As well as being a keen cosplayer, Redwood Creations is also a brilliant illustrator and graphic designer, and the attention to detail from those skills transfers into his cosplays seamlessly. Redwood has a plethora of excellent comic cosplays at his disposal, along with a healthy sprinkling from other easily recognisable games and films – truly something for everyone!
Favourite food: burritos
How long have you been cosplaying for? What first inspired you to start?
About 9 years. I went to a costume party and went a bit over the top on the costume! From there I just sort of caught the cosplay bug.
What’s your favourite part of the costume making process?
It’s probably the whole process of spending days and weeks gathering up all the reference images, because along the way you pick up details you missed because of lighting, angles, etc. It can be a huge pain sometimes, but finding new images that show a different part of the costume is really interesting for me, because you see cool little details you would’ve otherwise missed. When it comes to putting on the finished product in the end, it makes it all worth it because you think “wow, I am that character!”
What was your first cosplay? How does it compare to some of your more recent work?
My first cosplay was Scarlet Spider-Man. It was something I cobbled together with barely any knowledge of the correct stuff to use. It was a bad red spandex suit with some lenses I super glued to the face that were made out of white mesh and cardboard – I couldn’t see a thing! Compared to my most recent stuff, I’ve learned the value of learning from others and watching tutorials (like weathering and what things to use). Also I learned about commissioning things that were way out of my skill set from other people, like a silicon mask I got for my Martian Manhunter cosplay, body suits, etc. My recent stuff is miles better because I take more time planning everything out, what needs doing and what I need to commission from who, instead of slapping it all together in five minutes. Planning is key!
What has been your most complex costume to date?
I’d say probably the one I’m currently working on, Shazam from the new movie. It involves a screen printed body suit with all this detail on, which took a good while to hunt down someone who could make that for me. It has a lot of lighting in the suit, which is a first for me. I’ve never touched electronics before so I had to figure out where the wiring and battery packs go as well as all the other bits like the symbol and gauntlets. It’s been tricky trying to find anyone that makes any of it because there’s not much to go on besides a few trailers and posters.
Do you have a dream cosplay you’d like to do one day?
That would have to be the Hal Jordan version of Green Lantern with a tonne of lights and some light up constructs. I’ve put it off for years because it’s a favourite character of mine and I don’t want to mess it up.
If you could go back in time and give newbie Redwood any advice, what would it be?
Take your time, plan things out and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Most people are helpful and are more than happy to lend a hand.