This month we have a newbie at Coslaying but he is taking it by storm and most of his costumes looks amazing plus he is one of very few people that Crossplay. So here we go:
Profile: Sean Robinson
Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Ashika.cosplay
Background: Tell us a bit more of yourself? How and when did you get started in Cosplay and why you Love it??
The main things are that I’m fun, gender fluid and not scared to be different. This, with the help of one of my friends, has led to the creation of Ashika Cosplay. I do a different style of cosplay called crossplaying. It entails that I cosplay characters of the other gender. This all started when a Friend asked me to be the model for a crossplay makeup tutorial that she did.
I have pretty much always loved dressing up, though my first character was back when I was little. My first official cosplay was done this year February, for the cosplay picnic in Cape Town. So officially I have only been cosplaying for about 5 months now.
The reason for my love of cosplay is that you can be creative and be a different person. The struggles of finding out how to create a womanly figure can also be quite entertaining at time.
What was the first Costume you wore for Cosplay and did you make it yourself?
My first cosplay would be the humanized Ampharos that I did for the February picnic this year. With help from a friend that studied Fashion Design, I completed the costume.
What is your most difficult challenge in creating a costume?
Probably figuring out how to create the illusion of curves and breasts. As a guy you generally don’t have these, however with a sewing machine, many bras and perseverance it gets easier.
Every Cosplayer has a favorite part of creating a costume or something they are really good at, what is yours?
My favorite part of creating a costume would be seeing the finished product of the hard work I have out in. Something that I’m really good at would be crossplaying.
Your best Cosplay moment so far?
The best moment this year was at Ucon where I showcased my first Crossplay. People were shocked to find out that I was actually a boy.
What costume are you planning on making or wearing next?
At the moment I am busy planning and working on a few costumes. I am busy with 2 cosplays from Bioshock which are little sister, and Elizabeth. Also have many others that I have been avoiding that I’m going to hopefully get done soon.
How do you decide on what to cosplay?
I have a cosplay wish list that I generally look at. If I struggle to find something to cosplay, I ask for suggestions from people on my page.
What Cosplay events do you attend and what do you expect them?
I generally attend all the events here in Cape Town (the picnics, Ucon and Free comic book day). I am hoping to attend some other events in other parts of the county like Kin Con and Rage Expo.
If you were given the chance would you do Cosplay for a living?
I would love too. It would hopefully be fun, and who doesn’t like getting paid for doing what you love.
At conventions, events and locations are you usually approachable? Do you like it when people want to talk and discuss your art form?
I am. I am always open to questions and would gladly discuss cosplay with anybody if they are willing to hear me go on for hours.
What is your involvement in the local Cosplay community and where do you see gaps that need to be filled?
In my local community I am one of the very few guys that crossplay, Other than that I am still a noob but hopefully I will start getting a larger evolvement than I have right now.
It would be nice to see the community grow, and for more people to start stepping out of their comfort zones and try something new. )
Give us your Top 5 Cosplayers of 2013?
Sakura Breeze, Yamaki, Baka Sakura, Kombo Kitten, Ketsuzoku Cosplay
How do you feel about Cosplay in South Africa?
The community here in South Africa is great. Everybody is friendly and willing to help if needed. I am proud to be part of iy and cannot wait to see what happens for it in the future as we become better and larger.