0

Cosplay Interview with Lyz Brickley

Lyz-Queen of Blades

Lyz Brickley first grabbed my attention with her Queen of Blades (from StarCraft) hair and makeup. She’s a gamer, and it shows in her extensive cosplay portfolio. She’s dressed as characters from Street Fighter, Diablo III, World of Warcraft, and more. I asked her about her cosplay history, research, and what she’s learned because of cosplay.

Adafruit: Tell me about what inspired you to start cosplaying and if you had any idea you’d be making so many costumes.
Lyz Brickley: I really just fell into cosplay. I’ve always loved dressing up and creating things, so for my first convention (Blizzcon, 2009) I made a costume. I was so inspired by the other cosplayers at Blizzcon I decided to keep making cosplays. At the time I had no idea I would end up making so many costumes, but I wouldn’t change a thing!

How do you go about researching the costumes you want to replicate?
Usually it’s a lot of google image searching and saving tons of reference photos to a dedicated folder on my PC desktop. Somewhat recently, some game companies have been providing character reference sheets for cosplayers, and it’s amazing! It’s extremely useful for making a character.

Lyz-Mylune

Photo by Tony Hsu

Your Mylune costume is particularly awesome. What were some of the challenges in crafting it and moving in it?
Thank you! Mylune was my first “big build” and I did months and months of research before I started. I was pretty inexperienced with a lot of techniques, so it was a huge learning experience for me. I swear I have seen every centaur cosplay on the internet up to 2011. The biggest issue for me was how to make the legs move. I planned out a somewhat complicated pulley system, but in the end just ended up going with the simplest method which was attaching the back legs to the opposite front leg at the bottom. Simple is good!

Why do you keep cosplaying?
It’s a sick obsession, please send help! But in all seriousness, I love cosplay! I enjoy crafting so much. I’m the kind of person who is easily bored by doing the same thing over and over and I feel with cosplay it’s always something new. There is always a new technique to be learned, and no two costumes I’ve made have been the same. I also love the community. I’ve made so many friends through cosplay, it’s the best.

Lyz-Lilith

Photo by Brent Allen Thale

What are some new skills you’ve had to learn because of cosplay?
I have learned so much! I basically started out as a level 1 noob. I’ve learned how to sew, how to style wigs, and how to use a variety of power tools. I’m going to be learning how to weld soon and I am very excited about that!


Keep up with Lyz’s latest costumes at Facebook and Instagram.


Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.

Join 7,500+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython in 2018 – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Fewer startups, and other collateral damage from the 2018 tariffs

Wearables — Light as a Worbla feather

Electronics — Your job’s a joke, you’re broke, your semiconductor is DOA

Biohacking — The Heart Rates of the Hazda

Python for Microcontrollers — One year of CircuitPython weeklies!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.