I’m looking into cosplaying Carey Fangbattle from The Adventure Zone, but she is a dragonborn, and I am neither capable nor comfortable doing something with full scales/make up. Do you have advice for a more stylized way for showing the she is dragonborn that wouldn’t require makeup all over me?
One of the advantages of cosplaying from an audio medium is that you don’t have to go with any one visual interpretation, but instead do whatever you are comfortable with.
For a dragonborn character, I can think of a few ways to signal this, most of which involve doing a more humanized interpretation, but with a few dragon-like elements:
– Add dragon horns
– Add fin-like dragon ears
– Add a dragon tail
– Use claw-like fake nails and/or feet. Feet can be done by adding onto shoes, so it wouldn’t necessarily involve makeup, but rather a modified form of prop or armor making
– Add dragon wings
– If you can wear contacts and are comfortable and safe doing so, using “snake eye” or other unnatural-looking lenses
– Doing partial scales or scale makeup instead of full scales, such as adding a patch to your face or neck, or individually applying a few in strategic areas. I would recommend looking up scale makeup tutorials for ideas. One common method involves placing a large-hole netting (such as a fishnet) over the face and using that as a template for makeup, so that the webbing pattern of the netting blocks the makeup. Instead of doing this on top of a full body paint, you can add a more subtle scale effect with blush or highlighter (may I suggest a color like green or blue for added effect?) by just modifying regular makeup application in this way.
Of course, the more dragon-like elements you add, the more likely you are to be recognized as a dragonborn. Also, carrying props that are iconic for your character and being in a group will help with recognizablity, though this may not always be possible.
I would also advise to look at as much fanart of the character as you can, as well as art of dragonborn characters that aren’t from TAZ, and other characters that may be more humanoid than this character is usually depicted but still have dragon-like features, such as half dragon characters.
I’m also going to open this up to our lovely followers! Respond if you have some ideas of what would help you recognize this character, or otherwise ideas on how to depict a dragonborn without going full dragon.
I hope that helps! Good luck :]