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17
Aug
2014

tawnyshine:

striderbeegood:

iamthedavrezi:

goatalicious:

I WANT TO COSPLAY REALLY BADASS/SCARY CHARECTERS BUT I AM BARELY FIVE FEET TALL AND LOOK LIKE A CHILD - An angry novel by me

I want to cosplay really cute small characters but I’m really tall and look like I’m in my twenties

The sequel written by me

I only want to cosplay male characters with broad shoulders, but i have crazy girly curves.

the trilogy

I want to cosplay but I am broke and live with my mom - the epilogue

Too Short — Never underestimate the power of heels and perspective photography!  Or ask your fellow cosplay groups to lean or sit in their pose so you appear taller!

Too Tall — Perpective photography is for you too!  Just do the opposite! Take photos from above and foreshortening shots! Wear flats, and sit or lean forward in group shots! No one can tell your too tall if you sit! 

Too old - Too young — Makeup, makeup, makeup! Anyone could look uber Kawaii or uber DONTFUCKWITHME if they know where to apply their bronzer and concealer! Try youtube for tutorials on the character you wanna be! 

Just look at us changing with makeup magic: 



Too girly - Binders, shoulder pads, and crossplay makeup has got your back! 

Too poor - Cosplaying on a budget!!! We have been cosplaying for 5+ years and have never spent more than $150 on a costume!! 

Cosplay is for everyone!!! Please try it!!  THERE ARE NO LIMITS!

Posted 4 days ago127,260 notesVIA / SOURCEFiled Under: #aiask
16
Aug
2014
Anonymous
How did you two meet and ended up deciding on making aicosu ^^ (been wondering that for a while)
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You can read about how we met on our FAQ — but as far as how or why we decided to be ‘aicosu’ (you can read why the name on the FAQ) — was really just because we wanted to show our pictures on DA and needed to create a joint account to share the photos. Especially since we planned to keep cosplaying together. 

Posted 5 days ago9 notesFiled Under: #aiask
16
Aug
2014
Anonymous
Do you have any tips for wearing heels at a con (esp when your day is really busy)? I recently cosplayed a character with three inch go-go boots, and used gel-heel inserts, but by the time I got out of the costume the balls of my feet felt like death (the gel inserts couldnt fit in the toe of the shoe). I love the costume, but wearing it for more than a couple hours is a pain :/
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Heels are always going to be a pain, even with all the tips I’m about to give you. Keep in mind that they just aren’t great for your feet, especially over long periods of time. So no matter what, once the day is through your feet will always hurt. 

-Wear your heels a lot before the con. DO IT. Wear around the house, wear them to and from the mail. Wear them up some stairs. Wear them a lot and for longer periods each time. TRAIN your feet and break the shoes in. You’ll at least get used to walking in them, and you can pinpoint the areas that cause blisters or pinching. 

-Use band-aids or adhesive craft foam to cover the areas inside the shoe that pinch you or cause blisters.

-Gel insoles! (If they dont fit, cut em.)  ALSO FOOT PETALS. So awesome. 

-If your feet hurt during the con. Sit down. Sit for awhile or roll your ankle around. BUT NEVER. NEVER take your shoes off if you intend to keep wearing them. As soon as the shoes are off your feet will swell. And swollen feet are bigger than regular feet — so they are gonna hurt EVEN WORSE once they go back in the shoe. Resist the temptation. 

-Cut your day in half. When I know that I’m wearing a costume with a six inch heel, I plan accordingly. I show up the the con late if possible, and leave early. Get your fill of showing off the costume, take some pictures. And then change. It’s okay to call it quits and change, you may be disappointed in not wearing it for longer or missing out in seeing people or getting more photos — but its not worth the pain you may feel the day after. 

-Treat your feet! Especially if you need to wear heels in tomorrow’s cosplay too!!  Once you get back home/or to your hotel, soak your feet in the bath with warm water first, then cold water. The warm water will relax your muscles. And the cold water after will constrain them and get them ready for the same pain again tomorrow. 


