View Full Version : Be a good sport!

Silver Minx
01-01-2004, 01:07 AM
I know everybody in here probably doesn't need to read this, but just as a note and out of curiosity, has anybody had nine colours of snot nit-picked out of their costume for having an incorrect stitch or for maybe not having a tone-for-tone correct colour?

Good friends of mine have literally been put off cosplay because of some of the brutal comments and harshness of critics on their costumes. It's a pretty tough game, I'd say, but when played right, cosplay's deffinitely one of the best hobbies around.

It's discouraging when someone asks for an opinion and then has something nasty thrown back at them. So let's all be good sports and not too harsh with our words. ^-^ Opinons are always appreciated, as long as they're not provocative. =)

Where do you think has the toughest critics? Who was your hardest person to impress? Which conventions worship cosplay the most, do you think? :jjacks:

01-01-2004, 03:12 PM
I've never had anyone openly criticize my costume construction, at least to my face :)

The thing that bugs me the most is cosplay judges! I've been told that my construction is _bad_ because I didn't take the time to line or serge costumes that I'm going to wear once or twice. I'm going for an overall look, and if I achieved that, I don't want to be put out of the ranks because of it.

Do people really come up and tell you your costume is wrong? I've had blantantly obvious things wrong about my costumes, and people never cared to "inform me."

I'm sorry about the other people though, I hope you stick with it :)

01-02-2004, 03:07 PM
*nods in agreement* I feel your pain of having all that negativity thrown at you. Just think... maybe they're jealous. *wink* Keep on cosplaying, Silver Minx! ^_^

01-02-2004, 03:31 PM
You put your costume up for this Costume Critique forum, expect criticism.

You put your costume up for Masquerade judging, expect criticism.

You wear your costume, expect criticism.

As for the extent, brutality, and other not so nice parts of criticism, there is no universal way to make sure someone's comments don't hurt another person's feelings. Some people take it, some people can't take it, and some people are too busy having fun cosplaying to realize they're being given it.

Miaka No Baka
01-02-2004, 03:39 PM
perhaps people are trying to be helpful but you or your friends are just taking it the wrong way. There are at least 2 ways to say the same thing, the nice way, which beats around the bush, and the mean way, while mean sounding it's to the point and is very clear on what is said. Some people say things the mean way without thinking twice, and while they might not to mean it in a really harsh way, that's just how it comes out. Remember too this forum isn't a butt kissing thread either. It's to get serious constructive criticism and if you can't take it then just don't post your stuff here to be nit picked and criticised. But the key point is that it should be constructive criticism not just someone saying "your costume sucks" if someone is gonna say "your costume sucks" they should at least back it up with some ways to help improve it so you can fix it to look better.

What I actually hate is when masquerade judges say "you almost won best construction, but the girl who won, won by 1 point and it was because she made 2 costumes that were entered into the contest" WTF how does making 2 costumes make your costume construction better than someone elses? I don't get it. Having made over 30 costumes for myself and friends that doesn't mean anything! GRRR!

Miaka no Baka

01-02-2004, 03:45 PM
*nods* Very true to the fact what Miaka and Valentine have said. Not all criticisms are roses... some may be roses, some may be the thorns to the roses.

01-03-2004, 04:35 PM
I would expect a costume construction judge to mention non-lined fabric or non-finished seams. You are being judged on *construction.* If I were a judge and had a choice between 1) a very accurate costume not made correctly, and 2) not as accurate a costume, but with finished seams, etc. -- I would definitely choose #2.

Anyways -- I thoroughly enjoy feedback. The more, the better. The more DETAILED, the better. In fact, I wish costume construction judges would give me more feedback! The only person I ever get feedback from is my mother, and I love her for it. She tells it like it is.

Hmm. . .I think I'll make a critique thread for one of my costumes now ^_^.

01-03-2004, 09:48 PM
I dont think ANYONE has the right to walk up to you at a con and tell you what they think of your costume IF it is negative. Just because I wear clothes doesnt mean I have the right to walk up to someone who doesnt match and let them know how terrible they look. Thats being an elitist cosplayer. Now, when you are being judged and/or ask for critiques, then yes expect criticism. And when you are asking people you dont know, dont expect particluarly nice answers back. Part of the reason why I havent posted a costume up here is because I know what I am doing wrong. Im enough of an anal cosplayer to recognize my own mistakes. Or I ask someone who I know will be nice if there is something harsh to say. Dont expect flowery words when you ask a simple "what is wrong" question. People are going to be straight forward and to the point because really, I dont think a lot of people have time for a flowery responce, especially the people who really know what they are doing. Take the criticism with a grain of salt, fix your costume, or wear it dispite what they say. Now if they are being pointlessly mean, thats a different story. But I personally havent seen that on these boards.