It’s always a pleasure to be complimented and have people want to shoot your work at conventions or studio shoots, but it’s an entirely different story when that same work is requested for submission in a book. Especially when that book is as well put together as this one. SMP Designs has 6 pieces in the book and they are some of my personal favorites.
Assembled by YaYa Han, an internationally known cosplay artist and model, ‘1000 Incredible Costume & Cosplay Ideas’ is actually just a fantasy picture book of amazing work from some very talented artists around the world. The book is very well split into several sections: Anime, Video Games, Movies & TV, Comics, etc. There’s also a small section in the back for custom props – a vital, but sometimes overlooked aspect of the whole process. Photo credits are given under each image with the costumer, model, photographer and the character/series. While some similar books have a smattering of superbly executed and professionally photographed costumes, this book is packed full of them. There are a few images that are snapshot-ish but by and large, the images are all beautiful and some of the costumes are jaw-droppingly elaborate – check out the Russians represented here.
The bottom line is: the work contained in this book represents a labor of love by the people who created it and it really shows through. SMP Designs is very proud to be part of the project and to see more than a couple of people I call friends represented with the kind of treatment that can only be by cosplay artists for cosplay artists.
Head on over to Amazon and pick up a copy. Whether you’re a cosplay master, a novice, interested in learning about the hobby or not at all but just like great pictures of cool stuff, you won’t be disappointed!