If you can believe it, we’re 3/5 of the way through our 2016 Australian Championships of Cosplay circuit. Still on the fence about taking the plunge and entering the competition for Sydney and Brisbane this year? Read on to hear tips from Melbourne champion, Artemis Costuming!
What character did you cosplay for the Melbourne heat?
I chose to recreate the art of Sakizo, as her illustration of Seraphim.
What inspired you to cosplay as this character?
I met someone at a convention a few years ago who introduced me into the art of Sakizo and ever since then I have wanted to recreate one of her illustrations. I finished doing a costume design course last year and wanted to challenge myself with all the new skills I had learnt so I dove straight into the most elaborate and challenging one I could find.
How long did it take to make your cosplay?
I spent over 320 hours in total over a period of four or five months.
What was the best part of cosplaying in the Melbourne heat of the Australian Championships of Cosplay?
I think meeting some of the other contestants backstage. Even if I won or lost in Melbourne, I met some awesome people with whom I can share knowledge and get excited about cosplay together with.
What are you most looking forward to about the National Finals at Oz Comic-Con Brisbane?
Spending time with my cheer quad and meting other contestants. Plus I get to spend some time in the sun at a convention, unlike Melbourne which is always cold and wet.
When did you first start cosplaying? What was your first cosplay?
I started cosplaying over 5 years ago at a local con and made a Nurse Joy. Looking back, I cringe at how I made it and how I had the ugliest wig but you learn from mistakes and it helped me learn.
What tips do you have for someone starting out in cosplay?
I would start off with something simple. Learn the basics of sewing or prop making and start building up from there. Ask friends for help and advice, share knowledge with each other and even take sewing classes if you need.
What is something in the costume making process you struggle with, or want to learn to do better?
I struggle with props. I’m not very good with armor or anything other than fabric. I keep pushing myself to make more and I’m learning. I really want to learn how to make cleaner and neater props.
Besides cosplay, what other nerdy things are you into? Comics, games, etc?
I spend all my time either sewing, working (in fabric shops) or playing video/board games. I also collect video games and PlayStation trophies.
If you had to pick a superpower, what would it be and why?
The ability to never sleep again. I would be able to get so much work done and play all the games in my backlog.
Anything else you want to tell Oz Comic-Con fans?
Party on dudes.
Be sure to stay tuned to see who will take home the crown at the Oz Comic-Con Australian Championships of Cosplay this September in Brisbane!
Follow along in Artemis Costuming’s cosplay adventures on her Facebook.