Downen Creative Studios

 

SheProp Live Show and Meet Up
Special Event

Live at Cosplay America! Beverly Downen invites you to a live recording of ShePropTalk! SheProp! is a growing community forum that celebrates the women and LGBTQNB creators, prop-makers, cosplayers and artists of the world. Meet other makers and check out a live episode!

 

Cricut for Cosplay
Demonstration

What is a Cricut and why is it Beverly Downen’s favorite shop tool? A Cricut is a flexible home die cutting machine you can use to work with a wide range of materials! Beverly will demystify these amazing machines to show you how she uses them to cut, score, write and etch using a variety of commonly used cosplay materials including foam, thermoplastics, fabric, wood, vinyl, acrylic and more! Each participant will receive a cheat sheet of her favorite settings and tips!

Directing a Photo Shoot
Demonstration

You've got a camera and you've got a cosplayer, but how do you get the pose and the angle you're looking for? Brett Downen shares his direction process through a live photoshoot demonstration.

 

Dead Ends on the Road to Cosplay
Panel

We’ve all run into cosplay setbacks. Beverly Downen opens up the WIP image vault for several of her recent over the top builds to show us the process she takes when tackling new projects, complete with failed attempts, flawed drafts, dead ends, and back-burnered dreams that all provided critical steps toward the final product.

 

cowbutt crunchies

 

Motorized Wings
Panel

Back by popular demand! What goes into making costume wings expand and retract? Regan of Cowbutt Crunchies shows off the possibilities and limitations of integrating electronic motors, and walks through the start to finish steps of constructing an articulated wing set.

Like the Official, but Different!
Panel

What do you do if you like a character but want to add your own twist? Regan of Cowbutt Crunchies discusses the basics of silhouettes, building a take on a character, and editing existing concepts to make them your own.

 

Portfolio Feedback
Special Event

Looking to level up your craftsmanship skills? Reserve a slot for this 1-on-1 session and bring your costume portfolio for an in-depth craftsmanship review with Cowbutt Crunchies. Regan and Scone will review your cosplay for constructive feedback and make suggestions for future improvements For the most constructive session, please either wear your costume or bring high quality photos of the cosplay(s) being worn. Sign up for your 10-minute session at registration—slots are limited, so act now!

 

Thermoplastics Detailing
Demonstration

Thermoplastics are amazing for shaping a base, but how well do they work for applying details? Regan of Cowbutt Crunchies shows how different materials behave, including adding floral elements with fibra.

Crafting Corsetry Down to the Bone
Demonstration

Ever seen a corsetière in action? Scone of Cowbutt Crunchies will demonstrate the corset crafting process, showing elements of construction, measuring and applying boning, and the application of gromets.

 

JENNY BARCLAY

 

Head Molds and Life Casting
Two-part Demonstration (Friday / Sunday)

So you want to craft a face-fitting mask or prosthetic, but growing an identical second head is a lot of work, so why not make one instead? In the first part of this demonstration, Jenny Barclay utilizes alginate to take a mold of a (consenting and well cared for) human head. In the second part of this demonstration, Jenny Barclay will use the mold created in the first part to create a life cast and discuss how to fix issues that may come up.

Halloween in July
Panel

Costumes are fun, but don’t let your crafty skills stop there! Jenny Barclay shares stories and tips you might want to considering when setting the mood for a truly scary haunted house. Jackie Carr will be assisting her again this year, waiting on details regarding additional hosting/materials needs.

 

jin (Behindinfinity), Miguel (merkymerx)

 

Anatomy of a Photo Shoot
Demonstration

You’ve seen amazing photos, but how exactly did that happen? Jin (behindinfinity) walks you through a simulated photoshoot while discussing shoot location, set design, posing, photography, and yes, post-production.

 

Make-up? Make-up! Pirate Sora
Demonstration

Don’t let your skull hold you back! Jin (behindinfinity) is a self-taught makeup artist who draws on her illustration background to bring drawn art to life. In this demonstration, she will apply her cosplay makeup while explaining the tools and tactics she uses to become part of her costume.

Make-up? Make-up! Link
Demonstration

Don’t let your skull hold you back! Jin (behindinfinity) is a self-taught makeup artist who draws on her illustration background to bring drawn art to life. In this demonstration, she will apply her cosplay makeup while explaining the tools and tactics she uses to become part of her costume.

 

Cosplay to Comics: Poses as Art References
Demonstration

Miguel does comic book art. It’s awesome. What you might not know, however, is that many of the dramatic angles in his art used cosplay reference photos! Miguel and Jin (behindinfinity) show the journey from 3D to 2D and provide a live demonstration of his artistic process!

 

mikal Mosley

 

Cosplay Perspectives Beyond the Mold
Panel

It’s easy to think of cosplay as adapting an idea to transforming yourself into someone else, but we don’t all paint on the same canvas. Humans come in all shapes, shades, and sizes; and we each face different challenges when adapting our favorite characters to our bodies and interacting with communities influenced by unfair assumptions. Join Mikal for a candid discussion of the challenges and opportunities he’s encountered as a black man navigating the world of cosplay.

Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys?
Panel

You can order a hero costume online, but what about a convincing utility belt? Web shooters? Dozens and dozens of Liefeld pouches? Mikal breaks down the ins and outs of accessorizing your costumed hero.

 

scott A. Hunt

 

Welcome to Paper Crafting
Demonstration

You might have worked with fabrics and plastics, but how much experience do you have building your dreams out of paper? Scott Hunt gives you a nerds-eye-view of the world of reshaping flat dead trees into awe-inspiring artwork.

 

Paper Crafting with a Pro
Demonstration

You’ve seen his work on social media, but how do you transmute boxes and straws into nerdy nostalgia? Scott Hunt will craft something nerdy out of fast food packaging, so keep your eyes open and watch him work his paper alchemy!

Wearable Paper Art
Demonstration

Looking for something solid, yet lightweight? A material that can be as firm and flexible as thermoplastics for a fraction of the price? Scott Hunt scales up his papercraft to Scott size as he demonstrates crafting costume elements out of paper.

 

UBERSCOSPLAY

 

Tanks! No, really, tanks!
Demonstration

Walking around on legs is so last Universal Century! UbersCosplay shows off his drivable tank, discusses the unique challenges and considerations that went into building it, and fanboys over Girls und Panzer a bit because we’re not going to stop a man in a tank once he has the mic.

Wear, Tear, and Battle Damage
Demonstration

That prop looks nice… a little TOO nice to have seen the passage of time or the trials of battle in gritty world. UbersCosplay demonstrates how you can utilize airbrushing, pastels, and heat tools on foam to weather and creatively damage your props.

 

Becoming the Gundam
Demonstration

Alert! All pilots to your mobile suits for immediate sortie! Watch as UbersCosplay dons a giant robot costume, then stick around for photo opportunities.

 

Know Your Materials: Sintra, EVA, and More
panel

You’re making something cool, but what do you make it with and how do you robot on a budget? UbersCosplay discusses the pros and cons of different materials, where to find or buy them, how to work with them, and what tools you’ll need when forging your own armor and props.

How Do I Giant Robot?
panel

Look, we can’t all just fall into a cockpit or steal our giant robots from poorly guarded space colonies… Some of us have to build our own giant robots! UbersCosplay shows us his process for designing wearable giant robot costumes.