Posted on Leave a comment

March is National Craft Month!

craft monthOur favorite thing to do is make things!  And March is National Craft Month, so we’re going to be putting up all those tutorials we haven’t put up yet, and trust us, we have plenty!  To kick things off, we have our Ariel’s Sail Dress how-to.  Enjoy!

Posted on Leave a comment

Ariel’s Sail Dress – 2014 Commission

We made Ariel’s sail dress from The Little Mermaid as a commission.  Check out our how-to!

Design.

Picture 1 of 38

This was a more challenging design, since the source material isn't consistent. With the help of the customer, we found a design that I could make, and that she liked.

Posted on 2 Comments

The dress controversy and why it matters to cosplay

Is it blue and black, or white and gold?

Black and blue dress, or white and gold?
Black and blue dress, or white and gold?

 

By now, you’ve probably seen (or are tired of seeing) the dress. This dress. The original post was on Tumblr, and has taken the internet by storm. Buzzfeed is taking an internet-wide poll (72% white/gold and 28% blue/black as of 8:24 AM this morning). Several sites have published the scientific reason why not everyone sees the same colors.  You can check out the article from Wired.com, and the article from Gizmodo.com that has even more science and the picture of the dress from another camera.

This isn’t the first time that color and lighting have tricked our eyes.  Remember Captain Kirk’s shirt in the original Star Trek series?  It looked gold, but it was actually a green color, due to the television lights.  We found a great explanation for this, and it was actually done on purpose.

Under TV lighting on the left, under natural lighting on the right
Under TV lighting on the left, under natural lighting on the right

Last year, Jen was working on her classic Moonstone costume.  When the fabric arrived, Jen was heartbroken – it wasn’t yellow, it was green!  Until she took it outside, where it was magically yellow again.  We went to the Home Depot this morning, and took several photographs of the Moonstone costume under different types of lightbulbs.  This is what we found:

color compare
Taken with a Panasonic DMC-FZ60 on the manual setting, no photo retouching and no flash to capture the most accurate representation, and they don’t even match the pictures taken of the costume!

 

Classic Moonstone, photo courtesy of Pat Loika
Classic Moonstone, photo courtesy of Pat Loika

So what can we learn from the blue dress/white dress argument?  As costumers and cosplayers, we try to find the right fabric AND the right color to make our costumes come to life.  And while the blue dress/white dress is an extreme case, it’s always a good idea to keep in mind that your fabric might look different in the store and at the convention.  Our tip?  Check your fabric colors in the environment where the pictures will be taken.  We knew that most of the Moonstone photos would be taken outside, so it worked out for us.  If you aren’t sure, ask for a swatch.  Most fabric stores will be happy to cut off a small piece for you, and all online fabric sites will ship swatches for a small fee (sometimes even free!).  Whether you see a blue dress with black trim, a white dress with gold trim, or another color combination completely, we can all agree that no one sees colors exactly the same way, which makes interpretation half the fun of cosplay!

Posted on Leave a comment

Cosplayers on Ice Returns to Atlanta For Seventh Year!

MomoCon Con Brings Costumed Characters from Comics, Animation, Games!

12082154203_908a763079_qDecember 1, 2014  – MomoCon, Atlanta’s Family Friendly Gaming and Animation Convention, will be once again hosting Cosplayers on Ice at Centennial Olympic Park for a seventh year of fun on-and-off the ice on December 7, 2014.   This annual photoshoot will allow reporters and photographers the chance to photograph scores of Atlanta’s cosplaying community which will bring out a variety of elaborate hand made costumes, from small to giant, amdist the holiday decorations and on the ice.

The photoshoot is free, but skating costs $12 (including skate rental).  All costume types are welcome, and there will be opportunities for photography around the park. All cosplayers are asked to gather at the steps under the large Christmas tree for a group shot!

“Cosplayers on Ice, part of our MomoCon on Tour, gives a great opportunity for cosplayers to gather together and have some casual fun while still showing off their winter cosplay,” said MomoCon Co-Chair and founder, Jess Merriman.

