3D Printing for Cosplay – an emerging trend
One of the latest emerging trends we are observing shaping up and taking Western world with storm is the increasing number Cosplay events and summits. Right from Optimus Prime in Transformers to series of characters in Power Rangers to GiJoes and others we have been approached by number of our clients to get 3d model prepared and 3d printing done as the part of our 3d modeling services for their upcoming cosplay summits & events, this time being New York Comic Con 2016. So in this article we thought of helping you prepare for your next cosplay event or summit.
To begin with the first step is to set your context both physically and conceptually; there are two prime contexts one is all about the character and second is regarding the event / summit itself, so as experts in 3d modeling and 3d printing we suggest to keep your answers handy to the questions on Convention / event like: where is the venue & what weather conditions would be there? How are you planning to reach the venue and will there be an outdoor shoots involved? & finally what’s going to be the overall duration of the event?
The next set of answers on your model design you should be handy with is: Is your character an action character with damaged or dirtied clothing? Is your character of a high status & what materials would they be wearing? Also what are the key highlighting features of your character’s getup? Though as we move ahead with designing 3d models and character getups there would be number of changes in your answers to all the above questions but idea of keeping these questions in the first place is to get the context set for further updating and modifications.
One of the suggestion we give to our clients is to behave like the character itself, observe the character details like the way it moves, talks, reacts, fights, run etc. Method acting is the best way to grab eye balls over and above the character outlook during such cosplay conventions and events. We suggest clients to watch character movies, play games, read books and above all see other cosplayers’ interpretations. 3D printing cosplay is all about the character outlook; combine it with the character nature to get the perfect character replica during your cosplay event.
As the team of designers we recommend our clients to actually go to the drawing board and draw the character as per their visualization, no matter how bad you draw your character the practice itself will make you realize number of highlighting and low lighting aspects about the character you have chosen; also it would help you realize your own anatomy and scale before moving ahead with the actual scaling of your 3d print model. In fact the practicality of working on the drawing board will encourage you to visualize & understand your character in much depth.