A few weeks ago, we contacted Kamui Cosplay, and today we tell their story.
To first of all, we have to say that the first time we saw their cosplays on the internet, it was a big surprise. That’s an amazing job you’re doing.
Kamui Cosplay are Svetlana and Benni, two artists who love to make cosplays, props or accessories and although they prefer not to call themselves professionals, they are lucky enough to be able to do what they like most.
Svetlana started cosplaying in 2003 when she was still a student. She spent her afternoons reading convention articles on anime/manga magazines because at that time there was no Facebook, the Internet existed only for a few and the mobiles weren’t the ones we have now with those cameras with so many pixels, back then film cameras were still used.
That year she had her first cosplay of “The Great Saiyam Man – Dragon Ball Z” and had such a good time that she continued to plan to return to more conventions with low cost cosplays and then that same year she met Benni.
A few years passed and in 2009 she participated in a Blizzard contest in which she had to upload a photo of her cosplay in which she was lucky enough to win (which today the contest is held in what is GamesCom). The prize was a trip for her and Benni to visit the Blizzcon. Travel to the United States was an adventure for them.
BLIZZCON – LOS ANGELES
For Svetlana and Benni, cosplay is a wonderful way to live their dreams and be able to do what they really like. To be able to take out their creativity, research and develop a cosplay to build it, fight and challenge themselves together. They knew that the road was not easy.
Besides, it is also important for them to be able to share their knowledge and experiences, which, as you already know, those of you who follow them on social networks, constantly they teach us the manufacturing steps of their cosplays. From books to tutorials, videos, tips on his blog, workshops, for them cosplay is not just a hobby but a great community of creative people to share work and knowledge.
They can’t imagine a life without cosplay and although at first (as many of us do) their family told them it was a waste of time and money, they support them and are proud of them. Svetlana wasn’t sure what would have happened if Benni hadn’t been with her from the beginning, since he has been her unconditional support, following her every crazy idea she’s come up with.
In 2010 they discovered YouTube and uploaded his first tutorial on Wonderflex; material he met after Blizzcon and spent all their savings to be able to buy it and on shipping costs to be able to prepare a better cosplay after what he had seen in the US.
Days after the first Youtube video uploaded the second one about the foam expansion.
In that same year she also learned about the worbla, which was similar to the wonderflex and was much easier to find in the EU.
She created tutorials and people became interested in this material and with it the armor-making grew in the cosplay community and people thanked her for her help, so much so that she was flooded with messages and questions on her personal Facebook and left the network.
KAMUI COSPLAY – YOUTUBE
At the same time he created his fan page on Facebook and that’s where she was able to calmly upload the progress of his cosplays.
Svetlana was a girl who had few friends at school and felt strange or out of place.
Getting started in cosplay was a great motivation to guide his life.
Most of the works Kamui Cosplay makes are armor because she had bad experiences with sewing (each cosplayer is better at one theme than another).
When she started playing World of Warcraft she fell in love with the costumes, helmets, swords and accessories of the characters and discovered that she was really more of a craftswoman than a seamstress.
But like all cosplay, he sometimes gets tired of the same theme so he went back to sewing and tries to improve with the skills and challenges that cosplay provides him.
When she started in this hobby, she was a student and had free time to spend on it because sometimes her teachers would cancel classes and that gave her time to dedicate to cosplay. That led her to save some money so she could go back to some conventions in the States.
Some of her best experiences were in 2011, for example, one she remembers fondly when a girl recognized her cosplay in the Dragon Con in Atlanta and said, “I watch your videos! You’re that girl on YouTube.” – and at that moment he was surprised to see the admiration as they took their picture.
DRAGON WITH – ATLANTA
Between 2012-2013, hes lectures were cancelled at the university, hes final exams were coming up and that would mean that she would have to look for a full-time job and take time away from her hobby.
She wasn’t ready for what life had in store for her. Intel and Newegg, after seeing her work, contacted her to create two suits for the Blizzcon 2013.
At first it seemed impossible because the date of the event was approaching and it was also their first convention as guests abroad – Montreal Comic Con and although after a lot of thinking about a goal in life.
She made the decision to go ahead, accepted the project and worked hard with Benni to finish the armor in two weeks. They went to Blizzcon to deliver them and had a great time.
Back in Germany she had no job and didn’t know what her future would be like, so after having a great time in Los Angeles, meeting new people like Bill Doran – Punished Props who liked their tutorials and getting new ideas they told her: Why don’t you make a book with your tutorials? – so after a lot of thought she pulled it out and although she didn’t know what to expect from it was a success.
As we already guessed what came next was crazy. People shared the book on all the networks, made videos about it on YouTube, the store became saturated and didn’t really notice what was happening until a few days later.
His book appeared on the Internet and he finally saw that his future had been left blank to become what it is today.
Benni, who is the hidden face of Kamui Cosplay, was always by her side from the beginning. He always supported her in everything. He took all the material to the conventions, brushed her wigs, worked as a photographer, helped her with the finishing and consoled her when something was not right.
He came to support her so much that he gave up his job so that he could be with her and be by her side at all times, a proof of love worthy of admiration. He was involved in all his cosplay projects helping her with the paint finishes, the designs, the photo editing, the accessories… so much so that even now he runs the website, the mailings and even answers the emails. They make a great team and a great couple.
This wonderful couple advises all those who are starting out in the world of cosplay to start with small projects in advance so that they don’t have to do them in a hurry. Sewing the night before a convention is really frustrating.
Calculate the time, money and effort well, you have to make a good project plan.
And the most important thing of all is to seek help from friends, acquaintances, tutorials or blogs on the Internet. There is always someone with a similar project or other techniques that can be used for cosplay. If you don’t find anything ask, there’s always someone willing to help.
ESVETLANA – “Be brave and don’t give up. If you really want to finish a cosplay, do it. There’s no one to stop you, make your hobby fun. We don’t care about the future, we just enjoy what we do now and the incredible time we spend together. We have many projects in mind and sometimes we work more than 15 hours a day to finish them. We travel a lot around the world and we do what we like best, as well as being together….. Never stop dreaming and believe in yourselves”.
In its website you can find its shop where you can find an infinite number of products:
Books for the creation of your cosplays
– Advanced lights – animated LEDs
– The Costume making guide
– Advanced Prop Manufacturing – Weapons and Rifles
The book of the production of prop
The book of foam armor
The sewing book sewing
The book of cosplay painting
The cosplay light book
The armor-making book
MORE BOOKS ON YOUR WEBSITE
prints and special packages
More props: https://www.kamuicosplay.com/props
On her website and YouTube channel you will find an infinite number of tutorials with tips and techniques on how to use materials and build some of the cosplays… Its techniques can be used for other types of costumes, you only have to put it into practice.
Animecon – del 14 al 15 de July – Helsinki, Finland.
London Film and Comic Con – Del 28 al 29 de July – UK.
UniCon – 4 al 5 de August – Riga, Letonia.
PixelMania – 10 al 12 de August – Wlén, Hungry.
Aniventure Bulgaria – Del 15 al 16 de September – Sofía, Bulgaria.
Comic Con Bodensee – del 6 al 7 de October – Dornbirn, Austria.
We would like to thank Esvetlana and Benni for letting us talk about their story and look forward to meeting them in person. We leave you their social networks where you can follow closely all their future projects: