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~H~
01-25-2011, 05:22 PM
Often times I'll find that I fall in love with a particular series or movie, but it won't have any characters that I want to cosplay (or none that I feel I could cosplay well). So I will end-up creating a character for myself ^_^.

I know I'm not the only one who does this, so lets see what you've got! Here's mine so far:

Link's Mom (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/348042/) (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

Viking and Dragon Hatchling (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/337111/) (How To Train Your Dragon)

Ravenclaw Student (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/220371/) (Harry Potter Series)

Vulcan (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/148935/) & Officer (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/220664/) (Star Trek: Original Series)

Seismogenic
01-25-2011, 05:57 PM
Ok, so, the viking with the dragon hatchling?
That is almost unbearably adorable!
(Like the movie - almost too cute to handle! Haha.)

~H~
01-27-2011, 06:25 PM
Ok, so, the viking with the dragon hatchling?
That is almost unbearably adorable!
(Like the movie - almost too cute to handle! Haha.)

Thanks so much ^_^. I love the movie.

Seikari_Love
01-29-2011, 08:31 PM
I'm actually working on a cosplay for my FF7 character. I need the arse-cape and the detached sleves and I'm read to go. Here's a progress pic though.

glitter bomb
01-29-2011, 10:20 PM
~H~ those are great. :) I love the idea of doing Link's Mom. I recently joked that I'd do the Old Version of some of the characters I like when I'm too old to pull them off. Like if the character is 20 I'd do the Character At 40: The Later Years. ;) Or the Character at 50: When Mercenaries Retire. ;)

Your Link's Mom and Viking with Hatchling has got me thinking down that path as well, like the unseen but closely related characters from the same universe. It's a fun way to open up more possibilities, especially when the character you'd like to cosplay is much younger or older than you.

I don't have any OCs from existing media yet, but I do have a few planned.

~H~
01-30-2011, 09:11 PM
Seikari Love: Cool idea! I've been constantly impressed with the FF character designs. It will be fun to see what you come-up with to fit in with the FFVII world ^_^. Looking good so far!

glitter bomb: Thanks for the kind words! I like your notion of doing an established character a couple of decades down the road. Lots of possibilities there *_*.

alpha_helix
01-31-2011, 09:37 AM
Lots and lots!

1890s Hogwarts student: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/246584/
A somewhat steampunked Jedi: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/304374/
Lenore (interpretation from Edgar Alan Poe poems) http://www.cosplay.com/costume/279290/
A (currently in progress and on indefinite hiatus) Twi'lek (was originally thinking of going steampunk with this, but IDK) http://www.cosplay.com/costume/317658/

And some alt versions of existing characters:
Historically accurate Madame Red: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/216255/
19th century cure Blind Mag: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/314339/

Some that are in the brain blender and may come out one day:
-Thought Police from 1984
-Victorian Tron dress (yes, I want to make an 1880s dress and trim it with EL wire!)
-Regency era zombie hunter, inspired by "Pride and Prejudice with Zombies"

~H~
02-01-2011, 05:51 AM
alpha: Wow! You're very talented @_@. How have you not been showcased yet???

My favorite is your old-style Ravenclaw costume. What a neat idea, and it's beautifully constructed!

LandOfHoney
02-03-2011, 06:41 AM
Alpha I am so inspired by your work. Just the other day I drew up an outfit. Victorian Green Hornet Girl. I love the idea and design but I was worried that it might be so odd ball as to just be silly. I am relived I am not the only one that loves mixing up time periods, generas etc.

-Honey

Red Sheep
02-03-2011, 08:07 PM
Lots and lots!

