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Harra Arial
11-30-2008, 05:50 PM
Forgive me if there's already a topic about OCs ((Original Characters)) or if this is the wrong forum ((I looked around and this was the closest I could come to, please forgive me.))

Does anyone here have OC Costumes or Original Characters of their own?

How did you go abut making them?
Are they for any particular series? Or are they just for anywhere?
Did you make up a world to go with them?
Is there anything peculiar about your OC in particular?

Or, conversely, your opinions:

What are you overall opinions on OCs? Should they be Cosplayed? Do you enjoy seeing OC Cosplays?
Can OCs be just as interesting as Cannon characters without seeming outlandish?
What defines a Mary-Sue in your eyes?
Have you ever had a Mary Sue?
Are you tough or lenient on OCs overall?


Pretty much, if you feel like answering any of the questions, go ahead. <3

Jaxx Sentinel
11-30-2008, 06:15 PM
To answer your question I have to say that I have several OCís and they are , by far , the hardest characters to cosplay if you do not have a good visual of them , so drafting them out is a good idea. Next up , I believe that OCís are great to cosplay and show the wearers personality pretty well , so knock yourself out!
Onto the original question:
1) the original way I did mine is get a concept drawing done first and foremost, next I fitted my self to the character and set out to get the materials once I figured out how to get them done. From here its just basic cosplay rules.
2) Ė 4)Yes , the Ocís I cosplay as are from several of my own personal seriesí so they have their own existence prior to the costume. Alongside this answer I guess the only real per about my char (Vexx ) is his body itself , crazed hair, splashes of armor, disgruntled look upon him and , to add the mystic touch, talons and scarring on the face =3

Harra Arial
11-30-2008, 06:21 PM
Ooh, Vexx sounds bloody interesting, mind sharing more about him, only if it's not too much trouble? ((In most of my friendsgroups, I'm the only one who actively works with OCs, so it's always fun to hear about others, really.))

Axelai
11-30-2008, 11:19 PM
How did you go abut making them?

The character? She's just my response to my friend having a necrophiliac character, so i made a ghost for her.

Are they for any particular series? Or are they just for anywhere?

Ummm... just for deviantART. 83

Did you make up a world to go with them?

Not really. xD She was from France, but she's just kinda in general america now.

Is there anything peculiar about your OC in particular?

She's a ghost killed during the French Revolution. So she has an awesome scar across her neck. xD

What are you overall opinions on OCs? Should they be Cosplayed? Do you enjoy seeing OC Cosplays?

I love OC cosplays. If they're elaborate, it's great to go to a con and everyone want pix yet not know who you are. xD

Can OCs be just as interesting as Cannon characters without seeming outlandish?

Well... i think people are more interested in cannon ones XD

What defines a Mary-Sue in your eyes?

Mary-Sue? Any OC you've made FOR a specific series just to be paired with a character. Hence Cindy Lou Yagami made to be paired with everyone. xD Like, if someone makes an Organization 13 character... and makes it Demyx's lover. Thats a Mary-Sue.

Have you ever had a Mary Sue?

Being honest... yeah. xD Back when i was little. I made a character who paired with some anime character i dont even remember... they had kids and everything. Lol. But i hate that now XD

Are you tough or lenient on OCs overall?

VERY TOUGH. Sorry, i hate seeing repeats. Like, a zillion Dezzi copies. Or an OC who looks exactly like L. I only like em if they're original. You know, ORIGINAL characters.

chris-chan
11-30-2008, 11:36 PM
Personally, I believe OC's are great, but if you don't do them where they really stand out, they'll blend in at conventions and no one will notice you (if thats what you're going ofr) and you'll looks just like any other con-goer. So, I guess you could say they're good if they stand out.

alterationsbyem
12-01-2008, 08:51 AM
I wrote a series of books in high school, the costumes were always in my head. I had a friend draw some for me. I am really leaning towards making one. I think that it would be fun.

Shananigans
12-01-2008, 09:19 AM
I have a really good D.Gray-man OC that I realllyyyy want to cosplay someday!
even though nobody would know the character, I'm sure I'd still get loads of pics since she has pretty angel wings, purple hair, and a somewhat lolita dress.

