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What I’m Up To, #8

February 2nd, 2016

I’m excited to do this “What I’m Up To” entry because I’ve been productive with my hobbies lately! I believe this is the first time I’ve included “What I’m Drawing” as a section too. I don’t draw as much as I used to, and every time I do it, I realize how much I miss it. So without further ado, here’s what I’m up to lately in each of my hobbies!

What I’m Drawing

It’s been an annual tradition for me to draw something for Chinese New Year, and it’s about to be the year of the monkey! I was dreading it at first because I had never drawn a monkey before and thought I’d be terrible at it, but it actually turned out alright :)


This is actually my 12th year in a row, which means I’ve made a full circle. I have now drawn every animal in the Chinese zodiac! This time around, I decided to take a photo with my phone along the way. Here are all of the progress photos, so you can see how the drawing came together. I start with a basic sketch and then layer on details with Prismacolor pencils.

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What I’m up to, #7

November 3rd, 2015

It’s been a while since I did one of these entries! Though, that’s mainly because I’ve been either really busy or uh… really lazy. For those new to this series of entries, I give an update on what I’m up to for each of my main hobbies. Starting with…

What I’m Sewing

It’s already been two months since I last worked on a cosplay! I didn’t even realize it’s been that long since my last convention. I’m currently planning my next cosplay, which is Tashigi from One Piece.


I’d like to do both of those outfits, starting with the Alabasta one. Right now I’m in the research phase and have done a quick sketch to take note of all the details before I start drafting the pattern. (In case you missed it, I have a “beginners cosplay tips” entry which talks about patterns for cosplay.)


This will be my first time cosplaying from a mainstream Anime! It’s not that I’m hipster about it or anything. It’s just most mainstream Animes are way too long, and I end up giving up part-way through. One Piece is the exception. Even though it’s over 700 episodes so far, I’m actually caught up with it and am still following it!

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Beginner Cosplay Tips

September 22nd, 2015

With Halloween coming up next month, I thought this would be a good time to do an entry on beginner cosplay tips :) People often tell me that they’d love to cosplay but think they’d be bad at it. Well, that’s pretty much everyone starting a hobby for the first time, isn’t it? (Trust me, I didn’t know how to sew at first, and my first few costumes were pretty terrible.) You’ll never get anywhere in a hobby if you don’t try it!


If you are thinking of cosplaying, I really do recommend making your own costume, even if it’s not great at first. Here’s the benefits:

  1. It feels really good. It’s just an amazing feeling to finish a costume and then wear it. Also, when people compliment you, you know that they’re complimenting your work, not someone else’s.
  2. I frequently cosplay characters that aren’t well known, which means their outfits probably don’t show up in premade cosplay shops. I can choose what I cosplay without caring what’s in stores, and I save money because I don’t need to commission it.
  3. You learn many useful skills! I can alter and repair my clothing now!

Of course, there’s the cliche tips like, keep practicing! Start small! No one’s perfect at first, etc etc. Definitely those too, but let’s get into some cosplay-specific ones :)

Look into premade patterns

There are many companies that make premade sewing patterns, and it’s less intimidating than trying to draft your own pattern. You probably won’t find one exactly like the outfit you want to do, but the key is to find one that is close enough and alter it from there.

I used a premade pattern for the following cosplays, and you can see that they don’t look exactly like the patterns I used. I had to alter all 3.

Chell’s didn’t need that much altering. I basically changed the fit to be a bit baggy and added stripes. I altered every piece of the pattern for Zia’s though (see this entry). Even after that, I still found the pattern worth it because it gave me a good starting point.

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