Guest on /ALL Chat!

This is a really belated post, but better late than never, am I right? Haha. Anyways, I had the wonderful opportunity to be a guest on Riot Game’s show – /ALL Chat, it was a great experience all around with the hosts and crew! We talked about my Arcade Miss Fortune costume as well as the process I took to create the props – Shock and Awe.

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Coming onto the show was a really exciting experience, as well as an honor! I was so hyped up about it that I brought a ton of molds and masters to talk about the process I take to create a prop or product. We ended up focusing on Shock and Awe for Arcade Miss Fortune since it was most fitting, considering I was in the costume.

I got to introduce myself a bit by talking about how I got into cosplay, which stems back to Anime Expo years ago (honestly I can barely even remember which Anime Expo that was). Back then I literally had no idea about cosplay, I was just another anime fan that loved watching series such as Naruto, Bleach, Ouran High School Host Club, etc. When I got to the convention that was my first time ever actually seeing cosplayers – it was so weird and different, but looked so fun!

Afterwards they asked me what makes me decide on which character I want to bring to life and cosplay as, which is determined based on two main points: a) I have to have a personal connection with the character, meaning I like them, usually for their design; b) I have to be able to learn something new from the process.

There’s a lot of League of Legends champions that come out, but there’s only so much time and resources that you can allocate to a costume so I usually apply the “test of time” to a character. This test basically forces me to wait a bit of time before I begin building it just to make sure it’s not the release hype that’s making me want to build it.

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Bringing the master and molds allowed to physically show and explain the process behind building one of my props, from the beginning planning and template stages, all the way to painting. I talked about the overall process I take for each project, beginning with patterning out the piece in Illustrator to determine all the different dimensions of the prop using orthographic drawings. Then comes the physical building process of the piece!

Shock and Awe were solely built using MDF and Sintra, which is extremely heavy, but the final props are extremely light weight because they are hollow plastic castings, filled with rigid urethane foam for further structure. Showing the molds, and briefly describing how they are built, I explained the main reasons that you’d want to make a mold – for making duplicates, or casting the piece out of a different material. In this case both reasons fit, I needed two guns and I wanted them hollow and lightweight!

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My explanation continues with the rough steps you need to take to finish the piece after casting it. Sanding seams, filling imperfections with Bondo, etc. I always feel like such a nerd explaining the process behind the prop fabrication process, but it looked like the hosts were really interested in learning about it.

One of the final things I was asked was what pieces of advice I would give to someone who is just starting out with cosplay:

  1. Google is your best friend! Seriously, there are so many tutorials on the internet now, it’s insane. When I first started cosplay and prop fabrication I had to experiment with so many things myself, but now there are tutorials left and right!
  2. Social media groups! Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr… there are so many social media platforms with cosplay groups on them, that’s a bunch of people available to give you suggestions and tips for your project! Just don’t be shy to ask, everyone started somewhere and there are so many people that are more than happy to help.
  3. Just try! I know the idea of starting a new endeavor is scary, but you’ll never get anywhere if you just don’t try! Everyone fails at some point and we all learn from our mistakes.

Being on /ALL Chat was such a great experience, I loved every moment while I was on set. The hosts Melonie Mac, Josh Kim, and James Patterson were all extremely humble and I had such a blast chatting with them about my favorite subject.

Here’s the video, be sure to give it a watch because they feature all sorts of awesome artists and pieces on there as well as answer questions from the viewers!

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Be sure to check out /ALL Chat on Facebook, they’re always posting awesome content. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment down below or contact me on Facebook or Twitter! Thanks for reading!

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