Tablets for Cosplay: Why Our iPad is One of Our Favorite Cosplay Tools

So, I’m going to be straight with you guys for a second: given a choice, we would not have an iPad. However, Mario won one in his company Halloween costume contest a few years back wearing his Priest costume, and so we have one. (If you’re wondering, we would have gotten a Microsoft Surface.)

Either way, there is one function that we use 99% of the time on our iPad: Dropbox.

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Dropbox is a place to put all of your photos, documents, etc- but we use it almost exclusively for cosplay reference photos. Above is an example of all of our reference photos, and we try to keep it really organized.

Instead of printing out a ton of reference images, we’re able to access all of our references images whenever and where ever we need them, without a wi-fi connection, which makes it absolutely amazing for taking with to fabric stores to make sure all the colors are exactly how we want them.

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In addition to this, we keep it on hand for painting reference, and for when we’re working on patterning out a costume because in the folders, we put every angle we can find of the character we’re creating.

Even if you don’t have a tablet, Dropbox works on your smart phone, too- it’s not as nice since you don’t have a huge screen, but it works in a pinch!

(Just fyi, this isn’t a paid advertisement or anything, Dropbox is just something I feel like more people need to know about!)

 

 

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Zagara Costume Break Down

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Photo by Steve Groves of ESI Media


Holy cow you guys, am I in love with this costume. This was the very first costume I’ve ever made that I was just grinning the entire time. I had some issues with the cape and wig, but throughout making the dress, I was just in love!

This costume basically started with me turning to Mario and saying, “I want to wear a big dress to BlizzCon this year.” I’ve always been in love with the Zerg, and thought about doing Kerrigan (this was way back in January before Countess Kerrigan was a thing) so I talked to my amazing friend Carissa (link is to her Facebook page, check out her work!) about helping me figure out the costume and getting my ideas onto paper.

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She blew it out of the water. This is exactly what I had in mind, and I was in love from the beginning! (Warning: Super long post ahead!)

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