Overwatch WidowMaker Cosplayer, Elodie, France

Continuing our “Cosplayer Interview Series” next on my list is one of my favorite character from an online game. which I personally play at the moment. The next is an Overwatch WidowMaker Cosplayer from the North of France. She’s one of those cosplayers that I have met in Made in Asia convention in Brussels, Belgium.

I reckoned that time when the first time we met each other. I was in my Japanese costume (trying my own “banal” or basic cosplay). She was with her marvelous “Fatale/Widowmaker” cosplay attire.

Overwatch Widowmaker Cosplayer

overwatch widowmaker

Widowmaker photo by Euphro’Photography

Elodie attends conventions in France and in Belgium since she lives not so far from the border of two countries, she calls herself the “Solitaire Wolf” who roves into conventions and love the ambiance of meeting new people around.

I would say this interview will a bit divergent in contrast to other because, our cosplayer, Elodie prefers to answer in French which is she is more comfortable with.

So let’s get this party on and prepare your self to hear some French words, well don’t worry I’ll translate it for you!

Discovering Cosplay

Et bien, dejà très jeune j’étais fan de MMORPG, Final Fantasy et d’animés.  J’ai commencé à découper dans de vieux vêtements et suis partie dans un style fantastico-médiéval.

A l’origine j’étais plus intéressée par le roleplay lors de festivals médiévaux. Mais je trouve que l’univers du jeux vidéo et de l’animé me donne plus de challenge.

J’aime créer et c’est aussi un bon moyen de faire des rencontres et de partager une passion commune.

When I was young, I was a fan of MMORPG, Final Fantasy and Anime. I started to cut old clothes and took the path of fantastic-medieval style. Originally I was more interested in roleplay of medieval festivals.

But I find that the universe of video games and anime is more challenging than the rest.

I love to create my own design, create my own custom costumes, and I think it’s also a good way of sharing my creations with others who have the same passion as mine. 

First convention as a Cosplayer

Ma première convention à été la Made In Asia de Bruxelles en 2011, j’y suis allée en touriste Neko-girl. Je me rappelle avoir été prise en photo 2/3 fois et j’étais déjà fière de cette prouesse à cette époque ahah!

Mais en voyant tout ces beaux costumes je me suis dis que je pourrais faire mieux. C’est ainsi qu’a la Japan Expo Belgique de la même année  je faisais mon premier cosplay en 3 weekend en incarnant Balsa de Seirei No Moribito.

Peu de gens avaient reconnu mon personnage, mais c’était fort agréable malgré ma timidité de l’époque!

My first convention was Made In Asia in Brussels in 2011, I went as a tourist Neko-girl, I remember being photographed 2/3 times and I was already proud of myself at that time. 

But seeing all those beautiful suits and costumes, I thought I could do better. So at the Japan Expo Belgium of the same year, I made my first cosplay costumes in 3 weeks creating my very own Balsa de Seirei No Moribito.

Few people had recognized my character, but it was very pleasant, it felt good in spite of my shyness.

Costume/Gear/Props/Armor Making

Ce premier costume de Balsa Seirei No Moribito, c’est une histoire de cœur. J’adore le personnage, sa prestance, sa force, et les combats de l’animé sont épiques. C’était forcément le premier cosplay que je voulais faire !

Ne rigolez pas, mais, je voulais le meilleur tissu possible et ne connaissant pas de magasin de tissu. Je l’ai trouvé dans un magasin de bricolage, un rideau en lin rouge, juste parfait!

Pour le reste j’avais utilisé de la récupération que j’avais chez moi : manche à balais pour faire la lance, j’ai taillé à la main du bois pour faire la lame, récupéré des jambières en cuir de l’armée, et des extensions de cheveux !

N’ayant pas de machine à coudre à l’époque j’ai tout fait à la main.

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Sansa Stark by Katapon Photo

The first costume of Balsa Seirei No Moribito is one of those costumes that is close to my heart. I truly adore the character itself, its presence, strength, and the battles of the animé are epic. I could say it was totally the first cosplay I wanted to make!

Don’t laugh at me, but, I wanted the best fabric as possible and being new to this. Not knowing any good fabric store, I searched and found a DIY store.