MomoCon’s Cosplayers on Ice will start at 3:00 PM and continue to the early evening at 6:00PM. In addition to photography and skating there will be door prizes given away.

MomoCon is one of the fastest growing conventions in the United States.  This year the convention, held May 28th-31st, 2015, will be moving to the Georgia World Congress Center. With roots in the world of Anime, MomoCon has expanding its programming in recent years to include all cartoons, gaming, and comic books( which are new for 2015).

“This year at Cosplayers on Ice we will be able to take our cosplayers for a tour of the Georgia World Congress Center,” said MomoCon’s other Co-Chair Chris Stuckey. “Our fans can explore the convention space and get a feel for what is in store for them in May!”

To find more information about MomoCon, visit their website at http://MomoCon.com.

What: Ice Skating & Photoshoot
Who: Open to all
When: Sunday, Dec. 7th, 3pm-6pm
Where: Centennial Park Ice Rink
Costs: Photoshoot, free. The park charges a rink fee and a small skate rental fee, if you wish to skate.

Posted on Leave a comment

State of the Geek Forge

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy geeksmiths, both with Geek Forge-related things and our day jobs.  But we’re back and recovered from vacation, and we’re ready to look at all the fun things coming up!  In our previous post, we mentioned our upcoming convention schedule.  As you can see, we’ll be starting 2015 off right!  But until then, we have some other fun things –

Our Store

We started our Etsy store a few years ago to handle the surplus of fun crafts we do, and get a little extra money for our cosplay costs.  We’re excited to announce we’ve added a few new types of items, with more to come!  So far, we’ve added men’s cufflinks and clip-on earrings, and there’s more to come! If there’s anything you’d like to see us make, let us know!

New Projects

We’ve been working to branch into even more geeky goodness, including video tutorials!  Since we’re learning how to do it ourselves, the process is a little slow-going.  We want to give y’all the best information we possibly can!

Old Projects

We still plan to do interviews, cover conventions, and show you all our behind-the-scenes things.

So thanks for sticking with us, and we promise there will be tons of more fun to come!  You can keep up with us over at our Facebook page, Google+ or Instagram.

Posted on Leave a comment

Our 2015 convention schedule!

It’s barely November, but we’re already excited about 2015! Check out our convention schedule:

Untitled-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re planning to attend these conventions in some sort of capacity, either as vendors, attendees, press or even guests!  As the conventions get closer, we’ll have more details for you!  And we’re excited about MomoCon’s Cosplay on Ice coming up, so keep an eye out for those costumes, coming soon!

Posted on Leave a comment

The Ultimate Closet Cosplay!

unnamedMore and more TV shows and movies are being filmed in Atlanta, especially of the superhero variety.  We got the following notice the other day:

CALLING ALL HEREOS!!!!!
What if I told you that you can become a superhero? Yes, just like the one from the comics that we’ve all come to love since the childhood years.“But how is this possible?”

I have a special opportunity for YOU……This Friday 9/12 and other days throughout our season of “Powers”, graphic novel by Bendis and Oeming, we need those who WANNBE a Super Hero!!! All you need to do is emailCLCastingComics@gmail.com. Include 3 pics (head, body and HERO), age, ht, wt, and all contact info.

Please come up with a costume. Don’t think Superman or Batman, YOUR style!!! If you were to look in your closet and put together some badass pieces of clothing in there, what could you come up with? Yes capes are welcome Please send a pics of what you think your INNER HERO looks like.

Can’t wait to see what you got!

Subject: WANNABE!!!

Please share so all your friends and family can let their inner hero shine!

Catrett Locke Casting
Rose, Jamie Lynn
Ressie, Jack and Astride

This is the ultimate closet cosplay (where you make a costume out of what you already have in your closet), and a great jumping in point for inexpensive costuming! So here’s our challenge to you – build your own costume from things you already have if you were to start fighting crime (or causing it!) today. There’s no wrong way to do it!

Submit your pictures between now and 9/18/14, and we’ll put together a photo album of our favorite people – you!  And if you end up submitting an audition, let us know!  Maybe we’ll see you there!