(Photo by NBMA Photography)
An active cosplayer for more than 6 years, Amie Lynn knows the importance of detail. No matter which video game character you want to portray, many hours of crafting are needed for a costume convincing enough for dedicated fans.
And for a heroine like Faith Connors? Let’s just say it takes more than an eye tattoo.
"I’ve always wanted to cosplay as Faith", Amie says. "I really like her new look in Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. It’s a lot sleeker now; her hair is more angular, and the pants are not as loose."
Those who attended New York Comic Con this year might have spotted Amie donning her impressive outfit, meeting Mirror’s Edge™ Catalyst fans, and being almost constantly photographed.
Fans and camera flashes are just half the story though, and a striking contrast to the tools and paint cans of Amie’s workbench, where countless hours have been spent crafting. Amie’s costume required careful studying of Mirror’s Edge Catalyst screenshots and trailers, as well as a hefty shopping list of all the necessary materials."
So how does a costume-making process like this look like from start to finish? Since there’s no better person than Amie herself to answer that, we’ll hand over to her for a walkthrough. Take it away, Amie!
STARTING WITH THE BASICS
AMIE LYNN: "These are four base pieces for Faith's outfit: white pants with biker design, red training gloves, black sling backpack, and a pair of running shoes. Faith has a very sleek design, but her basic pieces are things you can pick up at a local store or online. I turned to online shopping for some of the basic pieces I knew I could find.
For Faith's vest and front harness, I went to my local fabric store to purchase a few items. I got two kinds of black nylon fabric, red nylon strap, black zippers, red piping, and then some red fabric for detailing."
CREATING FAITH'S ICONIC GLOVE
"The material I chose for Faith’s bracer was 6mm EVA foam, with 3mm for detailing. This would create a crisp and clean look. For glue I used contact cement, and to add minor details I used push tabs.
I began by sketching out the design on card stock to use as a stencil on the foam. The bracer is very angular and layered, with sleek lines and a cylindrical device for the wiring, for which I used a wooden dowel.
To shape the foam, I used a heat gun and a round base to mold it over. An old spray paint can helped to give the foam a good curve. After heating, I used the contact cement piece by piece, and sanded the edges until they created a nice, clean fit. After one day the bracer could be painted and by then the thing was pretty much done!"
ARM AND EYE TATTOOS
"Faith's tattoos are a huge trademark to her character - perhaps the most iconic attributes of them all.
The arm tattoo isn't the easiest design to freehand, and since I planned on wearing the costume multiple times that wouldn’t be practical. Instead, I created a stencil using computer paper, a utility blade, and blue painter's tape.
I printed the tattoo design in a scale that would fit my arm and taped it over strips of blue painter's tape. Then, very patiently, I carved out the design into the painter's tape. This left me with a stencil I could stick to my arm for easy application.
A warning here: the stencil loses its stick after a few applications. I used mine three times before some of the more fragile spots refused to stick to my arm. For paint, I used a black cream body paint and dabbed it on with a makeup sponge, ending with a finishing spray.
And the eye tattoo? That is much simpler! After applying my normal makeup for the costume, I used a liquid eyeliner to color in two sharp triangles under my eye. Voila!"
A THANK YOU TO ALL FANS
Thank you, Amie! We at DICE are constantly impressed and humbled by the many ways Mirror’s Edge Catalyst fans show their talent and creativity. Whether it be cosplay, creating artwork, or just sharing your thoughts about the game, you should know we appreciate it.