I bought a red linen curtain, just what I needed! For the rest, I have recycled some extra fabric that I had at home like a broom handle to make the spear, (cut wood by hand to make the blade) object from the leather legs of the army and Hair extension.

Unluckily I didn’t have a sewing machine at the time so I did everything with my own hands.

My Creations

Tout ces projets (ils sont cités dans l’ordre chronologique de fabrication) étaient des challenges. la Kamael par exemple j’ai utilisé beaucoup de matériaux différents.

Et dû attacher des accessoires sur le costume, j’avais décidé de les rendre amovibles pour pouvoir laver le costume séparément. Ou encore Widowmaker, Premier cosplay avec du bodypaint, et avec l’utilisation du Worbla.

The Hardest part

Le plus dur dans tout ça c’est de n’avoir jamais de patron, je fais tout moi-même à partir de rien. de plus j’ai la manie de choisir des tissus un peu compliqués mais qui sont, à mes yeux, parfaits pour le personnage. élastane, cuir, soie, jersey, velour.

Avec une machine à coudre standard je peux vous dire que j’ai souvent eu des ratés. Mais la volonté est plus forte que tout, une petite pause et puis c’est reparti pour faire de son mieux.

I have made 10 other costumes of which I like the characters as well

    • Zero (Drakengard 3)          Sansa Stark  (Game Of Thrones)          Kamael (Lineage II)
    • Amaterasu (Okami)           Cheza (Wolf’s Rain)                                    Tohka (Date a Live)
    • Porunn (Vikings)                 Widowmaker (Overwatch)                     Max (Life is Strange)
    • Boa Hancock (One Piece)

All these projects (quoted in chronological order of manufacture) were a big challenge for me, the Kamael, for example, I used a lot of different materials, and had to attach accessories on the costume.

I had decided to make them removable for the ability to wash suit separately. The Widowmaker is the first cosplay with bodypaint and with the use of Worbla.

The hardest part of all this is to have nothing as a pattern to copy. I did everything out from scratch, moreover, I have this special talent to choose fabrics that are a bit complicated to use but which are, in my eyes, perfect for the character.

Material like elastane, leather, silk, jersey, velvet. With a standard sewing machine, I can tell you that I often had misfires.

But my will is stronger, While preparing longterm projects I had to make some stopovers and relax for few hours then tried again to continue until I could make the best result.

What does a Cosplayer mean to you?

Je pense que le cosplay est un multiplicateur de bonheur! Je veux dire, quoi de mieux que d’avoir un hobbie en créant un costume de A à Z. En plus de faire du roleplay, partager des techniques, s’améliorer, faire de superbes rencontres, et de s’amuser en conventions?

Créativité, Jeux, Amitié, et qui sait même Profession? Pour certains c’est un tremplin, un superbe réseau dans lequel on peux s’exercer, le cosplay est très hétéroclite et tout le monde peut y avoir accès.

Tohka Date a Live

Tohka by esby (photo)

I think cosplay is a nonstop happiness! I mean, what better way to have a hobby of creating a costume from the beginning till the end.
How cool is playing the character’s role, sharing techniques, getting better, making great encounters with the supporters and co cosplayers, and having fun in conventions? how awesome is this Profession?

For some people, it is a portal, a network in which everyone could present to the world their beautiful cosplays works.

Worst and Unforgettable Experience

J’ai un exemple qui me viens directement en tête, c’était en Mars de cette année à Made In Asia. Pour ma toute première sortie avec Widowmaker, j’ai fais de nombreuses photos avec des fans du jeu.

Tout s’est très bien passé, j’ai eu de très bons retours et je ne pense pas avoir entendu de méchanceté quand à mon costume.

Cependant un jeune homme avec qui j’avais pris une photo a posté fièrement celle-ci sur un groupe de gamers Overwatch, ne sachant pas que ladite Widowmaker était également sur ce groupe.

La retombée a été fatale pour moi. Des gens ont critiqués mon apparence, je n’avais pas assez de formes. Beaucoup se concertaient pour savoir si j’étais un homme. J’ai eu beau me défendre certains ont continué à se moquer…

J’ai 26 ans mais j’en ai pleuré, le cosplay sur lequel j’avais passé 4 mois et dont j’étais tellement fière s’est vu réduire à ça.

