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Heat
01-23-2006, 09:11 PM
I'm just wondering in your opinion what makes an original character...original?

Does it mean just some random Neko? Ninja?

I'm curious

Legatosgurl
01-23-2006, 09:18 PM
I think of Original as being a character
1) Not mass produced like most anime/manga/videogames
2) being created by someone that isn't selling the character
3) being made/created by You.

Jinyo
01-24-2006, 01:42 PM
An original character is a character which you made up yourself, who didn't exist before you made them up. It can be some random Neko or Ninja (as long as you didn't copy someone else's random Neko or Ninja), but it can also be any other kind of character.

Many people also cosplay their "original version" of an existing character, which is a costume based on an existing character but changed from the official depiction.

Sarcasm-hime
01-24-2006, 02:15 PM
I prefer to see 'original' costumes that are actually well thought-out and planned, and well constructed. i.e. something that you sat down and designed and put thought and effort into, as opposed to just throwing on random stuff and calling it an 'original costume'.

Heat
01-26-2006, 07:31 PM
Any examples someone would like to share?

Crazy Flower
01-26-2006, 07:41 PM
I can only think of my own personal examples. One, was a Japanese water mage based from my own stories (no pics in the gallery yet, Will do it when I get a chance) The second is one based on Chinese Opera, not really a character but something I wanted to do myself.

http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=75102

Was on the critique board, but didn't finish the make-up yet.

Dragonmun
05-08-2006, 02:51 AM
I'm just wondering in your opinion what makes an original character...original?

Does it mean just some random Neko? Ninja?

I'm curious

Honestly, what I consider true Original cosplay is when someone does a character that they really truely created first and not just throwing some outfit on and calling it a cosplay.

Like me I made my comics first and then made character costumes to match in order to promote the dern things.

Some people cosplay their RPG characters, and that works just as well because they, more often than not, have to fit within a setting and they most certainly have a back-story.

This is why larping (live action role play) is sp popular.

People that just throw together an outfit and put on some cat ears... I can't really say fall into the original character category. They just accented their outfit. That's about it.

(of course they then turn arond and start making a character based on the outfit... which is odd because then it really could be considered an original character O_o).

I prefer to see 'original' costumes that are actually well thought-out and planned, and well constructed. i.e. something that you sat down and designed and put thought and effort into, as opposed to just throwing on random stuff and calling it an 'original costume'.


I aree with this statement. There are so many "closet-plays" at local events that the second the word "original" is mentioned people turn up their noses and walk away...

.. which isn't easy on me because I have to now say "Flag from Sivoa" or "Nathan from Sivoa" which is my comic, and when people look at me funny I show them.

I miss being able to say "original character" have have people think that it's cool and have some interest.
>_>

I can only think of my own personal examples. One, was a Japanese water mage based from my own stories (no pics in the gallery yet, Will do it when I get a chance) The second is one based on Chinese Opera, not really a character but something I wanted to do myself.

http://forums.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=75102

Was on the critique board, but didn't finish the make-up yet.


And that is just friggin awesome. O_O

xinababo
05-09-2006, 03:27 AM
As I've also said in the General Cosplay Chat thread, I think original characters look better when the costume definately looks well thought out and VERY unique standing next to all the other characters that have already been made. I think a unique hairstyle, accessories, props, and maybe a THEME for the character is good :3

My own original character's theme is "Sewing" and the outfit consists of a giant needle, spool of thread, + measuring tape around the waist. I can't wait til I make this outfit and wear it to cons!

Dragonmun
05-10-2006, 12:52 AM
As I've also said in the General Cosplay Chat thread, I think original characters look better when the costume definately looks well thought out and VERY unique standing next to all the other characters that have already been made. I think a unique hairstyle, accessories, props, and maybe a THEME for the character is good :3

My own original character's theme is "Sewing" and the outfit consists of a giant needle, spool of thread, + measuring tape around the waist. I can't wait til I make this outfit and wear it to cons!


Man. I'm really starting to love the OC discussion threads because I keep hearing/seeing these wonderful ideas! This one of yours here truely rocks!

I's also perfect for a convention too, because you know that you're going to run into people that need a safety pin, or a temp stitch job... or something to keep their costume from falling appart. In addition to be completely in character, you're going to end up a convention life saver! :D

I've also made an observation that might help with the giant spool thing (not sure how big you want to go), but if you go to the garden section of some stores you can find those weird wheels that you wrap a hose around... I've alway thought that these kind of look like bobbins if you broke the stand off.

They're pretty inexpensive too. I think that you might be able to get away with wrapping a bunch of shiney cloth around that (cause thread is shiney) and then perhaps go over that with a few think spools of real thread so that you can actually pull thread from it.

*shrugs* just a thought. I would really love to see this come to life.
^_^

siead_lietrathu
05-10-2006, 06:33 AM
ima strange one i guess. i use stuff i already have and encorperate it into the look of the chara for easing the strain on my wallet, but the chara in itself is a well-thought out person, usually from books i am writing, though some are fangirl charas i will admit.

xinababo
05-10-2006, 06:45 AM
Man. I'm really starting to love the OC discussion threads because I keep hearing/seeing these wonderful ideas! This one of yours here truely rocks!

I's also perfect for a convention too, because you know that you're going to run into people that need a safety pin, or a temp stitch job... or something to keep their costume from falling appart. In addition to be completely in character, you're going to end up a convention life saver! :D

I've also made an observation that might help with the giant spool thing (not sure how big you want to go), but if you go to the garden section of some stores you can find those weird wheels that you wrap a hose around... I've alway thought that these kind of look like bobbins if you broke the stand off.

They're pretty inexpensive too. I think that you might be able to get away with wrapping a bunch of shiney cloth around that (cause thread is shiney) and then perhaps go over that with a few think spools of real thread so that you can actually pull thread from it.

*shrugs* just a thought. I would really love to see this come to life.
^_^

Ahh! Thank you for giving me feedback on my idea and also some tips for props! ^____^

I decided to have the giant spool somehow be a hairtie and have the measuring tape either something going around the neck or the waist.(dunno). Giant needle is gonna be fun ehehehehehhhh~...>>; I've drawn out so many different designs for this idea, but I can't seem to be coming to a point where I'm satisfied with the overall outfit. I'll eventually find the right "look" though.

But thanks again!! I really appreciate it!!! :3

penny_dreadful
05-10-2006, 09:08 AM
I think original characters are great, because they give people a chance not only to show off their design skills but express their creativity as far as character drafting goes.

I've got an original character who's still on a cosplay waiting list-- I've done a ton of RPG characters and I write stories as well, so there are quite a few characters I could, ostensibly, put costumes together for. But Ammy's my favorite, so she's getting a costume. It entails sewing a jacket, but has things like ears and fangs and a tail and contacts and stuff that make it definitely a costume, and not merely accessories on top of what I'd normally wear.

You know, I recognize so few characters that most cosplays might as well be originals as far as I'm concerned. But I'm really impressed by people who have not only made the effort to craft a well-detailed character, but bring him or her (or it) to life in a cosplay.

--PD