It’s time for another interview, this time with NegativeDreamer! He’s an awesome cosplayer from Florida, who is quite talented!
What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Firstly, my real name is Shawn, so if you see me in person, please call me that! My cosplay alias is NegativeDreamer. I came up with it in college during a psych class going over Sigmund Freud’s latent content of dreams theory. Basically he saw a dream sort of like a negative of a photograph, so negativedreamer.
How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started in 2006 at Megacon. I was always into Halloween, and one year I went way overboard on a costume that wearing it just once seemed not enough. So I heard about these “conventions” where people go to in costume and decided to give em a try.
What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
Leather is by far the best material I have worked with. It does so much, is very durable, and you never “fight” the material. It can be dyed, painted, wet formed, sewn, stamped and a ton more. Almost all of my armor is made from it.
I also enjoy working with Syntra sheet plastic, Silicone, Latex, wood, insulation foam, fiberglass and plastic resins.
What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
More sculpting and casting projects. I feel I have so much farther to go with that medium, so I really can wait to figure out what I can make.
What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Well constructed costumes made with the proper materials and are built to last. Fev and Volpin are two of the most talented individuals in this hobby in my opinion. Check out there work now if you have not already.
What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
It has its ups and downs like any other community. Most people make it awesome, and a few make it worse. It’s your choice which one you want to be. Also, many people feel there is a single reason to cosplay, and other reasons are not acceptable – Like being a fan of the series, to be with friends, fame, attention, profit etc…. Cosplay for the reason you want to, and do not let anyone else dictate to you what it should be about.
What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Unique costumes. I love a great costume like anyone else, but after seeing so many great Zelda, or Cloud cosplayers I do not say wow about them anymore. If you have the talent and the ability to do great work, then do something YOU want to see done that is not out there. It takes a lot of talent and hard work to figure out a costume without looking at someone else’s to get ideas from, but the payoff is well worth it in the end.
What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Try to learn one material at a time, like get good at sewing before you start wigs, learn to use wood and then move to the next prop material. I know costumes take a multitude of skills but they can take years to develop. Find some friends you can do groups with and share that talent and knowledge. Plus group cosplays are always more fun!
What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Sukoshicon in Destin Beach, FL is at a BEAUTIFUL Hotel and Beach resort. I have done so many great photos there, and just enjoy the atmosphere so much. It doesn’t get the big numbers of attendance like other venues do, but I truly do not understand why.
Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
The chain mail on my Steiner costume is real metal and each ring is individually soldered shut.