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With winter almost upon us, and the convention season slowing down, many people are starting to plan next-year's cosplay costumes (myself included!)

So, to aid you all in your planning phases, I've put together an article with all of the various tutorials I've bookmarked for personal reference, that deal with cosplay! Maybe, within, you'll find some inspiration for your next costume, or help you get through a stumbling block that you may have hit!

As always, check out Artisan Crafts for works done by other people here on dA, take some time to browse through "Resources -> Tutorials -> Artisan Crafts" for some tutorials of cool stuff to make!

I tried to break these up by general category, but if a tutorial applies to something in particular, I'll put the series name before it :D

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[NARUTO] Akatsuki Cloud Tutorial by Malindachan
This is a great tutorial for the Akatsuki clouds, especially if you're newer to sewing but don't want to paint them on!

Akatsuki Cloud Tutorial by Malindachan

[NARUTO] Anbu Vest Tutorial by Cristophine
I personally haven't used this, but it seems like it will work perfectly (especially if you take a look at the mask tutorial a little further down :poke:)

Anbu Vest Tutorial by Cristophine

[SAILOR MOON] :Sailor Moon Pigtail Tutorial: by GarnetFlight
I love this tutorial, and am awaiting the chance to get to make something using this technique. Plus, I think her pony tails don't look so stringy when done like this, which is the other reason I love it!

:Sailor Moon Pigtail Tutorial: by GarnetFlight

making hand-bound eyelet holes by Kathelyne
This is especially useful if you hate those eyelets you buy in the store as much as I do XP

making hand-bound eyelet holes by Kathelyne

Tutorial: Draft a Kimono Pattern & Pre-Tied Obi Bow by taeliac
Okay, so I'm sorry for putting my own tutorials up here, but the sewing section was looking a little lame >.> And, I hope they're helpful, so... yeah...

Tutorial:Draft a Kimono Patten by taeliac Tutorial: Pre-Tied Obi by taeliac

:star: Props :star:

chioky's Sword Making Guide (currently 5 parts)
This is one of the most comprehensive guides (with great step-by-step pictures and explanations) on how to make swords. I've sat in awe of these swords from the first time I saw them.

Swordmaking Guide: Part 1 by chioky Swordmaking Guide: Part 2 by chioky Swordmaking Guide: Part 3 by chioky Swordmaking Guide: Part 4 by chioky Swordmaking Guide: Part 5 by chioky

[BLEACH] This tutorial (also by chioky) walks you through one sword, from start to finish - a Tensa Zangetsu from Bleach!

How to make a Tensa Zangetsu by chioky

Wrap How-To by piratecaptain
Add a nice touch to your sword props with this tutorial - seems like it would work especially well with a pre-boughten bokken to have a great prop weapon quickly!

Prop Katana Wrap How-To by piratecaptain

Cosplay:Metal Texture Tutorial by Risachantag
And now, to finish off that sword... with some paint!

Cosplay:Metal Texture Tutorial by Risachantag

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Cosplay wing tutorial by etaru
See, wings aren't as hard as you thought they'd be! It just takes a little patients...

Cosplay wing tutorial by etaru

[NARUTO] Naruto ANBU maksmakingTUTORIAL by MSkyDragons
A new tutorial that looks to be really, really helpful for those of you wanting an ANBU cosplay!

Naruto ANBU maskmakingTUTORIAL by MSkyDragons

Leather Mask Making Tutorial by Ranasp
A great guide on how to make masks out of leather, and also on painting and detailing them. Take a look thru Ranasp's gallery for inspiration!

Leather Mask Making Tutorial by Ranasp

Mermaid latex ears tutorial by Lluhnij ((man, I hope I typed that right!))
For those of you who are very adventurous, try making your own ears for your cosplay - especially if you need something very distinct *coughWoWNightElves* that you just can't seem to find. (and, if that doesn't work, Lluhnij does make these for sale ;P)

Mermaid latex ears tutorial by Lluhnij

[xxxHOLIC] Pipe Fox Tutorial by rallamajoop
To remind myself to get off my butt and make myself one, but this is just too cute not to have up here, and a good example of how an accessory can really make an outfit fantastic!

Pipe Fox Tutorial by rallamajoop

How to Make Your Own Cat Ears by SedatedArtist
If you have a convention to go to tomorrow, and you don't have time to make a costume... this always works!

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Well, there you have it! I tried to dig through all of the tutorials posted, and pull out those that relate to cosplay or costuming in general - now, if you have a special way of doing something, or something to add, how about you make a tutorial of it, and upload it! Share the knowledge, and many people will be grateful for the help!

If you are specifically stuck on something, consider asking for help on ArtisanCraft, otherwise, there are tons of people out there who can help you - just dig around the Artisan Crafts Gallery and look around! I can even see what I can do help, and if I can't answer it, I can probably point you to someone who can :D
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Yazayue Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!!!!
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ALIS-KAI Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Wooow!!! Amazing!!!
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Ilseaiko-chan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009
^^!! cool
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Rainbow-Zombie197 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
this is so useful! *faves*
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Xx-SilentMidnight-xX Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing tutorials! =D
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ADF-Fuensalida Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
Awesome tutorials!
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znow-white Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
:love:
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klausious Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
your collection is very cool :heart:
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ann-ann Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
Omg, this is sooo helpful! :D
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azaya Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome! :thumbsup:
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MikoChika Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet! This is great help! You should totally post another one featureing more tutorials. this is a great help. Thanks!!!
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UmbraCat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008
The metal texture one will be really usefull~
Heck, they all will be. : D
Thanks for compiling some of the better ones in one place! c:
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taeliac Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! I need to do a follow-up to this sometime soon, because there are quite a few more good one's to add in there :D
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Vetorswest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2008
Thanks for the compilation, I'll be sure to keep this handy :nod:
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yair23 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks !
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yair23 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great piece :)
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Onyx-chan Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow this is really helpful ^_^, I know I will be using at least half of these for reference, thank-you for posting this.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem!!

