Our featured member this week is a very skilled and entertaining cosplayer, Elicia Tuzzolo. While her specialty and favorite kind of cosplaying is fur suits, Elicia hasn’t limited herself at all. She continues to grow her knowledge of cosplay by taking what she loves and adapting it into amazing costumes, learning new and different trades along the way.
How did you get into cosplay?
Back in high school, I had befriended anime fans who introduced me to conventions and what cosplaying is all about. Since then, I’ve been hooked on costumes! I am fascinated by the hard work and effort that go into cosplays. I have made my own before and commissioned other artists as well.
How many characters are you currently cosplaying and what are they?
I have 7 characters total (so far!)
I own a full body costume of an undead zombie werewolf, a dragon/wolf hybrid, a Marty McFly cosplay, my original character Roxy the rave lynx, Sakine Meiko (vocaloid cosplay), a Krampus cosplay, and a Satyr cosplay.
What’s your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far and why?
I really love my Marty McFly cosplay because it expresses my adoration for Back to the Future and the 80’s. I make a lot of people happy and nostalgic when they see me as Marty!
I also adore my zombie werewolf because this costume looks aesthetically pleasing and I perform the best with this costume. It has lots of breathe-ability and I see rather well through the mask.
What’s your favorite way to craft?
I love making creatures so I prefer to work with foam and fur, so I sew even though I’m still a noob. I mostly commission other artists for parts and full costumes but lately I’ve been getting into making my own stuff too. I have gone to good will or ebay to put together outfits such as my Rocket Grunt Cosplay!
What’s your favorite crafting item to work with and why?
My Favorite crafting item is foam because I can trim or add on as much or as little as I want.
What are your cosplay goals (e.g. professional, hobbyist, charity, gateway to another career, etc)?
My goals are to help with charities and remain involved with the artistic community. It’s wonderful meeting talented cosplayers and artists who share my passion for cosplaying! It’s amazing how much good we can do as a group when we volunteer for charities as well.
What’s your dream cosplay and why?
It’s hard to say because I’m quite satisfied with the cosplays I already have. If anything, I’ve grown quite fond of Bonnie from Five Nights at Freddy’s, and if I could succeed with a big Bonnie suit I’d be so happy. I would want it fully functional with a moving jaw and glowing resin eyes that can follow you.
What advice would you give someone who wants to get into cosplay?
If they want to make their own cosplay, I highly recommend learning how to sew! It’s harder than I thought it was when I first used a machine. My machines are old and rickety, I highly suggest getting a brand new machine with the manual and everything. KNOW your machine! Know your fabrics! Practice practice practice! Never get discouraged, you learn from mistakes. You learn by doing. Also, find as many references of your character as you can! Take photos of your works in progress to keep a record of your hard work. It’ll especially help when you need to know what you did in order to work on another similar costume.
What other interests do you have outside of cosplay?
I love animation, illustration, and video games! I’m an artist with the paper and pencil, and tablet.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Marty McFly so we can discuss all things 80’s.