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How to Plan a Cosplay From Start to Finish

teacher avatar Emiline F, Cosplayer / Artist

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Getting Started & Gathering References

    • 3. Breaking Down Your Cosplay

    • 4. Research

    • 5. Finalizing Your Plan

    • 6. Recap & Class Project

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About This Class

In this class, you’ll learn how to plan out your very own cosplay, from first gathering ideas and references, to planning out and purchasing materials, along with tons of other helpful tips along the way. This class also includes a free printable worksheet to better help you plan your cosplay.

Whether you’ve been cosplaying for years, and want to learn a new way to plan out your costume; or have never cosplayed in your life; if you want to learn how to plan your very own cosplay build, then this class is for you! 

Emiline has been cosplaying since 2018, and has created many complex cosplays since then, along with lots of other smaller costumes and props. She loves to share her knowledge with others, and created this class to help teach you about cosplay!

In this class you’ll learn:

  • How to decide on a character to cosplay
  • Where to go to find references 
  • How to break down a cosplay to figure out the components
  • How to figure out what materials you’ll need, and actually start creating your cosplay

You’ll be following along, filling in the worksheet along the way, to plan out your very own, unique cosplay, learning skills and techniques that can be applied to any cosplay project.

Even if you’re new to cosplay, this class is sure to give you a good start on planning out your very own cosplay.

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Emiline F

Cosplayer / Artist


Hey there! My name’s Emiline, and I’m a cosplayer and artist who’s been creating Skillshare classes for several years now. I enjoy crafting new costumes and props, as well as always expanding my skills in drawing. I have different classes that focus on both cosplay and drawing, and I hope you’ll check them out! If you want to find more of my cosplay content online, my cosplay name across the web is Winterstar Cosplay.


