cosplay name: Ohtori Kagura
birthday: June 11
current country: United States
occupation: Student, Game Writer, Multimedia Artist
favorite color: Cerulean Blue, White
favorite anime: Shoujo Kakumei Utena
favorite music: fripside
favorite food: Cheesecake
favorite visual novel: EF ~ a fairy tale of the two.
favorite video game: The 7th Guest; Final Fantasy XV
favorite movie: Red Violin
favorite book: The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
favorite artists: David Lynch, April Greiman, Alphonse Mucha, Kunihiko Ikuhara, H.R. Geiger
I'm an artist obsessed with anything colorful, and have dabbled in various bits of artistic hobbies that I am still developing, including music, video games, writing, poetry, costume, and illustration of all kinds. I currently work as a freelance designer while juggling class.
I grew up loving art since the good old days of anime on VHS and midis online, where I got into the anime and manga culture to add illustrations to my stories. I continued writing and drawing constantly, and I also took up the violin. I have been playing over 12 years now, and still enjoying it.
In early high school, my uncle gave me the most amazing gift in the world - Adobe Photoshop. Having visited numerous anime graphics websites, I strived to teach myself Photoshop to finally make my own graphics website. I had the pleasure of assisting and staffing at various sites by the most amazing friends and designers in the online graphics community, many of which I still talk with today. I have since developed my skills not only in Photoshop but the entire suite and other image editing and digital graphics and illustration software, and enjoy freelancing in graphic design.
After high school, I went to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for fashion design after discovering my love for design in my senior year of high school. I there pursued costume, and I worked in an internship in costuming at the studios for some time until I realized my dream in wanting to pursue game design. I've since then been studying game design and absolutely enjoying my time alongside juggling other arts I still love - traditional art, Copics, doujinshi art, music mixing, writing music, poetry, scripts and stories, and following my second biggest passion to games still - cosplay and costume design.
I've been a cosplayer formally since 2002 by the name Ohtori Kagura, when I was fortunate enough to meet several amazing veterans with dozens of tips and advice for me. I attend as many conventions as I can yearly and enjoy the entire costume and cosplay experience, socializing with other artists and amazing individuals, and contributing to the fandom by helping teach dance panels since 2006 and other ways I can extend my help. I also have had the pleasure of recently competing in masquerade with wonderful results. I'm an optimist, and art has been a huge part of my life through thick and thin, and therefore I felt like it was time to finally organize my art in a wonderful place.
I am currently part of Pants Your Goonies Cosplay, which is comprised of my close friends and myself. We create and coordinate several skits throughout year to compete in various masquerades.
Contact me if needed!
If you'd like more information, have questions, or any artistic requests, feel free to drop me an e-mail at: eirehime (at) hotmail (dot) com. You can also send me a message through my tumblrs: Alice in Avalon and Eirehime.