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.
She would make weird witch costumes for Halloween and Princesses with daggers for Carnival and learned the basics of sewing at age 15.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“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.
Fantastic Flying Lyz Brickley Cosplay also does a nice Witcher cosplay.
Growing her skills through online tutorials, she has managed to improve the quality of her cosplays. She makes most of her own costumes.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
“I’m not a professional, but I take my Cosplay very seriously.” – Artcore Cosplay
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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