Completed Cosplay and Some Methods I Used (Posted 2nd June 2010)
I'd first decided that I would be making an Esper Terra FFVI style cosplay back in October 2008 at the end of the last MCM London Expo of that year. Little did I know that it would prove to be one of my most intricate and challenging Cosplays to date.
I started off with a wig prototype in November which you can see photo's of in my DeviantArt Gallery. This prototype followed the typical large and fluffy style I've seen in other Esper Terra Cosplays, but for some reason it just didn't seem right. It was nowhere near large enough for the look I was going for.
I struggled for a while with the decision between a full body paint and the use of a Zentai suit. Naturally the Zentai suit won over in the end.
After this decision was made little progress occured on this cosplay until April when the make-up tests for this cosplay began and the prostetics and fangs had been purchased. The fangs are a crutial part of this cosplay as it was the only element which I've had in my head since the first moment I had decided to created this Cosplay.
Whilst in this make up I was browsing about the internet and came across a new term for me, cyber lox, I had seen these interesting hair fall before in my wanderings about Camden market in London but had never known what they're called. I had found the missing thing I had been looking for! That extar kick that would make my Esper Terra stand out from other Esper Terra Cosplay I had seen and used for referance about the internet. I started out with one packet of swirled purple and white cyber lox, sewing into the base of a new long purple wig I brought to replace the prototype. I was happy with the outcome but there still seemed to be not enough body to the wig, I wanted it to be bigger. For Esper Terra's hair bigger is better, and I had began to notyice that cyber lox were rarely seen without the pressance of dread locks. So I found the materials to make the right coloured dreads and again I sewn them into the wig base.
This repetitive cycle continued up until the very last moment on Thursday the 27th of May.
About two weeks prior I had unearthed an old belt from the pit that is my room and had started to string beads onto it out of sheer boredom, low and behold it turned out to be the perfect accessory for Esper Terra adding a lil more shine to the scarf I was using to hide Terra's modesty despite my wearing a Zentai suit. With beads and flowers dangeling from one side I stared at the belt, yet again I had the thought that something was missing. But what!? I started to try out several small bags I had lying around to see how they'd look on the belt and few of them worked, until I yoinked one from my Ma which was doomed to the Car Boot and it fit perfectly! With loops to allow chained attachments it was the best way for me to walk about expo free handed and without having to worry about carrying a bag! The belts final touch was a beaded ribbon I attached using hot glue (a cosplayers best friend and enemy all in one) and the belt was done!
Before this the leg warmers had been hand sewn and tested with a simple tying method involving a simple pair of sandal brought from primark and ribbons crossed over and tucked underneath the palms of my feet. It worked like a charm!
I am so happy that this Cosplay received such a positive response from everyone who came along to the Final Fantasy shoot, the Masquerade and asked for photo's throughout the day! Thank you all for making this one of the most memorable Expo's I've ever had the joy to attend.
My thanks to Nert Lemons for the AWESOME pic!