Posted 5 days ago223 notesFiled Under: #heels #contips #aiask
16
Aug
2014
I don't know if you two would feel comfortable answering this but what were you two like in high school? Did you do well? Did you know what you wanted to do career-wise or even think about becoming cosplayers? What would you tell your younger selves?
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Sheila:  I’ve always been a determined girl. I think I was just set on doing other things than being stuck in my hometown. In middle school I was determined to be an artist of some sort and in high school I worked on graduating a year early and picking out a college for concept design for video games. I was super focused on doing that I really didn’t do much else. Cosplay was never something I looked at like it was an option for a lifestyle and I really didn’t start getting into it until my last year of high school. It was during college that cosplay made me realize that I like working with fabric and clothes more than drawing concepts for games. Without cosplay I wouldn’t be in LA working as a costume assistant for the film industry — so there’s that.

I think though, if I had to tell my younger self anything it would be to take more social risks. Being brave academically and in the long run is fine — but point that bravery to your social life too. I was such a coward with people. And I was so bottled up and angry when I was young. Cosplay taught me more than just costuming but, how to be accepting and outgoing with others. There are a lot of people in high school I wish I had been braver with. 

Sylar:  Well that certainly takes me back xD. Its sometimes not easy to go back and dwell on what I was like in highschool. I did ok grade wise. sometimes good, sometimes bad. On the whole, I wasn’t very. .. concerned with school or my future, which I suppose was a bad thing and lead to a lot of the trouble I got into. 

As far as how I was as a person, I wasn’t that great. Sure I was personable, high energy me, but I lacked tact, I wasn’t super polite, and when it came to dating, I was a super rude boy. On the whole, I wasn’t really the best person back in high school, due to the naivety and craziness that comes with being a teenage boy raised in today’s world. ^^;; I would tell my younger self “You’re not as hot as you think you are. Dont be rude, and calm down”

Posted 5 days ago24 notesFiled Under: #personal #aiask
16
Aug
2014
Have you got any recommendations on how to make clothes look aged and worn in, such as white shirts looking a little yellowed up and dirty, etc?
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When I ‘battle damaged’ our Bioshock costumes I did it with spray paints! I stood back and just did a dusting over the clothes and it turned out looking great! 

My costume went from this: 

image

To this: 


By using a charcoal spray paint for the shirt, and a gold spray paint for the ‘dusty dirt’ looking areas. It makes your fabric with rough and gross, but it achieves the look well. 

You could also use coffee or tea to stain your clothes for a more weathered AGED look rather than damaged. 

Posted 5 days ago93 notesFiled Under: #painting #fabric #aiask
16
Aug
2014
Anonymous
Hello! This is a super important question..I have a con in two weeks, and I'm going as Nebula. However, how would I do the whole bald look? I'm obviously not going to shave my hair XD But can I paint/use make up on a bald cap? If so...what should I use??
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You should totally use one! They are super easy. And you can paint them with just about anything. 

Posted 6 days ago31 notesFiled Under: #bald cap #makeup #aiask
15
Aug
2014
Anonymous
If we ever paid you to design a wedding gown, would you?
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Fuck yeah. 


Posted 6 days ago48 notesFiled Under: #personal #aiask
12
Aug
2014
Hi friends, I recently encountered (and fell head over heels in love with) Diplomatic Gestures. The way it's written is exquisite, and it reads like a novel. The handling of Corvo is just wonderful, and I love your Jessamine. I was curious if there are plans for the work to continue? Thanks for your time!
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Yes there is! I’m working on it. Verryyy slowly. But it is still being written, and its got some ways to go. (Will end at the game’s start.)

Posted 1 week ago7 notesFiled Under: #aiask
12
Aug
2014
Hello hello! I just want to say I've been a big fan since your Korra cosplay that I saw on youtube and I have been following you on tumblr ever since :D Back to the topic, I remember that you posted a picture/tutorial about how to make cheaper props (like made out of cardboard) a lot better and shiner looking using some kind of finish. I tried searching though your page but could not find it >.< All I remember that the tutorial had Marceline's ax bass. Thanks!
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Posted 1 week ago20 notesFiled Under: #aiask
11
Aug
2014
Anonymous
Don't you guys think that you should address hate mail though? I would rather stand up for myself than make myself silent. And you know all your followers will support you.
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Yes! We do know all our followers will support us. But thats exactly why we don’t post hate mail. 

