10 Easy Cosplay Ideas For Beginners

10 Easy Cosplay Ideas For Beginners When you first begin your journey into the world of Cosplay it can be pretty daunting. Especially when you see how much time, effort and expensive the costumes can be. I remember my first convention and freaking out that I wouldn’t have anything to Cosplay in, luckily for me […]

5 Essentials For Shooting Your Own Cosplay Photos

There are many reasons why you might want to shoot your own cosplay photos. Photographers can be expensive and although they are worth what they charge not everyone has that kind of money (especially when you’ve spent it all on your cosplay) you might have anxiety and struggle to request friends for help as it […]

My First Cosplay: Ezio, Assassins Creed – Onyx Assassin

  I wasn’t always interested in cosplay, comics, anime or any kind of geek stuff except video games until I went to college and joined a little group of crazy, cheerful, lovely and geeky people. Thanks to them I discovered this world I now love so much about comics, anime and cosplay. Fortunately, some of […]

How To Prepare For a Cosplay Photoshoot

 Cosplay Photoshoot Tips for Beginners Hey, Carmello Cosplay here, I have been asked A LOT by people, How do you prepare for a cosplay photoshoot. I have worked with many photographers and have picked up an INSANE amount of cosplay photoshoot tips to pass on to people who may have a shoot in the future. […]

Prop Tutorial: Tifa Final Fantasy 7’s Elbow Pad!

Cosplay Prop Tutorial: Tifa Final Fantasy 7’s Elbow Pad! This is how I made my Tifa Armour! I had a few people asking for this when I made Tifa so I’m happy to show you what I did! Things I used: 10mm foam/ floor mats – 5mm is more than enough though! 2mm for detailing! […]

Shopping the Look: A brief guide to buying your cosplay

Cosplay Shopping: A brief guide to buying your cosplay

As far as cosplay how-tos go there always is a focus on crafting when cosplay shopping or buying your cosplay fully or in part is just as legitimate a choice. After all, the combination of costume and play into cosplay means just that you get into your outfit and pretend to be your character of choice. There is no inherent obligation to create anything.

Like sewing and crafting, of course, buying your cosplays comes with its own challenges. As the hobby’s popularity keeps growing, so does the number of businesses offering ready-made or commissioned cosplays. Beyond pricing, prospective buyers will have to compare processing times, materials and reviews to name just a few.

For those looking to purchase all or part of their cosplays here are a few tips to help you navigate the jungle of offers and find the outfit that fits both you and your budget.

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Types of Worbla and what to use them for! 

Types of Worbla and what to use them for! 

So if you’ve been in the cosplay community for any length of time, chances are you heard of Worbla!
For those of you a little out of the loop let me give you a quick rundown. Worbla is a thermoplastic material that in most of its forms looks like a a thick piece of cardstock. When heated it can be used to form around other materials or be completely shaped on its own. In the last 5 years worbla has taken the cosplay world by storm and has become the go to material for many top and beginner cosplayers alike.  So time to get on to the types of Worbla available to us cosplayers today: 

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Turning up the heat in Cosplay-Team Emerald Cosplay

Turning up the heat in Cosplay-Team Emerald Cosplay

Ever wonder what makes a great cosplay really great? Wonder what made a judge pick Entrant A over Entrant B? Or, why one person can look like a cosplayer in a great outfit and the other can look like the character come to life? The devil is in the details my friends, and over the coming weeks we are going to have a conversation about just that.

Over the series of articles I will be doing here for the Guild of Nerds, I will talking about finishing cosplays and what you can do to make them more convincing and to stand out. Everyone has seen a hundred tutorials on how to straight stitch, how to sandwich Worbla, and how to pattern and glue foam, but many cosplayers (even some bigger names) still miss out on some of the subtle stages of finishing a piece that change your sword from painted wood to convincing metal, or painted foam to a subtle carbon fibre. I am going to chat to you about the techniques that can be used to go from A to an A+, and at the end of the series we will have a chat about competitions and how the stuff you have read can be used to your advantage to win the judges over. Of course if you don’t enter competitions this information can still be of use and interest to you; we all want to look our best, so stay tuned, and read on. The techniques and ideas we cover will begin simple enough and move up from there.

Photo by Caroline Walsh  and Cosplayer is Jay from Team Emerald Cosplay

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Reasons not to cosplay – Felandaris Cosplay

Reasons not to Cosplay- Felandaris Cosplay

Confession: I’m about a decade late to the nerdy dress-up (cosplay). I was aware of it, quietly followed its growing popularity, politely complimented cosplayers at cons and online. All while ignoring my own growing wish to partake, to be pulled over by photographers and have my picture up on Facebook pages.(Felandaris is most known for her Morrigan cosplay from Dragon age.)

I had good reasons to avoid cosplaying: I was too plain, too unskilled, too pregnant, then too old. Eventually, something about the Dragon Age games seduced me into trying my hand at wearing a purchased Inquisitor cosplay. You know, participating a little while staying in my old, untalented plain-lane. After that first taste, though, that pesky bug wouldn’t give it a rest.

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