The lights are on
I've heard time and time again (and know from personal
experience) that cosplay can be a huge motivation to get in shape and improve
your health. Cosplayer Elffi set his eye on Dissidia's Jecht, and used it as an
opportunity to bulk up so to better represent the character at the World
Cosplay Summit. Check out Elffi's hard work below.
Who: The CharacterJecht
is a tall bad-ass guy who tends to drink a lot. I chose him because I'm also
very tall (almost 190cm) and I bet I enjoy beer at least as much as Jecht! I
also wanted to choose a character who is very manly this time. I've been doing
some more "bishounen" - cute boy cosplays - for a while and wanted to make
something different. I've been hitting a gym for a few years now, and I
improved my body from 60kg to 80kg. Well, I still need some improvement before
the WCS, because this is going to be my parade cosplay in Nagoya. In FFX Jecht
is a more muscular and looks older, but in FF Dissidia his body is a bit
thinner and he looks more like me, that's why I picked the Jecht from Dissidia.
He's also a very tanned guy with black beard and stuff, so I really had a hard
time getting my body so tanned. I mixed sun bathing, solarium and self-tanning
lotions to make it out.
Fantasy is a very popular game series, but I've never played those other games.
Dissidia is the one that I played with my friend on the PSP, and it's very
spectacular game. Jecht is the character I like the most.
took six days to make this outfit. I think it's a bit weird to make costume so
quick, but I've always done all my costumes in 3-7 days. When I start making a
costume I can sit and make it 15-20 hours in row. And that continues every day
until the costume is finished. This was also nice test for this new material
called wonderflex. It was my first time using it and that shoulder armor and
gauntlet turned out pretty nice. I've been doing a lot of swords so this one
was pretty easy for me, took me only one day to finish it. It's made of cardboard
and fake leather, that's how always do my swords. It's also extra lightweight.
One can easily swing it with one arm. I think the most difficult task was the
yellow-orange waistcoat. I used a yellow cotton fabric and painted it with silk
colors. It was my first time using silk colors. When I started painting it I
spilled the whole bottle of color and my rug and floor were ruined. And I
didn't have any more paint. But well, I managed to mix some other colors and
water and somehow it turned out pretty nice. Because Finland is a very
expensive country the total cost of the costume was around 400 Euros. I always
use around 200-1000 Euros for one costume.
Where and When:
The Debut I
wore this costume at Desucon in Lahti, Finland for the very first time. I was
the judge of the Eurocosplay semifinals of Finland. When I had a little break
we had a photoshoot with my photographer near the local lake. That place had a
very nice scene and we took most of the photos while I was standing in a
CosplayerYou can find me on DeviantArt, Cosplay.com, and twitter.
Deviant Art: http://elffi.deviantart.com/
The GalleryPhotography by Yayagami
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