Interview with Deussolaris Cosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with Deussolaris Cosplay! He’s a talented young man from Colorado, who strives to get all the details right!

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Deussolaris Cosplay out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Deussolaris Cosplay – I’ve been using “Deussolaris” since I was a teen, mostly for gaming, but gaming has had a huge influence on me to do coplay so it was a natural choice for me. It’s a compound of Deus (God) and Solaris (pertaining to the sun) – for me it means a lot as I see the sun at the center of creation and the reason life is possible at all.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I made my first cosplay over 10 years ago. It was Anji Mito from Guilty Gear I made to go to Nan Desu Kan my first time. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a lot of friends who knew or understood cosplay back then so I fell out of it. I’ve only really gotten back into cosplay since 2016 so fairly new to the community from that perspective.

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I absolutely have fallen in love with worbla and EVA – I used to only sew so these mediums have allowed me to take cosplay to the next level and start making props and such.

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Deussolaris Cosplay as Daario Naharis from Game of Thrones, photo by WeNeals Photography

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I’ve only done molds and casting once, but I thought it was really neat. I’d like to do more with that in the future so I can make better more detailed props and accessories. I also think it would be neat to get into some light effects as well.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I’m all about the details. I absolutely love when cosplayers nail the details that would have otherwise been overlooked. I also really enjoy when cosplayers get creative doing mash-ups or gender-benders. It’s something I haven’t done yet either so I really appreciate cosplayers that pull these off. I’m fortunate enough to have a lot of friends now that cosplay and I look up to each and every one of them.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Well it’s definitely changed since I first did it all those years ago. I think most surprising was the amount of negativity some people bring to the community. I think most cosplayers today have experienced some kind of bullying, feelings of social inadequacy, etc. – Cosplay should be an outlet and a safe place for people to express themselves and feel comfortable in their own right. There’s a lot of good people in our community, but there are some that still manage to disrupt it.

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Deussolaris Cosplay as Gambit from X-Men, photo by Cameko Cosplay

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
So going back to what I said – I’d like to see more positivity and support within the community. Let’s show encouragement to those that need it, let’s be kind to one another and if anything just let people enjoy the things that they love in peace – there’s no need to hurt others or tear people down.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Start small and work your way up to harder more intricate projects. Build that confidence so that you don’t get discouraged – Your dream cosplay can wait. It goes a long way to have the confidence to take on the next challenge so just be patient. You know you’re overdoing it when you no longer are having fun making it. We do these things because we enjoy them – Don’t lose that!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Well I’ve only been to Colorado conventions – my dream is to go to some of the larger ones like San Diego or Dragon Con. But I do really enjoy the energy at DCC – there are so many people and so much to see! Starfest was a blast; I went for the first time this year. I also managed to go back to NDK this year as a “blast from the past” kind of experience. It was great and I got to cosplay one of my favourite anime characters from my childhood with a dear friend.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
My Nyx Ulric cosplay is basically my crown jewel. I worked almost half a year on it making sure that I made it as detailed as possible. It was actually the reason I have so many good friends in the cosplay community today. This cosplay also got me 3rd place in the Master Tier cosplay contest at DreamHack Denver in 2017.

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Deussolaris Cosplay as Nyx from Final Fantasy – Kingsglaive, photo by WeNeals Photography

Thanks for the interview, Deussolaris Cosplay! You can check out his Facebook page here and his Instagram here!

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Wonder Woman Make-up Tutorial

This tutorial is created by the wonderful Alyson Tabbitha and teaches you how to recreate her Wonder Woman look!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Advertisement for Yunie’s Designs

I haven’t done an ad on here for awhile without an actual review involved, but hey, it’s that time of the year and well, it IS my blog. ; P

I run an Etsy store where I sell hand-made jewelry, costumes, costume pieces and accessories (wiiiiiigs), and other fun stuff! I’m currently running a sale where you purchase $20 in merchandise and get 60% off your order! Read: I need to get rid of inventory, lol!

To check out my store, Yunie’s Designs, you can follow the link here!

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Interview with Serafina Cosplay

It’s time for another interview, this time with Serefina Cosplay! She’s a lovely cosplayer from Colorado, who absolutely loves handling wigs!

