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Sorata2002
07-11-2011, 07:57 PM
Since I'm fairly new to cosplay I was wondering about this. What do cosplayers (new and experienced) think of cosplaying fanart or different variants? More emphasis on the idea of cosplaying from fanart. I saw this fan art variation of a character that looks pretty sweet and it made me think of this topic. To give an idea, it was a pretty different variation but you could tell who it was. Instead of neck long hair, it was pulled back into a thin pony tail and instead of a coat, it was a sleeveless high neck shirt.

alpha_helix
07-11-2011, 08:07 PM
For fanart, you might want to get the artist's permission before cosplaying. Some artists are very protective of their designs. Otherwise, I think it's great fun. I like seeing new twists on characters, and I've done quite a few myself.

Sorata2002
07-11-2011, 08:10 PM
That I was planning on doing from the start if I indeed did cosplay a fanart. I would advertise the heck out of his/her work! :D

DarkCloudInc
07-11-2011, 08:17 PM
I've actually been wondering this since my cosplay is, although official, is non-canon. Is there a point where a variant becomes an OC (Original Character)?

I do apologize if this is thread-jacking.

sephygoth
07-11-2011, 08:21 PM
As much as I liek the idea, it might be hard to take a comment or 2 about it not being accurate...if you care.
That and ppl, well like myself, would wonder why you liek the character itself so much if you'r going with something that's not the original Artist's design? It's just me.
I've done a fan art, it's simplistic and a dam dirty JOKE (2chan web comic of Astaroth)
XD but I did it, tons of views and all that, but I don;t take it seriously as a cosplay.
I guess it's like cosplaying a cosplayer's version....to me.

ah darkcloud, my assumption on OC's is the lack of character material and referencing no series,character/etc in honor of the so called "original" aspect. I got a lot of these kicking around XD

AngelStarAvalon
07-11-2011, 08:23 PM
If you want to do, do it. I love seeing characters in something different then what they wear in the series. I plan on doing several fanart version of Lacus Clyne.

~H~
07-11-2011, 08:37 PM
This is kind of backwards....but my husband did a fanart (http://www.artplaymix.com/portfolio_self_voltorbred.html) of my Voltorb (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/359052/) gijinka (which I colored ^_-).

Anyway, I'm definitely a fan of cosplaying based on fanart. I believe that the whole Pokemon Gijinka cosplay craze is based around that notion. So it's certainly a widely accepted idea ^_-.

Angel Tear
07-11-2011, 09:03 PM
When you see the character a few times at a con it can be refreshing to see them with a different spin. As mentioned before, gijinka, particularly for pokemon is something that is on the rise as of late, simply because its impossible for us to become creatures with pointy ears, grow a foot or two higher and have flaming tails. Its unrealistic for us, cosplayers, artists in our own right to limit ourselves to looking exactly like the characters. So I definitely support the idea of new twists to existing characters

suiseiusagi
07-11-2011, 09:08 PM
I say if the artist approves (which they almost absolutely will) and you don't mind the occasional "But that's not what ENTER-NAME-HERE looks like!!! D: " then go for it! You obviously love the character if you've been looking up fanart of them, and it can bring a breath of fresh air to an otherwise normal cosplay. I consider it on par with cosplayers who do cosplays of cover art or promo art. If the character is still easily recognized, that's cool, either way you can tell anyone who asks to check out the artist's work- both original and fanartist.

I know that as an artist/fanartist I would personally be flattered to have anyone cosplay my designs.

Out of curiousity, who's the character and what's the fanart you're thinking of doing? :3

I've actually been wondering this since my cosplay is, although official, is non-canon. Is there a point where a variant becomes an OC (Original Character)?

I do apologize if this is thread-jacking.

I'm more curious about what "official but non-canon" would mean. XD If you thought up the character from your own mind (design and story), not rooted in anyone's else's work, it's your own and can be considered an OC (until you maybe write/draw the story, then it's just your property). If you thought up a character (design and/or story) that IS rooted in anyone else's work (say, another shinigami in Bleach or another trainer in Pokemon), it's an OC of yours for that series. If you put an existing character in an outfit of your own design, that's fanart. ... Or at least that's what makes sense to me. :'D

PersicomMaid
07-11-2011, 09:46 PM
i've been thinking about cosplaying my original character in her Roleplaying Group Uniform. I already got permission from the creator of the group to do it so if i've got the time and the money I will do it!

