Hey seagulls,So I asked my friends if I could pull off Asami from LoK. They said yeah, but then said "your boobs are too big" and "you're too short".This is coming from the same people who preach about how cosplay should be FUN and it doesn't matter what you look like as long as you have fun doing it. So my question to you seagulls, is how do YOU personally think cosplay should be? I mean, I'm working hard on the cosplay and it's actually turning out really nicely. I wanted to do Korra but I have a really light skin tone, but at the same time, fuck what everyone else thinks because as long as I make the cosplay accurate it shouldn't matter, right? What do you guys think about this subject in general?tl;dr I want to cosplay someone but I have hypocritical friends who preach about how everyone should cosplay who they want to be as long as it's fun but then tell me I don't have the height for who I'm doing.
It depends who you're cosplaying for, to me. If you're cosplaying for yourself or friends, have fun, do whatever. Some people cosplay to be accurate, to show off their skills. In those cases, do whatever you want to be accurate. Someone will always be impressed if you have the skills for it. If you're cosplaying to impress others, or "do the character/show justice", you might want to try sticking to your body type. Your costume will look inaccurate to the character, maybe even silly, if you're a completely different race/weight/bust (height only matters if the character's really tall or short). Some people won't care and will just be glad to find another fan (but consider, in those cases, they probably don't care how accurately you made the costume either) Another reason is, with whatever body you have you could say you have a responsibility to do certain characters that only your body could pull off? But I'm probably the only person that ever thinks that way...
i personally think sticking to your body type is important unless you are just wearing a costume to wear the costume, with no real interest in accuracy or if you're a "good" cosplayer.if you want to have fun, have fun.if you want to be recognized as a good cosplay cosplay things that fit your body type and skill set.
It depends, really.If I really am cosplaying for fun then I would cosplay as Garterbelt without a care in the world. If I were to be cosplaying as part of a competition though, I would stick to cosplaying people that fit me based on looks, such as how tall or skinny I am compared to other people in my groupBut when you're judging the cosplay, how well the cosplay is constructed and how well make up is done should always come first. I don't care if your skin is naturally grey and you have the ability to float, your Marceline cosplay sucks if you're boots are made out of cardboard.
>>6522959Cosplay whatever you want including non anime
I try compromising. Foremost, I think you should be attempting to cosplay accurately. At least try to make your skin tone as close as possible. But also cosplay a character you like. You don't have to sacrifice one or the other. I don't know why no one gets this. You can do both.
adding on to thisHow dare a human tries to cosplay from James and the Giant Peach. She doesn't even have enough legs!
honestly, it's the cosplayer's personal choice and if they let other people's judgement get to them.Personally, I find it's always more rewarding to cosplay for fun and with good friends. If you plan on building your portfolio or become a well known cosplayer, it's best to cosplay with characters with a similar bodytype and physical experience as you. Clean/accurate/neat costume construction and makeup application is a MUST regardless if you fit the character or not.
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As much as I would love to post the "Cosplay What You Want <3", I will have to go in the opposite direction. We all have that moment when a friend says "I'm gonna cospuraaay this." and then in the back of our head we are like, "Gurrrrrrrrrl, you don't look like that character." It happens to everyone, but some people voice it more then others. Going out of your physical accuracy level and making the cosplay look good will all depend on a cosplayer's skill. So more skill will give you a greater range of options in the end. On a personal level, height is not a huge issue. You never hear a con goer saying, "Man, that cosplayer was so fucking tall it made their cosplay better." As long as an outfit is fairly accurate, no one will care how tall you are. Unless it's Jojo, you are shit out of luck then.
>>6523228Mfw I have no face because it exploded from laughing too hardSincerely, the 5' cosplayer who gets shit for any costume where the character's shortness isn't mentioned as constantly as Edward Elric's.
I usually get really critical about cosplayers being a good representation of the character being cosplayed.But, at a certain point, you can't always only cosplay with the exact bodytype/skin color/... because you'll be left with very few options. And yes cosplay began as fun. So sometimes you need to say fuck off to whatever whoever will say, and just do what you really feel like doing.And as some anon said, it's simply about compromises. You can find a certain balance between what you wanna do and what you can do. The key is to at least put effort in it (pull out every trickery -makeup, bodyshaper, binder, weight loss- in the book to look a tad like the actual character and make sure your costume looks great). Because what the cosplay community really hate are slackers.That said, I think height is the least of your physical worries. And I don't know how boobage is wrong for feminine Asami. Also I think I prefer a pale Korra than a "smeared-shit-all-over-mah-face-trying-not-to-look-pale" Korra.
>>6522959sure, you won't look a lot like the character, but if you really love them go for it.
>>6522979Weight, you can control. You can also bind your chest if you need to (but that may not always look good). But height and race cannot be changed and I think those two shouldn't matter. The cosplay should just be accurate.
Execution will almost always trump physical features in most regards. To have the "perfect cosplay" in every possible aspect (photography, physical resemblance, impeccable craftsmanship/accuracy) is an incredibly rare thing and usually happens by accident and even then will vary vastly from person to person. One person's "perfect" Asami might differ from another's so if that's the case, why even try to make perfection? Like any art, it's an unattainable goal to strive for, but in that pursuit you'll end up making it great.
>>6522959>Let me just bitch about my friends and turn it into a thinly veiled question!>Agree with me!
Depends on how unlike the character you look. If the character is known for being really tall and flatchested then being short with big boobs will be an issue. Otherwise nobody gives a fuck if you're 1cm too short and don't have the exact boob size.Even if you're just cosplaying for shits and giggles though, the more unlike a character you look physically, the better your costume has to be to compensate.
>>6522959But you asked.
>>6523319This. Everyone's perception of the 'most accurate' and the 'most perfect' is highly subjective. t's really up to you and how comfortable you feel with your cosplay choice.If you're striving to cosplay a character that you can connect with and it shows, then there isn't a real problem.Accuracy feels more significant nowadays, but I've noticed that plenty of people can have the 'right body' but the face can be not necesssarily the best for that cosplay. I really think it doesn't have to be a huge deal unless you're trying to come off as though you are the living version of said character, which can get borderline creepy anyway.