Work in Progress wall & suspension lamp by Karman and Matteo Ugolini
The Italian design lighting producer Karman and the Designer Matteo Ugolini have teamed up again for a very interesting new interpretation of the shapes of a classic construction site lamp. The housing, of the Work in Progress called lamp, is made of white cast ceramics and is available as a wall lamp, or to be suspended a pendant from the ceiling.
Generally, you want to identify which parts of the character’s original design are most important, and you want to find ways to incorporate those things. Colors, important design details (such as Sylveon’s bows), and the overall feel of the character should carry over into the new design. It may help to identify if there is already anything on the character that is already clothing like and transform that into actual clothes. Does the design have something long and trailing you can turn into a skirt or train? Is there colored banding on the arms that can turn into cuffs? etc. If you are going with a specific theme (”steampunk Charizard” or “Playboy bunny Lumiere and Cogsworth,” etc.), then you’ll need to figure out ways to balance the elements of the original concept (steampunk or Playboy in this case) with the character, which involves additional research into your concept.
I hope that helps! The three design guides linked above have a lot more detailed information that can help you out. :]
Hello Fabrickind! This is a very different kind of question I think. I really love cosplaying, but I can't do it right now for several reasons. There are a lot of costumes I adore and I always wonder if there's some way to do "casual" cosplays, looks inspired by characters that can be incorporated into a casual everyday look but don't scream Cosplay? I know this is a very general and vague question, but I hope you answer it nonetheless!
This is actually a great question. There’s all sorts of ways to incorporate fandom into casual looks without having it be an actual “cosplay.”
The first suggestion would obviously be to choose canon outfits that can work as “normal” clothes. Of course, a lot of fictional characters tend to have outlandish outfits, and maybe don’t have a casual look you can choose that would pass as normal clothes, so this may not be an option. If there’s a comic or manga series for something or an anime with an artbook or lots of official artwork other than the series itself, it’s more likely to find casual outfits on splash pages in comics, during scenes in between the action, and in artbooks and CD liners and such.
The next suggestion would be to look at fanart. A lot of fanartists draw characters in different outfits than their normal clothes, or will draw characters in an outfit they saw in a magazine or on a runway. These may still be too costumey to wear as normal clothes, or may be too avant garde (especially if based off of high fashion outfits), but are another place to look for inspiration. dig through the tags on Tumblr or a safe for work booru for your fandom (safe for work because even if you don’t mind seeing the not safe for work stuff, it often won’t give you many outfit ideas because characters are either nude or in fetish gear).
If you go with either of the above options, I would advise getting storebought clothing meant to be worn as normal casual wear, unless you often sew your own actual clothing as opposed to costumes). This will temper any sort of costumey look the design may have, since the clothes will seem to be something meant to be lived in. If you aren’t used to designing daily clothing, it can be hard to translate something from cartoony artwork to a wearable daily outfit.
Also, if you can’t wear wigs, don’t. Try to style your hair in a way that suits the outfit or character.
When creating this type of outfit, look at what the character is wearing, and see how you can translate it to real life clothing. What types of items are they wearing? What colors? What accessories would go with this outfit and stay in character? Be creative and have fun with it.
You can see that her canon outfit is ridiculous and would only work in an anime, but the inspired outfit takes details of her outfit and character and translates them into real life. Her military-inspired uniform becomes a smart zippered jacket and slacks, her signature locket is included, and a few accessories that would pair well with the outfit are included (I’d suggest a bowling bag inspired purse instead of her infamous bowling ball for a bit of a fandom in joke touch that can still work as a real fashion item). The clothing still very much says “Juri Arisugawa,” but is something that would work in a setting where you can’t outright cosplay as her.
Here’s another example from the same series. You can see that the color scheme and a few of the design details are kept, but the outfit is clearly inspired by the giant anime ballgown, and with few modifications, could easily pass as a normal outfit out to dinner and drinks or to a party, or with the formality toned down a little, could be worn out and about.