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Looking through my last 200 some favorites, I've noticed a trend that I was aware of but never really took into consideration.  The respect for an art form that I mocked in my earlier days.  An art form that is still mocked by many today, yet it continues.  It grows and improves upon itself more and more.  And it's an art form in which I fully recognize both the ingeniousness of the craftsmanship as well as my shortcomings in ability to match it.  I refer to art that is construction, varying in several other forms of art to accomplish a placement into this genera.  This art form being...

Cosplay.

Yes...  I was once someone that frowned at the idea of cosplay.  Close minded and unappreciative of the skills it involved.  That was all until I met a now very good friend of mine named Angel McLeod.  A.K.A. "Cosplay Angel".  Through her I discovered a few things.  

1.  Not all cosplay is a fat guy dressed up as Sailor Moon throwing themselves around the merchant area without having showered for a week.  Actually, there's a good number of cosplayers that are quite fit and with a good sense of hygiene.

2.  Not all costumes are made of duct tape and cardboard with crayon etchings for decals.  Truthfully, I am inspired by those cosplayers I have met that reach far beyond the standards of extremely above average sculptures and carpenters.  It has definitely become less shocking to see the use of molds and even electronics mixed into the costumes people make these days.  Some even rivaling professional movie effects.

3.  Not all cosplayers are people that never got out of the basement at their mom's house.  Sure...  there is a bit of geekiness in every cosplayer.  That much is true.  But it's not a degree of being socially inept.  These people are artists in every sense of the word.  Deep thinking, fun loving, intelligent, humorous, REAL people.  They may know more about anime and video games than your average individual, but is that a crime?  NO!  It's their passion!  I wish I was half as passionate about the things I love as most of these people are.

These are but a few things I have learned over the years in my increasingly growing admiration for the art form called "cosplay".  I've been fortunate to befriend a few of these artists.  At least on a "fellow artist" level.  Individuals who have inspired me through both their creativity and kindness.  To them, I say "thank you".  Thank you for continuing when others (through great ignorance) ridiculed you for being different.  Thank you for not giving up on your creative desires.

For those of you that shun this art form, verbally abuse those that partake in it's creation, or gawk with lustful eyes and minds, I have this to say.  Try to understand the craftsmanship, time, ability, effort, and courage it took these people to stand in front of an averagely dressed crowd while wearing costumes that are anything but normal.  This is an art form that isn't easy to do both physically and socially.  I'm sure that many of the seasoned cosplayers have gotten past the performance anxiety aspect, but everyone had a beginning, and it had to have been nerve racking.  Respect that.

So am I addicted to cosplay?  Maybe a little.  But what I'm really addicted to is art.  I'm addicted to craftsmanship, innovation, and imagery.  Thank you cosplayers.  I (and many others) appreciate your hard work.  :)
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Listening to: I'm Shipping Up To Boston - Dropkick Murphys
  • Reading: "Design is How it Works" by Jay Greene
  • Watching: My favorite artists on DA
  • Playing: with the idea of running 3-4 miles after work...
  • Eating: Nada. Diet time.
  • Drinking: THE DEW!!! Even if it's diet time. ;)
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albusmandible Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No way! You got to meet THE Angel McLeod? Dude you're so lucky! I wish I could meet her someday! :D
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, Yeah. I've met "The" Angel McLeod. :) We're actually good friends. We still keep in touch, and she was even at my wedding (along with her mom, older brother and sister-in-law). The family is super kind, and I normally stay with them for a few days every year when another one of my friends heads down to North Carolina for a golf trip. Great people. She's retired from cosplay, and is a teacher now. :)
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albusmandible Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! I knew her in high school, when she was cosplaying. I was in Maine. I can't believe it has been over 10 years since I last talked to her lol.
Well that's just great. I knew she retired from cosplay a long time ago and that she became a teacher. I wonder if she still remembers me, probably not XD
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dreamerl85 Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Amen haha! and Thank you for this post ;)
<-- Cosplayer
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure. :) As always, I'm overjoyed that this little journal entry has been so uplifting to so many talented cosplayers. I need to put up another journal someday, but I hate to replace something that has been received so well.

Thank you for continuing to cosplay through all the strife that can be caused by those that have no understanding of the artform. Your work (and many others) have enriched my convention experiences as well as my appreciation for artwork in other generous. :)
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is awesome. kudos!
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! :D It always makes my day when I get a good review of this particular journal. Especially when it's from someone that actually does cosplay. :)
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makeshiftwings30 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you put it very well. everyone has their own way to express themselves through art. i used to draw and paint but was never excellent at it. years later i found cosplay which combines all of my hobbies into one - drawing, painting, sculpting, video games, anime.. you name it. it's looked down upon because not everyone understands it. but yeah, very well said :D
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deathviper07 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
This Journal of yours is Win! Yup Cosplay is a form of art and it is our passion. Thanks for adding my latest cosplay on your favourites.
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm always glad to hear that this journal is well received by the cosplay community. The works you and your fellow artists put together are some of the most amazing and inspiring projects I've seen. Thank you for your kind words. Also, you are most welcome for the favorites and watch. You have some awesome work displayed here. :)
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deathviper07 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Actually this Cosplay of mine was my by my friends. They are good at making weapons and armors. XDD
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
They did some great work. :D But don't sell yourself short. You've got a nice collection of cosplay in your gallery. :)
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deathviper07 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Thanks for the compliment sir.
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TresWildCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I wish I could favorite journal posts just so I could favorite this one. A lot of people don't understand cosplay and I can see why they might feel put off by it, but it is sad. I have a jewelry business and a lot of people if they find out I go to conventions will automatically think my work is low class even though the two are very unrelated art forms for me (and I don't think cosplayers are low class so it is just uninformed hooey).

