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Something Lulu
11-27-2002, 11:31 AM
(I know this is the "Anime Costumes" forum, but there isn't one for Manga costumes, and this is the next best thing.)

Here's the deal: I'm planning a few costumes from mangas that were not made into animes, and I'm just curious about how other people who might have done this decided on what colors to use for their costumes.

I'm planning to make Miwako from Paradise Kiss, and I think I'm just going to have to go with colors that will go well with pink hair. I drew an oekaki (http://www.boomspeed.com/somelulu/miwakosmall.jpg) of her and when I colored it I just picked colors that I thought matched. Should I do that with my costume, too? These are two options I'm thinking of for Miwako's outfit (http://www.boomspeed.com/somelulu/miwako-outfits.jpg). I'm also planning on Momo from Peach Girl, but I think I'll be doing her school uniform, and I know the colors of that.

If anyone has either had this problem (or maybe it's good thing because you're not limited?) or has cosplayed from either of these two mangas, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.

11-27-2002, 11:53 AM
> I'm just curious about how other people who might have done this decided on what colors to use for their costumes.

I've done this a lot for my Angel Sanctuary costumes. The anime was not made yet when I started cosplaying as Rosiel and the anime doesn't have the same outfits anyway...

Moreover there are few color illustrations of Rosiel...

So I made up the colors. ^__^

I based my choices on a few things:

1) In color illustrations, was there a trend in colors used for that character? (AS is easy as it tends to go for Gothy red-white-black with some purple most of the time) Is there an outfit that looks similar, what color is it color?

2) What tone did the mangaka use? Black, gray, white? Black = black, white = white and gray get picked as colors the character usually wears or wears for a similar outfit. The darker the gray tone, the darker the color.

3) Does the gray tone match some feature of the character you already know (i.e. was the same tone used for both)? If so, use the same color.

11-27-2002, 11:54 AM
I have been planning to do a costume of Houki's from Fushigi Yuugi that was not used in the anime. I plan to look at other costumes of hers where I know what their colors are to see if there are any certain color schemes that were used repeatedly on her and see if can implement them in this costume. Else, I will just choose colors that I think go well with pale skin.

Something Lulu
11-27-2002, 12:06 PM
Those are really helpful suggestions. Thanks. :) I'll be sure to take the advice.

Nemui Yume
11-27-2002, 12:10 PM
anime/manga outfits seem to be fairly the same ^.^ but it's true some manga colors differ to the anime one, since there is more various colors than what animators can use, so that's why colors are mostly followed up in the manga instead of anime..

ahh Paradise Kiss is indeed a great manga!~ i would love to read more of it, but a friend of mine is also doing something from Paradise Kiss, ^.^ i think she'll do it no matter what! I bought her the Japanese ones, which didn't have much color except for like the page after the cover. ^.^ i will ask her to come over here and see what she thinks-

i think for limited colors, or colors that you don't know what to do with, you can always go with a nice colors that you think would match it, but then again, sometimes color is important, or you can do it the black/white style for the picture on the right ^.^ it seems like you can add nice dark colors like purple/red/dark blue
but that's just me- but make sure you can find colors before you go with just a lil' bit of refrence you have-

good luck ^.^


11-27-2002, 12:59 PM
Hi ^_^ I'm a big fan of the series, and it has the best outfits I have ever seen. The hardest thing is no color...but I think you can probably guess the color just from the character's manner. She's very cute and lively so her colors probably reflect that. I'd love to hear what you end up deciding because I am going to do Caroline's outfit too.

11-27-2002, 02:17 PM
Eeh! Miwako's so adorable! ^_^ *likes Arashi and Isabella*Heheh, I can't wait to see the costume! I was actually interested in doing Arashi =P I know a cheap way to make the safety pins stick into my skin without piercing myself.

11-27-2002, 02:58 PM
I like both Peach Girl and Paradise Kiss!!! I can't wait to see your versions of it!!!
I also agree with what was said above, just try to find colors that you think agrees with the character and is fun!! Miwako, I thinks she would wears fun colors, and bright!


Something Lulu
11-27-2002, 08:58 PM
Shippo you should so be Arashi! lol He's funny.

For colors I was kind of thinking of really intense greens and purples for the outfit on the right, with some bright yellow thrown in. The one on the left (the first outfit Miwako appears in) makes me think white, yellow, and pink, all pastels because it's all fluffy and light. Maybe also some purple in there.

Pink Bunnie
11-27-2002, 09:35 PM
In the first one its very light so lighter colors would prolly be best but still use happy bright ones cuz of all the color pics I've seen her in she has bright colors on. She does have the happy berry pin on in the enlarged pic so you can also base the colors off the happy berry logo colors.

As for the second the black is very black so I'd use either black or another dark color. The jacket has a grey tone to it so I'd use a medium toned color. She also seems down in the second pic so darker not so happie colors I think would fit betters.

In general as for the colors on either just go to the fabric store with a pic and wander around finding fabrics and matching them up. Paradise Kiss is all about fashion design so I don't think you should limit yourself at all. Don't worrie bout prints matchin up either cuz ya know the artist is just using screen tones.

Have fun with your fabrics selections and be sure to post the end product I adorez Paradise Kiss :3

Something Lulu
11-27-2002, 10:01 PM
Thanks for the advice. :) Do you happen to have any pics of the Happy Berry logo in color? (Or any pics of Miwako in color? lol)

11-28-2002, 11:53 AM
i'll try and find some! *zooms off*

11-28-2002, 01:21 PM

Erm.. one pic! Yay..It's so hard to find color pics >.<

Something Lulu
11-28-2002, 03:20 PM
Thank you! Yeah, it's really difficult. lol Looks like I'm not the only one who pictured Miwako in yellow. ;)