Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Cosplay Spotlight: Lucid Cosplay

For this edition of Cosplay Spotlight, I chose to showcase my dear friend Lucid Cosplay. Lucid is one of the most beautiful and talented costumers in the community. In addition to being my friend, I have always admired Lucid's craftsmanship. She took some time out to talk to the Confessions of a Cosplay Girl Blog about creating costumes, her love for the character Poison Ivy and what she has in store for the future.

Victoria: How long have you been costuming?

Lucid: I've been sewing my own costumes since 2002 but was putting together costumes from found items back in 1998. My first costume was Mileena from the original mortal Kombat game. I was part of a martial arts demonstration team and we all dressed as the characters for our fight skits. I bought a purple dance leotard and cut up purple tights for the "boots," gloves, and face mask. I was pretty much hooked after that.

Victoria: Where did you learn how to sew?

Lucid: My grandmother taught me how to hand sew when I was little so I could make dresses for my stuffed animals. I was in the 8th grade when my mom bought me an inexpensive sewing machine and she showed me the basics. I learned a lot from a course I took in college. The rest has been a lot of trial and error.

Victoria: What advice would you give to people who want to learn how to hand stitch and use a sewing machine but don't know how? Where can they learn?

Lucid: Definitely take a class. Working on your own and trying to teach yourself is a good start, but I've learned most of the really important stuff from watching someone else. It's a great way to learn how to take care of your machine and keep it running smoothly, getting the basics down, learning the little tips and tricks that make projects easier, and it's always nice to have someone who knows what they're doing answer questions and point you in the right direction.

Victoria: You've done many versions of Poison Ivy. How many have you done and which one is your favorite?

Lucid: Oh man... I think I've done 6 variations of Ivy: two Classic, two 1950's style, a spring time Ivy, and a Disney Princess Ivy. While I have always loved the classic Ivy, I'd have to say the 50's Ivy has been my favorite. It's sassy without showing too much and I adore period fashion. But I will say I still can't get over wearing the giant princess dress. I don't care what anyone says, big dresses are fun!

Victoria: What are your thoughts on Ivy's costume in the New 52?

Lucid: I really like the New 52 Ivy. It's a completely different look for her and that's what makes it interesting. Ivy is one of the few characters that doesn't have to be canon to get the love. I have seen so many versions of her out there. I get excited going to D*C (Dragon Con) because of the giant Bat Family shoot. Seeing all the variants of Ivy and how everyone does her differently is the best! It shows she's more personality than costume. I am currently planning another 4-5 incarnations of Ivy, including the New 52 look.

Victoria: What is the most complicated outfit you have ever created?

Lucid: I'd have to say the costume I'm working on right now probably takes the cake on that one. Yuuko Ichihara from xxxHolic is a character known for her lavish lifestyle, so this incorporates a lot of different elements - from a traditional Japanese kimono to hand beading, creating custom appliqu├ęs... I'm even trying my hand at props making, which is a first for me. I've learned a lot from previous costumes that I can use for this character. I was thrilled to figure out a way to make the obi into the shape of a butterfly! I love being able to learn new techniques to use on future projects.

Victoria: What costumes do you have planned for the future?

Lucid: Too many. But I think that's par for the course with costuming. I'm currently planning on re-working "Femy" (gender bent Gambit), Black Canary, other seasons of Ivy, and a few more I haven't quite hashed out the details for as of yet.

Victoria: In addition to being an accomplished costumer, you have also appeared in a comic book. Can you tell me about that?

Lucid:  I've been fortunate enough to meet some of the most wonderful people at conventions. I met Chris and Alan Hebert, creators of Hb Comics, at Wizard World Philly a few years back and I'm so fortunate to say we've become good friends. I was flattered and humbled (and really excited, I won't lie) when I was asked if they could use my likeness in their comic called Lazerman for one of the member so the villainous Diamond Gang, named Pearl. They debuted the issue with Pearl this year at Philly and surprised me with the character as a standee on their table! I surprised them by creating the costume for Pearl for the con. I may sound like I'm geeking out, but it's so cool seeing your face in a comic book!

Victoria:  Where can people contact you and view a port of your work?

Lucid: I'm a horrible self-promoter. I can be reached via my Facebook personal page or my Fan Page and email: Lucid Cosplay (lucid.cosplau@gmail.com).

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