Costume/makeup/wig by me
Photo by Kira
Respect for great cosplay!
(I mean I do have issues with 'The Witcher', because I know this exists https://www.pinterest.com/pin/402087072982030727/ and has since Conan https://www.pinterest.com/pin/119063983887091217/ but that has absolutely nothing to do with the superlative hair, makeup, weapon, gear and photography on display here; all of it enhanced several fold by a cosplay model clearly immersed in her character. I give all the kudos to her, and I hope she can forgive me for taking a moment to praise her cosplay while voicing my moral misgivings that the work of fiction that cosplay is based on is lamentably, but nevertheless, a work of plagiarism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkiP64adGjY)
If cosplay was a plagiarism, gaming developers, CD project included, wouldn't repost cosplays in their official socials, they wouldn't hire prop-makers or cosplayers to work as promoters as events. Cosplay, fanart, videos, streams etc, it's huge part of a fan community. Moreover, the official creators make contest to inspire the community to do even more content with their characters.
Nope, it's stolen by a Polish author named Andre Sapkowski, who benefits from his theft to this day, because Witcher fans apparently don't play DnD; or watch 'Game of Thrones', Vampire Hunter D, Castlevania, or Sandman from Neil Gaiman; all inspired by Elric of Melnibone, the anomalous albino sell sword mercenary who uses potions to supplement his superhuman powers while fighting against a conjunction of spheres, roaming the countryside with a bard best friend, brooding over the woman he murdered, earning him the name "womanslayer" for one of his many aliases, while struggling with a sorcerer love interest; all the while being known far and wide as "the white wolf".
Yup. Every single character detail I just mentioned? All of them belonged to Elric, in the 60's, before Sapkowski mimeographed them in the 80's.
I respect your sentiments, but I feel they're misguided. I praised the work, and amply, but I felt I would be remised not to say that, while her cosplay here is superlative, the work it was inspired by was plagiarized wholesale.
The statement you're responding to is itself a response after my initial comments, which devote far more words to praising the cosplayer's artistry than remarking on the Witcher's clear and obvious theft.
Your gallery is incredible !! And your extraordinary work !! I congratulate you!! A great job!!
I especially liked this photo, with the light creating contrast, while at the same time you can see your face and your gaze. I really loved it !!
When using a two-handed weapon for cosplay, do you feel that it is your weapon of choice or would you prefer another combination of weapons? I admit that maces, or even two-handed hammers, are one of my favorite weapons: D