Hi! I'm Cori aka LadyCels (or Cels/Dragonladycels). I'm a costumer/designer/makeup artist from Connecticut. I specialize in Historical Costumes, Moulage Makeup, and Cosplay. I love to make stuff, and I love to teach people to make stuff :3
12 simple rules to have fun doing cosplay without hurting anybody (especially yourself) by secondlina
Over the con season, I spoke to SO many cosplayers. It made me want to draw this. So that the new generation of cosplayers have a little guide. This is not just how to make a costume. This is also about how to keep yourself feeling good at a con, how to interact with other con goers and how to interact with webcomic artist and merch folks.
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Thanks Isa! This is super!
My own input, mostly regarding rules 4 & 7, sometimes carrying stuff (even a totebag) or leaving a hand “normal” isn’t a reasonable option in some costumes. For these costumes, have a place where you can go back, dress down, and store your gear after a few hours on the con floor. Do not try to handle people or merchandise while wearing body paint or appendages that can potentially do damage. If you can’t carry stuff or need help getting around, make sure you’ve arranged in advance for a friend (or a sequence of friends) to act as your handler while wearing the costume.
#8 addendum. Don’t block hallways or walkways (even if you don’t think it’s a particularly important area). If someone can’t follow you out of a traffic zone for a photo, don’t stop for them. It’s too easy to end up with a crowd of photogs once one starts.
Just working on a few accessories for Femshep. Got my visor done and rigged up the LED for the acrylic piece. Still have to wait for the actual battery pack rather than my test board, but definitely happy with the look!
With all the armor wrapped up, I finished the top coat and all the small details on the M8 Avenger. Minus adding some reinforcement to the grip, it came out really nicely! The prop is made from four layers of 10mm EVA foam, with the small details being made out of 2mm craft foam. The bolts are paper fasteners. The scope and the lower muzzle are small pvc fittings while the long barrel and the top muzzle are craft foam.
First Initial test of the attachment system (on the dress form). Whew! It’s been a crazy two weeks, but this build is almost done! Now to just wait for my wig to come in the mail and to finish the Lycra undersuit!