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Serafina Cosplay as Harley Quinn from DC Comics, photo by KJean Photography

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I sadly was not very creative when I chose the name Serafina Cosplay. It was similar to my real name and sounded nice enough – and no one else was using it (at the time). However, now “Serafina” is apparently the name of a teenage-geared book series so if I had the chance to go back in time and pick something else I probably would!

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started cosplaying without knowing it around 2007 (old, not obsolete) when I became a professional children’s entertainer. I was a few years in before a friend of mine said to me, “You know they have conventions for this sort of thing?” So I went to my first convention in 2011 or 2012 I believe. It opened up a new world of costuming options for me.

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Serafina Cosplay as Star Sapphire from Justice League DOOM, photo by Nlightened Designs

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
My strengths lie in wig-styling. I went to cosmetology school so I have some background in hair, however, wigs are a whole different animal. I watch a lot of youtube videos to learn new skills. I recently completed my Dark Lady wig (from Sailor Moon) and I’m excited to try it out. I am hoping the grandeur of the style doesn’t look too silly on my face. 😀

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
My best friend Kristi just won the 2018 Her Universe Fashion Show and she has been my exclusive costumer for a few years now. She and I have been discussing some more “nostalgic” cosplays. In other words, cosplays that aren’t necessarily instantly recognizable to everyone, but are nostalgic and will hopefully be appreciated by fans that recognize it.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love a “whole package”. In other words, I love seeing cosplayers that put detail into every piece. Maybe they are wearing an intricately crafted set of armor but also made sure their wig and their shoes were on point. Or even small things like seeing a Sailor Mercury with her visor and her computer. Or an Aang with his glider. I love extra pieces that show that extra touch of love for their character.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
Yikes! This is a tricky subject. I suppose all I can say is that I have had more than my fair share of negative experiences with people in the “cosplay scene”. Do those experiences represent the community as a whole? I’d like to think not. But it certainly has put a damper on my interest to continue with the hobby in the future.

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Serafina Cosplay as Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess, photo by Raven

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I think catty-ness within the cosplay community is useless. There is no reason to purposely attack another cosplayer. We are all in this together and we should act like it.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
You are beautiful and your cosplay is beautiful and completely valid. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I have really enjoyed Emerald City Comic Con both times I’ve attended. Seattle is obviously a beautiful city. But the con itself is well laid out and I’ve always had positive experiences with the staff.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
As previously mentioned, my friend Kristi often helps with my costumes. At my request, she added a skirt to my yellow power ranger costume. Technically the yellow ranger doesn’t have a skirt but ever since I was a child I always wanted her to have one. I get a lot of “that’s not accurate to the character”, but I don’t care. It makes me happy.

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Serafina Cosplay as Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers, photo by Raven

Thanks for the interview, Serefina Cosplay! You can check out her website here, her Facebook page here, and her Instagram here!

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Sakimichan Hades from Disney’s Hercules Wig Tutorial

This wig tutorial is pretty hard-core for a wig, so I definitely do not recommend it for beginners! It was created by Jak Cosplay and teaches you how to create Sakimichan’s version of Hades from Disney’s Hercules!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Buying Fabric on Etsy

Lately, I’ve been purchasing fabric on Etsy since I’ve been having to find very specific colors or patterns. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at what I’ve been finding! So, I thought I’d share some tips and tricks on how I’ve been deciding where to order from.

1. Take advantage of those search terms! Play around with the keywords to find what you’re looking for. Describe the color or the actual fabric you’re searching for and play around with it all to get as many ideas as you can.

2. Check the pricing, and include the shipping. The saving grace of Etsy is it allows you to find the pricing that would best suit your project’s budget! The 6 yards of fabric and shipping charges cost me $30 for my husband’s vest I plan on making him. I can’t beat that!

3. Pay attention to where the item is being shipped from! It can affect the cost, but it’s more to know the time frame for how long your order may take.

4. Look at the store’s ratings! As much as I hate to say it as an Etsy seller, people do pay attention to the ratings. If the store has low ratings and a lot of complaints, you may want to avoid it.

 

Hope this helps! 😀

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Werewolf/Creature Nails Tutorial

This amazing tutorial was created by Madeyewlook and teaches you an easy way to create your own creature nails! Perfect for Halloween! 😀

Hope this helps! 😀

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