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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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