Some things cosplayers should remember, mmk? :D
*Do cosplay characters you relate to and/or enjoy.
*Do study the character's mannerisms-pay close attention to how the character carries himself/herself.
*Do have at least 3 different poses. This is where the studying comes in. Find poses that you feel expresses the character best.
*Do try to bring the character to life. You never know-you might make someone's day.
*Do try to have a reference image of every angle. If this isn't possible (like in the case of an art book image), use your better judgement of the other angles. Add your own flare to the costume, but keep it as close to character as you can.
*Do accept constructive criticism. You have to realize that there is always room for improvement, even in those who have been costuming for years. Besides, some cosplayers out there
*Do have fun!
*Do save the drama for the stage. Please.
The Do Not's:
*Don't cosplay for the sake of entering contests and winning. Cosplay is suppose to be a fun hobby for everyone, not a competition.
*Don't treat others inferior to you just because the quality of their isn't at its peak. Cosplayers are all equal.
*Don't think you are the only one that cosplays that character or the "best" at the character. There are others that cosplay the same character, believe it or not, and no one is better than anyone else. Again, we are all equal.
*Don't criticize others because you think their costume isn't good. They might have worked hard and could have been proud of their work. Constructive criticism is okay, as long as you don't go overboard. Ex: "You know, if you try this technique that may not be so fragile. That way you can wear the costume again!"
And of course...
*Don't worry if your body type doesn't match the character you wish to cosplay. If you are a bit chubby, then perhaps you should skip the very revealing costumes. However, just because you have a few extra pounds doesn't mean you should miss out on cosplaying. Pick a costume or character you love and have fun with it.