In our never ending quest to bring you a wide range of cosplayers from all around the world we love to give people the opportunity to talk about their creations and their love of what they do. Here we have Katie Heartfilia otherwise known as Supersonic Sky. JoypadAndMe chatted with her about cosplay and here is what she said.
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Q) What was your first experience of seeing cosplay in the gaming community?
Online! Ever since I was very young I loved Anime, I watched Shaman King almost religiously and when I google imaged it I found people who dressed up as my favourite characters and I had to be part of it! I looked into cosplay and fell in love with it, Halloween was always the best holiday and people do this when ever?! I needed to do it too, so a few years later I went to my first convention and Cosplayed Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail!
Q) What was it about cosplay that got you interested in it?
You can be who ever you want to be! A dragon, pony a bad ass robot. Anything! That appealed to me because I was quite shy growing up. This gave me the chance to be whatever I wanted and nobody could complain.
Q) What made you decide that it was something that you wanted to get involved in and did you intend for it to go as far as it has for you?
The people! After my first convention I was hooked, the people were so friendly, looking back my first cosplay was awful but people still came up to be and complemented my costume and asked for pictures, the community was so nice I had to keep going to these conventions. I never would have thought people would look up to me because of my cosplay, it is simply a hobby of mine but it’s turning into a community of people who love my work and are always excited for my next costume 😃 I couldn’t be happier.
Q) What was your first cosplay outfit and why did you choose that particular character?
My first ever cosplay was Lucy Heartfilia from Fairy Tail. I choose her because we are basically the same person, I connected with her personality and thought it would be easy enough for me to do as a first costume. I didn’t want to wear a wig and since I’m blonde it was easy for me to look similar to her! Fairy Tail is once awesome Anime/Manga, and I plan on doing more costumes from this series in the future.
Q) How do you pick out which characters you want to create?
My love for the character and the design. If i’m not a fan of the character I won’t enjoy making the costume and wearing it. People suggest characters for me all the time but if I don’t have a passion for the show/game/anime it is from I most likely won’t do it. My love for these characters motivates me to make my costumes the best I possibly can.
Q) Does outfit, body style, overall perception of the character and attitude affect your decisions when deciding which character to take on?
It can, this depends on if I’m competing as with the character or not. If I compete with a character I like to choose someone with a similar body type and personality to my own. This takes some stress off looking and acting perfect for the judges.
If I’m not competing I do whatever I want! I do a lot of “Rule 63” cosplay, I’m obviously not a guy but I can still cosplay them as a girl! I cosplay dragons, Sonic The Hedgehog, My little Pony and so on. I look nothing like these characters but I have fun with them and put my own personal twist onto it. Cosplay is supposed to be fun after all! You can’t let your body type, style or attitude hold you back.
Q) What have been the reactions you have had from some of your creations?
Mostly good! People love that I can cosplay accurately but I can also cosplay a male character and put my own female twist onto it. Now I’ve obviously had some bad reactions, I mean who hasn’t these days? Most of these were comments on my body type and I shouldn’t cosplays certain characters if I have larger boobs than them. Even though the cosplay itself is accurate my body type can annoy people because it not how they like to see the character.
Q) What’s been the hardest cosplay character and costume to produce?
Probably my IronMan, I’d never worked with foam to make armour before so it was a new experience for me. Getting into character was no problem, being Tony Stark all day is so much fun, just gotta be swag. I wanted to do the Mark 3 suit but make it slightly feminine while still looking bad ass. Which is quite hard to say the lest. But I got an amazing response to my costume and people loved it!
Q) How long does it take you to design and create the majority of your character pieces on average? Has there been any Exceedingly long creations?
On average I’d say around 1-2 months, I am a student so I need to balance my work. The longest costume was my Nightingale armour from Skyrim, it has so many little details that I wanted to be perfect.
Q) Have you ever had any extreme reactions from onlookers and fans for you creations both good and bad?
I wouldn’t say extreme no, there was a point at a convention I could move because so many people wanted pictures! Walking to and from Conventions you do get stares from people who have no idea what is going to, I’ve never had anything bad though, they’re usually just curious what is happening and who you are dressed as. Most negativity I get towards cosplay is online, which says a lot as I’ve never had any face to face with a person!
Q) When it comes to photoshoots, how much input do you have in the composition of the shot? How important do you feel location and ‘realism’ is to the overall image?
I like to have a balance in my photoshoots, I allow the photographer to pose me in how ever way they want (As long as i’s comfortable). I do have locations and poses what I do first and when i’m happy with what they’ve taken they can do what ever and get the shots they were thinking of getting. Having good communication with your photographer is important if you want to get amazing shots that you both will be happy with. Locations are important to an image, for example cosplaying Water type Pokémon in a dry area wouldn’t look right and who ever looks at the picture would see something is off, but being near water or the sea would piece together the image and making that little bit better what is a lot more placing to the eye.
Q) Whats been your favourite experience during your cosplaying time?
Meeting people who I look up to, and going places I would have never had the opportunity to do otherwise. The people you meet and friends you can make is the best people about cosplaying as the community is so huge now.
Q) How much interaction do you have with your fans and followers of your cosplaying creations?
Quite a lot, people can tweet me, ask me questions on Ask.Fm and follow my instagram. (I am still working on a Facebook page). Connecting with people who enjoy your work is amazing and I like to do it daily, I do my best to answer all questions about my cosplay. People suggest costumes what I would have never thought about doing and I ended up making, then they end up being the best I’ve ever made!
Q) What’s the cosplaying community like as a whole? Are they all generally supportive of each other or are there different sub groups inside the community?
The community is amazing at conventions, people support each other, give each other tips and make friends. Online is a whole different story in my opinion, yes people are supportive and you do get help from other cosplayers but the negativity shadows this. Online people been to get very jealous and will do whatever to bring you down because they perhaps aren’t as popular as you or feel like they aren’t as talented. The online community seems to be getting worse and worse over the years and I hope that it changes because people are put off cosplaying because of this negativity.
Q) Cosplay seems to have taken off more in the past few years, do you have any thoughts as to why this might be?
I think it’s because being “Nerdy” these days is more accepted, with the new Marvel movies and the online community growing it’s allowing people to admit they’re happy being a “Nerd” There is new shows like “Heroes of Cosplay”and “E4 Geeks” what highlight the community to people who have never seen it before.
Q) What have you got planned for the future in regards to new creations and appearances?
I am planning Smite’s Freya, and this possibly could take me to America. I have Paarathurnax from Skyrim, Cammy from Streetfighter coming to Mcm Expo in October 2014.
Q) Do you have any words of advice for anyone wanting to get into cosplay or wanting to step up a gear in regards to their outfits and the characters they want to portray?
Do characters you love, don’t hold back because of your appearance. Put more time and effort into costumes and don’t rush them, make them the best you can even f it costs slightly more money or takes more time. People will love your craftsmanship and see your love for these characters.
Supersonic Sky Photo Credits.
Images by @JoopNinja
Iron Man Image by @FoodAndCosplay
We here at JoypadAndMe would like to thank Katie for her time and we look forward to seeing more of her at as many events as possible. If you want to find out more about her or follow her on social media then check out the links below.