Introducing the wonderful Icecharizard Cosplay (and gamer extraordinaire!). Whenever I see a complex armour set, I’m always in awe of the cosplayers handiwork, and Juliana’s cosplays are top notch!
Could you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi! My name is Juliana, and I’m from Brazil! I’m a Veterinarian student and I also have degree in Agronomics Engineer. I love to play games, so we can consider me a gamer! I enjoy playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, Battlefield, Call of Duty, and now Final Fantasy : Real of Reborn. I played World of Warcraft for many years, Ragnarok, Lineage, Grand Chase, Dota 2 and some other online games. I also enjoy playing games like Dragon Age, Fallout. And I won’t comment about old games, because I started playing video games when I was 7 years old! hahaha I love animes, all genres, Shoujo, Shounnen, Fiction… In my free time, I try to be a photographer of my pets, and read about history, astronomy and some things happening in the world! And of course sleep and eat goooooood food! Who doesn’t? :3
What or who inspired you to Cosplay?
Well, it’s hard to explain. I saw my first anime in life when I was 6 years old. And, I thought “Oh My God! This character is so beautiful (In that time it was Sakura Card Captors). I want be her”, and I remember I did her Baculo with a broomstick, and some red paper and I felt the power of a Clown! hahaha. So, be the character is what inspired me do cosplays!
Are there specific types of character that you particularly gravitate towards and why?
Yes. I’m small and thin. I was not honoured with “natural skills” as the Boa Hancock of the one piece, if you understand me! hahaha. So in the end, characters “kawaii”, end up fitting better in my profile. But I try sometimes to make some sexy characters, but I always see my photos as a child trying to be sexy! hahaha
What for you have been the most challenging characters that you’ve cosplayed as, and which have been the most enjoyable?
The most difficult was without a doubt the Queen of Pain. For all the details, and the difficulty of walking while I was cosplaying. What I loved the most was Lina Inverse from the Slayers anime! It was very funny. Lady Deadpool I had a lot of fun too!
Could you take us through a little on how you made your outfits?
The materials that we have available here in Brazil, eh the EVA, for armor. We used it to model the armor through the heat. It is similar to Worbla, buuut, worbla is unimpeachably better, and the armors are much richer in detail, and much easier to manipulate. The guns, or staffs, I usually send wood to some logger to cut into the shape, then I lynch and do the painting. I do not know how to sew, so most of the clothes I send to some seamstress to do! hahaha. But the first step is to love the character. Literally, imagine yourself in the clothes, and begin to mentally picture how you want the final result to be.
Which Conventions have been the most enjoyable for you to attend and why?
Anime Uai. It’s an event that happens in my city, and I’m the presenter/host of the event. It’s very nice to interact with the public from the top of the stage, to make jokes, to present the cosplay parade, I really love to perform, and so it ends up being my favourite! But other big events, like Comic Con or Anime Friends, are really cool because you meet people everywhere, meet really magnificent cosplayers and even better when you find several cosplays just like yours and make those cool pictures with everyone!
Have there been any memorable reactions to your costumes, and if so, what were they?
Once I was Lina Inverse walking to the event, and suddenly a bus passed and several people started shouting out of the window “Lina, I do not believe it’s you!!! You are the one! You fulfilled the dream of my life I love you!!” It was really funny! Another funny thing was when I was taking pictures of Lina from Dota 2 in my town. Here cosplay still suffers a bit of prejudice. So, some people started saying “Look at Elsa’s sister. Look at her, it’s the Red Power Ranger. Mom it’s a devil?.” It was pretty funny too.
A question about photographers. Obviously cosplayers are a dream come true for photographers, great outfits and poses, does it ever get a bit tiring having to pose endlessly for them, and how do you prefer to be approached by a photographer?
Ah, with a lot of respect of course! And, I really need to see my photos before the photographer posts it somewhere, because I hate myself in photos! kkkkkkk So it’s important to work together, the cosplayer and photographer!
What impact has cosplaying had on your life?
A huge one! I made new friends from each corner of the world, I learned a lot about materials, I was invited for a lot of events, I received a lot of advice and good positive words. Of course had bad things too, but this changed my way to see things in my life.
Do you have any advice for anybody thinking of cosplaying?
Don’t give up! It’s hard, you need remake your cosplay 1000 times, you will feel like “This isn’t for me”, “It’s too hard”, but after time you will look behind and see how much you improve yourself! Don’t give up trying. And the most important, cosplay is a Hobby, not a profession, so, you need to feel well and all characters fix on you! No matter gender, color, race or age! Cosplay is for everyone!! The only important thing is: Feel well what you are doing and have fun!!
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