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Haven't done one of these in awhile :P

Q: What is your cosplay alias?
A: Meahow or MeahowCosplay (depending on if my username is taken XP)

Q: How many years have you cosplayed?
A: Exactly ten, I started cosplaying in October 2005.

Q: How did you get into cosplaying?
A: One Halloween I decided to dress up as my favorite anime character, Edward Elric. I made a really awful costume but I enjoyed wearing it. The next month I heard about a local convention and I thought it would be cool if I went in costume. Little did I know, other people would be in costume too. Thus I learned of the world of cosplay.

Q: What was your first convention and how did it go?
A: This kind of ties in with the previous question, it was Gen Con Anaheim 2005. I barely remember any of it because I had my wisdom teeth taken out the day before, and I was on medication XD

Q: How many cons have you been to?
A: Between 25 and 30.

Q: How many cosplays have you done?
A:  I believe the current count is at 36, though I may be forgetting one or two.

///Your Cosplays///

Q: What was your first cosplay and why did you choose it?
A: Edward Elric because Fullmetal Alchemist is my favorite anime and I hardcore relate to Ed.

Q: What is your favourite cosplay you've done so far?
A: Ugggh, that’s a tough one. Probably my Princess Peach??

Q: What is your least favourite you've cosplayed?
A: I’d have to say Kaname from Full Metal Panic. It was one of my early attempts at sewing, the wig didn’t fit properly, and it was all done last minute.

Q: What cosplay is the most uncomfortable?
A: It’s a tie between Lilith from Borderlands or Rainbow Rocks Rarity. With Lilith, there was a lot of layers and leather, and I was wearing it in the middle of a California summer. With Rarity the shoes were reeeeeeally uncomfortable. High heels covered in worbla and gems? Yeah, no.

///Process///

Q: How do you research the cosplay before you make it?
A: Google, re-watching the anime/re-playing the game/re-reading the book/etc., more Google.

Q: Do you sew your cosplays yourself?
A: Yep. Unless it’s like a pair of jeans or something I could just find at Goodwill.

Q: If so, how did you learn to sew? If not, do you plan to learn?
A: My mom used to sew my cosplays so I learned a tiny bit from watching her, but mostly I learned from tutorials and trial/error.

Q: Do you make your own props?
A: Yep, been making those longer than I’ve been sewing.

Q: If so, how did you learn to? If not, do you plan to learn?
A: Mostly internet. My dad is a machinist though, so when he feels like helping that comes in handy.

Q: Do you style your own wigs?
A: Yeah, I haven’t done any really intricate wigs yet though.

Q: What other skills do you use to create your cosplays?
A: Art stuffs, I guess. Painting and designing.

Q: What skill has been most useful for making your cosplay?
A: Umm.. does stubbornness count?

Q: What is the hardest thing when making a cosplay?
A: Having the patience to do things the correct way.

Q: What was the biggest screw up you've had making a cosplay?
A: I completely ruined my first Juliet Starling cosplay with an iron the day I was wearing it. We ended up just throwing some red paint all over it and calling it “battle torn”.

Q: How often do you injure yourself while making a cosplay?
A: I’ve only seriously burned myself once, though I stab myself with pins frequently.

///Budget///

Q: Do you try to stay cheap or do you splurge on materials?
A: I usually try to stay cheap when I can, but I’ll splurge on wigs or worbla.

///cos-PLAY///

Q: Have you ever cosplayed with a partner or group?
A: Oh yeah. Pretty much every cosplay I’ve done in the past 5 years.

Q: Do you try to act in character?
A: Depends on the character

Q: Have you ever done fan service at a con? (yaoi, yuri, etc)
A: My boyfriend and I have done a lot of couples stuff (both yaoi and hetero) but Idk if it’s really considered fan service kissing someone I kiss regularly? XD

Q: How do you react to cosplayers dressed as character from the same anime/game/etc?
A:  I try to act in character with them.

Q: Do you try to duplicate your character's expressions, walk, movements, etc?
A: I try, but with characters that are similar to me, I find it more difficult.

Q: When crossplaying, do you try to act as much like the gender as possible?
A: Definitely. People often mistake me for a guy. I am probably most in character when crossplaying.

Q: What was your funniest experience of acting in character?
A: My second ever convention, I was cosplaying as Winry from FMA and an Edward cosplayer proposed to me. It was super cute.

Q: What was your worst experience acting in character?
A: This one time I was doing an improve scene as Roxas and the girl that was Kairi slapped me. Like legitimately slapped me.

///Competition///

Q: Do you compete in cosplay contests?
A:  I haven’t yet, though I plan to soon.

Q: Have you won anything?
A: Only Facebook contests.

Q: Do you prefer skits or walk-ons?
A: Skits, for sure.

///Community///

Q: How many friends have you made because of cosplay?
A: Like, half the people I regularly talk to.

Q: Do you attend photo shoots and meet-ups outside of conventions?
A: I try to, but I don’t as often as I should.