My grievances

There was a situation that automatically came to my mind, it was in March of this year to Made In Asia. For my very first release with Widowmaker, I made many photos with fans of the game, everything went very well.

I had very good feedback and nothing negative comments from anyone until a young man with whom I had taken a picture with proudly posted it on a group of Overwatch gamers.

Not knowing that the said Widowmaker (me) was also a member of that group, the effect was fatal for me. Member of the group criticized my appearance, my costume, saying that I don’t fit the character.

That I don’t have any curves at all and many of them were curious to know if I was a man, I defended myself, however, some continued to mock me.

I’m 26 years old, mature enough to take this criticism but still, I was hurt and I cried, the cosplay costume on which I had spent 4 months and of which I was so proud? was humiliated.

Cosplayers you look up to

Mon actualité facebook est remplie de Cosplayers vous savez ahah! Il y en a énormément de remarquables, par exemple Maho cosplay, Non Stop Props, Bakka Cosplay, Inàste et bien d’autres.

Parmi mes amis cosplayers, je suis particulièrement impressionnée par la nouvelle recrue Atalante Dash Cosplay. Son premier costume et non des moindres est celui de Tracer du jeu Overwatch.

C’est un des plus beaux costumes de ce personnage que j’ai vu. Et puis elle la joue vraiment à merveille! D’ailleurs on se fait régulièrement des battles de répliques de nos personnages.

My facebook page is filled with different Cosplayers that I admire. Non Stop Props, Bakka Cosplay, Inàste and many others, including my cosplayer friends.

I am particularly impressed by the new recruit Atalante Dash Cosplay. Her first costume Tracer from Overwatch. It is one of the most beautiful costumes of the character I saw. She really plays it wonderfully!

Your Greatest Achievement

Cette année à la Made in Asia avec mon groupe Overwatch. Nous avons participé au concours et avons remporté le prix Coup de Coeur du jury! ça nous a fait vraiment plaisir car il y avait parmi nous des novices en cosplay et en scène.

C’était pour nous tous une première de gagner un prix.

This year at Made in Asia with my Overwatch group participated in a contest (group category) and won the “Coup de Coeur du jury”

It really made us all happy since some of our members are still novices in cosplaying. As well as performing on stage. It was really a huge achievement for us to win this kind of competition.

Advices would you give to New Aspiring Cosplayers

Pour commencer un cosplay, comme pour tout autre projet, il faut se préparer et y aller étape par étape. Commencer par un costume simple aurait l’avantage de vous mettre à l’aise.

A mon avis vous pourrez réussir ce que vous voulez avec de l’entraînement, se familiariser avec des outils accessibles. Puis vous mettrez la barre un peu plus haut au fur et à mesure des costumes.

Si j’ai réussi, vous réussirez!

To start a cosplay, like as any other project, you have to prepare yourself and do it step by step. Starting with a simple costume you would have the advantage of putting you at ease and comfortable.

In my opinion, you will be able to succeed whatever you want with training. By familiarizing your accessible tools. then try to slowly raise the bar a little higher than as usual by perfectly working on your costumes.

If I succeeded, you will succeed as well!

Where can we see you?

Cette saison vous pourrez certainement me retrouver à Facts (21/22 Octobre -Gent). Il y aura certainement Widowmaker et Boa Hancock au rendez-vous.

Quand a mon prochain projet pour cette hiver, je vais continuer dans ma lancé Overwatch. et faire le skin Huntress de Widowmaker. Un challenge de qualité avec encore une multitude de boutons, et des pièces d’armure en worbla.

This season you will certainly be able to meet me at Facts (21/22 October -Gent), one of the Belgian conventions. There will certainly be Widowmaker and Boa Hancock at the rendezvous.

Regarding with my next project for this winter, I will continue with my Overwatch project and make the Widowmaker Huntress skin, a quality challenge with a multitude of work to be done including particular buttons and armor in worbla.