1890s Hogwarts student: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/246584/
A somewhat steampunked Jedi: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/304374/
Lenore (interpretation from Edgar Alan Poe poems) http://www.cosplay.com/costume/279290/
A (currently in progress and on indefinite hiatus) Twi'lek (was originally thinking of going steampunk with this, but IDK) http://www.cosplay.com/costume/317658/

And some alt versions of existing characters:
Historically accurate Madame Red: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/216255/
19th century cure Blind Mag: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/314339/

Some that are in the brain blender and may come out one day:
-Thought Police from 1984
-Victorian Tron dress (yes, I want to make an 1880s dress and trim it with EL wire!)
-Regency era zombie hunter, inspired by "Pride and Prejudice with Zombies"

. . . I love you. o.o

Those are amazing.

alpha_helix
02-03-2011, 08:33 PM
awwww thanks guys <3

sephygoth
02-03-2011, 09:40 PM
See I like the oc's I see here...but I have a feeling if I really loved the characters inspired by, I'd not as much. I see nothing original about an idea already established, color schemes, era, fashion etc. Using a title negates anything original, unless it's your marketed title.
I try not to be from anything, but if I made something remotely close to a know idea, I can't call it original, and I may have missed something which someone can make resemblence to(someone called an oc of mine Asuka from evangelion :/ wha?). And oddly, friends have joked about making a sephygoth OC oc....an oc based on the crossplays I do... *threw hands up in the air* wtf mates! busting my balls during cosplay off season :p . It felt weird to have something I made suddenly be original if someone else did something like it while using an affiliation.
Don't let me burst your bubble here,really. I guess I'm just having a fit about the use of word original and a new definition for it(as English evolves), but only because I love things inspired items too, as a separate entity and have a clear drawn line between the two, ie you don't need to say original inspiration, inspired-by gets it across. Original is clear of resemblance,derivation,clone,"from","based-on", etc ie nothing to do with anything and pure made up.

So with that harshness said, I would be the first to honestly say I wish I could see you in the official gear, cause I know people here can/could.
/jerkishness

LandOfHoney
02-04-2011, 07:43 AM
I understand your trepidation. But I also think is a bit unfair. Your make original characters from completely original worlds bearing no resemblance to any other. There is a lot to be proud of about that. You are pushing originality to its limits, and I can see how it would be really frustrating to have your completely original world characters over looked. Both by judges who are favoring reinterpretations of existing themes and by con goers who may not understand the work that went into it. But what H does is original in every definition. An original character can absolutely be Link's mom or a Hogwarts student from the past. It is clear H puts lots of love and work and dedication into each of her costumes. Each has its own clearly original designs and ideas. If your the first with an idea it is an original idea. You don't have to create a whole new world to make an original character in a fan-fiction (that's called writing a whole new book), nor should you have to create a whole new world to make an original character in Cosplay. You can be original with out being ground breaking. I personally think it is unfair to look down on someone else's originality because it is not as intensely original as yours.

Your costuming is amazing. Those skin suits! Man not a wrinkle on them. That takes some amazing skills. Nothing can change that your work and your ideas are wonderful and the height of talent. But at the same time don't let that go to your head and cause you to treat others badly because they do not follow your own personal standards. At the end of the day we ALL work hard on our art and just want to have our skills appreciated.

-Honey

alpha_helix
02-04-2011, 09:25 AM
And, if we really want to get really nit-picky and pedantic, one could just as easily argue that originality does not exist if it's defined as something that bears no resemblance to things that came before. Good design is built on the expectations and aesthetic lexicon of the culture of origin while offering a novel interpretation. To completely ignore those expectations leaves anyone looking at the work in question confused, and this is reason why a lot of really out their postmodern things make most people go "WTF?"

Even the most groundbreaking creative works (I'm not limiting that statement to costuming and fashion) have some basis in what came before. Even some of the most out there fashion designers, like Gautier and Alexander McQueen draw heavily on fashions of the past and a variety of other sources.

glitter bomb
02-04-2011, 12:36 PM
As much as I respect the work sephygoth has done, I have to honestly say that if you are someone who does Original Characters (or Original Designs, since we tend to use the two terms interchangeably but incorrectly) of some variety please don't let what he said discourage you. ;)

From here and from past posts it seems he is a hardcore purist (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), especially regarding changes to designs or creating original designs. Maybe I didn't grasp sephygoth's post correctly, it was kinda hard to follow. However I'm not sure why someone who dislikes OCs would even bother to come into a thread about sharing them. This thread didn't ask for opinions about OCs in general, it asked people to share the OCs they've done. So the post just seems in poor taste and irrelevant IMO. Like going into a thread about plus size cosplayers and saying that you typically dislike fat cosplayers and think they ruin the character.

