I know many of you HATE my cosplay posts. So please. Skip this next bit of business and move on the next. I will not be offended. I understand why the whole hobby makes you tilt your head like a collie puppy. Thank you - The Management
There is a new thing in Cosplay. It's called Patreon and it's basically a fundraising sight for Cosplayers. The hobby is not cheap. If a person discovers they have a flair for the hobby and that people like their pictures and approve of their costume creations only makes them work harder the next time to do a better costume than the one before. Every costume comes from some anime or comic book or TV show or movie so the general population KNOWS these characters in their original form. It's hard for a cosplayer to copy that or do enough of a variation (like a female Superman vs the usual guy) that the look is 'accepted'. Most do a good job and try very hard because they will be on display. Creativity goes a long way.
Then there is the next level. They are cosplayers who are so good at what they are good at that they can command fees at conventions and sell prints and posters to their fans as many of us who love the hobby love it because of the particular cosplayer in a particular costume. When you see it you will know and at that moment you too will want a print of that shot.
That was the old way of doing business but not the best can find patrons who throughout history have supported artists who create the art that they love. I is common in the art world and I am glad that it gives some of the more dedicated ones to get some sponsorship to continue their growth as an artist.
And make no mistake, cosplaying is an art form. It's the combination of a costume, with a model, with an attitude that make the illusion come to life. The still picture is now living right in front of you. I personally love the process of design and production. I love seeing how something get's from floor to stage. That is why I celebrate the very best I see out there on this blog. I honor their skills and their craft.
YES, some get sponsored just because they look insanely hot in the skimpy costumes that they wear. They have their fans and they have a place. Jessica Nigri is beautiful but not for me. Ya Ya Han is a business visionary but as a model I find her boring. Here tech skills are second to none as is her imagination and choice of materials but someone just a bit hotter needs to model her stuff. Something is take away from the illusion each time I see either of these great cosplayers. Art always comes down to personal taste I guess. I see many cosplay pictures in my day and choose only my favorites for my own posts.
You don't know how insanely difficult that it us to approach a cosplayer in a great costume at a convention. I went to my tiny little Red Deer one even though I am deathly fearful of crowds after have been isolated all those years. (It was a secret government project but perhaps I have said too much already.) so I was anxious enough on the day.
I took ONE picture with my camera because I was to scared to ask anyone in costume if I could take their picture.
I saw one Batgirl who looked at me as if to say come on over, loser and tell me why I look great as your dream girl. I will take to you for a few minutes if only to break up the monotony of my life. But I couldn't thing of a way to make that work without my head exploding. But she did look great. Classic form the Batman animated series. Even with the Red Hair. Sigh. I love the artform but am afraid to talk to anyone in it.