Beginner Tips on Starting A Webcomic

Hello friends! Everyone enjoying February so far? 2017 has been pretty good to me – I relaxed a lot this weekend, playing way too many Steam games that I got on sale. I feel like I have been burnt out on content ideas for this blog – I don’t have Photoshop on my new PC, which is how I made all my graphics! But I’ve alway been a “quality over quantity” kind of gal. Why spend hours on a mediocre blog post just for the sake of posting every other day?

Another thing for me has been working on my current love project – my new webcomic! This is my second attempt at making a webcomic, the first being an Avatar: The Last Airbender fancomic that I did for fun. I never intended to make any sort of money off of it (no Patreon, no prints, nothing!) but it took a lot of my time and energy and no longer became “fun”. You can see where some pages are rushed and sloppy near the end, and I was extremely stressed out by the whole thing. 

But! I did learn a lot from this first try, so as I work on the beginning details of my next webcomic, here’s what I’m keeping in mind the second time around!

 

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My 2017 Cosplay Resolutions!

I’m only 3 days into 2017 and I’m still hyped about this “fresh start” feeling that only a new year gives me. A few days ago, I posted a generic Resolutions post about what I want to do overall, but then I started thinking about what I wanted to do cosplay-wise!  One of my overall generic resolutions for the year was to “make cosplays I’m proud of.” I want to take the time to make a few really outstanding outfits that are either really comfortable and durable to wear multiple times or push me outside my comfort zone. That being said, I figured this needed it’s own sub-list!

  • Work with Worbla – I bought a small amount of Worbla a while back, invested in a heat gun and really enjoyed playing around with the material! Crafts/props has never been my strong point, but I think Worbla is worth the money for how easy it is to work with. I have a ~secret crossover project~ for 2017 that I’m going to make just a little bit of armor for. 
  • Learn Draping – draping is where you pin fabric directly to a dress dummy and “sculpt” a garment! I learn visually and hands on, so while I’m not afraid to do math, just measuring out a pattern on paper is difficult for me. I can’t visualize it in 3D as well as I could on a mannequin! 
  • Invest In A Better Sewing Machine – not really a resolution, more of a “to-do!” I still use the first sewing machine I ever purchased when I was 18. It’s still in great working condition, but not as advanced as I wish it was! It’s time to upgrade!
  • Line My Garments – I take so many shortcuts so that the outside looks “perfect” while the inside looks horrible. Lining and taking better care of the steps I take when finishing my cosplay takes extra time, but I really need to do it from now on!

So there are my cosplay goals for 2017! I am excited to look back in December and see how well I did. What about you, any goals you have in mind for your cosplay plans? Let me know in the comments! 

Everything I Can’t Wait For In 2017 + Resolutions!

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! 2016 has been….interesting, to say the least. It was a bit of a letdown for me overall, I’m trying to think of good things that happened and I’m just reminded of all the bad things of 2016. So instead, I’m going to make a list of all the things I’m looking forward to – plus some personal resolutions at the end!

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PAX South (Jan 27-29)

Last year I meant to go to PAX South in San Antonio for the first time – but badges sold out! All the conventions I’d ever been to you could buy badges the day of, so I was not prepared for badges being limited for PAX. (Instead, that weekend I started this blog! One good thing in 2016 so far) I’m excited to go to a convention that is not centered on anime and Japanese trends, but more into games and demos! 

Game of Thrones Season 7 (Summer 2017)

Alright, so I just finished the GoT Telltale PC game – boy, was that a stressful way to unwind from work. Stressful but addicting! It really got me hyped about the world of Westeros again. Normally new seasons start in April-ish, but with a lot more winter-y scenes needed, they’re going to film longer and air the next season in summer 2017. I. Am. Ready. I still get goosebumps when I think about the big moments of last season and I’m really excited to feel that adrenaline rush on Sunday evenings. 

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Let’s Make A Cosplay! – Planning and Breaking Down Your Character’s Costume

Cosplay Research Prep!

Hello everyone! Welcome to my cosplay tutorial series – Let’s Make A Cosplay! Here I will try to write down all my tips and tricks I’ve learned the hard way over the years. All the things I wish someone had told me when I discovered this hobby!

So now that we’ve picked our cosplay project we’re gonna make, now it’s time to plan HOW we are going to tackle it! This is my favorite part of making the cosplay beyond wearing the final product!

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Let’s Make a Cosplay! – Choosing a Cosplay For Your Level

Choosing A Cosplay

Hello everyone! Welcome to my cosplay tutorial series – Let’s Make A Cosplay! Here I will try to write down all my tips and tricks I’ve learned the hard way over the years. All the things I wish someone had told me when I discovered this hobby!

For my first post in this series, I decided to start at the very, very first step – picking the character you want to cosplay! Sometimes it’s easy – you see a character, you fall in love and the choice is obvious. But what if you like the idea of cosplay, want to try it yourself, but maybe don’t know where to start? Let me help!

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