I'll try to do a follow up in a month or so, if there are more tutorials out there...
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andrewmangaka Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Holy moly! Why have only 77 people faved this?

:+fav: to spread the word and improve the quality of cosplay everywhere!!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hehe, thank you!

I dun know why more people didn't fav it... maybe they're happy with duct tape? :giggle:
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predzor Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW...I wish I had seen some of these tutorials for my various past projects ><! I'm keeping this on my faves for my future works!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I know - I'm in the same boat :faint:
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Qiut Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
Anything out therea about how to make a Dragonball Z Vegeta costume?
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hrm... not that I've found, but I'd think it can't be too impossible...

I'd probably start with poster board, to be sure you get the armor in the right size and shape. Next, I would see about cutting it out of a sheet of plastic, and cover it in craft foam to get the raised parts. The cool thing is, if it's all thin enough, it should still curve around your body!

I'll see if I find anything floating around that might help, but I hoep that gives you an idea of where you could start :glomp:
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Qiut Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007
Thanks so much. I appreciate it!
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Yume13 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
thank you very muchh D:
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Bright-moon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
you always have the best news articles! :heart:

I was gonna cosplay as tobi from naruto [for holloween mainly, but conventions also!] but I didnt know how to make a cloak. Now I know how to make the clouds, so I'm half-way there! XDD

these are very helpful, thank's a bunch for you hard work in finding them! ^^
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taeliac Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome!!

I'm hoping to do a couple of tutorials for the various Naruto characters, I just need a bit of a break from school ^^; But, you are definitely half way there - maybe try looking at a fabric store at the pattern books, and seeing if there are any simple(r) unfitted jackets (look for one's that are meant to be made out of fleece) that would work! You may have to modify it, but it would be a good start!
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Bright-moon Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
if you did, that would be awesome! :giggle: thanks for the advice! I have some friends who might have a pattern, but I hope the fabric store has a good one anyway :faint:

thanks =3
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narutard94 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
YESSSSSSSSSSSSS TUTORIALS ARE MY LIFE!!!!
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EverDriftingStray Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:w00t: I FINALLY KNOW HOW TO MAKE AN ANBU COSTUME!!!! OMG THANKS SO MUCH FOR PUTTING UP THESE TUTORIALS!!!! I FREAKIN LOVE YOU!!! =P
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem! I know, I was amazed when I saw all of them that would work for it :D

I'm even thinking of making one, to have something comfortable to wear to a convention :giggle:
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Riztally Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
Wow!! So informative!!!!

I might use one of the bokken ones! (After I figure out which Bleach character to goes as!!!! :faint:
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Kiumi-chan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
waw this is so nice!! thank you for doing this ^^
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numina-namine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Neato. The tutorials are very informative, thanks for doing this.
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etaru Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
Thanks again darling! ^.^
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BlackTowerOfTime Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
Thank you very much this was a great insight in costume and prop making. Especial some things on further linked pages keep me reading more and more :-)

Hope this will be one day helpful for me when I try to create some costume and prop things.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree!! You kind of keep following one link, and then another, and then another :D

I'm sure it will be helpful, or, worst case, you know some people to contact if you're stuck with something similar :D
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BlackTowerOfTime Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007
O fear it was a whole Sunday of time wasting.. it is very unpossible that I ever get myself do some "cosplay" thing... even I like to do for some of my ideas and fictional characters.
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ha! Those days of following one link, then another, then another, is how I found most of the people on dA I watch - I love lookign through other people's favorites :D

you never know - you might want to at least try it some time, or be able to adapt a lot of the skills to your own original costumes/designs/characters :D
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BlackTowerOfTime Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Yes ;-) browse the favorites of people is sometimes very interesting. It is a strong habit of me to mostly browse the favorites more as the galleries. But like people with that in common I have a so huge favorite collection I also sometimes need very long if I search a specific one for recommendation or something.
I also thought about to do some favorite-theme featuring in my journal. It would definitely be cool to make some thing like presenting art to a specific keyword. But with a so big collection it is very hard to sort out and copy past all the devNumber of the image.
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Kathelyne Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the feature! Itmeans a lot to me :)
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem - there are just some things (like eyelets) that should be done the right way, to avoid much sadness when the metal one's come flying out :giggle:
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AshleyStewart Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
These are very helpful :D
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! I'm very glad to hear that!!
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SeductiveByatch Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
I used your kimono and obi tuts for my daughters halloween costume. i will add photos of them soon.
Thanks so much for all the info!
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh awesome!! I'm glad they worked out!! :boogie:
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Komori-san Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2007
This is great! I'm sure I'll need most of these sometime, even if not next year. Thank you for putting something like this together. :heart:

About shoes: I would like to see a good tutorial of making the Naruto-style 'ninja slippers'(<- lacking a better name).
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taeliac Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Not a problem - glad it's helpful for you! Even if you're not using these techniques exactly as described, it's good to know a lot of different ways to solve any problem you may come across :D
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riyoku-katsuhara Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2007
Neat, thanks for all the help :D
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