Pilot
12-01-2008, 09:47 AM
I've got a few mecha OCs that I definitely wouldn't mind cosplaying in the future...

How did you go abut making them?
Haven't made it yet. ^^;
Are they for any particular series? Or are they just for anywhere?
They're from my own personal comic series.
Did you make up a world to go with them?
A very vast world. :x
Is there anything peculiar about your OC in particular?
Well, they're stone mecha (golems, really), based on Mayan and Aztec styles... so that right there would make it really hard to cosplay as one of them. xD

My personal opinion on OC costumes is if it's not really different than what's already been done as far as characters from established series, then it's just stupid.

jellylorum
12-01-2008, 12:30 PM
I have made some of my own characters. Now I'm really good at making unitards. I have also worn the costumes at the Anime Expo

jusdepomme
12-01-2008, 06:17 PM
I've done quite a few OC and I'll make some more in the next year. I love OC because you can add the amount of detail you want on it.

I've draw only one model that I've done. The other comes from friends. The one I've done was based on lolita fashion. I've done one convention mascot and I'll be doing a fairy that a friend drew.

I usually don't go too much in the history of my character. I only have a general idea of how she should act in order to take some great poses with them.

Jaxx Sentinel
12-02-2008, 02:24 PM
Ooh, Vexx sounds bloody interesting, mind sharing more about him, only if it's not too much trouble? ((In most of my friendsgroups, I'm the only one who actively works with OCs, so it's always fun to hear about others, really.))

Lol XD sure sure XD , pm me and I'll give you the specs =3

Tooru18
12-02-2008, 02:53 PM
Gildae, my OC, might be a go for me! ^///^

moonflower.
12-02-2008, 05:24 PM
I did an original character for dragon*con, and i had people take more pictures of me as her than when I dressed as a character from a tv show or movie.

I didn't actually make this costume, i bought it from Armstreet.com, but the next one for her I'll be making.

http://www.new.facebook.com/album.php?aid=79021&l=74275&id=731470714

That should work. My dad and I did a shoot of me as her a few weeks ago, and those are my favorite shots.

She's an original character from my book that I'm trying to get published, so i really wanted to go as her. I came up with the character when I was 11, so she's really been in my head for a while.



EDIT: If you can't see the facebook photos, I added some to my Costume list on here.

Juego
12-02-2008, 06:00 PM
OC's are great for cons that focus either on costuming or have a wide variety of interests (like Dragon*Con).

I'll be doing an OC with a group this year -- we're all really into the post-apocalyptic genre (everything from MadMax to Fallout) and have setup a website where we're doing some collaborative fiction to flesh out of little world and characters. It's also great because everyone has their own comfort level for making costumes, and by doing an OC, there is no stress from trying to be "on-model".

I will admit to really only liking "genre" OCs -- steampunk, fantasy, zombies, historical, etc. OCs that dip too far into established series start to toe the line of Mary Sue-dom; I see very few of these that are not all-out attention whoring.

Curucar
12-02-2008, 10:13 PM
I've completed Curucar, my elf OC, to a level of satisfaction.
http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/109317/

She's a Middle Earth elf from Rivendell, originally created for a text-based RPG. Then I picked little design elements from the movies and mixed them together for a concept image (I just had her personality fleshed out). Then I bribed a few friends for drawing commissions and designed the wearable costume around their designs. It was a very collaborative project.

While the bottom half of the outfit has restricted movement (the pants are moleskin and not flexible, so if I sit on the ground I can't get up >_>) and the boots take 10 mins/each to stick on, I still break out Curucar for all of the 'general costume' events that I go to.

I get the general reaction of 'yay elfy!' instead of 'where are you from?'. In a sense, it's much easier than choosing a pre-existing character.

Pilot
12-03-2008, 06:41 PM
I will admit to really only liking "genre" OCs -- steampunk, fantasy, zombies, historical, etc. OCs that dip too far into established series start to toe the line of Mary Sue-dom; I see very few of these that are not all-out attention whoring.

IAWTC.

Benihime78
12-03-2008, 09:46 PM
Does anyone here have OC Costumes or Original Characters of their own?
I have them mostly up in my head, but I'd doodled some on scraps of paper and colored them for fun.

How did you go abut making them?
Haven't done so yet, but I'd like to.

