Cosplay Spotlight: Neoqueenhoneybee

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Are you ready for Neoqueenhoneybee’s COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT??

Why do you cosplay?

I love making things and I love dressing in costumes I’ve poured my creative juices into. There is something fun and exciting about starting with a 2D drawing, planning a creation process, problem solving it’s construction, and when it’s finally all finished, putting everything together and transforming myself. And if it can be done with a good circle of friends, it’s even more fun.

What was your first cosplay?

Hah, my first cosplay was Digiko from Digi Charat. I hadn’t even thought of the world of cosplay until a girlfriend in college asked me to do Digiko with her Rabi-en-Rose. At first I declined because I had never sewn a full costume before; I didn’t even know where to start. But I felt really bad and didn’t want her to do it alone, so decided to in the end and I’ve been cosplaying ever since.

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

I do make all my cosplay, and of course construction depends on how complicated the design is. Though, I try not to take ‘simple’ cosplay too lightly. There have been times where I’ve underestimated a project and it ended up taking double or even triple the time I had originally thought. And sometimes, if a cosplay is simple, I might add my own elements into it; such as embroidery or a textured fabric. Also, I have make my own props until now, but admittedly I’m not that great at weaponry; might have to start commissioning. Or take a break from costume creation to devote to learning prop construction.

Who is your favorite character to play?

Ah, I’d have to say Lina Inverse (Slayers) because she is one of my favorite anime heroines. Ever. And then I’d have to say any version of Nico Robin, because she’s a really awesome character, and I love almost every pre time skip outfit she wears.

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

I’d have to say video games and anime. I usually cosplay characters I know and love, popular or not. But sometimes I’ll really love a series and just want to show my support for it. When that happens I try to cosplay a character that still appeals to me, but also gets little cosplay love. I cosplay a lot with Ceratopian, and sometimes we do cosplay swaps. (I’ll cosplay so-and-so on your list, if you cosplay so-and-so on my list) She knows my heart goes out to characters that don’t get a lot of cosplay love, so she’s picked a some really good ones for me.

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

DON’T WAIT FOR THE LAST MINUTE! Really, don’t. Even now I wish I could say that I always follow this, and it shows when I don’t. Also, pick fabrics that work for you and not against you. There are just some fabrics out there that are very frustrating to work with, if you don’t know how to work with them. If you are insistent on using one of those kinds of fabrics, do plenty of research on how to make your life easier when working with them. Google/Youtube are your friends; there are so many great instructionals/tutorials.

If you are a first timer who is intimidated by the thought of making your own cosplay, pick something that you feel is doable. Then go to a thrift store and find an article of clothing that fits you, and is similar to what you want to make. Seam rip it apart so you can get a picture of how it’s put together and afterwards, you have a pattern you know fits you. Sometimes I still do this. Jeans are especially great pants patterns!

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

Definitely characters that I know and love are easier to cosplay because I can strike poses and use expressions that are more true to the characters. Sometimes it’s a little harder for cosplay swaps, in which I didn’t really know the characters. And even after reading up on them I didn’t feel the connection I could have if I had played the game or watched the series, so it was harder for me to ‘get into’ character.

 

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