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Cherazor
07-24-2010, 08:07 AM
I just finished this thing yesterday. It's a small, very basic guide on how to pose in cosplay. I'm not a great poser, but I've learned a lot since I started cosplaying and this is mainly a small guide on how to avoid the most basic errors. Goodness knows I would have needed this guide myself back when I started cosplaying. I was so bad! XD

Anyway, the guide itself focuses a bit more on giving tips to girls, but there's a lot for guys too. ^^

I do hope this will help SOMEONE at least.


Guide: Posing in Cosplay (http://cherazor.deviantart.com/art/Guide-Posing-in-Cosplay-172433587)


Edit: I just realized that this might not be the right category for this, in which case I apologize.

Echosong
07-24-2010, 08:50 AM
This tutorial is awesome!!! I was totally confused on posing before, and this REALLY helps. Thank you so much ^^

Techniichan
07-24-2010, 11:33 AM
Great tutorial. :) I use the "don't go there" pose all the time.

ToroSonyCat
07-24-2010, 02:13 PM
Very helpful, thanks for the guide ^^
I'll try to use it since I kinda fail at posing.

Tamouri
07-24-2010, 07:18 PM
This is very helpful! :D Thanks for posting it!

LavenderCrimson
07-24-2010, 07:44 PM
nice tutorial! this is very helpful :)

Chirudesu
07-24-2010, 08:39 PM
Ooh, thank you for the help! I learned a few things :)

Pink.Serenity
07-24-2010, 09:20 PM
Great tutorial~!

Nayuki07
07-24-2010, 09:53 PM
I did the "Hiding a wet spot" pose once! lol im a total newb!
This was quite helpful thank you! :D

Dalibar
07-24-2010, 11:44 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! I have been kinda worrying about my posing for the up coming con ^^; it's my first real cosplay so this will come in handy!

Sikorsky
07-25-2010, 06:36 AM
Oh my god, this is so useful! Thank you for this! I'm new to cosplay but I've already had some trouble with posing, so this is gonna help a lot!

Aeyawin
07-25-2010, 06:43 AM
Haha, that's nice! Thanks! :D

OMGwyn
07-25-2010, 08:30 AM
Some of my posing problems is like...
How the heck would my character pose for a picture?

O_o'

xD

KarmaxCore
07-25-2010, 09:21 AM
<3 very useful Thanks a bunch!

Cherazor
07-25-2010, 03:22 PM
Oh, wow. Thank you guys! I didn't think it would become this popular. *laughs* So, I'm really glad you like it and hope it'll be of some help, at least. :D

OMGwyn: Have you tried looking if the character has "official poses" that you can use? ^^

Creative Genius
07-30-2010, 07:22 PM
i have a picture i found where my booty take over the picture...and whats worse is that im wearing my yoko from gurren lagann cosplay.
that one will never see the light of day

creativecrater
07-30-2010, 09:37 PM
Definitely a great tutorial! I faved it on DA so I can share it with peeps. I love your examples--so clear and understandable!

@OMGwyn: definitely practicing in a mirror helps too!

tarinalove
07-31-2010, 08:56 PM
I think it's also good to look at the character your cosplaying as poses.

MDA
08-01-2010, 09:46 PM
That's a really helpful guide! That's true that props present new problems. I know for one prop I have to hold it in the one hand and find something else to do with the other ('cause it's so small, but I usually end up pointing at the photographer because the character does that sort of thing)

BsWN
08-02-2010, 12:35 PM
Those are really good tips ^.^ Although sometimes using the character's "signature pose" isn't always good, if it's over-used, in my case. So, it's time to go practice ^.^

Speener
08-03-2010, 07:51 PM
Good guide! I always found myself doing the same pose in my solitary shots, but its an overused pose.(Roxas in battle stance)

Riafayce
08-04-2010, 02:21 AM
Thank you so much for putting that together!
Since I'm new to cosplay, this is going to be so helpful, especially for the con I'm going to in the fall.

Cherazor
08-07-2010, 02:30 PM
Awww, thanks again people. You're way too kind, really. *blushes* I'm so glad you like it, though. It was a lot of fun to make, so... :D

BsWN - Well, just because a pose is overused doesn't mean it's bad. :p It's always a great place to start at, and you can always put your own personal twist to the pose as well. :)

Axelai
08-07-2010, 02:49 PM
I wish i had read this ahead of time. Half of the pictures i find of myself in my Yoko outfit, my belly is sticking out x_____x;; I don't look fat at all in person, but i do in all these pictures. Waaah...

meggo1983
08-08-2010, 11:02 PM
Awesome tutorial!! Thank you so much for posting it! I wonder how some my characters would pose, this give me some great ideas.

