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Published on January 12th, 2015 | by Khloe Khaos

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Cosplayer Of The Month – Shinju’s Workshop

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January – Shinju’s Workshop

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was Rangiku Matsumoto from Bleach, in 2007. I was one of the first cosplayers in my country (Romania) and I instantly fell in love with this kind of crafting!

Rangiku Matsumoto cosplay
What was your first convention?

Nijikon in Bucharest, Romania, in 2007. It was also the first con we ever had in Romania. We are young in this!I don’t think I’ve missed any of the Romanian cons since then!

How did you get into cosplay?

I was part of a Manga and Anime club, and some friends came up with the idea to cosplay for the first con we had. I had no idea what it was, but it appealed to me since I was always crafty. I ended up being the only one cosplaying, I was rather scared about it, but the reaction I got was so positive, I had to continue.

What is your dream cosplay?

Haha! I dunno, I think my next one! Whenever I see a potentially interesting costume, I think about how to make it. I’ve been working with so many types of materials over the years, that I’d like to do so much stuff. Can’t really pinpoint anything specific. But the project I am working on is always on my mind, even when I go to sleep or when I wake up.

What cosplay or prop are you most proud of?

I think it’s my Mandarin Spawn. It was my hardest project, not only from a technical point of view, but also from a time management point of view. I was working on it around 14 hours per day, every day for a month and a half. I was eating, breathing and living sculpting, moulding and casting. It was a crazy experience, but I leant a lot from it. I had never sculpted before in my life and I managed to make 25 sculpts for the costume. Definitely proud of it!

Mandarin Spawn cosplayer

Left: Mandarin Spawn figure Right: Mandarin Spawn cosplayer

What is your favourite material to work with?

I have no idea, because actually my favourite part is working with so many materials. I like to sculpt, mould and cast in urethane resin, it’s fast, durable and replicable. I also like to work with leather, the results can be amazingly beautiful.

What is your favourite convention and why?

Wow, this is a really tough question! As you’ve probably noticed, I am not a person of “favourites”, I just like a bunch of stuff, haha. For me, it’s not the convention, but the people I meet there, so that can really differ every time. I can say I really enjoyed my time at Animecon in the Netherlands, last year, because I had the chance to see again so many friends.

Best cosplay moments?

When somebody I really admire and respect tells me they like my work. It means a lot to me to be recognized by somebody that actually understands what I did. For example, when I was working on Vi, Vensy started following my work [on twitter] and commenting on it. I felt proud with every comment I received from her.

vi_from_league_of_legends_by_shinjusworkshop-d7jg6nu

Worst cosplay moments?

Working on my Mandarin Spawn costume in London in the hotel room before Euro Cosplay (MCM Expo October 2012), feeling extremely tired, crying and swearing I’ll never do the same again. Never did. Not to that extent at least.

What is your next big project?

I recently started working on Bloodstone Lissandra from League of Legends.

Any tips for new cosplayers?

Lots of them: Don’t rush into a project before knowing what you will actually do. Do a lot of research first. It will save you a lot of time and money. The internet is full of tutorials and there are other cosplayers who are really willing to share their knowledge with you. Don’t ask them how you should make the whole thing, do your own research first and ask specific questions, about materials, about certain techniques, etc. The chances of receiving answers are bigger this way. If you are making a costume that requires a paint job, concentrate a lot on it. It can really make or brake your costume! It is 50% of the overall impression you will give. Research on it a lot and take your time to do it. I was always rushing it and through experience I learnt that the paint job requires care and time and if you do this, you will get great results!

Do you have Facebook page, Twitter or Youtube?

Yes I do! I have Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram and Deviantart

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