Preparing a costume for cosplay is a great way to celebrate your favorite anime, computer game, movie, or comic book and show off your own creativity at the same time. First, choose the character you want to appear as. Then study his detailed images, paying special attention to clothing, hair, accessories and other important features. Knowing your character intimately will also help you buy the right components of his or her classic costume, or create something unique of your own creation.
Make a list of possible characters you would be interested in transforming into. Determine a fairly wide range of characters for yourself, taking inspiration from a variety of sources. For example, you can choose 1-2 characters from each entertainment category, and then narrow your choices down to the 1-2 characters you find most appropriate or most interesting to reincarnate as them.
To choose the perfect character to cosplay, first think about what you like. What are your current hobbies? What things do you like to watch most or what do you enjoy playing? Questions like these will help you identify the character that best fits your interests.
You can choose a character from a TV show, movie, computer game, anime, comic book, music group, or even from real life.
Don't think that you can't dress up as a certain character just because you belong to a different race, gender, or kind of creature. In cosplay, you are free to be whatever you want!
Decide what version of the character you will represent. Once you settle on a particular character, think about which version of their costume you like best. Many characters have several outfits or looks, and many cosplay props that they are famous for. This means you're left with a wide range of choices even after you've decided on a character.
You can also invent your own, completely original costume concept by combining different themes or elements from different works or even their genres, for example, you can transform yourself into a Harry Potter Jedi.
Carefully examine the images of your chosen character. Carefully analyze every component part of the character's appearance, from clothing and hair to secondary elements such as weapons, armor, accessories, and tattoos. You need to get a detailed understanding of these elements before you move on to create a complete and accurate costume.