We already know that we have way more support from all our amazing followers and friends than the amount of hate mail we get. So it’s not worth reassuring ourselves by calling out everyone to help bash some random anon. 

Not to mention that posting it is what the anon wants. They want us to respond, and for someone to send something so mean, its obvious we aren’t going to change their opinion. 

And finally — thats not what cosplay is about for us. First and foremost we cosplay because we want to. And we cosplay things that we want to, and how we want to. In the end our cosplay is our opinion of how something is interpreted. So someone else reacting negatively to it just doesn’t relate at all to what we are doing. Therefore it warrants no response. 

Posted 1 week ago49 notesFiled Under: #aiask #personal
11
Aug
2014
Anonymous
Hey sheila and sylar! Some time ago sheila wrote a Q fanfiction and I was hoping she could do a little more? I love sylar's q cosplay by the way!
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Lawl my dishonored readers are gonna be pissed I’m writing this instead of the new DG chapter. 

 ***

It’s was 2:58pm. Tuesday.

He swallowed thickly, his pointer finger pressing against his thumb harshly as his eyes re-read the last sentence in the memo from Medical. 

'…numbing agent (item.62-1) required from Q branch to be completed by the 1st.'

Right. So that means the cartridge design for the new casing to actually hold the poison didn’t have to be finished until the 20th. That gave him at least two weeks to order the prototype. 

His eyes slid to the corner of his computer screen. 

3:00pm 

Q’s eyes blinked rapidly, a tightening in his chest making him shift in his chair.  

He should have shut his bloody blinds. Should just swivel around and re-organize the cabinet of file folders like he had last Tuesday and the Tuesday before.

But he could only master alphabetical and sub-chronological organizations so many times before…

3:01pm.

Would she wear blue? Or white?

He tried to preoccupy himself with closing all the tabs he had opened on his browser. 

Don’t look. Don’t look. Don’t look.

Shit. 

[[MORE]]

He blinked through his frames, ignoring the glare off his computer screen as he looked out the view of his glass office to the long hallway of MI6’s main technical offices. 

Blue.

Blonde crowned her head, pinned up tight as she looked down at the files in her hand. The navy of the sheath dress made her look like a bright spot of blue on the blank canvas that was the hallway. It wasn’t long before she looked up, the features of her soft smile visible even from here. One foot in front of the other, so sure. 

His hands pressed down on his desk, and he willed his eyes too look at his screen. 

Q merely glanced at the desktop before looking back up. 

She turned the corner in front of his office before heading toward Research’s door. Two knocks, and then that elegant lean in, her hand grasping the door handle and suspending her weight. 

Something so simple should not be done so beautifully. 

He allowed himself the indulgence. The sweeping trace along the back seam of her dress, the stare at her fingers curled on that handle. The quiet longing to see the quirk of her smile just a little closer. 

He exhaled, looking down at his desk feeling quite empty and even more foolish. He spotted his cold tea from before lunch, and snatched the cup to take a sip. 

She would turn, look down the hall to glance at the clock, and leave the way she came. Like she did every Tuesday. 

He tried not to watch as she took her predicted leave, but it was inevitable. 

Except she didn’t. She still had another file in her hand, and she was glancing up towards his office. 

Two steps towards his door. 

Shit.

The cup clattered to it’s place back on his desk and his sleeve whipped at his mouth as he pushed his foot on the floor to get his chair back far enough to stand. But his hand knocked his mouse off into oblivion behind his desk and the chair’s wheel wedged on a cable. 

The knocks on his door rattled his chest as he half stood, yanking angrily at the cord.  Tell her to wait and then go get the door.  “Ah-Y-Yes. Come in.”  

He snapped up, giving up on standing like a gentleman should have.

