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* The ultimate guide for Costume vs. Cosplay

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 10, 2008, 9:26 AM



Intro


My intention with this guide is to inform you of the differences between the Artisan Crafts > Textiles > Costumes gallery and the newly added Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay gallery.


I would like to ask you a favour - please help spread this info! Put a link in your journal to this guide, inform your watchers about the difference with the Costume-gallery and Cosplay-gallery and use this as an educational tool for yourself and others.

If you have questions, or think something is missing or is unclear - just make a comment in this journal or send me a note.



For the longest time, the Costumes gallery has struggled with having the highest amount of miscats of all Artisan Crafts galleries and unhappy deviants having no suitable category to submit to.
The problem, as I see it, has been that many of the cosplayers aren't showing the crafted costumes as the focus, especially if they didn't make them, but are instead submitting photos of costumes to Artisan Crafts > Textile > Costume because they have no where else to go, hence all the miscats. With the newly added gallery we hope this problem is solved and that most of you are happy with the change.


• Browse Artisan Crafts > Textiles > Costumes

• Browse Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay



Need help with relocating miscats?
If, after reading this guide, you realize you have many deviations in your gallery that should be in Photography -> People & Portraits -> Cosplay and are in need of a mass-relocation button - note me and I'll help you. Please include a link to your costume gallery (i.e taeliac.deviantart.com/gallery…) and I'll move all deviations to the Cosplay gallery.


My deepest gratitude, thanks and love to taeliac and kellin for the help with the photos I'm using in this guide. :heart:



What is cosplay?!?


Cosplay, short for "costume play", is basically describing a performing-art behaviour of self-rigging out as a character with corresponding costume, accessories and/or parameters.

Taken from Wikipedia, read the entire article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay


Costume vs cosplay


The Costumes gallery in Artisan Crafts is, and always has been, reserved only for costumes (i.e historical, cosplay and original designs) that are constructed by deviants because the Artisan Crafts gallery is only for handcrafted art. That would include many if not all aspects of costumemaking, which include patternmaking, draping, cutting, fitting, and stitching for a major part or all of the costume. [This does not mean, however, that any accessories or props for the costume must also have been made by you. Footwear, headgear, accessories, weapons, etc. do not have to have been made by you, only the costume itself.]

The Costumes gallery was never intended for photos of costumes that were purchased or commissioned, photos of costumes that were assembled using new or second-hand garments or stock, photos of friends or of random strangers at conventions, photos that have been photoshopped to show the artistry of the photo rather than of the costume, headshots, photos where poses and objects obstruct the ability to view the costume, and most especially, all photos that focus only on the character and roleplaying rather than on a hand-made costume. The purpose of the Costumes gallery is to focus on the artistry and skills of the costumemaker, not on cosplay photos.

//Taken from Kitten-of-Woe's journal



The "rules" of submitting to Artisan Crafts > Textile > Costume

    1. It must be made by you!

Artisan Crafts on dA refers to anything of a 3D nature that is  made by the deviant.

• If it's a purchased costume, or your mother/sister/friend made it, or if it's made from clothes you found in your wardrobe or your local thrift shop, it does not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.

• Photos of friends or random strangers at conventions do not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.


    2. The costume must be visible in the photo

• Photos that focus only on the character and roleplaying rather than on a hand-made costume do not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.



• Photos where poses, objects, props, or camera angles obstruct the ability to view the costume do not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.



• Photos where you are too far away in the distance to see the costume clearly do not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.



• Headshots and close-up portraits do not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay.
Close-ups are of course allowed in the Costume-gallery, but those should be a complement to the photos of the costume, not on a facial expression or hair-do's!



• Group photos in which the focus is so much on the group that little to none of your costume can be seen do not belong in Artisan Crafts and should be in Photography > People & Portraits -> Cosplay


The focus is on your textile-crafting ability, not how well you portray a character - that's why the costume must be visible in the photo for it to be submitted to Artisan Crafts!</strong>




    3. Parts of a costume

• Props, masks, weapons, and other non-textile parts of a costume do not belong in Costumes and should be in Artisan Crafts > Misc or any other fitting subcat.



• Gloves, hats, wigs, wings, bows, belts and other textile accessories to a costume do not belong in Costumes, they should be in Artisan Crafts > Accessories.




• Photos of make-up do not belong in Costume, they should be in Traditional Art > Body Art > Make-up.



• Drawn designs of costumes do not belong in Costume, they should be in Design & Interface > Fashion > Fashion design



    4. Reference images

Copyrighted reference images included in deviations are a serious violation and is considered stealing. Provide a link instead of using an image; giving credit to the artist is not enough.


Useful tips


As in every other genre of Artisan Crafts, the way you present your work is essential. As artists who create 3-dimensional art/craft, there is a challenge to show our creations by photo - in a portfolio, as a deviation on dA, or anywhere else on the internet.

The viewer can't touch the surface or feel the fabric. The photograph of the item is all we have, and if the photo doesn't show your creation in a good way, the whole impression can be completely destroyed.

