Addition to the Feature: Behind the Cosplay Characters

Anna Turnbull, Editor-In-Chief

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As The Trojan covered in the latest issue, a specialized dressed group of people, cosplayers, it is important to take a deeper look into who makes the magic happen.

“What I do is I take commissions from people, so they pay me to make them props or costumes from their favorite video games, TV show, or just like a character that they’ve made,” said junior Chloe Shields, a costume designer.

Shields does not do it for the money, but to express her artistic abilities.

“I think it’s a good way to get creative energy out. It’s different than drawing and painting which can really wear you out. This is building something with your hands and it’s keeping the energy more fresh,” said Shields.

She enjoys making costumes for her friends, and often gives them leniency in her prices.

“It [normal prices] can be anywhere from 50 to 100 dollars. It usually takes about 30 to 40 dollars to make, so I can make a decent amount of profit. If it’s my friend I’ll charge them like 50 dollars, but it’s not always about the money. I like doing it so 15 to 25 dollars profit is not a big deal,” said Shields.

Though she enjoys creating all parts cosplay costumes, she finds one type more enjoyable than the others.

“Anything with armor. I’m not super good at sewing but I can make armor out of foam and it takes a lot of effort and time, but it’s really rewarding and looks very nice. I think it’s something that stands out,” said Shields.

Shields continues to express her creativity through design and impress her customers with the unique art.