"Quartermaster, I hope I’m not interrupting—"

Looking at her was impossible. He tried, desperately he did, but her smile and her eyes directed at him while she was speaking made him want to scream. 

"No-No- it’s fine." He interrupted quickly. Wishing her to stop speaking, which would be a bit unproductive for whatever this sudden meeting was supposed to be for. 

"I just wanted to get these expense reports to you, being that it’s the season." Her tone lilted and he could hear her smile trying to make boring and horrid paperwork appealing. He tapped his keyboard distractedly, his functions limited to tabbing through the Start list of programs since he had no mouse. 

Obviously, no response was awkward.

She stepped forward, blue crowding his peripherals. “Can I sit?” 

His gaze snapped to the chair directly in front of him before glancing at her inviting smile and the curl of blonde touching the corner of her eye. 

"I would rather you didn’t."

The smile fell. 

"Sorry. I forget how busy you always are." The tone was considerate but there was an edge he knew he put there. And there she was, apologizing for herself when he was being the arse. Stupid. 

"I can just.. leave these for you then." She said, her languid body leaning forward to slide the manila across to him. As she looked at her own actions he admired the length of her lashes touching her cheek. 

"You could have just emailed them over." 

Her eyes pinned him and he tried not to fidget. 

She didn’t email things. She liked getting out of the office and walking around. She liked moving around instead of sitting locked away and ruining her back. It made her day go by faster. Plus she liked writing. She had an award from primary school for the best cursive and she planned on using it. 

Or so he had overhead in the elevator. 

He wondered if there was a cursive Q somewhere in the expense report. 

"I thought perhaps I’d come by and see how our resident Quartermaster was doing instead." She smiled, teased. Teased! And god, he admired her for her continuous happy disposition in the face of his coldness. 

He swallowed harshly.  

I’m better now that you’ve visited. Say it. I’m better now that I’ve seen you. Say it, say it. 

"Not necessary." He told his lap. 

"Obviously." 

Ah. He deserved that one. 

"Just let me know if you have any questions. You can come by my office or… email me if you prefer." 

He didn’t prefer that. He preferred watching her walk down the length of the hall or stealing glances at her as she managed her phone in the coffee room. Or getting glimpses or her laughing with the receptionist in the morning. 

"Yes. Yes. Of course." 

She stood straighter, giving one last odd smile of mixed amusement and disappointment. 

"Have a great day, Q."

He managed to look at her (if adjusting his glasses and staring through his fingers counted as looking) as he bid her farewell. 

"L."

L for Logistics. L for Linguistics as well. 

And L for lovely. 

And L for absolutely fucking ludicrous.

Posted 1 week ago12 notesFiled Under: #q #skyfall #quartermaster #fanfiction #aiask #personal
11
Aug
2014
Anonymous
How does Sylar typically calm Sheila down when she's aggravated about a project not going as planned?
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He does a lot of reassuring and pries her away from the project. 

It helps to take a breather and play video games or watch tv — just do something else for a few hours and come back to the project with fresh eyes. It gets your mind clear and you’ll have better ideas when you come back to it. 


Posted 1 week ago25 notesFiled Under: #aiask #confidence #personal
11
Aug
2014
Anonymous
do you guys get a lot of hate mail???
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Occasionally sure! Often times its opinions on how we look or how we portray characters.. etc etc. 

We make a point to never post them. So you guys don’t have to worry about seeing that kind of negativity. 

Posted 1 week ago28 notesFiled Under: #aiask #personal
10
Aug
2014
Anonymous
Your Ellaria cosplay is gorgeous! Can I ask what fabric you used for the brown trim on the back?
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Its leather I cut out from an old leather suitcase I found at Goodwill! Then I added all the black traingle designs by hand!

Posted 1 week ago5 notesFiled Under: #aiask
10
Aug
2014
Anonymous
erm, what? If you don't mind me asking... what exactly happened to your eyebrows??
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Eh. I groomed them down to the shape I wanted — only to realize that they don’t grow in the shape, and that they don’t grow often. 

Or ever, anymore. -_- 

Posted 1 week ago6 notesFiled Under: #aiask #personal