Overview

enaelleartsWhat a great story from Elodie, I’m dusted with embezzlement of her inspiring and motivating story shared with us. Sometimes in our passion, there’s always these people who will pull you down. but never give up! just follow your heart and stood up!

I hope to see her in FACTS, well if I can attend. Thank you very much, Elodie for this incredible opportunity that you have given to me. To share some part of your personal experiences. This will definitely help other aspiring new cosplayers as well as those people who’re looking down on Cosplay.

Lastly, I wanna say “Chapeau” for your works. I’m so proud of you as a supporter/fan and always will support you all the way!

If you want to know more about Elodie’s exceptional works visit and follow her on Facebook as Enaelle’s Arts, her Deviantart, and Tumblr.

 

 

 

 

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34 Responses

  1. Wow some fantastic costumes here – I love cosplayers but I’m not brave enough (or talented enough) to do it!

  2. Kimberly Kruty says:

    I find cosplay really interesting, its definitely a cool hobby. Who’s your favorite character to write about ?

  3. Tyra says:

    Wooow her work is amazing! She is extremely talented. I was always interested in cosplaying, but I struggle with even trying to make a simple Halloween Costume. Hopefully someday soon!

    • Alexine says:

      Thank you Tyra, she is extremely talented. hope you’ll follow her accounts. she has tons of tutorial videos to follow, especially for beginners.

  4. Heraa says:

    That’s really amazing art work. Looks so much like the character. I would love to watch it in real some day 🙂

    • Alexine says:

      That’s a possible wish you got here Heraa, you can attend different conventions in your place, normally there are a lot of Anime conventions every month. but of course depending on your country.

  5. Michael says:

    Whilst I wouldn’t class myself as being into cosplayers, they do made for very interesting outfits.

  6. Travelquartz says:

    Sometimes I’m so amazed to see immense talent people have. This kind of passion and talent is inspiring. Keep up the great work and don’t listen to people trying to pull down they don’t have as much talent as you have. 👍👍

    • Alexine says:

      Thank you Travelquartz, I’m so amaze by Elodie too. She is so talented all these creations that she has made herself they are extremely stunning.

  7. Helene Choo says:

    Loving the GoT! Amazing costumes, I love how she blends in perfectly with her surroundings! I’m really bad at crafts so I don’t think I could ever cosplay:D

  8. Aditi says:

    Such amazing costumes. It would be fun to be a part of conventions as creative as these. Hope I get a closer look at them sometime. Cheers!!

  9. Rahat Arora says:

    Know very less about cosplay but these played look so interesting well dressed. Everyone looks great in their costumes.

  10. DTG says:

    Loved the costumes and reading more on this topic. I love crafts ad these looks such fun. Maybe I will try and make one too I love doing craft type things.

  11. looks cool though 🙂

  12. Noel says:

    One way to get noticed during cosplay conventions is to come as the popular characters. GoT this time. However, you may expect a lot to be the same as yours. So the next best thing is to be your favorite characters so that even if you may not be able to impress others, at least you have impressed yourself.

    • Alexine says:

      Yeah, you are right about that Noel, I think for your first cosplay presentation this is a good strategy. Go with those popular ones first then after if you are known enough by the community, go with the characters that you truly love.

  13. Danielle says:

    Wow, these costumes are just amazing. And the makeup too; really brings it up to a realistic level. So impressive. `

  14. Simply amazing costumes! I’ve heard a lot about cosplay, and would love to attend a convention one day. Such creativity and talent!

  15. Kevin says:

    Such a talented person! Sometimes it seems like dreams are too impossible to achieve but I was reminded that my passion is stronger than any force that pulls me down.

  16. Sian Ryan says:

    Some incredible cosplay costumes seen here! I love the effort and creativity that goes into all cosplay costumes! Love getting to know behind the mind of cosplayers too!

    • Alexine says:

      Yes that’s true, Sian Ryan, love to share this posts to you guys, at least you’ll know what cosplayers do venture in when they chose this field.

  17. Claire says:

    I’ve always thought cosplay was so cool, dressing up in different characters – how fun is that? I’ve never tried – I mean other than costumes, but I would love to wear those professional well-built cosplay costumes someday.

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