Are they for any particular series? Or are they just for anywhere?
Well, I would like to write a series someday and they kinda fit into the story that lives in my head, but for now they're just for anywhere I suppose.

Did you make up a world to go with them?
Absolutely! And gave them backgrounds and personalities and even gave them different ethnicities.

Is there anything peculiar about your OC in particular?
I don't think so...

Or, conversely, your opinions:

What are you overall opinions on OCs? Should they be Cosplayed? Do you enjoy seeing OC Cosplays?
If a person wants to, nothing should stop them. If the OC is done well, I enjoy seeing them. If not, I don't really notice.

Can OCs be just as interesting as Cannon characters without seeming outlandish?
Yep. Especially if that character has their own story behind their outfit.

Are you tough or lenient on OCs overall?
Pretty lenient. I really enjoy seeing variety at cons whether is Sora, Sailor Moon, an OC, or Barack Obama(see all).

jj1027
12-13-2008, 02:30 PM
I, as harra already knows, have several oc's, a world, and a storyline in the works, as well as helping her with creating the world for her characters I believe OC's are awsome and I like seeing them at cons. My main OC, whom I've not yet cosplayed, is named fukushin and acts as divine punishment in the world I'm creating.

saiyamanmasenko
12-14-2008, 09:00 AM
a former co-worker made his DBZ OC into a cosplay. Aukai is a Saiyan from his DBZ fanfics. It didn't goo over too well ("Who are you supposed to be?") but I think he pulled it off well. http://www.cosplaylab.com/cosplayers/costumes/details.asp?costumeid=84284

jj1027
12-15-2008, 06:49 PM
Hey harra, shouldn't you say something about your OC. I personally find her interesting, and I'd like to see what others think

Mangochutney
12-15-2008, 07:59 PM
shouldn't you say something about your OC.

The short answer is no: the plethora of merchandise floating around with "DON'T TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER" on it might give you a hint there. :D Since this is about cosplay, though, I'd love to see said OC's outfit.

(as for me, I always like to start any OC with illustration, preferably one incorporating physics-impossible structure and details. All too often an OC ends up with a less-interesting costume simply because it's been designed with an eye toward ease of cosplay. To me, that's cheating.)

Kat Murz
12-16-2008, 01:24 PM
Well done OC's are a joy to see and awesome to learn about ^__^
I do not like when people just throw on cat ears and some hot topic clothing or a ninja head band and some closet clothing and claim "Original".
that kinda kills the OC love I think.
But if its very well done and clearly worked as much on as a normal costume then I think they can be wonderful because itís something new instead a repeat of the same old thing.
You can only see so many naruto, or bleach, or Vampire Knight, etc. etc. before you get sick of it and itís just not fun to see any longer.

I plan on doing two of my OC's this year. The male is one of my babies from an RP with my friend (well story really, its from our adv. rp that spawned our own set of boards from many, many stories with our two characters) Long, long, long story short my guy eventually becomes Fate to save the life of her character. The picture I use for him is David Tennant so I already have the wig for it lol, the costume is very ornate Victorian style since he was original born in the 1800's (another long, yet funny at times, story). I just ordered the fur collar and the midnight dupioni silk to start it and found some clocks that I am murdering to turn into his Fate compass

The second isn't so much an OC but an OC costume, I wanted to do something fun and original for my local con since I'm the new cosplay co-ordinator so I don't have to worry about entering the contest or anything anymore. So I designed myself a dress to my tastes and to go with these wings I saw in this yearís Victoria secret fashion show that I fell IN LOVE with (the butterfly wings with the little floating butterflies that Andrea Kerr wore during the 5th runway for those who saw it)
This is the first idea sketch for it (ignore the laziness that started at ooohh the skirts and extended to being too lazy to finish the wings or left hand...)
I should finish my second version of this one day before I start it,
cause I changed things and the drawing for 2.0 is less oooooo...Crappy..ya, we're going go with less crappy then this drawing turned out
but still...Ta Da (ish):: dress type thing! (http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj168/rplarpstuffs/DSCN0528.jpg)

Hooray for more OC love! <3

Schuldig_
12-17-2008, 03:35 AM
I've completed Curucar, my elf OC, to a level of satisfaction.
http://www.cosplay.com/gallery/109317/

She's a Middle Earth elf from Rivendell, originally created for a text-based RPG.