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Fine Art Creative Cosplay

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1. Introduction : Guys, I'm enlightened and in this skills for a class, I'm going to be key to you all about how to plan out your very own caused play. Maybe caused play has seemed intimidating to you in the past that you're just not sure where to start and maybe you've been playing for years and just want to figure out a new way to plan out your cost plays by their You've been caused playing it for as long as he could remember or have never caused played in your life. If you want to learn how to plan out your very own cosplay and this class is for you. I'll be walking you through all the steps of planning a cosplay, from planning and budgeting it to gathering references and materials for your cosplay to help you with this, I also created a PDF worksheet to go with this class. Open, you finalize and plan out all the details for your cosplay project for this class is you following along with me throughout the course of this class to plan out your very own cosplay, you can use the worksheet or not. Then I recommend that you use the worksheet I include in this class to make it easier for you to plan your cosplay. And without further ado, let's get into the class. 2. Getting Started & Gathering References: Welcome back. Bled say that you've chosen to continue watching this class. So first things first, you're going to want to print out your worksheet. You can download it from this class and then prints it out on your computer on standard printer size or A4 paper after you print it out your worksheet and you've kind of started thinking about what costly you want to make. The first thing to decide is what character you are actually going to cause play. As an example for this class, I have chosen a queen, Hippolytus. He believed him polytope anyway, from the Wonder Woman. That seems like a causeway that would be pretty cool to make one day. And it has a good example of a mix of fabric and armor. And it seemed like a good choice for this class. What character you choose can depend on what shows you're into. What's your favorite character, what your budget is, what your timeline is. It can depend on so many different things. But the most important thing is to make sure that you actually love your character. Because if you don't really like your character, chances are you're not going to be super motivated to work on your cosplay. And it can be hard to find momentum to keep going after you've chosen what character you want to cosplay, it's time to start gathering references for them. You won't really be able to make the costume if you don't know what the costume looks like. One of my favorite ways to find reference images for a character is to use either Pinterest and go through Pinterest and find screenshots and maybe fan art or other cost plays for that character and saved them all to a Pinterest board to keep track of them. Or to use Google image search and just save all of the photos and references. I find that character onto my device and a Google folder when you're gathering references that tried to get full body shots from the front, the back, the sides above, beneath any angle or perspective that you can possibly think of, just save them all, try and find as many pictures as possible. It will make building the Castlight much easier if your character is from, say, a video game, it can be a lot easier to find reference pictures for them since you can just most of them timed go in game and just rotate 3D turnaround of your character, which makes it a lot easier to find reference images. But if you're making a cosplay from a movie or TV show, You might be reduced to watching a scene frame by frame and screenshotting as much as possible to try and get the perfect angle. I have done this. It, it takes a long time, but it can be worth it to find that perfect image of the back. Basically, the bottom line for gathering references is just to get as many as you can, get more than you think you'll need it from as many angles as possible and taught them easily accessible in a Pinterest board or folder on your device. 3. Breaking Down Your Cosplay: Once you've gotten lots of pictures and references for your character, it's time to start breaking down on the cost play, figuring out what you'll actually be making. You can use this section of the costal, a planning worksheet I created to keep track of what components of the cosplay you'll be making for the costly that I'm planning out for this class queen in politics, he has a lot of different aspects to where costume, she has a KP, she has her crown, she has her armor, her fancy boots. She has a sword and shield that she sometimes uses your, so many different aspects of this cosplay. So it is a kind of a more ambitious build. So keep in mind when you're choosing your cosplay in the first place, that if you're a beginner, you don't choose something that's to get out of your skill level. And it's important to stretch yourself in anything I think, but you don't want to choose something that is just so hard to make that you'd get discouraged and never end up making the costly. You're costly isn't going to be the same as mine unless you're also making Queen Paula. And there may be more or less components to the cosplay you're making. This is a fairly complicated cosplay to choose for an example. So I apologize for that. Also, when you're making your list of components, don't forget things like the make-up or the wig or the shoes. Once you've figured out all the different components that you'll be making for your cosplay, it's time to start figuring out what those components are made of. What kind of supplies will you need? Well, you'd be using EVA foam or warbler or fabric or some other material to make the costly and how much of it will you need? And I did forget to mention this earlier, but what is your budget? It is very important to know for your cosplay what your budget is, so you know how much money you have available for spending. And also it is important to know and I included spaces on the worksheet for both of these, what your timeline is, how long do you have to make this cosplay? Are you making it for maybe Halloween or a convention that you're going to or just for fun, whatever you're making your costs like for, I think that it is important to know how much time you have to make it when you're writing down what supplies you'll need to remember to keep in mind your budget and how much money you actually have to spend on this cosplay. I tend to be not the best estimating how much things will cost and a lot of the time I will go over for my own cost plays. But having a budget helps me stay more constrained and not just by the absolute best thing out there since lunchtime. That's too expensive and it won't fit properly into my budget. We're figuring out what kind of supplies you'll need it. Make sure to do your research just like you've researched your character and different reference of pictures for them, it's important to research the materials that you'll be using and where's the best place to buy them and how much of each material you'll need. This is something that gets easier with practice. And at least for me, I've found that for my earlier cost plays, I was not as good estimating how much of each material I would need. And I ended up having to go back and buy more because I just underestimated how much material that causally we would require. But it's something that gets easier with practice. So if you're finding yourself a little bit lost, don't worry, you can get, you'll get better at it over time when you're writing down your list of materials on the costly worksheet, make sure to also write down what the estimated costs for them might be. Whether you are looking at an in-person store or a website, or possibly a commission, or even something you already have. It is important to keep track of the costs. So again, you don't go over your budget and end up spending too much money for some of the materials that you're looking for. Or they might be things that are just impossible to gauge the cost for. That's totally fine. It happens to me all the time. If you're not sure for now, we'll just leave it empty or put a question mark and you can come back to it later. At this point on your worksheet, you should have the character and fandom section filled out if you want the date that you are creating this plan on your budget and timeline for the cosplay and your list of materials and components of the cosplay. If you're not quite there yet, I recommend that you pause the video for just a second and figure out all of those different things. So then we can move on to the next video. 