Dungeons & Dragons Is finding new ways to promote its books, including hiring D & D’s best known cosplayers. earlier this week, Dungeons & Dragons It was revealed that he worked with cosplayer Ginny Di to bring the title character to his upcoming title Tasha’s Everything To life through a stunning cosplay photoshoot. Tasha is a rather esoteric character in D&D lore, a female archmage known by many names, who usually acts as a backstabber and manipulator. However, the D&D team updated Tasha’s personality and past to reflect her shifting allegiance and her “true neutral” alignment.
One of the more recognized faces in Guinea Di Dungeons & Dragons cosplay scene, especially for her fabulous vital role cosplay and her detailed video about the process of making her costumes. Still, she was surprised when Wizards of the Coast approached her about performing Taza’s cosplay. “I really don’t know how they found me,” Ginni Di said during a phone email with ComicBook.com. “They reached out to me on emails that were basically like, ‘We have an opportunity for you. Do you want to sign the NDA and hear about the opportunity?” “It was only then that Ginny Di realized that several Wizards of the Coast? Employees followed him on Twitter.” I’ve been doing D&D-themed content for almost three years, so I guess I’m not so surprised Should have seen my work by people in the tabletop community, but it still surprises me. “
While Tasha is one of the big names in D&D lore, she did not appear in much character art, which proved to be a challenge for Ginni Di as well as making the costume. “There were really only two reference pictures for the dress I was making,” Di said. “One was a cover image and the other is a concept art masterpiece. Tasha had other generic images, but usually at different costs.” To do the costume work, Ginni had to take some creative license, which was suitable for understanding the costumes as a physical garment. “When some artists draw clothes, they may not realize that what they are pulling is actually incredibly difficult or even impossible to make in real life,” said Di, which was often an issue When animated characters were portrayed.
Fortunately, Di had to choose between the cover art and the concept art with some flexibility to choose elements that would be better suited to the garment he was creating. “For example, the cover image, the skirt is just a bunch of different layers and they are blowing in a breeze,” Di said. “So it’s very difficult to tell how many layers the artist was imagining and in what order they are. So the concept art, for me, was a lot more appealing to the skirt, because it was a very clear-cut geometric. Layering. “
Overall, it took DI between 50-60 hours to prepare the dress, incorporating research and development. Estimates at the time did not include a photoshoot, in which Ginny Di brought the lively character to life. Di knew Tasha (thanks to her iconic mantra Tasha’s hideous laughter) But were largely unfamiliar with the character until researching for the costume. “One of the things that really strikes me is that she has gone through a lot of changes over the years,” Di said. “Maybe it’s more intentional than I thought, but a lot of the initial changes and differences between Tasha’s versions seem almost accidental, as if they weren’t sure they wanted that character to be the same as another character. But now it’s really It seems, with this new book, they’re really going to reinforce her character and give her a complex and interesting personality, which I like very much because the criticisms of early versions of Tasha are almost a sexist figure. Thea, an evil, sexy woman, a very two-dimensional portrayal. And now they’re clearly trying to complicate her and make someone who feels more three-dimensional. “
Of course, DI is a fond D&D player and is excited about some of the new alternate rules being introduced Tasha’s Everything. She said that she was particularly excited about the flexibility in racial traits. “I’m definitely someone who’s interested in breaking the mold with the characters that I create and doing unexpected things,” Di said. “I really like and enjoy the contrast and sometimes humor when connecting races and classes that don’t necessarily mean a ton, or that are unpredictable to people. And D & Racial traits in D. are often such a hindrance. “
“I also want to play only a pretty barbarian, you know?” He added.
Ginni Di hopes that working with Wizards of the Coast will help open the door to more D&D cosplayers in the future. “I was at first surprised that Wizards of the Coast reached me, but then one person commented on my video and was like, ‘What else would they have asked?” “She said.” And I actually thought about that question for a minute and I realized that I really don’t know, because there aren’t really a lot of cosplayers within the D&D community where they are D&D. Cosplaying D, you know? Are cosplayers playing DAP and D? There are people who play D&D and enjoy cosplay, but intersection of things, it’s hard to find people who are high profile and doing both of those things. “
“I hope it’s in detail, honestly, because I’ve been seeing some Dudes get their D&D characters lately,” she said. “And I think that’s great. It’s an exciting avenue of cost that I think hasn’t been explored much yet, and I’m just excited. I hope it picks up and for myself and the people.” Takes life. Do more. “
Di’s other work (he is known for his brilliant vital role And fantasy cosplay) can be found on his website, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram