My favorite type of character would definitely be strong women. Moe blobs are cute and all, but a badass woman is much more interesting! When choosing cosplays, I try to stick to characters and series that I really love, but how much I resemble a character and how much I like a design are also big factors. [..]
For this week, we chose to feature Love Squad, a Russian cosplayer who approached various characters from anime series and games. Also check her deviantART page, where you’ll find more pictures. [..]
Yukilefay is a very talented cosplayer from Brazil, whose costumes range from series such as Nana and Inuyasha, to games such as Resident Evil and Zelda. She proves a great flexibility of interpretation, depicting both male and female characters with the same degree of skilfullness. [..]
Cosplay Gen’s choice for this week is Kaikida, a very versatile Russian cosplayer. As far as her gallery shows, she likes to portray beautiful and feminine characters, such as Paradise Kiss’ Yukari or Euphemia from Code Geass. Remarkable as well is her talented photographer, MrGnob, she herself a cosplayer and costume-maker. [..]
Starting today, Cosplay Gen will weekly present one cosplayer or photographer whom we’d like to promote on our website.
For this week, we chose to feature Tsubaki-chan, an Australian cosplayer already known at local conventions, who also coordinates various panels. For her latest cosplay panel, she chose as theme “Cosplay on any budget – Cosplay for Poor Students & Rich Fortunates”, which will be presented at SMASH!, a convention held in Sydney. Tsubaki-chan has a quite wide range of costumes, such as Caska from Berserk, Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, Kadaj from FF VII Advent Children, and Nene Romanova from Bubblegum Crisis – Tokyo 2040. [..]
First of all, my skill set and level of quality evolved over the past 10 years. I learned how to sew when I got into cosplay, and I am completely self-taught, so, depending on the costume I wanted to make, I had to learn new skills and evolve in my sewing and crafting techniques. These days I feel fairly confident that I could tackle almost any costume that catches my interest, but I also want to continue to challenge myself and hone my skills.
I had actually planned this Lightning cosplay very early on, in 2007, but never started it till very much later, choosing instead to debut Noctis Lucis Caelum (FFVersusXIII) first. Sketches, drafts and blueprints weren’t actually worked on until 2009, when I decided (on the very last minute, as usual) to attend an end-of-year event in Singapore as part of a Final Fantasy XIII team.
This costume was a collaboration with LimeBarb, so she handled most of the fabric work while I did the “hard” pieces (mask, prop, skates). All in all, it took about 3 months to complete.