Trekking along my A-kon journey, another panel caught my eye. Cosplay has recently became an interest of mine but like many I’ve found myself lost at how to begin crafting such marvelous creations, especially in terms of weapons and accessories! Thankfully, Mr. Max Kirkland was there to answer my questions and provide some expertise insight at not only getting started, but at how to be creative within such a creative environment as well.
Mr. Kirkland began his panel with what he would call “the basics”. These being your run of the mill foam, clay, and cardboard the could be purchasable from your local hardware seller, to be used for crafting that certain piece of armor, or getting this one weapon just right. He then went on to add that using something as a base would be great as well such as a toy gun that could be painted over to look like a replica of your desired character’s signature weapon. After these brief slides, Kirkland then began to transition the discussion into the more innovative approach.
With 3D printing becoming more readily accessible, those with the eyes for it could certainly utilize this new medium to have accurate made props be assembled before their eyes with painting being left to be done. Along the same train of thought, use of circuitry for electronics adds a whole new level of depth towards you props from making a sword pulsate colors to even programming a suit or armor! After bringing up these two points of discussion, Kirkland switched the format towards an open forum where the audience could discuss other potential ideas which ranged from use of clay to make accurate masks, to even that of effective ways of covering yourself in paint or glitter!
After the open forum, the panel was brought to an end. Now unfortunately, I couldn’t be as technical in writing these because a lot of the stuff admittedly flew right over my head! However, it was nonetheless an interesting time and I can’t wait to try and apply some of these techniques towards future cosplays!