA!

I've considered creating costumes for a lot of my characters before. In fact, I wanted to amp up this old rag of a cotton kimono I made into a full-scale costume for my character Sachi once... Wow, just looking at this makes me consider the possibility of costuming my characters again! Thanks!

DarkChaos
08-11-2010, 08:03 AM
I've done one original costume so far, and my sweety got quite a bit of attention, but the costume was pretty detailed (for my second costume made ^_^; so it wasn't the best) but my hard work showed in it, and because he's so interesting to look at, it turned quite a few heads.

Several years later, I'm doing another original design which I'm almost done with and I'll get him up soon. I expect him to do well since his outfit is quite detailed (hardest one yet XP ). And I plan on-probably in a year or so, to completely redo the first one since since I last cosplayed him, his entire outfit has been re-done.

But a random plus of making original costumes is that if it is linked to what you wanted to do (i.e. draw or write) making them can help you better understand how the outfit works and how it behaves on the character. I'm a Sequential Art Major; so i want to do comics (well; really manga) when I graduate, and making my character's costumes helps me with that, and perhaps it helps me get my name out.