Chiyo_chan
08-09-2010, 12:52 PM
These are some really great posing ideas! Thank you!
Posing is always the hardest part for me XD

Zokushou
08-09-2010, 02:14 PM
Are you hiding a guide "for the gentlemen" anywhere? :D

brucer007
08-09-2010, 06:50 PM
Well done! Your descriptions went well with your images. You certainly put a lot of time and effort to help others.

Luxuria85
08-10-2010, 02:16 PM
This was great! I'm new to cosplay and my first time was for San Diego Comic Con. I'm really happy my character has a personality where the 'dead hand' won't come into play. She always has her hands on her hips or doing something with them. These are great tips! I'm definitely going to keep them in mind for when I do my Sucker Punch cosplay!

tsuoi_kaze
08-11-2010, 03:17 AM
This is a great tutorial! While I like to think I'm decent at posing for photos, there's always room for improvement, and it's easy to forget little things like what you went over. I'm EXTREMELY guilty of the "dead hand" effect.

ZombieWombat
08-12-2010, 03:55 PM
Thank you very much for this awesome tutorial.

Sisshi
08-14-2010, 11:16 PM
This is really good advice and such....I find the problem is my cosplays the character's signature poses are in those 'don't go there' poses -.-

SirenaBlack
08-16-2010, 06:18 AM
That tutorial is very helpful. I wish I had seen it sooner XD I've done the damn pregnant hand pose in too many pictures -_-

dismaldreary
08-17-2010, 05:52 PM
Awesome tips, I'm totally faving this on DA! :)

Cherazor
08-31-2010, 03:42 PM
Gah! I'm so sorry. I should have checked this thread earlier than this, but it completely slipped my mind. Feel free to give me a good slap on the back of my head.

Are you hiding a guide "for the gentlemen" anywhere? :D

Unfortunately I don't. But other than the sitting poses, the guide works pretty well for both ladies and gentlemen...or so I hope. :p

This is really good advice and such....I find the problem is my cosplays the character's signature poses are in those 'don't go there' poses -.-

Oh, I see. Well, that can be a bit of a problem... My tip would probably be to do the poses, but tone them down a bit. If the character's bending forward, don't bend forward quite as much and so on. Just make small discreet changes. Like I said, it doesn't take much to make a good photo go bad, so the reverse also stands true! :p

Ms. Jiggle
08-31-2010, 04:09 PM
Pretty cool, thank you for making this! <3 Maybe I'll pay attention to what I'm doin now. *XDDD

Assiduity
09-01-2010, 12:02 PM
This is a very nice tutorial!
I plan on studying it more before Anime Valley so I can pose correctly and not look like a total noob! Thanks so much for making this!

Blood_Sword
09-05-2010, 06:29 AM
Thanks for making and posting this tutorial, it will help keep some major fuck-up's out of the way. xD

Ace_of_Tarot
09-06-2010, 11:13 AM
Wait... one question- what if the character's signature pose is physically impossible and entirely unrecognizable if you attempt it in any toned down version?

Cherazor
09-06-2010, 01:12 PM
Wait... one question- what if the character's signature pose is physically impossible and entirely unrecognizable if you attempt it in any toned down version?

Well, just because the character has a signature pose doesn't automatically mean you HAVE to do it. You can always just look at them, or at the character's personality if you prefer, for inspiration to come up with poses of your own. ^^

CPQRyoko
09-28-2010, 07:46 PM
Yay, thank you for the tutorial! I am terrible at posing and this has given me a lot of help!

Zetsubou-chan
09-29-2010, 11:23 PM
Thank you so much~!
I always do the "dead hand one" grr..>_<

BookNeko
09-30-2010, 09:12 PM
Okay, definitely going to have to work on not doing the 'dead hand' anymore XD
I'm always so awkward with posing. This helps a lot. Thanks a bunch!! ^ ^

Firefly026
10-01-2010, 12:46 AM
BEST. TUTORIAL. EVER!!!!!
I have such issues with the 'dead hand' while posing at cons OTL
so this will be a HUGE help!!

You're awesome!

