A New Cosplay Mashup!

Hey guys! So I’m super crazy excited to announce that I’m working on a little cosplay mashup! If you were paying attention around Halloween, you may have noticed that I did a little genderbend cosplay as Hades from Disney’s “Hercules”. I cannot believe how well it turned out, or the amount of compliments I got on the look. It made me quickly realize how much I loved cosplay and that I wanted to do it more often, not just for Halloween.

If you didn’t already know, I’m an avid Dungeons & Dragons player. A lot of people might not know what D&D is, so here’s a brief summary straight from the introduction in the Players Handbook “The Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game is about storytelling in worlds of swords and sorcery. It shares elements with childhood games of make-believe. Like those games, D&D is driven by imagination. It’s about picturing the towering castle beneath the stormy night sky and imagining how a fantasy adventurer might react to the challenges that scene presents.

Today I’m excited to share my Disney and D&D mashup cosplay that I’ve been working on for a while now. It’s still in the works, but it’s beginning to take shape, starting with a sketch.

This is Essie. Essie is a mashup of the Disney’s Esmeralda from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and a Tielfing Bard (a D&D race and class). A tielfing just means that somewhere in her DNA, she has infernal heritage. That shows itself in the shape of horns, a tail, and odd colored skin and eyes. Being a bard just means that her job or class is “a master of song, speech, and the magic these two contain.” The best way to describe this mashup would be to ask: “If Esmeralda was dropped suddenly in a Dungeons and Dragons world, what would she look like?” and Voila!

Doing this cosplay well is going to require a couple different components: lavender body paint, a black curly wig, full costume (including instruments, armor, and accessories), rams horns, and a tail. A lot of these pieces I’ll be making myself, as buying all these things takes money I don’t really have. There are certain things I can’t really get around, like body paint and a wig, but the majority of the costume will be custom built (or altered, depending on what nearby thrift stores have to offer.)

Until I’m ready to do a final unveiling, I’ll be posting updates as well as DIY project photos as I create my pieces. I can’t wait! I would love to show off the final look at Dragon Con at the end of the summer in Atlanta, but it’s yet to be seen whether that will work out or not. In the meantime, I’ll be playing and cosplaying Essie in my spare time until she’s finally complete. Wish me luck!

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