Welcome to Junkies Nation’s cosplay review, Weekly Cos-day! Specifically, welcome to the first edition of 2014, and the first since the beginning of the holiday season. Here, we will highlight some of the best cosplays we saw on the internet this week (including those submitted by you, dear readers!). We will end each article with a link to a cosplay tutorial so that you can finally make that perfect cosplay you’ve been dreaming about.
The Best Cosplay We’ve Seen This Week
Impa from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, by Cosplay.com user Siha.
The detail work on this costume is great, but the wig styling and the make-up really make the costume. It’s practically a perfect representation of what you see on the screen and, considering Impa’s animated, that’s really excellent.
Nightwing from DC Comics, by Cosplay.com user Stargazer Gemini.
I’ve been looking at a lot of superhero cosplays lately and, while I love the ones that incorporate armor, I’m more impressed by those cosplayers who can create great bodysuits–like Stargazer Gemini here. It may be because stretchy fabric and I still don’t get along, but I’m really impressed by technique as successful as this.
Rose from Doctor Who ( The Idiot Lantern), by deviantART user alcblueyes.
Alcblueyes has a whole photoshoot in her Rose costume from the episode The Idiot Lantern, but the prosthetic/mask work in this shot is exceptionally great. The photo has been making its way around the internet since last year, and it’s really obvious why. The shot, the cosplayers, and the costumes are all-around perfect.
Anastasia Romanov from Anastasia, by Cosplay.com user Seiren-sama.
This is a showcase costume on Cosplay.com, and wow. The construction of the piece, the poise of the cosplayer, and the setting of the photograph work together perfectly. It shows how the perfect surroundings can really elevate a costume in a photoshoot.
Damien Wayne/Robin from DC Comics, by Cosplay.com user Plush-Mello.
Damien Wayne is a character that’s full of personality. If you pick up a random Batman comic and see Robin is there, you can practically instantly tell if it’s Damien under the mask by the dialogue alone. Plush-Mello does a great job of embodying this spirit in the picture and, combined with great construction, brings Damien Wayne to life.
In Weekly Cos-Day #4, we linked to a bunch of tutorials to teach you how to buy, style, and care for a wig. Of course, there’s something else important that goes along with wearing a wig–and that is coloring your eyebrows. Chances are that, if you needed to buy a wig, your eyebrows are significantly different than the color wig you’re wearing. This informational video by Chicago-based cosplayer MangoSirene highlights two different methods of eyebrow coloring–that don’t involve dyes. This thread from Cosplay.com highlights one of these methods, and discusses a few additional approaches from other posters. Check it out, or leave your own tips in the comments.
Until next week, cosplay enthusiasts!
Do you have an awesome cosplay you’d like to share with your fellow Junkies Nation readers? Or maybe you have a tutorial that can help other learn the ways of cosplay. Submit photos, links, and other relevant information to firstname.lastname@example.org and you could be featured in a future Weekly Cos-day!