Read my guide for improving your AC-photographs and maybe you can get some useful tips on how to take better photos of your craft.

Some visual examples of some of the do's and dont's:


• In this photo the costume is blurred and obscured by the light and mirror, and it really doesn't show any details at all of the costume.





• This photo is way too blurry to see the actual costume.





• These are good photos, where the costume is clearly visible.


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The "rules" of submitting to Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay

    1. Someone else took the photo

You can submit photos of yourself to Cosplay even though you are not the photograher.

You post the photos as models, so include the name of the photographer to give credit and if you don't know how took the photo - clearly state that you are the model and not the photographer.


Suggesting cosplay and costumes for DD:s


At the moment there is no Gallery Director set to handle Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay. Send your DD suggestion for Cosplay to Moonbeam13 and your DD suggestions for Costume to either Kitten-of-Woe or me.

Please remember to send your DD suggestions to one person only, or it could cause great confusion.


LINKS


DAOS-The Way of The Cosplayer Pt 1!!
The DAOS 15-The Way Of The Cosplayer Pt. 2

Cosplay Feature from the Artisan Crafts Gallery


You know of other resources? Let me know, and I'll inklude them here.



Thank you all for taking the time to read this, and we all hope that you enjoy and make use of the new Photography gallery for cosplay to share your creations on dA!


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:iconerzsabet:
Erzsabet Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love this! I have recently revived a group I started for non-cosplay (or anthro) costumes, and some of the things you've said in here are very helpful when it comes to explaining the difference.

I would love to see an updated version as well, now that we have a cosplay subfolder in costuming. I think it would be super helpful =D
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Doridachi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for this! *[]*

I'm sorry if someone's already asked, but if you tailor a wig you bought, or tailor an accessory/other thing, it doesn't belong in the artistans, right? Only if you made it completley from scratch?
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh jeez, I'm so sorry I haven't answered until now! Your message was burried in my chaos-message-center

You can submit an altered, bought wig/item in Artisan Crafts, but you should state in the description that it is bought and what you have done on it.

Cheers!
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sakura-kokoro Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008
I just wondered if I could check something. If you're the cosplayer and have made the costume yourself with someone else taking the photo of you, are you allowed to upload this under costumes?

Thanks for the guide, I've added it to my account.
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hey! It's actually answered in the guide:

The "rules" of submitting to Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay

Someone else took the photo

You can submit photos of yourself to Cosplay even though you are not the photograher.

You post the photos as models, so include the name of the photographer to give credit and if you don't know how took the photo - clearly state that you are the model and not the photographer.


Hope that answer your question :)
And I'm glad you found thise guide useful!!
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KojinkaLuigiGodzilla Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I apologize. I originally submitted my cosplay (I made the costume by modifying a horror robe and a bald cap) photo in the costume section because it was the first category I found that was at least somewhat fitting. I didn't even really think to look in the photography section at the time.
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
No need to apologize!! I know the category system can be confusing :)
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:iconolivias-atelier:
Olivias-Atelier Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What if we feel something has been moved wrongfully? Who would we contact about that?
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It should say in the note you recive when something of yours have been relocated
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:iconbroadwaybabemorgie:
broadwaybabemorgie Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2008
Sorry, didn't really think about it when I posted it, that you can't see the costume. I hope I didn't frustrate anyone by adding in the wrong category.
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
not at all :)
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:iconf1ymordecai:
F1yMordecai Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
so if I make a costume for cosplay, can it be submitted in the Costume gallery? Then regular pics of it can be put in cosplay?
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
if you make a costume for cosplay it can be submitted to Artisan Crafts > Textile > Cotumes IF the costume is clearly visible on the photo

Photos where focus is on acting out a scene, or holding a pose or having camera angle that blocks the costume it should be submitted to Photography > people & portraits > cosplay
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:iconf1ymordecai:
F1yMordecai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2008
ahh that clears the air for me, thanks!
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:iconznow-white:
znow-white Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008
:love:
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:iconrachel-googles:
Rachel-Googles Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008
Yeah, I jsut noticed the cosplay category and went like "What the hell?".

This is useful. Now I won't get in any potential trouble. xD
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol, yeah it was a very needed and appreciated added gallery. So now we're just trying to get the word out about it's existence and the difference of Cosplay and Costume.

Glad you found it useful! :w00t:
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:iconryoma-kun:
Ryoma-kun Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work!

Thanks. ^^
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:thumbsup:
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:icontehodda:
Tehodda Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, thank you for this! I'm completely new to the cosplay and costume making scene so this is gold. And I was never sure if I could post photos other people took of my cosplay or if it would be stealing. You completely rock. :heart:
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are most welcome, I'm glad I could be of help and that you found it useful!

