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Gorgeous Thoughtful Artcore Cosplay

Saeko Busujima from High School of the Dead, photo by Thomas Kilian, Soulcatcher Photography.

Elli from Hammelburg, Germany, aka Artcore Cosplay, started cosplaying in 2014.

Ever since she was a little kid, even before she heard the word cosplay, she loved dressing up and always wanted to have the coolest costume.

Triss Merigold from The Witcher 2 by Artcore Cosplay, Photo by Finn Halem.
Triss Merigold from The Witcher 2, Photo by Finn Halem (aka Fatal Fran Photo).

She would make weird witch costumes for Halloween and Princesses with daggers for Carnival and learned the basics of sewing at age 15.

Elven Hero from The Elder Scrolls Online by Artcore Cosplay, photo by Fotograf-13.
Elven Hero from The Elder Scrolls Online, photo by Fotograf-13.

Not having any video games to play at home, she got her first glimpse at a friends house on the Nintendo DS and was instantly fascinated. She would play all kinds of games when visiting her friends who had consoles.

Zero Suit Samus by Artcore Cosplay, photo by Benny Cosplay Photography.
Zero Suit Samus, photo by Benny Cosplay Photography.

Later on, her friends didn’t understand why she spent so much time on the internet playing browser games and MMORPGs. She played a lot of MMOs and League of Legends and when she got a laptop, bought her first game: Skyrim. Skyrim was the beginning of a love affair that lasted more than 700 hours and continues today.

Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn by Artcore Cosplay, photos by Thomas Kilian - Soulcatcher Photography.
Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn, photos by Thomas Kilian – Soulcatcher Photography.
Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn by Artcore Cosplay, photos by ZENO.
Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn, photos by ZENO.

When her love of costumes and games crossed paths with her new interest in Anime, it led to this other thing which we call Cosplay!

Artcore as Najenda from Akame ga Kill! Photo by MelorFotografie.
Artcore as Najenda from Akame ga Kill! Photo by MelorFotografie.

After Skyrim burned out her laptop, she was able to get her first custom built PC, which opened her up to a whole new world of games. She is now addicted to The Witcher, Dragon Age, Tomb Raider, Borderlands and countless more.

Triss Merigold from The Witcher by Artcore Cosplay, Photo by ZENO.
Triss Merigold from The Witcher, Photo by ZENO.

“Geralt, Remind me to never piss off Merigold again.” – Lambert

With the help of her parents, friends and a few “very generous” people on the internet, Elli began improving her cosplay skills. She started with a basic sewing machine, a dull knife and a dull pair of scissors.

Triss Merigold from The Witcher by Artcore Cosplay, Photo by ZENO. Photos by Sarah Jenak Photography and Fotograf-13.
Triss Merigold from The Witcher, Photo by ZENO. Photos by Sarah Jenak Photography and Fotograf-13.

Fantastic Flying Lyz Brickley Cosplay also does a nice Witcher cosplay.

A Merrigold Trissmas to everyone! by Artcore Cosplay, Photo by How to Iggy
“A Merrigold Trissmas to everyone!” Photo by How to Iggy.

Growing her skills through online tutorials, she has managed to improve the quality of her cosplays. She makes most of her own costumes.

Elven Hero from The Elder Scrolls Online cinematic trailer by Artcore Cosplay, photo by ZENO.
Elven Hero from The Elder Scrolls Online cinematic trailer, photo by ZENO.

“To me, Cosplay is crafting, sewing, gluing and a bit of crying. You work hard on a costume, you put your blood, sweat and your very soul into it and in the end you get something completely unique and perfect for you.”

Elven Princess by Artcore Cosplay, photo by eosAndy.
Elven Princess, photo by eosAndy.

For Ellie, cosplay is about friends, fun and working on your skills. She is proud of her accomplishments and doesn’t allow internet trolls to affect how she sees herself and won’t be limited by what others think of her.

Maya from Borderlands by Artcore Cosplay, photo by Art Photography - Sven Palzer.
Maya from Borderlands, photo by Art Photography – Sven Palzer.

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“I am proud to be who I am and I’m proud to show it. I might not be perfect, but I’m working on it. In the end, we’re all nerds in costumes, trying to be ourselves by being someone else.”

Shanalotte The Emerald Herald from Dark Souls 2 by Artcore Cosplay, photo by Thomas Kilian - Soulcatcher Photography.
Shanalotte The Emerald Herald from Dark Souls 2, photo by Thomas Kilian – Soulcatcher Photography.

Frustrated by algorithms that limit how many of her followers see her posts, Elli started a Patreon where fans can follow, support and see exclusive content. She offers previews, videos, works in progress and first looks at new photo shoots.

Artcore as Najenda from Akame ga Kill! by Artcore Cosplay with Moonlightkitty as Esdeath. Photo by twmia.
Artcore Cosplay as Najenda from Akame ga Kill! with Moonlightkitty as Esdeath. Photo by twmia.

“I’m not a professional, but I take my Cosplay very seriously.” – Artcore Cosplay

Saeko Busujima from High School of the Dead by Artcore Cosplay, photo by Thomas Kilian, Soulcatcher Photography.
Saeko Busujima from High School of the Dead, photo by Thomas Kilian, Soulcatcher Photography.

Artcore Cosplay – Gorgeous and Thoughtful! No? Yes?

Follow ArtCore Cosplay on Facebook and Twitter, support her on Patreon and watch her live streams on Twitch (at the time of this writing, we can hear the tap tap tap of her keyboard in the background as she’s on Twitch playing some Hellblade, “Get up girl, get up!”).

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