I've been a cosplayer for the past 6+ years, and have been seriously costume designing for the past two. By background includes illustration, graphics, costumes, fibers, and fashion. I try to associate all of these areas in all the costumes I design.
My main focus in cosplaying is making a character real—how would the outfit be made functionally, is there historical content behind it, what the character is wearing it for and what types of materials would it be made in. I want to create a living being, not always just make a two-dimensional sketch into an outfit.
The costumes on here that aren't me the ones I've made for my significant other Rtis. She puts up with my cosplay quirks and allows me to dress her up, so she needs some kudos for that ;)