Cosplay Crash Course is a collaborative guide written by a group of epic cosplayers detailing the many elements needed to create high quality looks. Honestly, it’s exactly the kind of guide I’ve been looking for. I’m one of those people who always imagines creating realistic costumes but I’ve been afraid to look cheap or under-planned. This guide wipes away that doubt, showing you it’s possible if you buy the right materials and put in the work to create something you can be proud of.
I was most impressed at how comprehensive this guide is. It met the typical expectations, delving into materials, fabrics, how to create armor, etc. The guide goes much further, showing you details you’d never figure out on your own without a bunch of failed attempts and a couple hundred dollars spent. They show you exactly what certain materials will do when shaped or painted. They troubleshoot, giving tips on how to fix common issues by materials. There’s an extensive guide on how to wear and shape wigs (skills I would never have imagined necessary, but that seem completely obvious now that I’m on the other side). There’s even a section showing you the best poses for photography, and a few simple costumes to dress up your dog. This is all you need to know in one easy-to-read, easy-to-see guide.
Overall, Cosplay Crash Course is essential reading if you’re just getting started in the DIY cosplay or costume game. After reading it front to back, I desperately want to clear out my garage and start making cosplay costumes in my non-existent spare time. It’s that inspiring.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.
Cosplay Crash Course
By Mina Petrovic
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