I revived my old PC and found all of my cosplay pictures 😂 I used to be heavily into cosplaying anime and game characters in 2016-17. I was such a weeb HAHAHA.
For each of these characters I:
During this period I taught myself soldering, auto-sanding, woodworking, handling resin and worbla, photography, photo and video editing, technology, sewing and who knows what else. I even filmed YouTube videos like GRWM and How-Tos. Holy fuck, I was so bothered 😂 To be young with creative purpose again...
Total characters: 16
Wendy - Fairytail
This was the first thing I ever sewed. I used a 'how to sew a blazer' YouTube tutorial as a guide and my mum was hella disappointed the seams were not perfect LOL From memory, the right shoulder was uncomfortable to wear because it was too tight 🤫😂. I wore this to an anime convention in 2012.
Sona (Arcade) - League of Legends
I made this for PAX 2014 and my friend Josh drove my 1 metre keyboard down to Melbourne for me LOL. I can't believe I walked around the entire convention with this thing 😂 The outfit was easy to sew but it definitely looked cheap in reality. And this wig was the only time I spent a lot of money on fake hair - it was $110 at a shop because I purchased it last minute.
Ahri (Original) - League of Legends
I used to love LoL and of course, I had to cosplay Ahri. This was my first time using satin and it was difficult getting the shapes, edges and seams right. I was very proud of this one and wore it to a Sydney convention in July 2015, but only got time to make the fluffy tails in mid 2016 (when these photos were taken).
Katarina (Original) - League of Legends
In October 2015, we went to another convention where I was Katarina. Oooft, LoL was my world 🤣 I only made the top (spandex and cotton) and swords for this one; everything else was thrown together.
Lina - Dota 2
I started cosplaying more by the end of 2015. This outfit was fun to sew but due to the satin material, it took me about a week. This is the only outfit I would ever feel comfortable selling because of the details LOL It was also the first time I used worbla and made these two little fireballs 😆 I started my YouTube channel here and created a how-to with a time-lapse of this cosplay in 6 videos.
Thresh (Original) - League of Legends
I WAS SO PROUD OF THIS ONE! It was my first time incorporating working lights into my props 😄 The lantern, skull and cleaver were made of cardboard, worbla and paints and I worked really hard to make the highlights and shadows stand out. There was probably 6 coats of paint on everything LOL. There's a YouTube series on this cosplay too. By the end of 2016 (a year into cosplaying), I revamped this with a worbla bra and working belt (below). I was a little sad I had to throw it out because of adulthood....
KAIRI - Kingdom Hearts
In 2016, I was hopping on to the cosplay trend and the new Kingdom Hearts game release so I made Kairi, even though I had never played the franchise before HAHAHA I was so phoney. I made the key out of foam and I was so proud of how it turned out 🌼. There's a YouTube series for this cosplay too.
The movie Maleficient was coming out and every cosplayer was hopping on this trend, myself included. This was quite easy to make out of duct tape but I never upload the YouTube series / photos because I was starting to feel self-conscious of my round face and work 🤐
Ahri (Dynasty) - League of Legends
It was mid 2016 and I was juggling full-time university and a part-time retail job so when I decided to cosplay Dynasty Ahri, I bought it online. I was very happy with that decision because it boosted my mental health.
2B - Nier: Automata
Everyone cosplayed 2B in 2016 and I mean, e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. I purchased the outfit online ($120) and did a small photoshoot at a beach house in Gosford. I told myself I would play the game one day but I never even got time to do that 😂 #phoney
Veigar (Boss) - League of Legends
I loved the idea of a female veigar and designed this crossover myself. Everything was made from scratch. The gamer hand was made out of cardboard and paint. The hat was filled with expanding foam and a lot of worbla. I don't even know how I achieved it 😳. The hardest part was keeping the wand in place. This was my last major cosplay and LoL character.
Air Nomad - Avatar, Last Airbender
I wanted to make an Avatar, Last Airbender series on my YouTube. This outfit was easy to make but I was a broke uni-student so I cheapened out on fabric and ran out of some around my ankles HAHAHAHA. I never got around to filming it.
Water Tribe - AVATAR, LAST AIRBENDER
Yooo, another cheap cosplay. The fabric costed $10 max. I had the brilliant idea to go to the Entrance (NSW) to take these photos and HAHAHAHA I can't stop laughing at the water effects 🌊
Asuka Langley Sohryu - Evangelion
Mick loves Evangelion so I made Asuka for him. Again, I cheapened out so this body suit was made of thin spandex HAHAHA. The spear weapon was made of foam but it was so flimsy it fell off mid-photoshoot 🙃
Rei Ayanami - Evangelion
Of course I had to do Rei too. I don't even know how I made this entire thing from scratch, like... the pleather and white cotton with the details on the arms 🤔 I was really proud of this one because it was the most accurate in regards to dress-making. This was the last time I went to an anime convention in 2017.
My last cosplay: Elfen Lied in October 2017. It was just a wig and bandages from the pharmacy LOL. I loved the editing in this one.
As time-consuming and weird this hobby was, I learned a lot from it, from sourcing materials to editing the final pictures. If I was more patient, I would have been more satisfied with the results but alas, I was very hard on myself. My mental health declined because I was self-conscious about putting myself out there. It was a dark time and I knew I was not made to be a 'influencer' or internet-famous person but I will always encourage others to go for it.
Thanks for falling down the rabbit hole with me. Byeee! 😘