Cosplay Spotlight: Steven K Smith


Steven K Smith, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!

Why do you cosplay?

I was freelance illustrator that got the prop making/cosplay bug late 2012.  As an artist I love creating with my hands and enjoy the overall challenge of bringing a fictional character to life.  Plus I will say that when a fan sees you dressed up as a character, starts geeking out, and wants to get a picture with you that is one of the best feelings.

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was the Psycho from Borderlands.  That is actually how I got into prop making and cosplaying.  I searched the web for a psycho mask couldn’t find one I like so I taught myself how to sculpt, cast, and recreate items from the game.  After the mask I recreated his iconic weapon the Buzz Axe and made armor out of EVA foam.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

I do make my own costumes and props.  For my very first build the original psycho mask took about a week and a half from the time I started sculpting to adding the final touches of paint.  His Buzz Axe was quite a bit harder and took over a month to create and finish.  I have grown a lot since then as a prop maker and cosplayer and that can be seen in my latest costume Isaac Clark’s Level 3 suit from DEAD SPACE.  The entire suit plus plasma cutter took over 300 hours and multiple months to complete.

Who is your favorite character to play?

I still like my Borderlands Psycho the best!

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

I prefer to create video game cosplays.  Video games are getting to be bigger than movies in our culture and so the possibilities are endless.  Plus the video game developers are so supportive of these creations.  I am currently making the Inquisitor from Dragon Age Inquisition.  Bio Ware liked the helmet I made so much that one of my helmets now guards the front office of their building 🙂

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

I would say just to always be safe when it comes to making your costumes.  Be sure to wear safety glasses, respirators, gloves, and anything else that can protect you from some of the harmful products that are used in making costumes.

Are there certain characters that are easier to cosplay as than others?

I would say that it just depends on the time and detail you wan to put into your creation.  An easy looking cloth costume could end up being very difficult if your not good at sewing.  Being a cosplayer will definitely make you more well rounded in a variety of different arts.


Twitter and Instagram: @SKSPROPS

His entire DEAD SPACE build writeup on the Instructables site:

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