I wanted to start a new section, one that highlights a cosplayer who I’ve found that I find exceptional. This spot will feature them, show off their cosplay, and they’ll answer a few questions about their cosplaying!
This first one will feature Seibatooth Cosplay.
What first got you into cosplay?
Ever since I was born I’ve been going to conventions of all kinds with my father. He’s a comicbook/anime/sci-fi/fantasy kinda guy who also collects toys. Growing up going to cons I saw the real expansion and popularization of cosplay as a kid. It also became more of a family affair as I remember when I was one of the only kids. When I was about 10 I decided I wanted to learn how to do it too and dress like my favorite characters. I asked my mom to show me how to use her machine and taught myself from there.
Hmmm I’d have to say Beatrice or Poplar.
Photo by Sweet Sensations Photography
Hardest costume to complete?
All have had different challenges, but if I had to choose one I’d say Seena from Shining Wind. Armor was new to me, but it makes me want to experiment and work with it more.
Photo by Felix Wong Photography
Dream costume to make?
I plan on trying to tackle Lina Inverse from Slayers, her OVA outfit. I have loved Slayers since I was about 9, it’s one of my all time favorite animes.
What new skill have you learned from creating cosplay?
Well with cosplay has come the development of skills in sewing, prop work, wig styling and a lot more.
Do your skills in cosplay apply to anything you do outside of that, like work or any other hobbies?
Yes actually, I’m a high school Family and Consumer Science Teacher in NJ. I’m helping develop an apparel and fashion sewing course available next school year and have helped in the theatre program.
Is there anything in particular you lean towards when you’re deciding on a costume? (genre, character type, etc)
I will join groups for friends at times, but when choosing a cosplay for me it’s all about the character and source. I’ve cosplayed from videogames, animes, and cartoons so I don’t stick to any specific genre, but I have to like the character and their design.
Photo by CK December
How long do you spend working on a costume?
Depends on the costume and difficulty. Sometimes it can take a month or so and sometimes I can whip something up in a few days.
Advice for someone first getting into cosplay?
START SMALL, the more you practice the better your skills will become. Also research, research, and research. Not only reference images, but materials, techniques, and tutorials. The more information you have, the easier it will be to tackle that project and keep improving as time goes on.
Links to personal sites/pages/etc.
Please check out Seiba’s work. She’s a fantastic cosplayer who does a lot of different types of costumes!