Kasinator
10-01-2010, 12:10 PM
AmIDoinItRite? (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/322516/) :P I need to get a camera with a delayed timer. Otherwise im stuck witht the webcam. >.<

LadyJ07
10-02-2010, 10:37 PM
Thank u!! Sometimes I don't know how to pose for other people! This is gonna help me a lot!

myzkyti
10-03-2010, 09:34 PM
Awesome tutorial.. Short, sweet, helpful, and funny! Great job, and thank you for doing so much work to put it together! :3

usakou
10-12-2010, 06:29 AM
hah this is so cool :D
srsly helpful ^^
I am at cosplays always standing..and ..doing...nothing XD because I don't know how to pose XD

Shackoonz
10-12-2010, 02:21 PM
Thankies dude!!:D

Garen
10-13-2010, 11:19 PM
Very useful, and I'll be keeping it in mind. However, often at conventions when people ask for pictures, they seem to want to get it over with as quickly as possible, and I find myself fixing dead hands or what-have-you after they've already taken the picture. XP

Jia Jem
10-15-2010, 10:45 AM
Very useful, and I'll be keeping it in mind. However, often at conventions when people ask for pictures, they seem to want to get it over with as quickly as possible, and I find myself fixing dead hands or what-have-you after they've already taken the picture. XP

I have some posing tips for conventions on my site. :)
http://jiajem.com/conpose.html

I've found that posing for planned photoshoots and posing for random con photos are two different beasts. It's a little wordy, but I hope it helps!

Kildread
10-15-2010, 11:37 PM
@Garen - Ask for a retake if you're somewhat unhappy with how it turned out, I take pictures myself and I always think I'm bothering folks by stopping them asking for pictures (Even if they're there for that XD). So I just snap my shots as quick as I can manage using my (screwy) judgement for position, light and such, talk for a bit, and scurry on my way like I was bothering the beejesus out of someone. But I know I'd be glad to retake shots, chances are some might be too :)

@Jia Jem - Love that tutorial, though I'm not sure if all that advice applies to guys --- I sure will pay some note to that advice for future endeavors, right now I just mimic limited character poses XD

Berenice
11-01-2010, 08:45 AM
Nice tutorial XD

Hm, if one has a large torso and slim legs and broad shoulders (female)
How should she pose?

Should she stand 3/4 and push her hips towards the camera a bit? or should she pull her shoulders back and lean towards the camera?

Caerthakatha
11-01-2010, 09:32 AM
Thank you for this tutorial! :) I've always been self-conscious while in cosplay, so I'll take note of this.

kalasnacks
11-15-2010, 05:21 PM
Haha, that's an amazing tutorial! I loved your silly shots of what not to do <3 Thanks!

j-extreme.com
11-17-2010, 09:09 PM
nice guide :)

Naria
11-22-2010, 09:22 AM
This is a neat tutorial! Thanks a bunch! ^_^

Aleiki
11-23-2010, 03:54 PM
I found this thread forever ago but am revisiting it and decided I might as well comment. :>

I'm really glad you made this tutorial. Luckily for me, my first time cosplaying I was with a friend and we managed to come up with some good poses, but with other cosplays I've had some issues XD' Like... when I came back from a con and the only pictures I could find of myself I looked like a complete fatty because I'd turned my chin down a bit too far and my outfit was just loose enough that when I posed a certain way my waist kind of disappeared. XD'

But! I now know my lesson, and I will pose in mirrors before I go to the con. But things like props and sitting poses--those are a great help for me. I wouldn't put it past me to make some dorky mistake like turning my props the wrong way around >3>

xNaoi
11-26-2010, 01:25 PM
*o* Thank you SO MUCH! :DD I officially cosplayed for the first time this year, and in every picture I saw on youtube or in my own pictures I looked as stiff as a board! This has really helped me learn something for my next con ^^

Ammy-chan
12-14-2010, 06:53 PM
Very helpful :)

kerstynnlane
01-03-2011, 12:36 PM
that was very helpful!

RoseButterfly
01-03-2011, 07:39 PM
Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm camera-shy which seriously kills me and I do the dead-hand pose too much! XD The only cosplay I found easy to pose for was my Yuko cosplay. I know her character VERY well and it's easy for me to emulate her, so I think how well you know the character's personality influences a lot too.

Bexi_Button
01-10-2011, 09:49 PM
Thanks so much! This will be really helpful:) I never know what to do with my hands in pictures.

tereshkova2001
01-11-2011, 08:52 PM
Excellent tips, thank you!
The photographer I sometimes model for gave me the "rule of two": if you have two of something (legs, feet, hands, arms, etc), do something different with each one.
Like so:
I've got one hand in my pocket and one at my side, and only one foot off the ground.
http://www.stopped-motion.com/prints/images/PS_25_TEOP_20100911095546.jpg

FatalYaoi
01-23-2011, 03:02 AM
This is majorly helpful! Thank you for posting this! ^-^

chibi_kitsune
01-24-2011, 02:17 AM
The tutorial looks great, it should be very helpful for me.

