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5 days ago
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As a cosplayer, you suffer a constant temptation. There's a fabric sale, over there's a shoe sale,  here is some sewing stuff, and patterns....the problem is often that you have to decide one way or the other what characters you want to cosplay. But how?

To me, this question is very important. I follow many cosplayers on deviantart, Pinterest, Instagram, plus, I'm at conventions, so I get to see many, many different costumes and characters. I often come across characters I don't even know but I still think "Wowser, could imagine doing it myself".

So my

Rule no. 1: The look

I'm a visual guy and character design is my first criteria and the first thing that draws me to a character. And for now, it doesn't matter whether I know that character or not! I have (had) costumes on my lists where I still have never seen the anime series, let alone still don't know the character's persona. But the character design was appealing, the clothing design interesting and cool and the overall look challenging but reqarding when done correctly. Not all costumes (I mentioned it) meeting this criteria will eventually make it to the top list. There are many characters I like at first sight, but after reviewing them, I decide to drop the plans. For example Envy from Fullmetal Alchemist (I'm still not sure about him). The design is interesting, no doubt, but after some weeks, I (for now) decided to not cosplay him. Same for Masquerade from Bakugan, Ray from Beyblade or Tsuna from "Katekyo Hitman Reborn".

But if it meets criteria 1, then there' still

Rule no. 2: The charakter, orthe show

Yeah, the costume can look cool as hell, but if the character is a jerk, I don't want to cosplay him/her. I'm not saying that this is the only reasons costumes got dropped in this round. Merle from Escaflowne for example has a cute design, but she's kind of a nag. Same for Sailor Mars. Another K.O. criteria is the show itself. The character design and costume for Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill is great and interesting for both crossplay and genderbent, but after only one episode of this show I knew: it's not worth it! I still love seeing pictures of these costumes, but to me it went "in the can" because of the - to me, your opinion will most likely differ - pea-brained and hyped-up show.

Another subcriteria is the character's behaviour or...let's say: gadgets. Celty Sturluson from Durarara got a check mark because she's a motorcycle babe (and I love motorcycles), and D.N.Angel's Dark Mousy is a woeful thief but, come on....WINGS!!!! DAYUUUUUM! I'M IN!

Now, we have two critieria defined. But there is another point which eventually lead to many costumes being dropped that were consistent up to this point.

Rule no. 3: Hello? It's Me!

Because cosplay is more than just wearing a "gorgeous costume" (bought or made). You have to embody the character. Not the proportions, weight or gender. I'm talking about playing the role. Whether I can play it convincingly or not. Whether I feel comfortable playing it or not. And this criteria was the coffin nail to many costumes. Sephiroth for example is a totally cool character with a first class design, but I could never portray him convincingly. And Haseo from .hack//G.U. or Ichika Orimura from Infinite Stratos are showing their belly, which I don't feel comfortable with (at least not with these characters). Okay, you might argue "Then do a different design, dude", but to me, it's not the way I would want to portray them, not my standard. And that's why Envy will eventually be kicked, too.

Of course, you may have other criteria to choose your costume. Currency of the show, recognition, support or pursuation by friends... and each of these criteria are just as valid. I personally have the above mentioned criteria, but sitll, some characters are bypassing it (Mulan would have failed at Rule 3, but my wife Kari decided it would be a funny thing, so why not?).

But yeah, that's basically how I choose a character.


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Sascha Schröder
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Germany
Current Residence: Bielefeld
Favourite genre of music: Symphonic Metal
Favourite photographer: Ulrike Erdmann
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: iPhone 3GS
Shell of choice: bash
Wallpaper of choice: everything angel themed
Favourite cartoon character: Zero Enna (Pilot Candidate)
Personal Quote: "If I wasn't so lazy, I could be good..."
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0pal-heart Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the :+fav:!
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DerZero Featured By Owner 10 hours ago  Hobbyist Artist
You're very welcome :)
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DerZero Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome, cause you're awesome! :D
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dahlo7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  New Deviant  Digital Artist
Thank you for the fav! :iloveit: 
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DerZero Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome, it wil certainly not be the last fave :)
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dahlo7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2017  New Deviant  Digital Artist
I'm flattered i hope do not disappoint you! Thank you so much!! :love: 
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Makicreazion Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
really thanks for the fav!! if you would see other my works, this is my fb pages ^^

creation www.facebook.com/Maki-Creazion…

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DerZero Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
You're very welcome :)
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SugarSongBitterStep Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Hi,Puppy Cinnamon Emoji-01 (Waving) [V1]  Thanks so much for the Fav on A Lonely Sword (Hitokiri Battosai)
I hope that you enjoyed Renegade's Battosai cosplay 
Stay awesome and keep on dancing! 
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