How to Cosplay a Homestuck Character

Homestuck is a very popular webcomic by Andrew Hussie (MSPaintAdventures.) It has a large and sometimes quirky fanbase, and if you are at an anime or comic convention you are sure to see some around! This will teach you the basics of Homestuck cosplay, and if you are an experienced sewer or cosplayer many of the harder costumes are for you.

Steps

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    Decide what character you want to cosplay. There are very many Homestuck characters but there are sheets to get you started. You can also do a non-canon outfit, such as Nepeta's god tier. Cosplaying a troll will involve being covered in face paint as well as making horns, so beginners may want to start by cosplaying as one of the kids as these are simpler.
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    Look through your clothes to see if you already have similar items to the character. This can save you a lot of time and money. You can paint the correct symbol on plain t-shirts without having to buy one which already has a symbol on it.
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    Look for a wig. Most people consider the white-haired characters to be blonde in real life. Some places to look for wigs are eBay, Hello Cosplay, Arda Wigs, and Match wigs. Depending on the length, cosplay wigs usually run around $20-40, but they are considerably cheaper from eBay although are usually lower quality.
    • All trolls have black hair (Eridan being the exception, his is dyed), so always get a black wig for trolls instead of dark brown. For the kids with dark hair however, black or brown could be used.
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    If you are good at sewing, you can make your own outfit for things like the Prospit and Derse Dreamer outfits and the God Tier outfits. It is also possible to find items like brightly colored pants in stores or charity shops, so make sure to look around before turning to DIY. You will have to make your own God Tier hood though, as the right capes and hoods can't be found in shops.
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    Decorate your shirt with either fabric paint or iron-ons. Most iron-ons peel off over the course of a day, but Avery Dark T-Shirt Iron-Ons are very durable and can survive many washes. You can find them at a local store or somewhere like a Walmart. You can also look on Topatoco for troll and Beta kid shirts and What Pumpkin for the Alpha kids but these will be more expensive than making your own.
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    If you are cosplaying a troll, order grey face paint. There are many tutorials on MSPA forums and Tumblr on how to do troll makeup. There are a lot of options, such as Ben Nye, PAX, and Snazaroo. Use green face paint for cherubs.
    • There are tutorials on how to make troll arms out of grey tights to avoid using paint on your arms. These look better and don't rub off.
    • Wear grey tights if your legs are going to be visible.
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    Strange colors of makeup like blue and green lipstick can be found for relatively low prices on websites like Amazon and eBay. Ben Nye may be found in places that sell theater makeup, and Snazaroo can be found at Michael's and places as such.
    • Makeup can also be used for contouring if you are cosplaying a character of the opposite gender or to achieve a particular look. There are tutorials for how to do this online.
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    Have fun! Once your cosplay is complete, go to a convention or event and show your cosplay off! You can make panels like Promstuck, or organize a meetup in your town.

Tips

  • Cosplay is easiest when you have a friend with you - you can help each other get things straight, fasten each other's wigs, etc.
  • Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to finish your cosplay especially if it's for a con or meetup.
  • A great Tumblr with all kinds of tips for your specific character is here: http://homestuckcosplayhelp.tumblr.com/ , while resources like shirt motifs and some tutorials can be found here http://hsrmasterlist.tumblr.com/cosplay
  • Always seal your makeup and paint if you're a troll or cherub! Whether you use Ben Nye's Final seal or hairspray, make sure it won't rub off on anything before leaving. You don't want to ruin other people's costumes or things at the place you're going.
  • Try to keep as close to the original character as possible. If you ever need to know anything about your character or find any images of your character, the MSPA Wiki is your best friend.
  • Things such as height, weight and skin color don't matter when cosplaying, and this is especially true for Homestuck characters because of the simple art style.
  • When cosplaying at a con always be respectful of others and clean up after yourself, especially if wearing face paint. If you are cosplaying Gamzee don't honk horns at people, this is rude.

Warnings

  • Shunning people because their cosplay "isn't good enough" is not okay.
  • If you act like a fool at cons, you will either get kicked out or mislead people into thinking all Homestucks are bad. Please don't act like a fool at cons.
  • If you wear body paint to cons, clean yourself up properly: wash it off in the bathtub, and get the worst of it off the tub with a towel.

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