About my cosplay Q&A
1. Your first cosplay.
My first cosplay was Honoka from The Third the Girl with the Blue eye.
Didn't get any good pics of it unfortunately and given this was my first ever time cosplaying it was a closet cosplay, I didn't have a wig, and my hair would not cooperate in the heat at all.
2. How many costumes have you done?
Let me see for myself including those that havent been worn to any cons yet 13 (+ 1 in progress)
Those that I have made for other people like friends, family and commissions 31 (+ 1 in progress)
So I have technically made a total of 44 costumes (not counting all the halloween stuff I made over the years for my kids & haunted houses)
3. Your most recent cosplay.
My most recent cosplay was Kikyo from Inuyasha but I am currently working on Shizuka from Vampire Knight
4. Your cosplay communities, where do you go to talk about cosplay?
Fb group pages that I am a member of
5. Blatant self plug! Link us to your cosplay page, be it dA, ACP, Coscom, whatever!
My pages are not just focused on cosplay only. On FB is one of my main cosplay pages www.facebook.com/shelandrystudio, but here on DA is my official page is www.ShelandryStudio.DeviantArt.com
6. Your favorite cosplay (that you have done)
My favorite cosplay is a hard choice, I loved my Nanso Ise from Bleach but I also really love my Kikyo
7. The character you have cosplayed that is most similar to you (if none that you have cosplayed, then one that you will cosplay)
I would have to say that Kikyo was the closest to me for quite a while in my life, but now as things have changes I would have to say Nanao Ise
8. Your cosplay plans for the rest of the year (if you have no more for this year, then do next year!)
Given that this is a new year I think that getting Shizuke finished is on top of my list. I also would like to get my Impa started and hopefully my Clone Kikyo
9. The dream cosplay that might just happen
My custom Impa that I have always wanted to do. The armor is a bit difficult but I really want to do it someday
10. The dream cosplay that will never happen
I can easily say that the custom Sheik with the alternate costume because there is a whole lot of work that would need to be done and I dont really see myself being able to finish that one, and I really want to loose alot of weight before I attempted it, and that might not happen.
11. Something cosplay-related that you will never do (eg. crossplay, cosplay from a certain series)
I will say that I more than likely will never cross play, I would rather genderbend one then crossplay, and also I would never EVER cosplay anything that reveals more than half of my body...nope no swimsuit-ish cosplays here.
12. Your cosplay idol.
I really dont have just one idol. I have several people that I admire for different reasons.
I admire Narcissa Evans for her showing the world that you can be a plus size cosplayer and still be drop dead amazing www.facebook.com/Kate.candy.ka…
I admire my friend Brad Hale for his ingenious creativitiy www.facebook.com/pages/Brad-Du…
I also admire Ryan Wells for just his over all cosplay awesomness and his speed at making such awesomeness happen www.facebook.com/ryan.wells.88…;
13. Your cosplay specialty (ie. something that seems to apply to a large amount of your cosplays, it could be a specific series, or a common feature in their appearance, such as glasses)
For a long time the only thing that most of my cosplays had in common was that I did not wear wigs, they all were my natural hair & hair color.
Now I seem to hold to that theme for the most part but having to add wigs because I really dont want to dye my hair. Lol and some of them are starting to get away from my natural hair color.
14. Your cosplay-making habits (eg. singing while working on cosplay)
I tend to watch tv/anime or listen to my random anime/game music while I sew. I also tend to do almost all my work at night after the kids are in bed.
15. Your least favorite thing about cosplay
My least favorite thing about cosplay...well about cosplaying for me is keeping the wigs how they are supposed to be without them getting all crazy tangled (which so far still does not work no matter what I do) and about cosplaying in general is dealing with those random jerk people that feel it necessary to bash you or your cosplay for what ever reason they have at the time.
16. Do you belong to any cosplay groups? If so, what are they?
I currently am a member of 3 cosplay groups:
I am founder of Cosplay Coalition www.facebook.com/CosplayCoalit…
Member of the SADC (Silver Aura of Dawn Cosplay) www.facebook.com/groups/silver…
Member of My little Cosplay Group (mostly a MLP cosplay group that founded the Crystal Fair in STL) www.facebook.com/groups/127611…
17. What events have you cosplayed to?
I have attended many events, ranging from photo shoots to picnics to conventions. All of which have photos in my gallery.
18. What is your best cosplay memory?
My best cosplay memory I would think is having photoshoots with my kids and friends making tons of mixed cosplay photos.
19. What is your worst cosplay memory?
My worst cosplay memory I think would have to be when I had to deal with my now ex making me follow him around in his cosplay and take all kinds of photos of him and getting completely ignored or into a fight when I wanted to do something for myself or get my photos taken. Thank the heavens that I don't have to deal with that any more and havent for over 4 years now.
20. Have you won any cosplay awards?
I am really proud that my first time ever in a masquerade I won best stage performance for my Momo Hinamori cosplay.
But in light of that one show I decided that after that expericence in the green room and prepping that I would not participate in any more masquerades due to wasting my entire Saturday (the main day of con for me) in prep for just a few seconds on stage. I would rather spend my time with friends and enjoying the convention.
21. Show us your best cosplay derp photo!
22. Have you worn cosplay in a regular situation? (eg. at school, to work)
I have work cosplay to one of my kid's halloween parties before, and I would have to say that I really have not worn them outside of photoshoot trips or cons.
23. Your most expensive cosplay
My most expensive cosplay to date was Kikyo, but that is now trumped by my Shizuka WIP as her kimono material was pretty expensive as well as her wig
24. Your most comfortable cosplay and most uncomfortable cosplay.
All 3 of my Bleach characters are pretty comfortable, they all have the same uniform with interchangable accessories and it is light and breaths so it is not overly hot.
My most uncomfortable would have to be Pichu as it can be very hot to wear when the weather is too warm. It is mostly a winter cosplay
25. The cosplay you put the most effort into
My Kikyo so far is the one that I have put the most effort into. I made the arrows from scratch, the bow as well as styled her wig and made her clothes. I even went out and bought a custom made plush soul collector and hand made authentic feudal area style Sacred jewel necklace (latter still needs a photo shoot)
26. Any unfinished costumes? Will you ever finish them?
I have a few unfinished costumes, my Clone Kikyo who I had started on the armor for but it got messed up and I now have to start over, I am also in progress for my Shizuka as I have everything bought just need to sew and put everything together.
I plan on finishing them in the future, hopefully Shizka before summer and Clone Kikyo maybe next year sometime. lol
27. How many wigs do you own? Which is your favorite?
I have several wigs though a few I do not wear. I would have to say if you want to include those bought for my kid's cosplays and my fiance's cosplays we have about 20 or so wigs. But for me I have only about 4 that I use for my personal main cosplays so far. My favorite one is my long white one that I use for Shizuka & my OC Amber
28. Where do you work on your cosplays and where do you store them when they’re done?
I normally take over my kitchen table in order to work on the sewing. I have a sewing dummy on a stand in my room, and for the most part they are stored in garmet bags in my closet.
29. What is your favorite cosplay item? (eg. a pair of shoes, a wig)
My favorte cosplay item would have to be my Kikyo bow & arrows. They are in my hallway with the rest of my bows and gear. I also really love my sacred jewel necklace
30. Describe cosplay in three words. No more, no less.
fun, creative, friendship
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