There is injustice in the fact that you are not getting any love for this work, this is amazing- do you mind if I feature you in a journal? It won't be right away but I would love to do so- it's just amazing the work you do. ><!
I don't either...I get worried people might think i'm an attention whore... I actually just really enjoy making my costumes, and enjoy being in the scene because... well it's easier to stay young that way in my opinion. Although sitting back and watching what your friends can do is twice as rewarding in a way.
I heard understanding how to "play" keeps you young too- so that's another bonus!
Yeah, I feel the same way. I want to promote my work without promoting myself, which is pretty impossible. I want my costumes to be recognized for being well-constructed or beautiful; the spotlight only being on my work. I could care less if I was personally "cosplay-famous". I don't think many people share that mentality but I'm not looking for attention.
And yes, this hobby definitely keeps us young! We are all creative and free spirits when you think about it. It's just innocent fun.
I just like the positivity in the community. There's a lot of people here just to have fun, of course there are some people who are mentally untoward, but I can spot that more easily now a days and just look for stable individuality.
Because you are the model of the costumes and receive scrutiny it's likely that you will receive more negative attention from promotion rather than positive, just because of who you are is right up front and easy to put down. You could harass anyone easily over the net- I just got a slew of hate notes probably from being up on a site or something. It happens.
Overall, I think this is a positive community as well. I like seeing everyone's interpretation of a given character and the ingenuity that was used to bring it to life. We're all a bunch of artists doing the same thing because we love it. Why would someone want to pull down a person who just wants to have fun? It's dress-up after all! lol.
And having said that, I'm sorry to hear that someone had to share their jealous comments with you. :/ I know that there are places on the internet where people like to go to spew their negativity but they do so because it's easy. And do you think these individuals could do the same work as you? I had a guy once say that my Fran costume "lacked detail". I worked on it for 9 months studying every inch of her outfit and replicating it to the best of my ability. I realized that the person making the comment could never achieve the same result and felt better casting judgment on my work. It would be better if people would not say anything at all rather than making a rude comment. You know your work is awesome, and that's all that matters.
My philosophy, when viewing costumes better than my own, was to try to emulate the quality or craftsmanship that the other person was able to achieve. Rather than becoming frustrated or resort to petty comments, I made the decision to just try harder next time. It makes you a better person all the way around.
I have been getting some crit that I'm uncertain of from individuals who have completed or are trying to complete the same costumes, and seem to want to bring me down. I ask for crit so that I can receive tips on things I have forgotten, such as with Flynn I only used one layer of craft foam, and a wonderful woman bless her soul looked at me at a con and said gently: "I know this may be rude of me, but I just want to help you because you've done such a good job and it looks like you're having trouble because you only used one layer." And I looked at her and was like "Oh my gosh!!! I COULD HAVE USED TWO LAYERS?!" and she just laughed at me. She was worried because she was a stranger I was going to be angry at her, but it was quite the opposite, ever since then I've been asking for crit so that if someone who is more skilled than me notices I did something that they can helpfully correct me on - I'm all ears.
That and it's good for noticing problem areas- like part of my costume breaking I had not noticed, or a piece I had forgotten to cut out. It happens.
I really like your Fran too btw! It's gorgeous- I live with a Balthier and a Basch and I adore the work they did on their outfits. I also agree with you- we all enjoy what we are doing, and to pull each other down when we get recognition for our work- well it's just sad. What is worse is most people like yourself in my opinion don't get proper recognition, but if you did, there would be someone to stand up and attempt to hate on you- just because they weren't.
I just think you deserve it because your work is far above my level, yet I have more views than you- I guess it's because I do more work in general but regardless I think I will advertise you - even if you're away so much it's still more fun to receive proper praise for your work <3
You know what that woman did? She gave you /constructive criticism/. There is a huge difference between criticizing work and gently pointing out ways that would help the person to become better at sewing or crafting. She gave you a useful tip! Not all people would have taken it as nicely as you either so she must have found you to be approachable.
Honestly, I have never asked for critiques of my work but I think that's because I am my hardest judge, lol. We all forget details or didn't take something into consideration only to realize it when it's too late. I guess I've always been afraid that if I give anyone the opportunity, people would verbally rip apart my construction or proportions for whatever reason. I admire that you welcome others to give you advice and you take it in stride fairly well.
I quietly make my stuff in my corner of the internet. I don't make a lot of costumes and I think those who are well-known in the hobby become so for consistently turning out great costumes every couple of months. My stuff is well constructed but I work a lot slower than others. I'm glad that you really like it, though. It's important that we be proud of what we make.
Hey there i've got a question regarding the golden details on the end of the skirt. How did you tackle that part ? Did you use craft foam and then just glued it on the fabric ? And how did you make the waist armor ? thx a lot
Yeah, the skirt is just layers of craft foam hot glued onto the fabric. Not a fancy solution but it stays on very well.
The waist armor is made of craft foam, cardboard, wire, model magic, and acrylic half-balls. The base of the whole thing is just one big piece of craft foam. Some areas are just flat pieces of foam and where others are bulked up with some cardboard underneath. (like near the bottom of the waist armor) I cut the foam a little larger so I could bend it around the edges to give it a cleaner appearance. The gold pieces around the edges on the top were craft foam wrapped around wire. After I had a long tube of it, I would bend it to shape and glue it down. Sometimes I had to cut triangles into the tubes so it would bend at a harsh angle. Any place that had rough seams was filled in with a slurry of water and model magic.
The big disk in the center was cut from a giant plastic christmas bulb. Benedron has a lot of details that look like little half-balls too. USPlastics.com carries acrylic ones: [link]
The waist armor and skirts all float on my hips without anything holding them there. I know it sounds funny but I'm just so pear-shaped that I tailored them to go over my head and sit a specific position without velcro, snaps, or zippers. ^^*
Before I came to this solution, I was considering using a harness system to clip everything to. I got this idea from another Warcraft cosplayer ("Kamui" or "ghostship" here on DA). Some links to how she did it:
The costume she used it on: [link] The basic harness system: [link] Using belts, velcro, and D rings with it: [link]
Thank you~! And yeah, this costume took nine months to make and sucked up my entire summer. It was hard to decide on what tier and class I wanted to do as well. Sister Benedron won because I already liked the Tier 5 set and there was a figure of her for reference. Otherwise, I was planning on Tier 8 druid.