Q: What is the funniest reaction you've gotten cosplaying from people?
A: A disturbing amount of people think my Roxas wig is my real hair.

///Future///

Q: How long do you think you'll be cosplaying for?
A: Until I die? XD

Q: Name a few cosplays you're planning to do next:
A: Starfleet Security (maybe???), Vaporeon, Fem!Sasuke, Ahri! AHRI AHRI AHRI!!!!

Q: What is your dream cosplay?
A: Lulu from Final Fantasy X, which has been my dream since I first learned of cosplay.

///Misc///

Q: What do you take into consideration when picking a character to cosplay?
A: How I’m going to make each individual piece, what convention I’m taking it to, how much time it will take, how much money it will cost, etc.

Q: Is cosplay serious business for you?
A: To an extent. The goal is still to have fun, but I’m more serious about it than I used to be.

Q: What is your favourite thing about cosplay?
A: Expressing my love for characters, making something I proud of, being a derp with friends.

Q: What is your least favourite?
A: How much money it costs, A-holes on the internet.

Q: Tag some fellow cosplayers~:
If you're reading this, I tag you :P

  • Mood: Llama
  • Reading: NaNoWriMo Forums
  • Watching: Dr. Who
  • Playing: League of Legends
  • Eating: Mac N Cheese
  • Drinking: ~Mountain Dew~
Chiho Sasaki by MeahowCosplay
Chiho Sasaki
A close up of me as Chiho from the Devil is a Part Timer anime at HanadokiCon 2015~
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Ten Years Of Cosplay by MeahowCosplay
Ten Years Of Cosplay
I recently posted this on my other social media, and I realized I have to put it on dA. deviantArt was the first place I ever shared my cosplay, after all :)

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The end of this month marks ten years since I first started cosplaying, so I thought what better time to post a collage of my progress through the years. I stuck with cosplays that I've either made from scratch or altered found items for, and tried to have one photo for each year. It starts with my very first cosplay from (Edward Elric) and ends with one of my most recent (Pyrrha Nikos). As long as it took for me to improve, I'm proud of how far I've come. 

--

Characters in order:
Edward Elric
Winry Rockbell
Roxas
Misa Amane
Misa Amane
Nana Osaki
Rainbow Dash
Juliet Starling
Yang Xiao Long
Pyrrha Nikos

All photos are of me and cosplays are made by me :)

2005 - 2015
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Devil is a Part Timer by MeahowCosplay
Devil is a Part Timer
I can't believe I never uploaded any photos of our Devil is a Part Timer cosplay! I loved this anime, I hope they do another season of it :3 The cosplay itself was a super last minute decision (like, a week or two before the con) but it still turned out alright.

Sadao Mao: :iconwanatabe--jirou:
Chiho Sasaki: :iconmeahowcosplay:
Urishihara Hanzo: :iconkirisosha:
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Princess Peach by MeahowCosplay
Princess Peach
I rarely upload on deviantArt these days, so here's another shot of me as Princess Peach. I'm so happy with how this cosplay turned out, even though the crown is way bigger than intended XD 

Princess Peach: :iconmeahowcosplay:

Photo By: BAdept Photography

Anime Expo 2015
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Haven't done one of these in awhile :P

Q: What is your cosplay alias?
A: Meahow or MeahowCosplay (depending on if my username is taken XP)

Q: How many years have you cosplayed?
A: Exactly ten, I started cosplaying in October 2005.

Q: How did you get into cosplaying?
A: One Halloween I decided to dress up as my favorite anime character, Edward Elric. I made a really awful costume but I enjoyed wearing it. The next month I heard about a local convention and I thought it would be cool if I went in costume. Little did I know, other people would be in costume too. Thus I learned of the world of cosplay.

Q: What was your first convention and how did it go?
A: This kind of ties in with the previous question, it was Gen Con Anaheim 2005. I barely remember any of it because I had my wisdom teeth taken out the day before, and I was on medication XD

Q: How many cons have you been to?
A: Between 25 and 30.

Q: How many cosplays have you done?
A:  I believe the current count is at 36, though I may be forgetting one or two.

///Your Cosplays///

Q: What was your first cosplay and why did you choose it?
A: Edward Elric because Fullmetal Alchemist is my favorite anime and I hardcore relate to Ed.

Q: What is your favourite cosplay you've done so far?
A: Ugggh, that’s a tough one. Probably my Princess Peach??

Q: What is your least favourite you've cosplayed?
A: I’d have to say Kaname from Full Metal Panic. It was one of my early attempts at sewing, the wig didn’t fit properly, and it was all done last minute.

Q: What cosplay is the most uncomfortable?
A: It’s a tie between Lilith from Borderlands or Rainbow Rocks Rarity. With Lilith, there was a lot of layers and leather, and I was wearing it in the middle of a California summer. With Rarity the shoes were reeeeeeally uncomfortable. High heels covered in worbla and gems? Yeah, no.

