Interview, article by Hitomi Sakuma
The subject of our interview was GyakuYoga, owner of the cosplay making website Cosplay Zōkei no Tsukurikata - GyakuYoga (How to Build Cosplay Models - GyakuYoga). He also attended the NicoNico Chokaigi fair, exhibiting his own weapons and equipment directly from the Fate series and from Touken Ranbu.
Cosplay making is all based on "plastic models"
I started creating my own models because I wanted to wear the costume he was wearing in the final battle scene, which comes equipped with many weapons. By the way, that was my first cosplay ever.
I've always enjoyed building plastic models, even when I was a high school student, so I applied the techniques that I used to know to cosplay.
Apart from that, I remember going to Tokyu Hands and looking for some random props that I could use.
Even though most of the props I modeled are in my warehouse, this Majora's Mask is decorating my room, serving me just like a guardian.
I was especially careful to replicate the eyes gradation. If you look closely, you'll notice I used many different techniques, such as blurring out the contours of the eyes by using many different airbrushes.
Although it's a small model, the painting process took almost 15 hours.
Introducing the place where models are born!
This space was originally a 20mq junkyard, which I reorganized. I can spend up to 10 hours a day in my workshop.
Initially, I had no space to work. I put a desk in my garage which I used to model, but it was cold and it didn't have much storage space (laughs).
I often use airbrushes and sprays, so I added a ventilator and an industrial fan to make the space safe to work into.
Models are made with unexpected materials!?
An armor can weigh up to 2~3kg, while particularly heavy ones can reach 5kg. Real armors would be around 20~30kg. Even heavy-looking cosplay costumes are in reality quite light.
You can create fine patterns with 100 yen shop goods!
Using paper in a way you'd never imagine!
People who browse my website sometimes ask me "how do you know where to cut?", and my answer is: even if you're not sure, just try! Move your hands! If you fail, you can fix your mistakes in a second with tape.
More complex shapes usually combine different simple solids, so you can work with them in the same way.
Some props can test even a pro!
② Became this
(=combined the cut Lion Board and the wood core to create the overall shape and fixed the structure to the back of the armor using Velcro)
③ And then this!!
(=after painting it and completing it)
If you want to see how I did it in detail, you can take a look at the video below.
This is how I wear my armors.
A creative circle expanding thanks to a website and some videos
Recently, people have been using my models for theatric plays and costumes for local heroes.
I'm glad that my website is so versatile. I hope you can use my website and videos to take the first step towards the world of model making!
Recently I've been actively managing my YouTube channel, and since I uploaded an English version of my video, I started getting followers from overseas as well.
I'm proud to be a Japanese person who has always taken an interest in manufacturing, and I want people from all over the world to say "Japanese cosplayers are amazing!".
By learning how they're made, you'll be able to enjoy huge weapons and sturdy armors even more, every time you attend an anime convention.
- A cosplayer who specializes in XL props modeling.
He's the owner of the website "Cosplay Zōkei no Tsukurikata - GyakuYoga" and of the YouTube channel "GyakuYoga", where he introduces how to model and create cosplay weapons and armors.