RinoaShadow
02-13-2011, 03:44 AM
thanks! that was really useful! :D

BayushiKachiko
02-13-2011, 07:51 PM
What a fantastic tutorial! A++++++++++++++

Kirina88
03-23-2011, 09:58 PM
Wonderful tutorial and great explanations! Thanks.

ChiiruChan
03-24-2011, 02:44 PM
:3 I needed the pointers!! I do lots of lolita/seifuku cosplays and those poses are cute!!

fallenone121
03-27-2011, 11:40 PM
I have learned a great deal from this tutorial - I just hope I can remember the advice next time I go to con.

I hate when someone points a camera at you and you go 'huh?' and they take the photo.

TechnoSan
03-29-2011, 08:49 PM
Nice tutorial!
This will help me a lot.

wonderland-chan
03-31-2011, 07:14 AM
This helped me out a lot

Lulexiaa
04-12-2011, 07:52 PM
I remember when I wanted to cosplay my dream was to have many people ask for my photo. Then when I started cosplaying and then entered the con and then somebody asked for my photo I went "OH SHIT! I NEVER WORKED ON MY POSING" XDDD

So THANK YOU! I hope your tutorial helps me! *NOT PHOTOGENIC IS THE LEAST BIT*

Kawaiichibiz
04-13-2011, 10:09 PM
This was very helpful!! I'm going to have some good shots this year >.> unlike last year.

brucer007
04-14-2011, 01:34 PM
Excellent tips, thank you!
The photographer I sometimes model for gave me the "rule of two": if you have two of something (legs, feet, hands, arms, etc), do something different with each one.
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This is good advice for many portraits, but keep in mind that sometimes symmetry can be a wonderful effect. Making the arms and legs balance a composition by doing the same on the left and right can be great too.

kurai_kaoru
04-15-2011, 01:20 PM
Wow, great tips! I have to confess I had sometimes come up with the "dead hand" on my pics! :o

Kortoso
04-15-2011, 07:04 PM
Great little guide!

I couldn't improve on it, although it would be easier to view if you saved it as pdf.

:)

Jeggis
04-18-2011, 08:32 PM
Very helpful! Thanks a lot for this.

kmolano01
04-26-2011, 08:47 PM
thanks for the guide. it helped me alot pal. i will share this to my co-cosplayer friends. :) :mfg:

char99char
05-05-2011, 06:08 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! I love your tips. I used them at the last con I went to and my photos came out much better. :)

JiseiHakushaku
05-06-2011, 10:11 PM
I wish I'd seen this baby sooner. XD

Thank you for making such an awesome tutorial!

DingDing
05-08-2011, 03:47 AM
Thanks for this! Its helped me tons!!
I actually did the straight on photo with a prop, and the photo looks really weird! Haha!

staceon
05-08-2011, 06:52 AM
Thank you!! This is really helpful. Hopefully my poses will come out better at my next con thanks to this. :D

Luther
05-09-2011, 01:21 PM
A very helpful tutorial! I'd already learned a lot of what you covered (mostly the hard way!), but I also learned some new things! Thank you!

I put it into PDF format, for if you'd rather read it that way, or even to print it out and take it with you to your shoot:
http://www.mediafire.com/?r3150khjmdn5v63

JasonTerror
05-13-2011, 01:13 AM
wow this tread is very helpful to me..bein a noob an all

Stina006
05-13-2011, 11:38 AM
really great tips! : O
i always use the whole 'hold a prop the way they do' pose though XD it's easier for me...

NoireValentine
06-26-2011, 01:02 AM
This is a good tutorial. I'm terrible at posing since it's my first time cosplaying; last year I didn't expect people to take my picture and hug me. XD
When I saw the pictures of me posted up, and no offense the photos were a little sloppy but still good storing memories, I just hid in my embarressment. I had the lazy dead "pose" of me just standing there looking clueless. :p

sapphiredolphin
06-26-2011, 01:31 AM
Practice is a big thing. Just you you know where your body is, what a good smile feels like and how to stand. Practice in front of a full length mirror and when you get confident enough have a friend take your picture. Practice. Also I find tilting the head down just slightly and at an angle helps to make the eyes look open (if I don't my eyes look squinty). The "dead hand" thing can also be a problem. Props can give you something to pose and hold just don't let it overwhelm you. Also if you don't have a prop, hold on to something around you in the environment or yourself.

Sufida
06-29-2011, 12:26 AM
Read this guide abit and like what I am seeing. I usually expect cosplayers to have poses ready for me, but for the past year I find myself having to give direction a lot which is something i've adapted to.