I'm sure there ARE purists who never, ever want to see anything other than a totally accurate and untouched character cosplay. But THEY are not the ones wearing the costume or creating it. YOU are. You are presumably in this hobby because it makes you happy. You presumably make OCs because they make you happy. So I cannot see any conceivable reason to stop just because some people, likely a very small minority, don't appreciate it.

And while I respect purists in some aspects, I don't think they have any right to judge or limit what other people do. Purists of that kind also tend to poo-poo a whole host of other things: being 10lbs heavier than the character, being 2" shorter than the character, having hair that's 1 shade darker than the character, blah, blah, blah. By those kinds of standards virtually no one should ever do any kind of cosplay because everyone should of course (a) cosplay by the purists' arbitrary, subjective standards and (b) cosplay to make the purists happy. Both of which are too too ridiculous to even consider.

I won't even go into the absurdity of suggesting that original designs or original characters from existing media require no creativity or originality. So I'm going to mostly ignore that erroneous and ridiculous stuff and just say "what alpha_helix said". NOTHING is every truly original. NOTHING. Everyone, everywhere, in every field is influenced by something or someone else. That doesn't mean we should cut out the use of the word "original" from the English language. I'm pretty sure most people understand the context of the word, whether in art or cosplay. ;)

glitter bomb
02-04-2011, 12:49 PM
oh, I forgot to post what I actually intended to: alpha_helix I love your costumes. Lenore and the steam Jedi are among my favorites. :)

~H~
02-04-2011, 09:38 PM
I love things inspired items too, as a separate entity and have a clear drawn line between the two, ie you don't need to say original inspiration, inspired-by gets it across. Original is clear of resemblance,derivation,clone,"from","based-on", etc ie nothing to do with anything and pure made up.

Hi Sephy ^_^

I certainly believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it seems like you're trying really hard to split hairs here....

It reads like you're arguing in favor of this thread's existence, and at the same time trying to take us all down a few pegs. It's very confusing @_@.



The reason why this thread exists is because I was going to share the costumes that I ended-up posting here in the Post your Original Character cosplays! (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=227246) thread.....but then it occurred to me that they weren't completely "original" characters because I was using existing media as a jumping-off point.

I think the thread title says it all : "Post Your OCs That Are Based On Existing Media"

At any rate, this thread wasn't meant to be a forum for discussing what is or is not considered an "original character". It's simply a place to share your work with others.....and if you'd like to leave some encouraging commentary for those willing to put themselves out there, then of course that's welcome too.

I do think that your sentiments are valuable, and they do have a place. Perhaps this thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=216936) would be a more appropriate venue ^_^.


@Honey, alpha & glitter: Thanks so much for the kind and insightful words!

sephygoth
02-22-2011, 01:04 PM
Hi Sephy ^_^

I certainly believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it seems like you're trying really hard to split hairs here....

It reads like you're arguing in favor of this thread's existence, and at the same time trying to take us all down a few pegs. It's very confusing @_@.



The reason why this thread exists is because I was going to share the costumes that I ended-up posting here in the Post your Original Character cosplays! (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=227246) thread.....but then it occurred to me that they weren't completely "original" characters because I was using existing media as a jumping-off point.

I think the thread title says it all : "Post Your OCs That Are Based On Existing Media"

At any rate, this thread wasn't meant to be a forum for discussing what is or is not considered an "original character". It's simply a place to share your work with others.....and if you'd like to leave some encouraging commentary for those willing to put themselves out there, then of course that's welcome too.

I do think that your sentiments are valuable, and they do have a place. Perhaps this thread (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=216936) would be a more appropriate venue ^_^.


