June182012

gollygoshdang said: Hi, I'm the Menma cosplayer that submitted a while ago and just wanted to say sorry! I'm assuming because mine didn't get a critique it didn't need one? I wasn't looking for an ego boost, I'm just a super beginner cosplayer and I was lurking forums full of elitist cosplayers so I was paranoid about looking bad! But anyway, thanks for this blog and if I make a cosplay that could REALLY use a critique, I'll send it to ya. =)

I don’t remember this one specifically. But we must not have thought there was much else to do with it. In the future we’ll make sure to reply to everyone even if it’s to say, “Good job, you don’t need us!” :3

-Doctor

5PM

despairinducinglyhugemilkjugs said: Thank you so much for your clarification!

No problem!
Remember guys, you can submit any time you want regardless of activity! If we didn’t want to do this anymore we’d simply delete the blog.
-Doctor

5PM

despairinducinglyhugemilkjugs said: Not to be rude, but are you guys still active?

Not rude at all, m’dear! Just a complete lack of flippable submissions. We’re not here as an ego boost, we’re here to give real cohesive help for noticeable improvement. We got submissions that we really see no problem with, so there’s no reason to post them. That and we’ve only gotten like five submissions ever.
-Doctor

April52012

Anonymous said: Hi, I was just wondering if you guys recieved a cosplay of Menma to be critiqued? I'm not trying to rush you to critique it but I wanted to make sure you got it. =) (anon b/c i dont have a tumblr)

We did! Doctor is at a convention right now though, so we’re going to be a bit slow in getting to it, as we go over the costumes together to make sure we don’t miss anything. (:

- Sasha

March282012
Here we have dreamydemon with an original version of Dark Link!
Overall, it looks like the costume itself is well-made and fits your body properly (as far as tunics go!) This is great, since that’s a huge thing you don’t have to worry about.
The first thing we noticed, though, was your shield. It appears as though you’ve created a version of the Mirror Shield. If that’s accurate, then perhaps painting it in such a way to make it actually shiny would add a LOT to the prop, since the mirror shield is meant to be reflective.
On the topic of the shield, the black border is sort of sticking out, since it looks to be made up of individual pieces, instead of looking like one solid piece like it’s meant to. If you don’t want to scrap it completely (which you shouldn’t have to, since overall the construction is very nice), I’d recommend filling in the cracks with something (like paperclay or plaster or something of the like), sanding it down smooth, and then painting over it so it has a more unified feel to it. 
The only other thing we noticed were your boots. While those boots are the correct color, the style and material are not accurate to the time period the games reflect. We highly recommend replacing them with something more fitting of the character. If you’re unable to find a pair that look correct, you can always get a cheap pair of shoes from the thrift store and make your own covers for them.
Good luck with your renovation and future cosplays!
- Sasha

Here we have dreamydemon with an original version of Dark Link!

Overall, it looks like the costume itself is well-made and fits your body properly (as far as tunics go!) This is great, since that’s a huge thing you don’t have to worry about.

The first thing we noticed, though, was your shield. It appears as though you’ve created a version of the Mirror Shield. If that’s accurate, then perhaps painting it in such a way to make it actually shiny would add a LOT to the prop, since the mirror shield is meant to be reflective.

On the topic of the shield, the black border is sort of sticking out, since it looks to be made up of individual pieces, instead of looking like one solid piece like it’s meant to. If you don’t want to scrap it completely (which you shouldn’t have to, since overall the construction is very nice), I’d recommend filling in the cracks with something (like paperclay or plaster or something of the like), sanding it down smooth, and then painting over it so it has a more unified feel to it. 

The only other thing we noticed were your boots. While those boots are the correct color, the style and material are not accurate to the time period the games reflect. We highly recommend replacing them with something more fitting of the character. If you’re unable to find a pair that look correct, you can always get a cheap pair of shoes from the thrift store and make your own covers for them.

Good luck with your renovation and future cosplays!

- Sasha

March192012

Anonymous said: Just saying, I'm planning on submitting my cosplay for a critique! It's my first self made one and I should be finished by next week. Please don't give up on this blog, I like you guys. :)

Thanks for the heads up, we were getting worried that we had fifty lookie-loos!
-Doctor

March162012

blackjackgabbiani said: I plan on it. I'm just not sure what you need. Do you need a picture of the character or can you find that? Are you going to account for budget and skill level?

We can usually locate images of characters, but it would certainly help us out if you include it yourself.
As for skill, that’s more of something you have to judge for yourself. Recognize what you are capable of yourself. If your dream cosplay is too tough for you, try more simple things as you improve your skills and build up the skills needed for that epic costume.
As for budget. Well. Cosplay is an expensive hobby. There’s only so many corners you can cut before you have to use quality materials. Little things add up fast. So I can’t always help you in that department. Just know your limitations before getting into things.
-Doctor

3AM

Hello again.

Just wondering if anyone is planning to submit in the future, or even just have singular items they’d like a critique on. We do props too!
Please don’t be shy.

-Doctor

March92012

Hey guys!

As a note, when you guys submit a cosplay, you can choose to be anonymous, just let us know!
We understand the embarrassment you might be feeling and will respect that by omitting your name. We can even censor out your face if you haven’t yourself.
So please don’t be afraid to submit. Seriously, just let us know if you’d like to be anonymous.
We’re here to help!
-Doctor

March82012

Today we have zanreosauce as Ika Musume.
Let’s start at the top. First, I can’t even see the hat, I’ll assume you’re satisfied with it, so let’s move onto the wig. I agree, it can stand to be filled out more. Other than that, it looks great from here.
Now onto the dress. Always tailor whatever you’re wearing to flatter your body. It doesn’t matter what shape or size anyone is, if you tailor a garment to flatter your body type you will look fab. Bending some aspects (within reason) of a costume to benefit you is always the best option.
Your dress here doesn’t seem to be bad, it just isn’t your size. Always measure whatever you can to ensure that your garment will fit you in the end.
The details along the bottom can stand to be more bold. As I mentioned in our last post, go bold. The detail you have here is a little too shy, bump it up a notch.
And for the boots. Well, I’m an advocate for diving around the thrift store for something very similar to your needs and altering from there. Having dedicated shoes for a particular costume can be very useful. If you can’t find something similar to what you need, at least find the shape. You can at least make a new facade for them. It’s a little tricky and takes a lot of trial and error, but if you study from examples, it shouldn’t take too long. Study the shapes of panels on shoes and where the seams fall. Don’t be afraid to make the whole thing with a glue gun if you have to, it might make learning less frustrating.
When making a permanent shoe cover (Or any shoe cover, I suppose). The shape comes from the cover, you can’t just drape fabric over them and expect it to look like a shoe. Tailor that material into a shape that’s streamlined and lays upon the shoe like a glove.
When I look for a shoe to revamp, I look for a decent shape and a sole similar to what I want. Never cover the sole, just find something similar. It will look cleaner when you line up and glue the new cover on. Plus you won’t slip when running around the con. Nothing beats a real shoe sole.
If anyone else has tips on this, please feel free to mention them. I’ve only attempted shoes a couple of times myself, so even I am still learning. We’re always learning after all.
I hope this helped, good luck in your adjustments!
-Doctor

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