The Art of Cosplay is a personal project I started a few years ago after attending London Comic Con and finding a very unique way to show the costumes and characters that I liked the most. It involves a bit of portraiture photography and tons of imagination to know how each portrait is going to look like.
This way editing the portraits came out from the necessity to get rid of uber-busy and super distracting backgrounds. It’s hard at comic cons to walk about and get a neat background every single time.
The process is very simple: expose the photograph to the desired effect, cut out the subject, paint a solid colour background, tweak the light to add drama and then add a vignette, or curves or some sort of adjustment layer to finish the shot; but it is labor intensive though and this makes the project very slow.
Here are some of my favorite portraits from London ComicCon:
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