Muslimah
08-12-2011, 01:38 AM
One thing I've discovered about doing an exciting, adventurous pose is that giving yourself a "thigh gap" can work wonders. You just slightly seperate your legs, to show that gap. I know it sounds weird but it gives an action packed feeling and it makes it look like your character is 'on the go' and energetic.
Closed thigh poses are often associated with gentleness, softness, which would work for a damsel in distress kind of character.

blood_red_rain
09-02-2011, 11:57 AM
This is wonderful!

KittyKendra
09-02-2011, 02:45 PM
This is very helpful, thank you!

PrincessChrista
01-09-2012, 05:13 AM
Definitely helps!! Thank you!

enthalion
07-01-2012, 10:13 AM
Excellent! May I translate the guide to my language, so I can show it to my friends?

I am a photographer - not a good one though - and I also need some help with poses.

Let me know if you allow me this.

Thank you in advance!

enthalion
07-01-2012, 10:25 AM
WTF, I swear I made a reply here - and nowhere to be found.

Thank you for your guide. May I translate this into my language, so I can share with others?

I am a photographer - not a good one, mind you - but I too, have some issues in posing.

Thank you!

XxMiyukiHeartxX
07-24-2012, 01:51 AM
Thank you so much for this! ^^
This was really helpful because as a newbie I have no idea how to pose at all. .-.

kayhettin
08-05-2012, 10:59 AM
I just finished this thing yesterday. It's a small, very basic guide on how to pose in cosplay. I'm not a great poser, but I've learned a lot since I started cosplaying and this is mainly a small guide on how to avoid the most basic errors. Goodness knows I would have needed this guide myself back when I started cosplaying. I was so bad! XD

Anyway, the guide itself focuses a bit more on giving tips to girls, but there's a lot for guys too. ^^

I do hope this will help SOMEONE at least.


Guide: Posing in Cosplay (http://cherazor.deviantart.com/art/Guide-Posing-in-Cosplay-172433587)


Edit: I just realized that this might not be the right category for this, in which case I apologize.


In response to the booger shot. It can work.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=386249384763866&set=a.386248698097268.93257.121460147909459&type=3&theater

dizzymonochrome
08-17-2012, 11:56 AM
One thing I've discovered about doing an exciting, adventurous pose is that giving yourself a "thigh gap" can work wonders. You just slightly seperate your legs, to show that gap. I know it sounds weird but it gives an action packed feeling and it makes it look like your character is 'on the go' and energetic.
Closed thigh poses are often associated with gentleness, softness, which would work for a damsel in distress kind of character.

lol also known as The Power Stance.
http://th07.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/i/2011/070/6/8/power_stance_by_arty__b-d3bf7m1.jpg
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyus4b6drX1qew8gi.jpg
http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m3q985wiEf1qarmai.jpg
(Tom Hiddleston's legs seem to repel each other)

This is also a great tutorial for facial expressions and poses: http://behindinfinity.deviantart.com/journal/Tux-Team-Guide-to-Posing-and-Convention-Etiquette-235275540

Allyieh
12-08-2012, 07:47 PM
I wish I had this tut 4 years ago when I started cosplaying! I've never had a legit photoshoot, but I'm hoping to do one in the future! Plus, I've seen side-by-side shots from two different cameras at a con taking the exact same picture of me, and even those couple of feet between the two kids made a load of difference for the same exact pose!

sarg3_5laught3r
12-09-2012, 07:14 PM
Know the way the character stands, walks, and poses. If you are the kind of cosplayer that goes in character at cons [like me], then this knowledge really helps sell it.

For example, my Bane cosplay. Bane is a special case because so much of his face is obstucted, that even in the film, the actor was forced to rely on usage of the eyes and body posture to convey a certain feel for the character. As a cosplayer, I will be doing the same. It is the small things that will really sell it.

How Bane not only has his hands perched on the straps of his flak jacket, but he walks with a slight swagger, his had bobbing slightly, like he has no f*cks to give. Getting that slight droop in and tightness in the eyes, the right pacing of walking, etc. Angling and cropping is in the hands of the photographer, as they have the camera. There is no reason why they cannot maneuver around you to get the pic they want, but you need to be able to convey the life of the character through your pose, expression, and physical attitude.

tl;dr - get deep in character and you will start to move like them and eventually pose like them. Failing that, just study the character to the point of perversion.

ladderowl
02-02-2013, 08:13 PM
Me being a complete noob at posing, that helped me a lot! :3 Thanks!

dwayna
02-03-2013, 04:22 PM
Even after cosplaying for a couple years, I still don't think I know how to pose properly! :rolleyes:

Thank you all for the wonderful tips and tutorials!