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About Helen Babydoll
My name is Elena but I prefer to use my nickname Helen Babydoll. I’m 22, I’m graduated from Fine Arts in Spain (I’m from Spain). Since I was little I wish to do comics and drawings, I always love manga and Japanese culture, I like playing video games, reading books and also I love doing cosplay.
How did you first get into cosplay?
I got into the cosplay some time long ago, specifically in 2012 with my first cosplay, Babydoll from Sucker Punch movie. Since then I started to get more involved in this world learning patterns, sewing, props, armor and participating in a contest
Do you cosplay just for fun or do you see it as a stepping stone to a future career?
Both of us. Actually, I’m graduated of Fine Arts so I’m so interested to learn more stuff and improve at the same time, I have a lot of fun making my cosplays and meeting cosplayers in the events, it’s really funny, but also I like to do my work professional. My first passion is making comics and illustrations and my second passion is making cosplay.
Do you prefer to make your cosplays from scratch, buy or commission them or a hybrid?
I prefer to make my own cosplays. If some elements of my next cosplay are difficult to do I ask for advice from cosplayers who have much more experience to do for my own.
How much time do you spend making each of your cosplays?
It depends on the difficulty of the cosplay (details, painting, pattern…). For example: for my Wonder Woman cosplay I spent 3-4 months to do it, my cosplay of Raven from Teen Titans I spent 1 month and for my Lara Croft’s cosplay I spent 1 week.
What is your favorite cosplay you’ve done so far?
Inuyasha from Inuyasha. He’s my favourite character and manga. This cosplay was my first crossplay, was so hard to do it, I had to work so much the makeup and the patterns and sewing of the cosplay were more difficult than I expected. Actually, I’m making a remake of this cosplay.
What has been your most memorable experience (good or bad) as a cosplayer?
Well, I have 2 memorable experience. The first is with my Wonder Woman cosplay, I won 2 contest with this one and the people and kids loved my work and that’s really appreciated. And the second was a bad experience with my Juliet Starling’s cosplay, people (especially boys) don’t understand that cosplay is not consent, so you can imagine the scene (very uncomfortable).
How do you feel about group cosplays?
I LOVE IT. In fact, I’ve done one this year, I did a group of Teen Titans and I played Raven. I totally recommend doing group cosplays, it is so fun.
What cosplays are you currently working on or plan to finish this year?
Well, I like to finish all my cosplay plans 2018 but, you know, the time and money sometimes make the way hard. But I’m working on my remake of Yoko Littner (TTGL) and Inuyasha cosplays, also I’m with a special cosplay but is secret for now, I’m working on Tahrja (Fire Emblem Hero) and if time and money allow me I’ll do my design of Sylveon valkyrie version.
What issues do you see as being the most divisive in the cosplay community and how do you feel about it?
Respect and virality. Cosplay is growing up so fast and now is very difficult to get publicity but working hard you can get it. In my opinion, the worst problem that I see in this community is the lack of respect, some people don’t think that cosplay is art and they think that we are only fraks without a social life and don’t see it the real work and passion.
What types of characters or genres inspire your cosplay the most?
Powerful, beautiful and sexy. Normally I choose characters with some difficulty to me.
What is your favorite part (researching, shopping for supplies, sewing, photo shoots, attending cons, etc.) of your cosplay process?
My favorite part is the making process, photo shoots and attending cons. There is nothing more pleasant than seeing your work well done in you and in photos.
What are your best resources for cosplay materials?
I bought my materials in Leroy Merlin. My best resources are foam, polyester resin, worbla, and funny gumy.
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome as a cosplayer?
My biggest obstacle was to realize that there’re better opponents than me and that I don’t have to give up but I don’t overexert myself until I get mentally tired.
Have you learned any life lessons during your time as a cosplayer and what are they?
Yes of course. Well, when you get into the cosplay you meet cosplayers and you learn more stuff and get advice to solve better the details and shape of your cosplays. For example, I know now about resins and working worbla.
What is your golden cosplay rule that you would share with new cosplayers?
Keep going, everybody starts smalls, don’t give up your work will be better as you practice more
How do you feel the cosplay community has changed over time?
I think the community has grown up over time thanks to the improvement and quality of materials, betters cosplays, better photo shoot, videos, makeup…
If money and time were not a factor, what is your number one over-ambitious cosplay you want to do?
OMG, infinity. I’ll do all my cosplays plans that I have in my mind this year and the next.
Do you set a budget for each cosplay?
Yes, no more than 200€ although the budget always changes depending on the details and process making.
What does cosplay mean to you?
Another way of art, when I’m stuck in comics or illustration I do cosplay for relax and keep my mind calm.
How do you see the cosplay community 10 years from now?
I think will be more materials to work armor, will have others forming to play a performance for a contest, and maybe It would be an opportunity for people who want to dedicate themselves to making costumes for the world of cinema.
What is your favorite con to attend?
This weekend, on Sunday I have a cosplay runaway, I’ll wear Raven’s cosplay.
Is there another cosplayer who inspires you or is your role model?
Jessica Nigri, she’s awesome. Kamui Cosplay, the best in props and armors and Pirata Cristina Cosplay she’s so sweet and she does an amazing work, so inspiring.
Do you consider yourself an inspiration to other cosplayers?
Maybe? I don’t know hahaha.
What advice would you give someone about meeting cosplayers and taking their pictures? How do you like to be approached?
Be respectful of our work, ask for permission with education and don’t touch cosplayers without consent. Cosplayers love to take pictures with people who appreciate our work and we respond kindly whenever they treat us with respect.
What is one thing you wish your fans knew about you?
I make drawings illustration and drawings too so I wish that they appreciate this too.
Is there anything that would make you stop cosplaying?
I don’t know, age, money, work?
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