This week we have “Riri” of Riri Cosplay as our special feature this week!
Q. What’s your name, and care to tell a bit about yourself
Hello! I go by Riri, and while I am a Chemist by day, I am a cosplayer, crocheter, crafter, and cat lover by night. I got my Masters in Chemistry in 2011 and have been working as an analytical chemist since. I love to game as well, but I tend to be more selective with my gaming types; I love RPGs, versus, and maybe once in a while, an FPS game. I am a completionist so it takes me months and months to finish a game such as an RPG. I love to crochet too – during the winter season, I crochet hats and scarves; during the rest of the year, I get back into making geeky amigurumis, and super hero sweaters for pets! I have a passion for cosplaying too, so many of my evenings include cosplay construction as well.
Q. I notice that you cosplay, how long have you been cosplaying?
I have been cosplaying since 2007.
Q. What got you into cosplay?
One of my best friends and partner at LiftedGeek.com actually got me into it; I was already into watching tons of anime at the time, and he had me watch Death Note. He asked me to cosplay as Amane Misa for Sakura Con 2007 and so I did, and I loved it.
Q. Do you have any modeling experience?
I do not actually have modeling experience, other than … modeling in my cosplay for photoshoots.
Q. How has cosplaying changed your life?
Cosplaying in general has changed my life in many ways. For one, it made me more aware of the cosplay community and how important it is to have a strong community that you can go to for support and advice. I have been more social and making more friends when I attend conventions. In addition, being able to learn how to sew, craft, and learn new things have really given me something to look forward to after work and during my free time, so with that it has also made me happier overall.
Q. What are your plans for the future? Cosplay or Non-Cosplay.
I hope that with each cosplay I construct, that I can learn new techniques and skills to help me complete more challenging cosplays. More specifically, I want to start working with more armor type cosplays and try Worbla!
Q. What’s your favorite cosplay so far?
My favorite cosplay that I had done was actually recently; it was Kuroyukihime from Accel World. It was the first cosplay where I got to wear gigantic wings that I had constructed, and I was really happy with the outcome. In the end, even after the slight breeze in Seattle and going through crowds, the wings still held up and didn’t break at all, so it made me feel a sense of accomplishment.
Q. What do you think was your least favorite cosplay, if any?
My least favorite cosplay was probably Simca from Air Gear. It was a commissioned outfit, but the wig was sooooo bad because all it ever did was tangle! It didn’t look that great and while the cosplay outfit fit me ok, the overall look I was never satisfied with.
Q. Do you have any plans to work with cosplay modeling or modeling websites?
If the opportunity came up, I would love to do cosplay modeling. But as of right now, there are no actual plans.
Q. Do you have any future cosplay ideas?
I have a number of cosplay projects planned for a 2014 debut, or end 2013. I am currently working on a Hatsune Miku, whose outfit was created by Louis Vuitton for her The End concert. I am also working on a Tekken character, Ling Xiaoyu, her 3rd/4th player outfit. And then the biggest project is Saber Nero from Fate/Extra which I hope to debut at Sakura Con 2014.
Q. How do you go about creating a cosplay?
Lots of planning and research, and P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E. I usually spend a good amount of time just thinking first about what kind of technique is appropriate to use for the what part of the cosplay, and then when I’m ready to execute the plan, I start shopping for materials. Usually I start with the outfit first then the prop. For clothing, I begin with a sewing pattern that I can find, and modify it from there. Prop making would usually require lot more research and planning (and maybe some physics and materials science…), and so things like that I always have to have a drawing board to lay out the pieces and types of materials to use.
Q. What materials do you use or recommend to others?
If you are making an outfit, I recommend working with muslin fabric so you can see how it fits first and then make modifications. I recently started using this for harder pieces of my outfit especially if it’s something that needs to be heavily modified. Other materials are usually very dependent on what you want to make. As far as a more general recommendation for prop making materials, I’d say research your materials before hand and make sure they are LIGHT. You don’t want to end up finding out that you can’t carry this prop because it is too heavy.
Q. Do you have any hints or tips for other cosplayers?
My best tips for all cosplayers is to be PATIENT and to HAVE FUN! When you start becoming unhappy or stressing about cosplaying, it just isn’t fun anymore Ask for help when you need it, and use your resources to help you finish your cosplay. Check out cosplay tutorials out and interact with the cosplay community for help; you’d be surprised at how much faster you could get something accomplished.
Thank you so much, Riri for allowing us to feature you this week!