Anyway, thanks for writing your perspective so eloquently ^.^
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words. I'm always touched to hear that my little blog entry has cheered up one of the people it's about. :) Cosplayers like yourself helped me to change my perspective on the art form and really enjoy it. And I'm very sorry to hear that some people consider your jewelry to be of lower class because you're a cosplayer. That's pretty sad and uneducated.
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Sunnydesu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011
It's exactly like you say, most of the people, don't realise the work that some cosplays take and that a lot of people lives of this!

Here in my country TV shows make fun of us, they call us weirdos and ridiculous. They say that that we don't work/study and we should get a life. I have been asked several times (not by tv programs, every time I see a camera I ran, I don't want to be on tv >_>) If I wear cosplays all the time. LOL XD

thank you for the kind words ♥
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That is extremely unfortunate that your country has such a poor perspective of what cosplay is. Sadly, many countries share in this perception that those that cosplay are nothing more than overly crazed fans of anime, manga, comic books, movies, video games, etc. In reality, cosplay has provided an outlet for creativity. Making a costume isn't easy (as you very well know). It's even more difficult when you're wearing it among fans that are very particular of every detail of the costume. I wish I had half the talent to create the artwork you and your friends do so very well.

As for your country's media... Just remember to wear running shoes so you can get away from the TV cameras. ;)

Thank you so much for your comment and your great cosplay work. I hope to see your art for a long long time. :)
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Kamokuu Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
That was such an awesome heart felt journal! Its really really awesome to see people who respect cosplaying for all of the hard work, blood, sweat, an tears that some of us pour into our costumes. I get so tired of the haters, and the nit pickers, and it really makes me happy to hear that you've even changed sides from disliking cosplay to acquiring a new found understanding of it. ^_^ I will admit, when I started cosplaying about 7 years ago, it was nothing like it was today. It definitely lacked refinement and had little to no dignity in doing it, but from that lowly beginning cosplaying has certainly evolved into a much more respectable hobby/past-time, and it still amazes me how people can take something that may have been perceived to only be accomplished through drawing, and bring it to life.

The thing that has always made me as a cosplayer the happiest is when I hear a child yell "Cloud!" or "Link!" and run up to me for a hug, or a photo. Because its showing me that there is life in a new generation of cosplayers to come, and it makes me happy to see them happy, and in such a state of blissful innocence. (Also a big reason why I frown upon raunchy cosplays)
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm sorry it took me so long to reply to your comment, but I wanted to thank you for all your kind words and input. It means a lot to me, and more so from a cosplayer like yourself. What you do takes a combination of skill and courage that I greatly respect. I look forward to seeing just how far cosplay will go in the area of art and innovation over the course of the next few years. It just blows my mind what people like yourself are capable of. :)

Also, I have to admit that I get a kick out of little kids running up to cosplayers and reacting as if they're really the character they've come to love. It's pretty cute, and the cosplayers that have had this reaction always take time to give the little kid a hug and a huge smile. It's never been a bad thing. :)
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MTCarpenter Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm at a place where I try to appreciate what people are doing. If they're having fun and not hurting anyone, then knock yourself out.

My big issue, and this is my thoughts on "art" in general, is that there should be some craftsmanship behind what someone is doing. The less randomness, and the more calculated, for me, the better. Sometimes some fun stuff "just happens", but when I was in art school it was force fed down my throat that art was about "feeling" and "emotion" and "getting a message out there", and that the craftsmanship was not that important.

It's a bunch of crap.

I've found some Cosplay stuff that is staggering in the detail and craftsmanship that's been put into it. It's great stuff. I find it fun to see not only characters I like brought to life, but different people's ideas and variations on how to do them.

I'll close with this; some of these...important people...in the movie industry could learn a thing or two about costume design from the Cosplay folks. I've seen more homemade Batman costumes that look better than anything Hollywood has put out over the last 10 or 15 years superhero related.
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I could not agree more. :) Truly, that's why I think I've been enjoying cosplay so much these days. The total work is very calculated. Measurements, weapons, details that look so simple, but really took more effort than most would care to pursue. And I definitely second the notion that Hollywood could learn a few things from the more talented cosplayers. Some of the outfits I've seen (especially for comic book super heros... AMAZING! :)
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Koholint Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just wanted to put my two cents down real quick and say that this is a very well written and thoughtful journal! As a cosplayer, it touched me and so I want to say "thank you" to you as well :)

I also love that song by the way~
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I greatly appreciate your perspective, especially since you are a cosplayer. :) I'm extremely glad to know that the sediment I was attempting to make was well received and understandable. :)

And you have great taste in music. :D
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Koholint Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hehehe why thank you~ you do too ;D

Also, you are welcome! I was reading your journal and really, it meant a lot to read something like that ^^
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Rinachur Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for considering cosplay an art. I'm tired of cosplayers just being seen as people playing dress up with no grasp of reality. That's such a narrow minded view
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I have to admit that I was once like that, some 10 years ago. But after seeing exactly how much work and care goes into even the most initially basic looking costumes, it's quite an admirable craft. :) Not to mention the time spent on photo shoots, finding the right locations and lighting, etc. When one takes all the aspects into consideration, it's pretty impressive what cosplayers (like yourself) achieve. So thank you for doing what you do. :)
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DryBonesReborn Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cosplay can be practice for those who might be entering into the fashion business who might make future customes one day. :) You know a new spidey one :la:
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Robo-Bug Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:D Very very VERY true! :D
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