Here is a list of tutorials and patterns that I found while surfing the net. If you want to add your tutorial or if you found a fantastic pattern that should be on this list..please contact with me! :D
- PJ Pants Pattern by allicapri
- Top patterns by lis b
- Viki Francun’s Dress - WIP by Shannanigan O’Crabby
- Tights tutorial by MeLoveGangrels
- Felt Vest by kgaerr
- Hats by Jane Pool
- Mini Monster Mitts by Christel Brooks
- Leg Warmers ~ Cowls ~ Safari Suit by Mrs Lettice Weasel
- Sweater Dress by Jane Conway
- Urban Mermaid by Sixth Goddess Knits
- Scary Cute Party Dress by Johnna Joseph
- DC Costumes by Catzilerella
Great reference, thank you for putting this together!
Drawing perspective is considered one of the hardest things in art, except the mistakes usually done are pretty much always the same and can be avoided with a little care.
1. Lines not reaching the vanishing point
Well this is pretty simple to avoid but it’s the most common mistake. It’s probably due to either carelessness or really not having understood the basic of perspective. I encourage you to go back and find some basic tutorial for this.
Anyway, be ALWAYS careful about where to ‘send’ your lines, they NEED to go towards the correct vanishing point or it will just look awkward. Double check if necessary.
And always, ALWAYS use a ruler.
If your style requires lines that are a bit less geometrical (as mine do, I have a style of inking that’s sketchy so ‘perfect’ lines drawn with a ruler usually don’t fit well in the picture) use a ruler anyway for the pencils and then ink later by freehand. At least you’ll have correct guidelines underneath.
For traditional drawing be sure you have a ruler and be sure to use it for each one of your lines.
Modern drawing software will help you a lot with this if you draw directly on computer: painting software such as Clip Studio Paint or Manga Studio 4EX or 5 have perspective tools that will automatically snap your lines towards the vanishing point.
it’s quite a long tutorial, you’ll find the rest under the Read More or you can download the pdf file here
First off, a disclaimer. I painted my latex appliance different then pretty much everyone else on the internet. Before I embarked upon this semi-insane cosplay adventure, I did a lot of research and the general consensus is to paint the prosthetic with a latex paint like monster makers, and then seal it. Instead I went to a local costume and makeup shop where I spoke to a SFX artist and she showed me this method. I don’t believe it’s the ‘best way’ or only way- it’s merely the way I chose to do it. I also liked it because you can use the products on the latex, and your face so there’s no need to by a lot of supplies or colour match.
Supplies! To the left there’s my purchased prosthetic from the talented Mad Masker (http://www.facebook.com/TheMadMasker), To the right there’s Ben Nye grease paint makeup, bond-off, prosaide, setting powder, final seal and mehron glitter.
I limited this to about 10 steps because frankly it’s already a bit of tl;dr ;)
1) Start with the dark pure blue. Mash it into all the cracks, it’s your base, so get it everywhere. (I used Ben Nye c-19 Blue)
2) I put on the med/tealish blue (aka Ben Nye Cosmic Blue) on 90% of the tenacles blending the edges into the darker blue parts.
3) Panic and feel totally overwhelmed because it looks like ass.
4) Add some Misty Violet to the piece working it into the shadows. I focused mainly on the creased in between the tentacles and the ridges to add more shape and depth. Also on the neck.
5) I blended everything together with a thick, firm bristled brush and then poured a glass of wine.
6) Drink wine, dry brush a paler blue (I mixed the Cosmic Blue with white) into the scales, blend with fingers and get blue smudges all over yourself.
Starting to come together now, isn’t it? Now it’s time for polish and finishing!
7) I worked the highlights a little more. Added some pure white around the face/brow area, blending it a bit, and leaving some more dramatic, I did a lot of patting everything around with my fingers, as the Ben Nye really soaks into the latex with the heat of your hands and blends beautifully with fingertips (IMHO).
8) Shadows! Like what I did with the white, I found a few key areas to go in with pure black to really punch out all the darker parts. A little goes a long way- and don’t blend too much or everything will look muddy.
9) Dust the whole thing with a nice powder/Kabuki brush to apply the setting power. Go little by little and be gentle.
10) Seal it with ‘Final Seal’. Ta da!
As an optional flare you can add a bit of glitter. I used a very fine mehron ‘wet’ glitter that I applied around the brow and on the very ridge of the tentacles. Then I danced around the room with it on.
Now, here’s the exciting part: you get to learn from my mistakes. So as a note to my future self who will probably forget, or to any of you who wish to use this method in the future he’s some notes from Mae:
-Do a test run of the face makeup first to get familiar with the colours and products. I went over things a few times and wasted some product trying to figure out the best way to combine what I had.
-I would airbrush the pure blue as the base. Getting everything into all the cracks was a fucking nightmare and I debated giving up right off the bat. It can be done, but it’s very time consuming and knowing what I know now I would skip the headache.
And that’s it in a nutshell. I’m going to to a test of the makeup in the next few days so I have a good idea of what I’m going to to need to get done the day of. I may even do two tests to try out a different contouring method.
Stay tuned for more adventures in Cosplay.