Heading into the World of Cosplay? Or possibly amping up your cosplay game by making prosthetics?

Quirktastic got the chance to talk to Xavier Conley of Ebony Warrior Studios to see what inspires and how he puts his masterpieces together.

How long has it been since you started cosplaying and what got you into the craft?

I started cosplaying back in 2010. I have always been a geek but seeing armors and weapons in movies and video games I wanted to own some of these items. What better way to do that than making it yourself! I also noticed that there weren’t many people that looked like me in the cosplay spotlight and I wanted to change that. Representation has always been important to me.

What was your first prosthetic and what was the most challenging part about making it?

My first prosthetic was my elven ears that I used for Celebrimbor, The Bright Lord.

What are your favorite supplies to use and what do you recommend?

My favorite supplies are probably EVA foam and contact cement. There are very few things that I can’t build with those materials.

What is your favorite cosplay to date that you have created and how long did it take?

My favorite cosplay would probably be my Gipsy Danger, Jaeger cosplay. It’s exactly 1:48 scale compared to the real life mech. Took me approximately 150 hours to complete it.

Tell us about your creative process from start to finish.

1- I start by gathering LOADS of reference material.
2- I use my giant graph paper to start drafting templates, all hand drawn from reference imagery and my measurements (or the clients)
3-Once templates are done I transfer them to foam and start the building process.
4-When the raw build is done I will start detailing, heat treating and sealing with plastidip.
5- Once sealed I will start the paint process.
6- When painting is done I then begin weathering and add final detailing
7- Enjoy and wear!

What advice do you have for those getting into prosthetics?

There is a wealth of information from people like me or others in the cosplay community. Never be afraid to be to ask questions because we are always willing to help. As with anything it’s a learning process. Start small to get your foot in the door.

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