DarkCloudInc
07-11-2011, 10:57 PM
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I'm more curious about what "official but non-canon" would mean. XD If you thought up the character from your own mind (design and story), not rooted in anyone's else's work, it's your own and can be considered an OC (until you maybe write/draw the story, then it's just your property). If you thought up a character (design and/or story) that IS rooted in anyone else's work (say, another shinigami in Bleach or another trainer in Pokemon), it's an OC of yours for that series. If you put an existing character in an outfit of your own design, that's fanart. ... Or at least that's what makes sense to me. :'DHere's the reference image (http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/images/409121570X/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=465392&s=books) I used to build my cosplay around. It is an official piece of art; however, up to this date, he has never had wings in the entire series. In the anime adaptation, he has wings only in the opening but never in the actual show. So, it's official but non-canon.

Shana05
07-11-2011, 11:04 PM
I'm actually wanting to buy this Alois costume (http://www.fm-anime.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_145&products_id=2201) which is from a doujinshi.

I would suggest if doing so that it's not too OOC, to avoid confusion.

Mesoian
07-11-2011, 11:12 PM
I, personally, will try to at least keep it official, since most fan art is terrible.

However, stuff from artbooks, costume variants that show up in the manga/anime/game, stuff that actually exists, sure. Absolutely. Sometimes it can provide much needed variety in an otherwise stagnant pool (There are 4 official yoko outfits, I only ever see 1).

heaven_firings
07-11-2011, 11:19 PM
As long as it is still recognizably the character & the art/outfit is good I wouldn't have a problem with it. There's actually a few I've seen that I could see myself wanting to try.

However, stuff from artbooks, costume variants that show up in the manga/anime/game, stuff that actually exists, sure. Absolutely. Sometimes it can provide much needed variety in an otherwise stagnant pool (There are 4 official yoko outfits, I only ever see 1).

I think I know the one you're talking about too. But the same could be said about Tsubasa, I always see they're default outfits but they have so many good ones from the other worlds/artbooks. That's why I chose an artbook outfit for my Kurogane (can't wait).

LadyAri13
09-25-2011, 01:33 PM
Ive been wondering how well my version of Lulu (FFX) will b accepted so Im glad I found this. U know who I am of course wen u c me but since I couldnt afford to make a more accurate cosplay version I went for a slightly original approach by making a really cool dress. I may actually wear it to the formal ball.

PetiteAltesse
09-25-2011, 02:28 PM
I'm actually doing a human version of Amaterasu from the video game Okami. The design was a fanart that someone drew. I asked for permission and they gave it, so long as I update them and give credit for all photos. Not a problem and I'm really excited to get started. I don't think it's bad at all, especially if the character is an animal and (if you're like me) you suck at designing, haha! As long as you ask for permission and give credit, then I say you're good.

touchmon
09-26-2011, 07:26 AM
I'm actually thinking about doing Minako from Persona 3 Portable wearing the Black Rock Shooter cosplay(I'm guessing this counts as well?). I found a piece of fanart with that and it looks awesome. ^_^ I say it doesn't matter cause in the end you are the person cosplaying, not someone else.

Blood_Sword
09-27-2011, 02:16 AM
I've been recently thinking about cosplaying a fanart version of a character too that I love, although I'm not sure what to do when I've asked the artist of the drawing (through comment on dA on said art) and I've not got an answer yet...? That particular fanart has very many views/faves so I don't know if the artist cares to check through them all... maybe I should send a note and ask or something?
Because I want to be sure I get permission to cosplay it before I start working on it...

Azayakachan
09-30-2011, 01:13 AM
I, personally, like the idea. Its great for artists to see their work come to life. And surely if you cosplay a variation of a character, you feel more comfortable with the variation and have more fun. For example, I think its really cool how Miku has a million offshoots but you can always recognize them. I say thumbs up to variations and cosplaying from fanart :3