Cosplay enthusiasts are easily becoming some of the most industrious artists practicing today. Most are employing advanced tailoring and special FX techniques to accomplish their creations.
It used to be that for a convention or cosplay party or LARP one would simply make an effort to go as their favorite character made out of old garbage bags…cardboard and bristol board with hot glue and a ton of paint. Well not anymore. You can’t walk ten feet in any convention without seeing a movie quality hand made creation out of leather, metal, vacuum formed plastic, hand casted prosthetic and world class airbrush jobs. Prime examples of this trend can be found within the ranks of groups like the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion Star Wars reenactment crews. Up front and present at all conventions i can personally attest to the fact hat they spend thousands on their costumes and they are very…VERY…picky on the details. Since their appearance in the convention circuit more and more groups have been popping up all over the world daring other cosplayers to try their hand at bigger and badder builds. Its no longer about just going as your favorite characters. It is now all about building the impossible. I have personally fallen victim to this trend as I take it as a personal dare to construct things with the most insane amount of detail just for the gratification of the reactions it brings at cons. A perfect example of this would be Judge Master Gabranthe. Now I don’t play Final Fantasy. Can’t stand it. But when I saw that armour I knew that I had to be the one to build it. 3 months later I unveilled Judge Master Gabranthe on stage at G-Anime in 2010. We also unveiled Scorpion, Frost and Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat, Father Abel Nightroad from Trinity Blood, Taki from Soul Calibur and Tifa from Final Fantasy. Since then it has been a consistent challenge to out do ourselves and when we look around at cons we are no longer towering over the crowd. Our work is still incredible but the crowd is catching up. People are learning how to do things for themselves. It may not be the same caliber of work but damn it if it doesn’t look amazing.
The days of pipe cleaners and glue are long gone guys. Hand tailored costumes and high end paint jobs and more and more expensive and durable materials are now the norm. Better keep up. ;)
So how ’bout it guys. Lets see your best costumes, your best work! Steam punk…comic..anime…abstract…whatever. Gimme your best shot!