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Journal Entry: Thu Apr 3, 2014, 9:07 AM


A bit of a rant, but it seems like something that needs attention, especially as cosplay conventions are starting up, and more people are becoming active in this wonderful hobby.

Something that pissed me off from the beginning of starting this hobby, was the mentality that only certain people with ideal body types and high level of quality in workmanship deserves appraisal for their efforts. This has effectively intimidated most beginners, and hurtful comments have scarred even potentially talented artist to retire. Most of these comments are from people who haven't even attempted to stitch a straight line, and all the hard work (yes WORK), stress and time involved into making even the simplest of designs can feel like a pretty big achievement, even if the end result is less than perfect. Have we forgotten that we were all beginners at one point? The amount of different skills needed for this hobby is incredible, every costume, every prop, you have to think of mechanics, movement issues, material selection, ratios and techniques, it's basically unlimited in your choices, just like art should be.

So why is everyone so critical for something meant to be inspiring and a fun pastime? I've always supported the fact of helping beginners, and those with no skill, no money, and trying something new. I had to learn from trial and error on every single cosplay I've ever done, and yes even my newest ones like Hero's Shade or Valefor. I wanted to prove that even poor people, who can't afford expensive materials, and have access to numerous tools and supplies, can make something of quality that can impress. It takes time, a LOT of time, and dedication, patience, and a innocent thought of how cool it would be to try to make this, and even just for a day, be a character we really love.

There are several levels in competition (masquerades), that help beginners move up ranks to where they finally feel comfortable with whatever techniques they've gained proficiency in. Most people don't even compete! This also does not mean a Master level costumer is a master at everything, I still can't sew straight to save my life. So, if a Master has problems with some basic techniques, how do you think beginners, or even intermediate cosplayers feel when they get rude comments? How the hell does that support or help anyone improve if we just ground them to the dirt, and stunt their potential to get better? I've also seen heavier set women/men make excellent cosplays, I've seen amazing crossplay too, that fit them better than most skimpy girls wearing nothing but tattered bikinis. My respect goes to skill, not body types. Last I remember this was a --costume-- hobby, am I mistaken? You want a slutty nurse? Wait until Halloween.

Constructive criticism is one thing, but be mindful of who you are bashing, because unless you've put in those grueling sleepless hours, and understand first hand what goes into the smallest detail, there should be no reason why these issues should ever exist. You want to see better cosplays? Cheer them on, let them get better, and maybe one day, they'll even impress you.

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dragonricca Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not dead, I have just been away from DA ^^;
I had almost no internet this summer so I kinda stayed away from the computer and I havn't drawn anything.. (or answered any posts at all..:XD:) Hopefully I'll start to be normal and do all these normal stuff hehe
I hope everything is good for you :)
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xHylianKnightx Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I'm glad to hear back from you, and that everything is fine. :) I hope even without internet, you enjoyed your Summer while it lasted! (I've also been neglectful of my DA, working on cosplays, so less drawing has occurred here too...)
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Safira-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thx 4 the Llama.
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IzzahEleinaSai Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Give ♥ This♥ To ♥ The ♥ Twelve ♥ Nicest ♥ People ♥ You ♥ Know ♥ If ♥ You ♥ Get ♥ Five ♥ Back ♥ You ♥ Must ♥ Be ♥ Perfect ♥
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Riku-Link Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please make a full tutorial for the master sword and the hylian shield,pleeease <3
(I mean, with the sizes, etc.)
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xHylianKnightx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
I tried to describe the process as best I could throughout my WIP images. They were done within a very short time, so I couldn't take as many photos as I was hoping. Everything was done through trial and error, and fixed throughout construction. The ratios are to my body height & size, so there's no set pattern. I'm terribly sorry... :(

I do plan to make a new set of weapons in the future, so I'll try to document it better! (Hopefully for the new Zelda coming out)
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LinkIRL17 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Random question for you. How on earth did you make that collar on your awesome OoT Link Tunic? I'm working on mine right now, and I have no idea how to even attack this thing. -Rob
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xHylianKnightx Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014
It took me a moment to find the image, but you're right. I don't explain it very well! I'm also sorry for replying so slowly. D:

I cut out a basic pattern of the shape with thick interfacing (this helps keep it shape better), you can find that stuff at fabric stores, usually behind the cutting tables, so just ask one of the workers to help you out. Afterwards, I cut 2 larger pieces of actual green fabric in the same shape (taking into account seam allowance, so half an inch all around the edging, so I could fold/sew it in), and stitched the underside, so it was secure to the interfacing. I used strong adhesive fabric glue to tuck the top layer snug underneath, and trimmed as necessary.

It's not a perfect job, but it gives the right look, and you can get it pretty clean. I know there's some proper sewing method for collars.. I just suck at sewing, so I treat it like a prop, haha.
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chanellenumber5 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You my dear - are the awesome Hero's shade coser I met at anime north last year afer the masquerade. I met you a second time at the Zelda symphony as Link with Groose and team haha. I am really impressed with your work from cardboard! I've been trying to avoid worbla because it is extremely costly - though my friends shell out hundreds for it. Do you live in the GTA? I wish I saw you around at cons more often D:
- chanelle
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xHylianKnightx Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
Hey! That was definitely me, haha. I actually really like your Ravio cosplay, it looks great~ :)

I have the same issue with expensive materials, I try to stay away from them at all cost, and tried to learn how to use cheap/free cardboard instead. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend many conventions this year because of life woes, but I'm hoping to make AN again next year (and hopefully help host the Zelda shoot again). I live in the Niagara region, so it's not too far away from Toronto.

I might not get out much, but I'm always happy sharing cosplay ideas, and construction projects! :) Plus, having another Zelda fan to talk too is always a bonus, haha.
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