We’re excited to announce the April 2020 Artist of the Month: Evil Ted!
Evil Ted (Ted Smith) is a professional prop, costume, and SFX artist currently living in Los Angeles, California. Many of you may already be familiar with Ted’s work, YouTube videos, live streams, patterns, or met him at cons all over the world.
Ted has been making costumes before “Cosplay” was even a word, starting off in the late 70’s making most of his costumes and props out of cardboard, poster board, and fabric – and going to his hometown Sci-Fi con in the Midwest.
He moved out to LA in the late 80’s to look for work as a prop maker and ended up working on a number of Hollywood films through the 90’s – including ‘The Fifth Element’, ‘Titanic’, ‘Demolition Man’, and dozens more! He poured all of his love and passion for building costumes and movie props into his work, learned from all of his colleagues in the industry, and allowed his own creative process to guide his success throughout his career.
Ted transitioned from working with in the film industry, to creating educational videos in 2013. His early videos showcased how films would make costumes & props and shared them on YouTube to help people learn some of the “Hidden Secrets” of Hollywood. His channel became popular very quickly, and became one of the original Cosplay influencers (Along with Yaya Han, Punished Props, and Kamui Cosplay).
For the last 7 years or so, Ted has been producing tutorial videos, guesting at cosplay conventions, running panels and workshops, judging competitions, and having a great time having fun with his friends at cosplay conventions. His favorite cons to go to for fun are DragonCon, BlizzCon and several ComicCon events around California.
Throughout his career of building, Ted uses the same materials most cosplayers use to achieve his project goals – Tons of TNT Cosplay Supply EVA foam of all thicknesses, Barge Contact Cement, and several new materials that have recently come out like clay foam and our new Rapid Fill & Fine Finish products (By Prop Monkey Studios).
Ted is also very well known for creating entry level EVA Foam Patterns that he sells on his website to help beginners and newcomers get a good grasp of basic construction techniques. Tens of thousands of people (beginners to experts) use his patterns and videos for the basic framework of their own creations! You can find all of his resources on his website here: https://eviltedsmith.com/
Recently Ted has been able to attend more cons, show off his own personal cosplays, and have a lot more fun creating new things and spending time with the maker’s community. He also runs a very popular Facebook group called the “Foam Fanatics”, which is made up of members, fans, and mods to show off their work, ask advise on their work, and plan meetups at events.
Ted’s biggest assets are his absolute optimism, hard working nature, and passion and enthusiasm for creativity. His kindness shines brightly at every venue he attends and is one of the most welcoming personalities in the entire community. He obviously has a long history of talent and skill, but the support and warmth he brings to the cosplay community truly makes our world feel more complete with him around!
“Yes, I’ve worked in movie industry for decades. It was fun but it was hard work and over the years it took the fun out of building for me. I
have retired from Hollywood, and now I build for the love of it like I did when I was a kid!” ~EvilTed
As a fun coincidence, TNT Cosplay Supply happened to start just as Ted was starting his YouTube channel, and we’ve been working together for many years and developed a very close friendship which has had a very powerful and wonderful effect on artists all over the world. We’re very excited for all of Ted’s success, and are always happy
to celebrate his achievements along the way.
If you’d like to find more about Ted or see examples of his work, please visit his links listed here:
From all of us at TNT Cosplay Supply, we love you Ted! Thank you for everything you’ve done for the cosplay & prop making community, and helped to make the process of cosplay so much more fun, friendly, and exciting!