:hug:
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ReincarnationsPF Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
I would think the lack of an object/tole painting category would be equally bad in terms of the points listed here, considering it's been around as long, if not longer, than 'cosplay'. I've had no end of 'relocated' items (which I promptly delete, as whoever is sending the notices are clueless, don't care, or both), all of which were located in the best possible gallery, given the choices.
Personally, I feel any category that allows for entry of work not created by the submitter (with the exception of those submitted to photography) is a dilution of the art, and an insult to those that work hard at bettering their art.
Still, thanks for making things a bit easier.
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:iconartyamg:
ArtyAMG Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008
This is a wonderfully informative article! :D
Awesome job! :clap:
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you found it informative and useful!!
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:iconkalany:
kalany Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2008
Because I can't resist, a quick grammar nitpick: "It must be made by yourself" is hypercorrected; I think you probably mean either "It must be made by you" or "It must be made by you yourself". :D

Second --- although this really has nothing to do with the subject, as long as I'm submitting a comment I thought I'd ask -- to whom would I suggest changes to gallery descriptions and/or additional galleries? You? $Moonbeam13? Thanks :)
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh, thanks for pointing that out!! ;) Fixed it!

You can send your suggestions to me, $Moonbeam13 or $FallenRox!
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:icontwililink:
TwiliLink Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
finally they have a cosplay category lol thanks for the clearing things up
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing!!
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:iconarchsoul1:
archsoul1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
This is actually pretty funny! I love all the "do not" belong in cosplay. lol I think someone should take time and make one of these for all categories. lol

I've been thinking about really getting into cos-play. I guess comming across this is a sign or something. All around it looks like fun.
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol, I know what you mean, but it was the easiest way to point out what goes where!!

I'm sure its loads of fun, so go for it!! :D
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:iconjailbreakdesigns:
JailBreakDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wish I would have seen this before I manually transferred all the photos to the Cosplay area myself. that was fun... O_O
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
oh noes!!

well, you should be able to do it in your sleep by now then =P
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:iconjailbreakdesigns:
JailBreakDesigns Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
i sure can! XD
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:iconcarrousel:
carrousel Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
thanks so much for clearing all of this up- you are amazing!

*goes off to fix through her gallery*
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad I could help with some clearing up :D

Let me know if you need help with mass-relocating!!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is awesome, I hate seeing 26 deviations of just poses, but I have a question...
I do not "cosplay", but I like to take the best photo possible of my costume, so sometimes I still stage the shot, but the costume is always the display, and sometimes an accurate set and pose helps portray the accuracy of the costume. I'm just worried some of my work would be moved to Cosplay, I really don't want my work in there. Are people going to be moving Costume photos if they think it's innacurate?
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
First, sorry this reply is little late!

If people think yours (or others) photos of costume fits better in cosplay due to pose, angle or whatever they can report it as a miscat. Then people like I, gallery directors, take a look at the report and decide wheter they are correct in their report or not, and move it if we see fit.
Our goal is to have all the photos where they belong and follow the guidelines for the different galleries. If you get a photo relocated and disagree, you can always contact the help desk and explain why you think it's been moved wrongly we'll discuss it from there.

Although right now we, gallery directors, have a hold on moving any deviations that have been reported since the IT-team is working on the tools for doing so and to make htem more perfect. But I still urge people to report any miscat they find.

I hope that answer your question!
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:iconverdaera:
Verdaera Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It does, thank you!
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:icontaeliac:
taeliac Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is my personal opinion (not being one of the Gallery Directors) but I think if the costume is clearly pictured there, then you shouldn't have much to worry about - it's usually an issue when there is more going on in the picture (an action pose, that obscures the costume, stuff like that, or the very far zoomed out to show the surroundings more than the costume) that you risk relocation; if the costume is clearly seen, I doubt you'd have to worry!

I'd say, once you upload it, if you are unsure, send a note asking to ^Myana or ^Kitten-of-Woe and just simply ask :D They should be able to answer fairly accurately :D
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:iconbluevalkyrie:
BlueValkyrie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008   General Artist
thanks is good to know for dont make mistakes ^^
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
sure thing!!
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:iconconstantconfuse:
ConstantConfuse Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
I'm not sure if I should move my picture then... It's of my jewelry for a Lulu cosplay, but almost all of it is hand made.
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Handmade jewelry belongs in Artisan Crafts > Jewelry
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:iconconstantconfuse:
ConstantConfuse Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Ah, then I believe I put it in the right place. :) Thank you.
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:iconkagitsune:
Kagitsune Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Quick Question: What if I made a costume mostly out of bought pieces, but we didn't take the pictures? Would a compilation of pictures belong in Cosplay Photography, or is that considered as misusing someone else's work? What if we already have permission from the photographer?

(the Cosplays in question are this [link] and this [link] )
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Those photos goes in Photography > People & Portraits > Cosplay

You post the photos as models, so include the name of the photographer to give credit and if you don't know how took the photo - clearly state that you are the model and not the photographer.
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:iconkagitsune:
Kagitsune Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Awesome! Thanks for the clarification. ^ω^v

You might want to add that detail to the guide, actually... :3
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:iconmyana:
Myana Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You read my mind, it's already added ;)
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:iconkagitsune:
Kagitsune Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
Sweet! ^o^
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