Candid shot from Aion photoshoot
_Last year was an interesting one indeed. It was the first year that I didn't really accomplish my cosplay goal of creating my set list of costumes. I was bogged down with school work which made me learn how to make due with little time. I only made 5 out 7 costumes I planned. Even with that in mind and the horrible weather, I still had a great year cosplaying. This blog will be a summary of last year's highlights and lowlights.
Blog Highlights: See how much it costs to be a traveling cosplayer; my favourites from costumes, props and conventions; a round up of features and awards; a good commission year; and a look to 2012.
2011 Cosplay Costs
_As you may know cosplaying can be expensive. Since I was spending a lot of money on this hobby, I decided to track my expenses to see where it all goes. All totals are in Canadian dollars, which is almost equal to US dollars.
Total Spent on Costumes = $1500
This includes fabric, craft supplies, wigs, boots, paints and the works.
This also includes money spent on costumes I have yet to make. It averages out to $130 a month.
Total spent on Conventions = $1700
Not bad considering I only went to only one local convention.
This includes con passes, hotel, gas or transportation.
2011 Total = $3200
Luckily cosplay commissions offset some of my expenses.
If you commission me, you are supporting me in my cosplay endeavors.
Many thanks to my customers for the support!
Most Expensive Costume: Tia Dalma with $156 but by a short margin. Aion and Mercedes both cost $150
Least Expensive Costume: Karako from Deadman Wonderland with $50
The colours and the details pop in the beautiful shot by James Park.
This was part of a photoshoot done at a farm in the late spring.
Last year I made a concerned effort to do photoshoots. The results are often much better than a quick shoot at a convention. I will definitely try to do more on location shoots next year.
Features & Awards
_I am astonished at the amount of features I managed to get this year. I was in Cosmode (Japan), CosplayGen, and I was also in the Montreal Gazette. I got showcased on websites such as Cosplay.com, ACP, and Kotaku.
I didn't so so well when it came to masquerade awards but I still managed to get two good ones.
Click on the images below to see where the costume has been featured.
Looking Forward to 2012
Blue Serpent costumes from Granado Espada
The plan is to go to more US conventions and to up my skills to the next level. Last year I would say I leveled up my makeup and sculpting skills. Next year I hope to improve on my sewing skills. Sewing is where I struggle the most but I fake it well ;)
I also plan on taking on a big project by making a full costume for someone else. I have never made a costume for someone else, excluding a Smurf costume I made for my nephew. I want it to be masquerade worthy so I can imagine it is going to take a lot of time, patience and effort.
I also can't wait to finish this costume on the left. I had to postpone it to this year because I didn't have enough time and I want it to look perfect.
For a full list of my convention and costume plan, see my Plans page, which I will be updating throughout the year.
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