|From building your own
costume to drawing manga, everyone starts out by learning the basics, making mistakes, and
building skills to become instructors or leaders that others look up to for advice. The
workshops were certainly the best place to be able to learn from the best of the best on the
American front as the consistently packed rooms can prove.
Workshop: Using Hot Glue and Advanced Tricks of the Trade: Bob and Dave of the Big Fire
cosplay group detailed their tricks of the cosplay trade with examples of their foam works
on head mounts and body castings, applications of hot glue to assemble parts and create
protruding folds where needed, lessons on design and creation of large bodysuits like the
Godzilla and Moogle, and the fine art of cutting and trimming foam pieces to into shapes
similar to trimming leafy hedges.
| Model Building Workshop: Model
masters Robert Cobb and Kevin O'Connell showed the audience steps on building a quality
model kit, from the average polystyrene to more advanced resin kits. Workshop members
participated in a self-paced model-building seminar as well as seeing some fine examples of
expert figurine handiworks like those shown above and below from Card Captor Sakura, Daicon, Gasaraki,
and Love Hina.
Art Basics with Doug Smith: It's not just about character designs, it's also about good use
of lines and arrangement of shapes and forms inside the planned use of page space.
Doug Smith held this workshop for artistic members yearning for a more advanced grasp of the
manga environment to lend more help to those who want to develop their layout and line
skills for fan manga art.
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