Blizzard’s official WoW site has posted a short email from Christine Estrada, the winner of this year’s Blizzcon costume contest for her female Monk outfit. She talks about her cosplay experience, the elaborate WoW costume she made last year, and how she applied those lessons to this year’s Monk outfit. Here’s a quote from the Diablo portion.
Hello to all my fellow gamers out there! My name is Christina, and I portrayed the Diablo III female monk in the BlizzCon 2010 costume contest. Creating and sharing my costuming works with the BlizzCon crowd is always a highlight of my yearly visit to Anaheim. In previous years, I have also portrayed Mother Shahraz from the Black Temple and a paladin in the tier-6.5 Sunwell Plateau set, with both costumes given the honor of being finalists in the costume contest.
I took what I had learned in years past and applied it to the monk costume, and began the lengthy process of learning about leather crafting. My goals this year were simple: I wanted to be able to sit down in this costume, I wanted it to be as accurate as possible, and I didn?t want the costume to explode after multiple wears. Having only one simple piece of concept art to work off of, I wasn?t expecting it to be as well received as it was. The monk is not wide nor tall, does not glow or have any special effects, and the detailing that was done is hard to see from far away. Lack of grandiosity aside, I worked at the detailing and capturing the look and personality of a strong female warrior and hoped for the best.
Cosplay, to me, is a wonderful hobby that allows you to express yourself and think creatively while showing others how passionate you are about what you are trying to represent. Other cosplayers constantly inspire me to try new things and think in new ways. As long as non-cosplaying people continue to enjoy our efforts and allow us to heighten their BlizzCon experience, cosplayers will continue to delight, scare, and perhaps even inspire others to join us in our creative community.
There are a bunch of other disturbingly-HQ images of Christina in her monk costume in the Blizzcon 2010 gallery, if you somehow missed them at the time or just want another look.