It’s been a while since I posted a genuine cosplay article on here, because in all honesty, I’ve been very lackadaisical with getting on with costumes. Not because I’m disinterested or even disorganised, but actually I’ve found that I haven’t had the proper motivation to make a whole costume. 2019 at first seemed like it was going to be even worse for me, I will not be attending any major UK conventions, which is a really sad thing to say. Instead of being down in the dumps about that, it’s given me a bit of an idea. Instead of wasting my New Years’ Resolution on the usual guffins, I’m going to vow to up my cosplay game.
Every month, I want to create a new cosplay piece. Now, I know what you’re thinking – Some cosplay pieces can take months to make and you’re right. Some props in particular are long pieces of work which’ll take many days to complete… but in 2018, I really didn’t make much at all. I could blame this on moving homes a bit, or I could be more realistic – I got a bit complacent. Next year, I want to change that, but instead of focusing on creating whole costumes, I want to make costume pieces. This should mean that once a month, there should be a cosplay article. Hopefully they’ll be of interest to folk on here; perhaps not. Perhaps they’ll all be catastrophic failures – But, the only way to find out is to go for the challenge.
I mentioned at the start of this article, that there are “usual guffins” when it comes to resolutions. One of them is the one I think many of us agree with; lose weight. In the past, I’ve been quite frank about exercise and how, like many geeks, I tend to skip out on it. That’s another point I’ll be changing next year, although just about everyone chooses this as their resolution every year. This Christmas, Jake got me a FitBit Charge 2, which I’m excited to get using, especially as it’ll track my exercise and put it on my favourite fitness app – MyFitnessPal. As such, I’m combining my health kick with this reinvigoration of my love of cosplay, in hopes to get some great results by the end of the year. Besides, it’s got to be better to I vary up what I do, rather than just sitting at my PC and playing Elder Scrolls Online all night every night… Right?
The truth is, I’ve lacked motivation and my goal with this resolution isn’t to criticise myself if I can’t finish something. This challenge, this resolution, is designed to look at the skills I currently have, try to improve them and then look at how far I’ve come. If I can’t finish a piece, how far along can I get? Can I continue working on the current piece next month whilst starting my next project? Some of my projects will be faster than others; some will be a case of making, for arguments sake, a shirt; perhaps my project for the month will be to style a wig properly. I may just make lots of props instead – I’ve really not decided on what I’m going to make each month… And I think that’s what makes this little resolution/challenge so much fun. Furthermore, one thing I’d really like to be able to do when I own a house, is to display cosplay props. One piece in particular I definitely want to make are the Warglaives of Azzinoth… But at my current skill levels, they’d not look great. Thus, my challenge was born out of a desire to improve.
Cosplay is really a great hobby to get into, but without practice, it can be seriously daunting. As such, from next month, I will officially begin my personal challenge – and I hope to be bringing you some interesting hints and tips that I learn along the way. If you’re a cosplayer, why not consider doing my one-per-month challenge? Are you already doing something similar to this? Share your thoughts in the comments below, or over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
In fact – Because I’m trying to get ahead of the curve, I’m officially calling it the “One-Per-Month Cosplay Challenge”. Also, see the below poll? Choose one. I’ll make whichever of these you guys go for. These are all things I should have made in the past – and all three of them I at least started… but none of them were ever finished for whatever reason. So, I’ll take any of these three and make them from scratch: