The thing that I like the most about cosplay is the opportunity to learn new things! I took a big plunge today and dove into the sea of worbla. Sorry, that metaphor ran away from me. This post isn’t a post about how to do worbla, per se, as it is a post on how to learn new techniques. So here are my tips on how you can become well-prepared before going into any new project.
I began doing casual research on worbla last summer, but it was after I decided that I was definitely going to use it in a costume this year that I really began to gather resources on how to use worbla correctly.
The first thing to do when you’re looking to learn a new technique is to find all the resources that you possibly can. Watch tons of videos, read tons of how-tos: basically, just soak up all the information that you can. Read for a while, then think about what you’re going to do. Mull it over for a couple days, see if you come up with any more questions, and then research the answers to those questions.
Here are some of the best sources I’ve found of worbla:
Anime Cons Podcast has a great intro to worbla video here.
Jillian Lynn’s Working with Worbla video.
Aurore Cosplay’s how to worbla video
The primary worbla website even has a couple of basic tutorials!
Once I got to the point where I was comfortable with the idea of using worbla, I ordered it and began to draft out my pattern for Rogue’s shoulder armor. Here are a couple of reference pictures so that you know what I’m talking about:
So they’re basically large, rounded triangles with a border and a thick edge that goes around the whole thing. I drafted the shape of the outside “shield” on Adobe Illustrator, and then made the thick edge by drawing a strip that was 1.5″ at its widest (in the middle top) and 1″ at its narrowest (at the bottom).
Whenever I make something 3D like this, I draw it out and then tape it into shape. Then you can see how well everything fits together, and then take it apart to trace it on your material.
I made a little video for you guys wherein you can see me in my first attempt at using worbla:
And that was it! My research and my prep made doing this really easy. I knew most of the issues that I would face, and I saw so many other people do these same things that I was confident throughout most of the process.
Here are the finished worbla sculpts! I’ll show you guys how I prime and paint them when I get back to my own apartment!