4. Research: Alright, welcome back. Sometimes for a costly, you might not be totally sure about a technique or a material for how to go about creating a certain aspect of the costly, like maybe that makeup is frustrating you or you're just not quite sure where to get awake from, then you can go and do more research. This is actually my favorite part of the planning out constantly figuring out how to make all the different things. Some people will research everything they need for costly at the beginning, while other people will do it as they go along and other people still it will just completely winging it and have no idea what they're doing the whole time. I kinda fall under all three of those categories for different costs plays and even different stages of building those costs plays. But I have, That's when I researched something more. It has helped me be more confident in what I'm doing and avoid spending excess money when you're doing research into your cosplay, you can look for tutorial blogs or videos on YouTube or maybe more skill superclasses or customers who have maybe made the same thing as you for people who have made the same cause plays you or even one that's just similar. A lot of them are more than willing to answer your questions and talk about the costly they've made. But if you do reach out to them through social media or in person that tried out to ask questions like, how did you make this cosplay? Because Coase plays as you've probably figured out by this point, r, So multi-layered, it's impossible to just give an answer if that's like asking somebody, how did you build this house or how did you write this book? And there were lots of steps involved when you're ascii and cost player, how they made it costly, tried to have some specific questions like maybe what material to use for this part, or where did you get your wake from? Or did you follow any tutorials to do this cool makeup look, those kinds of questions are much easier for costly to answer and they shouldn't. You've actually put some thought into it and are not just asking for no reason that every costlier we'll have times this stand there and answer all your questions. But at least for me, I love talking to people about cosplay. So if you ever have any questions about your own caused place or maybe something I've made. You can reach out to me and we can chat about cosplay or you can ask me your questions sets, what I'm here for as a teacher on skill share anyway, anyway, other research you might have to do is go into a store in person to we'd be browser inventory or go through a couple different websites to find the best option material wise, or go through more tutorials how to use different materials and which ones might be best for your cosplay and other research that might be more particular to the cosplay that you're making. There are a ton of resources out there and not all of them are strictly cosplay related on skill share. For instance, there's a ton of classes about sewing or painting, and those skills can be easily applied to constantly, like I mentioned earlier, there's a ton of different ways to go about planning your cosplay and doing all the research for it. And the methods that I'm talking about right now are just one way of doing it. Find that something completely different works for you, then that's great. I'm here to try and make things easier for you and give you some example of something you could do to plan your cosplay. But if you find something completely different that works even better, or maybe you find that this class and this method just doesn't quite work out for you, then you can do something completely different. This is your cosplay and how you plan it and go about creating it is totally up to you. 5. Finalizing Your Plan: This video is mainly about bringing it all back together and finalizing your budget and your materials and all the different things that you need to start building your cosplay for your costly worksheet. You might have kept everything the same throughout your process of researching and finalizing everything. Or you might have had to change some things depending on your budget or maybe some new research you did. Your plan can change as you go along planning it or even as you go along building it. Mind for my cosplay is does all the time is plane. And just to give you kind of an outline to work within and make things easier for you as you go along building it. If you want to take things one step further for planning, you can determine which parts of the Castlight you'll be making First. Maybe you'll be building the arbor portions first and then painting everything. Maybe you'll be styling the wig first. Maybe you'll be doing a little bit of weight styling and little bit of the army building at the same time. It depends on your timeline and your preferences and what you feel most comfortable doing. Of course, if you're planning on making everything in different stages and you know what those stages are. It is important to keep that in mind when you're purchasing materials, store it for my hip-hop into costly, for example, I wouldn't want to make the armor first and then go out and buy all the fabric for the cape. Because you can't really turned Kate fabric into Arbor very well. You have to kinda keep the order of operations in mind when you're buying materials for your cosplay, something else to keep in mind for your cosplay. Like what I mentioned earlier is when do you need to have it done by if you're making it just for fun and you don't have a convention or an event necessarily that you're planning on wearing it to, then you can take all the time you need. If you're planning on taking it to a very specific convention at a very specific date, then you might need to be a little more careful about how you spend your time when you're building a cosplay, baking the most important aspects first, like maybe the actual outfit and making things like props or weapons. Second, some other costlier mentioned this to me one time about how you can wear the armor or you can wear the costume by itself without the prop that you can't really just take the prop two convention and just not be wearing anything with it that doesn't quite work out as well. But again, it's all up to your preferences and your timeline and what you're planning on doing with your cosplay. Alright, so there's just one last video now where we've recapped everything and I tell you a little bit more about the class project. 6. Recap & Class Project: All right, welcome to the last video. I'm glad that you made it this far. If you've been following along with what I've been doing in the video within At this point, you should have all the portions of your worksheet filled out and the budget and timeline to the materials and components list, as well as having a mental or written plan of how you're going to go about creating your cosplay. I hope you guys liked this class. And if you did use the worksheet I created or some other method of planning your costly. Take a picture of it and post it to the class project section of this class so that other people can see and get inspired and give you feedback on your customer Lane. I'm looking forward to seeing what you guys have played out for your cost place if your future costly involves anything with EVA foam, whether it's armor or prompts that you might want to check out my EVA foam for cosplay class in which I teach you all about how to create armor out of EVA foam. Anyway, I hope you guys liked this class and if he did, I'll see US accent.