Welcome to the fourth session in our series of TEN interviews, each featuring one of Cosplay & Coffee’s official Instagram page models! Each of these girls offer incredibly well-crafted and stunning cosplays, so here is your chance to get to know them a little better.
Syrup Cosplay is one of our uniquely talented cosplay models. She uses her love for The Walking Dead and Marvel to turn her cosplays into gore-geously accurate character representations. And she’s only just getting started.
Cosplay&Coffee A lot of your cosplays involve SFX makeup. How did you get into SFX and what tools do you recommend for SFX?
Syrup Cosplay: I think me becoming involved with special effects makeup has always had a lot to do with one of my favorite movies, The Dark Knight. In this movie, I met my all time favorite villain: The Joker. The Joker was my first ever cosplay that I put together in October of 2014.I later became interested in how his makeup was completed on set and that has exploded my interest in special effects makeup and cosplay.
I think a must-have item would have to be liquid latex because you can do most everything with it and it’s easy to use.
Cosplay&Coffee: What has been your favorite cosplay to date?
SC: I have many cosplays that I love, but I’m always creating new stuff that expands my knowledge and stretches my creative ability, so I usually always love the ones I’m working on. I think my Winter Soldier was pretty cool, mostly because I learned so much about new materials (that was the first time I’d ever used Worbla).
Cosplay&Coffee: Do you have a favorite movie or TV series?
SC: As I said before, my top favorite movie is The Dark Knight but Black Swan and Whiplash come in close second. I’ve always loved movies that have some hidden message that you have to think the tiniest bit harder to fully understand. In this case, Black Swan and Whiplash both have the underlying theme of working hard for what you want, but in some ways that can push you over the edge. Other than that, my favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead and Supernatural!
Cosplay&Coffee: How old are you?
SC: I am 18 and still in high school, and I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life.
Cosplay&Coffee: Do you collect anything?
SC: I collect pins actually! I have a couple pins for every convention I’ve attended and I like to display them on my backpack. Also, I like to collect car decals and I have one for every time I’ve visited Denver Comic Con, which was the first Con that I ever attended!
Cosplay&Coffee: What do you study at school? Does anything help you as a cosplayer?
SC: I’ve had many teachers who have supported and helped me with my cosplays; one even taught me how to sew. My Art teacher has been so generous in lending me mostly whatever material that I may not be able to find. I can’t express how thankful I am for each and every one of them supporting me in what I do.
Cosplay&Coffee: What has been the most difficult cosplayer to put together?
SC: My most difficult cosplay to have ever put together was my Injustice Hawkgirl. I was doing a lot of things that were mostly trial and error with that costume and I had to have it ready by a specific time because I was going to be competing in it. Not to mention the gigantic, heavy wings that I had to put together in less than a week. I didn’t finish it till extremely last minute and there are still parts of the costume that I would like to redo since I’ve learned a lot more and have more experience now.
Cosplay&Coffee: Do you have a favorite style of cosplay?
SC: My favorite style of cosplay has to be genderbends. I just think it’s really amazing to be able to see what would change through design if the character were to have been female or male. I’ve just always been way more drawn to male character’s costumes as well!
Cosplay&Coffee: Are there any big fandoms out there that you’re not a part of (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, etc)?
SC: I haven’t really gotten into anime in general and would really like to eventually. But also, Doctor Who. I don’t really know why to be honest.
Cosplay&Coffee: What is something important that people know before they start cosplaying?
SC: A tip I would give to anyone interested in cosplay is to start small and keep in mind that everyone has to start somewhere. It’s taken me years to get to where I am as far as ability goes, and I still know that I have the opportunity to improve every time I tackle a new costume. Also, don’t overwhelm yourself with a huge costume that you have no idea how to do. Start with something simple and gradually move to bigger projects. The skills that you will learn when doing those smaller projects will contribute to the larger costumes you want to do in the future. Also, don’t ever think that you can’t do something; the only way you get better at something is if you PRACTICE!
Be sure to follow Syrup Cosplay on social media. See her links and her cosplay gallery below:
P.S. Bloopers from the interview above are on her Youtube channel😉