@Honey, alpha & glitter: Thanks so much for the kind and insightful words!

splitting hairs, getting testicle, whatever you call it. The name of the thread is simply contradiction in terms, and pushes threads....like what you linked, to keep lack of logic and classification in the air. If I went there for my views, guess what? they'd forward me here because lolz the term is being used, of course its acceptable to use.
if it seems I "tried hard" then remember it takes extra words to explain things sometimes.
buried with kudos, I can still smell the gtfo factor here. But be careful of wearing something you call original to certain places, or post certain images that may depict your "final fantasy" outfit. They won't see it the same way if they decide to harass you legally, I'll look like a friggin cupcake next to that. Yes everyting is FROM something, but once you break out of "victorian"(ballgowns are nothing new,historic fashion will not change, I know a lot about fashion from hundreds of years ago, my gf is in costuming in film for instance) I'm talking about specific towards a series or right down to a character? then first of all, the work is done for you being produced and marketed and all, it's been given to US as consumers/fans.... original? hmmmm
I also see the buried ":wel you got yours from somewhere" in some posts there. so before I react to the scent of gtfo, I'll offer ideas of my inspirations:
catgirls rock, done. Inspired by anime and misc things. Recently I have other things made, but I do not post them: Purple elf getups immediatly after making Nelle from Sailor Moon isn't venturing too far, and kinda getting stuck, I mean cmon its a straight rip in my eyes, but I can see that on myself, I'm not forcing that on you guys here.
I know everyone needs a template, and sometimes you may stray entirely from the beginning plan. I'm aware. In the occupation I have, patents are a way of life, if I'm original, I gotta be dam sure I mean it's of myself, not my Nelle "casual wear".
I think came to realize what you meant in the first post there, giving characters clothes when there really isn't a defined getup that you can make out. But in other retrospect, holiday versions of costumes I have done if that counts.
I'm sorry I ruined everyone's day.

E. Hyde
02-22-2011, 03:05 PM
alpha_helix and H, love your costumes!

Here are some of mine:

Terminator (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/213550/)

Klingon (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/264176/)

For these, I was really just interested in trying out different things with makeup, so I didn't even try to create characters.

Twi'lek Jedi (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/233180/) -- the aim here was to make something that had a clear resemblance to traditional Jedi robes but looked more like something a Twi'lek would wear.

~H~
02-22-2011, 11:08 PM
alpha_helix and H, love your costumes!



Thanks so much ^_^. You are a whiz at special effects makeup! I'm especially impressed with your Terminator, and how well you were able to match blue body paint to your lekku.

....and you have to be the cutest Klingon I've ever seen ^_-.

TR Rose
02-24-2011, 08:38 AM
My "original" versions are Christmas/holiday costumes done up for YuleCon (a holiday-themed convention). They use most (or all) of the character's original clothes but add holiday touches here and there.

Christmas Franziska von Karma (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/189928/)

Christmas Maya Fey (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/272136/)

Christmas Malon (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/340441/)

Winter White Mage (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/227249/) (only a few of the pics here are the winter version)

InkRaven
02-24-2011, 07:08 PM
I'm tempted to do a Naruto OC, only because I designed a really cool jacket for her.... I want that jacket! Naruto OCs are pretty old-hat nowadays, seeing as I think a good amount of people who watched it at first aren't interested in it anymore.

Though I know everyone ever would ridicule me, if I did make it I'd make sure it's at least well-crafted and looks nice...

~H~
02-28-2011, 12:10 AM
@TR_Rose: Very nice! I especially like your white mage. The scarf is a nice touch, and the effects in this photo (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2544910/) are super cool!

InkRaven: I think that doing an OC based on something popular is actually nice because people are more likely to understand what you're going for. I've seen people make original Sailor Scouts (based on the Sailor Moon designs) for example. They seemed to be very popular with the photographers as well as the Sailor Moon cosplayers ^_^.

Megumi_Ai
05-03-2011, 10:24 AM
I have a few OC's

Megumi Ai (Which I use for my username here ) - Naruto/Shippuden
Mew Almond - Tokyo Mew Mew OC + her team - http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/Sailorhanson/AmericanMews.jpg
Cattrix / The Silent Trixter/ Number 51/LI - My Organization XIII OC: http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a376/Sailorhanson/cattrix.png
Red Pearl Voice - Kara - Mermaid Melody OC
Sailor's Typhon, Harpyai , Nyx and alot more - Sailor Moon

I have a few more but I won't list them

TheUnderDog
05-03-2011, 07:48 PM
I don't know if this really counts... I have a Bloody Baron outfit in the works-my own design based on how I imagine the character from the books. http://nervesofglass.deviantart.com/#/d3fgu7c

I have the pciture finished... *this is just the outfit, no head'arms...) but I haven't scanned it yet.