Hey Curucar, were you ever (or are you) on the LotR Plaza? *curious* Your name rings a bell with me.


But speaking of, I have an OC, too, also from Lord of the Rings, so let's play...

How did you go abut making them? Like Curucar, it was a Lord of the Rings character invented for a text-based RPG, and it grew from there. My OC is a female (although somewhat tomboyish) Elf, currently Lůrien based. She has a very casual attitude to various lord and ladies as she is old enough to have seen most of them in their nappies, and sometimes it shows. Otherwise she's pretty much like me, stubborn, big-mouthed but with a very big heart.

Are they for any particular series? Or are they just for anywhere? See above! :razz:

Did you make up a world to go with them? I didn't have to; Tolkien's world is quite rich and well-developed.


Is there anything peculiar about your OC in particular? She's a Vanya, a kind of Elf that doesn't technically exist in Middle Earth, yet, there she is! This is mostly because out of all the Elves, the Vanyas are the ones we know the least about, so it was easier to create a personality that hadn't already been firmly set. The reason she's in Middle Earth is simply because that's where all the action lies. :)

Or, conversely, your opinions:

What are you overall opinions on OCs? Should they be Cosplayed? Do you enjoy seeing OC Cosplays? I personally enjoy seeing any well-done OC and don't mind them at all as long as they are in the realms of the realistic (or as realistic it can get when dealing with fictional characters - see below).


Can OCs be just as interesting as Cannon characters without seeming outlandish? Definitely. Any character with some credible and well-thought of history is interesting to me - and no, this does not include the 5625,456 Elven princesses who are all secretely married to Legolas, or the Elves riding camels or dragons or wielding specially magic weapons to stand out in the crowd. ;)

What defines a Mary-Sue in your eyes? Everyting I just mentioned above.

Have you ever had a Mary Sue? No, thank heavens.

Are you tough or lenient on OCs overall? Pretty lenient. Even some of the above mentioned complaints can be accepted if there is a very good reason or story behind it, but you don't see those very often and people just do it to be special. It gets a little old. But otherwise, I can buy into most things.

flame82warrior
12-19-2008, 01:16 AM
Does anyone here have OC Costumes or Original Characters of their own? OCs are the reason why I started cosplaying in the first place. The designs I have for them are so cute, I cannot wait to have the sewing experience and fabrics to make them. :)

How did you go about making them? OCs in particular? Nearly every one of my OCs I've made including the minor ones and their outfits are based off of an anime pic I found on photobucket. 98% of the time, I added, removed, or just revised a couple things about the pic so it would suit to the OC's style.
Are they for any particular series? Or are they just for anywhere? Bits and pieces of both. However, most of my OCs are for Avatar: The Last Airbender due to my extreme love for the show.
Did you make up a world to go with them? Nah, it's already been provided thanks to Mike and Bryan. ;)
Is there anything peculiar about your OC in particular? My main OC, Kiran, will be in an upcoming Avatar fanfic in fanfiction.net. This is to show more about Kiran though I could easily explain about her backstory if one were to ask.

Or, conversely, your opinions:

What are you overall opinions on OCs? Should they be Cosplayed? Do you enjoy seeing OC Cosplays? I love seeing OC cosplays JUST as long as they're unique and well-made enough to be obvious picture worthy. Like I said, OCs are the reason why I'm going for cosplay.
Can OCs be just as interesting as Cannon characters without seeming outlandish? As long as they have a well though-out backstory to their character, it can be done.
What defines a Mary-Sue in your eyes? Simply being overly cliched whether it's the backstory or just what they're wearing. My brain's a bit tired right now, so I won't get into much detail. But also, if they have any special abilities or powers that are obviously out of the norm of the fandom or anything else and have no valid reason why they have these kinds of things, I would consider it a Mary-Sue.
Have you ever had a Mary Sue? I was an 11-year-old who didn't even knew what fanfics even mean. Much less what's a Mary-Sue. >>
Are you tough or lenient on OCs overall? I personally do not know. But I do know the difference between a very well made OC cosplay where most (if not all) of its details and effort is easily shown and a cheap cop-out costume in which they just thrown in some shirt and jeans and call it an "OC".