For more than 13 years in the realization of design on his Costume & Props and 4 years now in the world of Cosplay. We discover today the work of the Portuguese, Angélica Elfic through her photos or her costumes that take us into fantasy and medieval worlds, “World of Warcraft” and “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS”.
When did you start cosplay and how did you hear about it ?
I follow for a quite few years some very talented Cosplayers, like Kamui Cosplay, and I can say that she was the one that made me want to Cosplay.
I started to Cosplay Daenerys from Game of Thrones, because I loved her aesthetic. The idea of Cosplay always brought a smile to my face. Getting the chance to hang around with friends that also love to dress up as characters from games and series is the most wonderful feeling.
What is your favorite universe? And how do you develop your costumes?
I love to Cosplay characters from Blizzard, especially from Warcraft. Their designs are super intricate and I love armors and Fantasy characters.
First I create all the patterns of the costume in paper and after this I get all the materials I need.
I try to start to create first, one of the most difficult pieces of the costume, so that if I’m well succeeded I know that I will be able to build the entire costume. This also gets me hyped to build the next pieces of that character.
Which materials do you use most? And that matter has been the most difficult for you?
As materials, I love to use EVA foam, leather and fabrics in general.
The most difficult parts were definitely the Centaur body and Headpiece from Master Lunara. They had to be able to disassemble completely, so they could fit in a suitcase. And since both items are huge, this was quite a challenge.
What is your future project ?
I’m creating more Warcraft characters like Valeera Sanguinar. I hope this year be able to finish more 2 others Cosplays, that unfortunately I cannot reveal yet 😊
Have you ever worked abroad? Can you explain your experience about your representation for ECG, the last year?
As a Cosplayer no, but I represented Portugal in ECG competition, at Japan Expo in France.
It was an overwhelming experience from the beginning to the end! In the Portuguese selections I took my Sylvanas Windrunner Cosplay, but I decided to create a new costume to take to the final in France, Master Lunara.
So I only had 7 weeks to create the most intricate costume I ever did. It was a nonstop challenge, with many sleepless nights. Everything was worth it, because I never have been so proud of a Cosplay like this one. Meeting so many great Cosplayers from other countries was a blast! All great with so many skills! It’s an unforgettable experience that I invite all Cosplayers to have.
Is there more shoots outside or in convention? What are the ingredients for a good collaboration between a photographer and a cosplayer? What your favorite picture ?
I do more photoshoots outside the conventions. Since the conventions are always super crowd, most of the time, there is no time or a nice place to do a proper shoot.
So I love to shoot my costumes in a more controlled environment, so all the details of the costume are caught on camera.
They both need to want to create the most beautiful images and be synchronized for that. Sometimes we need to leave our comfort zone, so the most awesome photos are made. Trust is another thing that is fundamental, and commitment.
I love my Rengar from League of Legends, photos. They are fierce and make me proud of this costume. The photographer, Eleán’Art, did an amazing job on these photos.
Is there a photographer with whom you would like to collaborate?
Can you talk about the evolution of cosplay from your point of view today? With your personal experiences, can you tell us about the interactions of cosplayers in Portugal?
From my point of view, Cosplay started just with the idea of dressing up as your favorite character and have fun with friends. If the costume was not accurate, that was not important.
Nowadays, Cosplayers want to show their best skills, and create intricate costumes, that many times make others wonder if that person is the real actor or someone dressed up like the actor.
Especially on these last years, Cosplayers got more and more perfectionists and work as hard as they can to create the most beautiful costumes. It had become a business that many of us make a living, that I’m super happy to be a part of.
The reaction I get from other Cosplayers in conventions is awesome! I love to explain how I did some parts of my costumes, and exchange knowledge with other Cosplay lovers.
Can you give some tips for beginners?
Never give up with the obstacles that challenge us when we are creating the Cosplay. Create Cosplays that you love, and not just because they are on trend.
When we create things with passion, we take time to be perfectionist, and the results are flawless, because we are not rushing everything.
Don’t be too hard on you, with time you will get better and better results. And for last, but not the least, have fun, cause is this is the most important thing in Cosplay 😊.