///Process///

Q: How do you research the cosplay before you make it?
A: Google, re-watching the anime/re-playing the game/re-reading the book/etc., more Google.

Q: Do you sew your cosplays yourself?
A: Yep. Unless it’s like a pair of jeans or something I could just find at Goodwill.

Q: If so, how did you learn to sew? If not, do you plan to learn?
A: My mom used to sew my cosplays so I learned a tiny bit from watching her, but mostly I learned from tutorials and trial/error.

Q: Do you make your own props?
A: Yep, been making those longer than I’ve been sewing.

Q: If so, how did you learn to? If not, do you plan to learn?
A: Mostly internet. My dad is a machinist though, so when he feels like helping that comes in handy.

Q: Do you style your own wigs?
A: Yeah, I haven’t done any really intricate wigs yet though.

Q: What other skills do you use to create your cosplays?
A: Art stuffs, I guess. Painting and designing.

Q: What skill has been most useful for making your cosplay?
A: Umm.. does stubbornness count?

Q: What is the hardest thing when making a cosplay?
A: Having the patience to do things the correct way.

Q: What was the biggest screw up you've had making a cosplay?
A: I completely ruined my first Juliet Starling cosplay with an iron the day I was wearing it. We ended up just throwing some red paint all over it and calling it “battle torn”.

Q: How often do you injure yourself while making a cosplay?
A: I’ve only seriously burned myself once, though I stab myself with pins frequently.

///Budget///

Q: Do you try to stay cheap or do you splurge on materials?
A: I usually try to stay cheap when I can, but I’ll splurge on wigs or worbla.

///cos-PLAY///

Q: Have you ever cosplayed with a partner or group?
A: Oh yeah. Pretty much every cosplay I’ve done in the past 5 years.

Q: Do you try to act in character?
A: Depends on the character

Q: Have you ever done fan service at a con? (yaoi, yuri, etc)
A: My boyfriend and I have done a lot of couples stuff (both yaoi and hetero) but Idk if it’s really considered fan service kissing someone I kiss regularly? XD

Q: How do you react to cosplayers dressed as character from the same anime/game/etc?
A:  I try to act in character with them.

Q: Do you try to duplicate your character's expressions, walk, movements, etc?
A: I try, but with characters that are similar to me, I find it more difficult.

Q: When crossplaying, do you try to act as much like the gender as possible?
A: Definitely. People often mistake me for a guy. I am probably most in character when crossplaying.

Q: What was your funniest experience of acting in character?
A: My second ever convention, I was cosplaying as Winry from FMA and an Edward cosplayer proposed to me. It was super cute.

Q: What was your worst experience acting in character?
A: This one time I was doing an improve scene as Roxas and the girl that was Kairi slapped me. Like legitimately slapped me.

///Competition///

Q: Do you compete in cosplay contests?
A:  I haven’t yet, though I plan to soon.

Q: Have you won anything?
A: Only Facebook contests.

Q: Do you prefer skits or walk-ons?
A: Skits, for sure.

///Community///

Q: How many friends have you made because of cosplay?
A: Like, half the people I regularly talk to.

Q: Do you attend photo shoots and meet-ups outside of conventions?
A: I try to, but I don’t as often as I should.

Q: What is the funniest reaction you've gotten cosplaying from people?
A: A disturbing amount of people think my Roxas wig is my real hair.

///Future///

Q: How long do you think you'll be cosplaying for?
A: Until I die? XD

Q: Name a few cosplays you're planning to do next:
A: Starfleet Security (maybe???), Vaporeon, Fem!Sasuke, Ahri! AHRI AHRI AHRI!!!!

Q: What is your dream cosplay?
A: Lulu from Final Fantasy X, which has been my dream since I first learned of cosplay.

///Misc///

Q: What do you take into consideration when picking a character to cosplay?
A: How I’m going to make each individual piece, what convention I’m taking it to, how much time it will take, how much money it will cost, etc.

Q: Is cosplay serious business for you?
A: To an extent. The goal is still to have fun, but I’m more serious about it than I used to be.

Q: What is your favourite thing about cosplay?
A: Expressing my love for characters, making something I proud of, being a derp with friends.

Q: What is your least favourite?
A: How much money it costs, A-holes on the internet.

Q: Tag some fellow cosplayers~:
If you're reading this, I tag you :P

  • Mood: Llama
  • Reading: NaNoWriMo Forums
  • Watching: Dr. Who
  • Playing: League of Legends
  • Eating: Mac N Cheese
  • Drinking: ~Mountain Dew~

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Wicked-Detective Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015
Beautiful Gallery...
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MeahowCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks ^^
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Chiikafu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the Fav ^^
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MeahowCosplay Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Student General Artist
No problem, your art is super cute :)
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Raakone Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015
Happy Birthday!
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Thank you :)
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Thank you so much for the watch, friend! Singing 
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No problem~ ^^
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Hey friend! I'm moving to a new account! Here's the link if you'd like to follow me again, I'd really appreciate it :) alyinlalaland.deviantart.com/
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