View Full Version : Creative straying
03-09-2003, 09:17 PM
It is my observation that a lot of cosplayers are trying to look EXACTLY like their character. but Am I the only one who likes to stray creatively? I mean, Not looking EXACTLY like them, changing a few details (such as color, or shape) but still having the genteral "LOOK". That's one thing I like about FF3 characters (FF6 in japan). They don't really have specific details, alot is left to the individuals interpretation. It leaves much more room for creativity and individuality.:juggler:
03-09-2003, 09:41 PM
I think putting your own personal spin on a costume is cool. That's why I was happy about cosplaying in an Ah! My Goddess group - the characters' costumes look different from picture to picture, so we could just combine them all to how we liked it. But I agree, it's nice to sometimes elaborate on the original design of a costume to suit your own tastes.
03-09-2003, 10:01 PM
Some of the best costumes I've ever seen have been "creatively altered." I mean, take a look at Yaya's (angelic_star) costumes. :love:
03-10-2003, 12:10 AM
I was wondering about that myself. I have a mint cosplay (animal magnestism) but it's so.. simple. I found some fake eyelashes that match the wig perfectly and I was thinking about adding them to the costume, amoung other things, but I wasn't sure if it would be better to stick with the original or what.
03-10-2003, 12:13 AM
In my case I have to alter costumes (mostly big creatures) so that they actually work for a human being so that means cutting out some stuff and adding stuff. But I say yes to creativity in any costume so go for it! Different costumes are always more interesting anyway!
I am all for creative style.. but if I were to make a costume, of lets say Yuna.. I would want it to be a Yuna costume, not a Yuna costume with a pink obi and blue sleeves because I have creative style. I think people's impressions would be "wtf yuna has pink sleeves and a yellow obi!!!!" instead of "Woah, nice costume, I love your creative style~" ^^;
Of course, there are some costumes that are different colors in every picture you see.. Like Lulu for example. Ugh, there are so many different colours of her fur from dark brown, to tan, to grey.. that gives you room for some of your own creativeness.. ^^;
03-10-2003, 02:19 AM
Well, yea i didn't mean THAT much change in color LOL.
But more like a reduction in color. I'm doing edea and I've seen some do her with bright yellows and purples. I personally want my edea with less color.
03-10-2003, 07:49 AM
Hm. I guess I'm not that far advanced... Well, since for me the fun of it is trying to impersonate the character, I just want to duplicate the look. But maybe if I'd been cosplaying as much or as long as some of you, that would change.
...I like to see cosplayers, though, that look so much like their character that you turn around and for a moment you are stunned because you can't believe you are seeing that character come to life, exactly as they would look IRL...
03-10-2003, 08:57 AM
> ...I like to see cosplayers, though, that look so much like their character that you turn around and for a moment you are stunned because you can't believe you are seeing that character come to life, exactly as they would look IRL...
That is exactly my goal when I cosplay (hey, I /try/). I want every single detail to be the same, even details that would not show on pictures, or even in person, because it's on a layer that is hidden... because I know it's perfect, and it makes me happy.
(Ex: for my Schuldig costume, the shirt under the vest, of which you barely see the collar, is tailored exactly like his.)
I'm a horrible perfectionist at heart, though, which might explain this opinion. ^__^
I have been known to add a few details to parts of a costume that are never seen (like in manga cosplay, when it's rare to see all angles of an outfit and you have to improvise), but otherwise I avoid modifications. Especially if they have an impact on the overall look of the costume.
03-10-2003, 09:38 AM
Originally posted by Rosiel
I have been known to add a few details to parts of a costume that are never seen (like in manga cosplay, when it's rare to see all angles of an outfit and you have to improvise), but otherwise I avoid modifications. Especially if they have an impact on the overall look of the costume. [/B] I feel as long as it is in keeping with the character and the artist's vision, a bit of creative license can be enjoyable. ^_^
03-10-2003, 10:12 AM
*That* is exactly why I like my Terra costume. I was able to go wild! I could make my own jewelry, my own dress design, etc. That's one of the reasons I want to do more costumes from the game in the future (besides being in love with it, but that's beside the point :P). I know this is the reason a lot of people do Chii costumes as well.
Because. . .I don't like taking too many liberties with most other anime and game costumes. If you take TOO many liberties with a costume, people are just going to stare at you with a WTF? look on their faces.
03-10-2003, 10:18 AM
It's all very well, but given my choice of uncommon characters...I fear that any ounce of deviation from the costume would probably make it even more obscure than it would be....however, in anything open to interpretation in character images, I feel you can vary your craft..such as the feathery hem on the top of Morrigan's costume, I've seen many use feather boa but others could just as easily use a frilled fabric and then with LeiLei and ChunLi, I've seen many use subtly patterned silks and satins to make the dress with good effect!
Of course with LeiLei, only a perfect costume will do for me ^_^ (which means someone that can pull off cute while wearing blue makeup...hmmm...)
03-10-2003, 10:33 AM
> I fear that any ounce of deviation from the costume would probably make it even more obscure than it would be...
*laughs* I would tend to think that with uncommon characters you'd have more freedom, since no one will know what you are anyway.
03-10-2003, 02:40 PM
I think taking creative liberties with costumes is great. For my Yasha costume, I added more layers of fabric and stuff, because.. er.. I felt like it. oO;
Leilei = awsome. ^___^ I wore my friend's sister's LinLin costume breifly at Ani-magic last year, and now want to make my own in-game-version LinLin... I'll just have to find LeiLei's to follow around, lol. ^^;
03-12-2003, 06:05 PM
O.O Come, Soshikins, we must talk XD *drags her off to discuss LeiLei/LinLin, cause she never knew Soshi wanted to be LinLin!!*
:3 *happy* Hehehee