12, 14, and 15?
12. Have you won any cosplay awards? If so, what for/where?
um okay I’ve actually won
a few ….
Silent Hill cast dancing to Gorillaz 19/2000 - Best in Show, Anime USA 2006 (look, don’t ask me but it was pretty hilarious) (I’m one of the nurses)
Silent Hill Nurses dancing to Ramalamabangbang - Best in Master Class, Anime Boston 2007 (I’m the nurse on the wrong side halfway through)
Sora and Giselle singing ‘How Does She Know?’ - Best in Master Class, Otakon 2008 (I’m Sora)
Final Fantasy cast performing ‘How Does She Know?’ - Best Master Class, Anime USA 2008 (I’m Zidane)
Color Guard Revolutionary Girl Utena skit - Best in Show, AnimeNEXT 2009 (saber and flag-spinning YEAAAAH but I’m the stupid yellow dress Utena lol)
Best of Friday Hall Cosplay contest (Master Class) - AnimeNEXT 2009 - flamekimono!Syaoran (but it was really our Sakura that won us this award, I mean - LOOK AT IT)
AND THEN I STOPPED COMPETING ENTIRELY so whee XD;;;;;
14. Your most favorite cosplay picture you’ve ever had taken is …?
I’ve answered with other pictures before (spoiler: I was the person who wrote this meme), but I think this is my favorite photo I’ve had taken this year. It’s sharp, shows off the costume very well, in particular the embroidery, wig, headphones, and the depth of the costume - and also shows me in a flattering light (my hands are not this pretty). Just a seriously lovely shot by kdoranphoto.
15. Pick one of your friends and tell us your favorite cosplay of theirs and why.
I COULDN’T PICK JUST ONE ANON
IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE~~~!
I really love knightarcana’s Miles Edgeworth cosplay. Everything she makes is pretty much flawless, but I saw how much effort she put into this costume and how much it paid off. I mean, wow, look at it.
vintage-aerith’s Dolorosa is incredibly popular and for good reason. This is another cosplay that I saw come together and how beautifully all the hard work paid off.
and honestly, my favorite skwinky cosplay is her Jake! Which she did for some silly askblog shenanigans over a year ago but I can’t find the gif she made that I just fell in love with, omfg.
BUT HER JADE IS ALSO GREAT SO HAVE A PIC
THIS TOOK TOO LONG wargh
What's kept you going these past few years with cosplaying? What brought you back from your 'haitus'? And out of the friends that you've made out of cosplaying, do you have any close ones that you can talk to about anything, not just cosplay/fandom stuff?
The answer to the first two questions is pretty closely related, actually. When I first started cosplaying it was because I’d made friends that cosplayed and I wanted to get in on the action. I cosplayed out of love for characters and series and as an opportunity to express my love for those characters and series.
But as time went on, I grew more and more competitive about cosplay. I still made costumes because I loved the characters I was dressing up as, but I also wanted to be the best cosplay of that character. I started entering skit competitions and costume contests. And as I’ve said before, there’s nothing wrong with being competitive, but eventually it became so much more important to me to cosplay well - and cosplay with good cosplayers - that I overextended my budget, my time, and my fun. I burnt out, I went broke, nearly ruined some good friendships of mine, and took a break for nearly a year.
This was in 2009. In 2010, I came back to cosplay, and my motivation was pretty wildly different! I cosplay to hang out with friends more than anything else these days - a lot of my friends are cosplayers who are spread out enough I don’t see them much outside of conventions, so cosplaying with them is a good excuse to spend time together. XD; and of course, I still cosplay out of love for a character! Also, I cosplay out of love for the craft - I don’t like sewing much, but the satisfaction I get out of donning an outfit I put together myself erases any frustrations pretty much entirely.
I’m a bit of a weird one and many, if not most, of my closest friends are people I met originally out of cosplay. People I can talk to about anything? Here’s a picture of small sample of them:
FRANDSHIP IS MAGIC
(and let’s not forget my beautiful moirail simplesignifier either! =DD )
knightarcana said: THE FOURTH CASE OF THE FIRST GAME IS LIKE. THE GAYEST. Good.
“i became a lawyer because i wanted to talk you”
best plot point of any game, all games
(tbh ive always been of the opinion that its hard to ship those two because lets be honest is it even a thing to ship. they are very into each other and theres barely a point in discussing it)
bittesehr replied to your photo: First bit of free time in two weeks = time to make…
whispers what if now hear me out what if i make a waver male yukata jw
AHHHHHH DO IT DO IT DO IT
Okay can I just get an entire group of Fate/Zero copslayers, do the normal outfits, and then put everyone in traditional garb? Thank.
knightarcana replied to your photo: First bit of free time in two weeks = time to make…
*squeaks…!* Watashi no hime-sama~
<333 IT’S ABOUT A WEEK LATER THAN WHEN IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE *sob* But hopefully we can figure out a weekend where we can get together and do a shoot~~ ;w;
Mean like cascade ruffles? If you cut the fabric in a spiral and then sew the inside curve to the edge if the garment that should give it the look you want! Sorry if that’s not very helpful. @~@;;
Oh, maybe! I’m actually not really sure of the word for it - I basically need a regular ruffle that hangs downward normally but is attached on a vertical or sloping line, like here. (this picture doesn’t even make any sense since they look like a bunch of ruffles on top of each other anyway, but the cosplay shots I’ve seen of it sewn that way look a little silly imo) I tried circle ruffles but because the piece is so thin it’s not really ruffling at all, and a straight up gather is ruffling so much it’s sticking out stiff instead of falling downward. I haven’t tried spiral yet though - I’ll give that a shot! :)
BLOOBLOOHOO POOR YOU
FUCK YOU ILAAAAAA