I'm Joshua. Just made my account because I was browsing this thread as a guest to look for a method to do my first cosplay.
Technically, my first cosplay was as Scott Pilgrim about one year ago, but anybody who knows the character knows it's extremely simple.
Since my previous / first cosplay was devastatingly simple, I wanted to go all-out this time and do something fun and creative. So my goal is to go to New York Comic-Con this year (Oct. 10-13) as Marshtomp.
If you guys don't know the character, here are links to some art of it:
I read through a lot of the tutorials provided in the original post, however, I'm not sure exactly what method would be best for this costume. I'd like the costume to have structure to it.
This is a costume somebody made of Mudkip, the pre-evolved form of Marshtomp.
This is also the best Mudkip costume I've seen. However, I don't exactly like the way it looks.
You can tell it's all sown. There's visibly empty space in the costume. I realize this could be fixed by making the costume's sizes to fit ones' body, but I don't want the costume to lose that cartoony-look.
I'd like it to appear more solid and structured, like a fursuit does:
The whole mascot/fursuit type look appeals more to me, and generally looks better. However, I have a few issues.
Marshtomp as a character does not have fur, so I'm not sure if I should still develop it and put fur on it (the fur looks nice, regardless of whether or not he actually has it). Also, I'm just generally unsure of what method I should go about for the head and the forearms / shins (those would be sculpted for the cartoon-y feel, much like a fursuit's paws and feet), and the fins on the rear end / lower back. My original idea was to work with liquid latex, but since liquid latex ends up with a rubber-like consistency, I doubt it would hold up solid for the fins and head as a whole.
I'm also confused as to how to complete the costume after all the parts - head, paws, feet, etc. - are formed. Is the rest just a bodysuit with material on it? How do I get it to look like a completed fursuit or mascot costume? Perhaps I'm asking to many questions.
How should I go about all of this?
If anybody needs to ask questions to understand my dilemma, go ahead. I'm just generally looking for a few arrows in the right directions to make this come out as nearest to my vision for it as possible.
Thanks in advance!