Emily Ratkewicz: Getting Animated

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Animation major by day, cosplaying yoga master by night, Emily Ratkewicz is a jack of all trades around Webster. Ratkewicz is known for her illustrations in The Journal and the three years she spent serving it up on the volleyball court. But many may
not know about her alter-ego, Wii Fit Trainer, which stems from a love of Halloween.

Q: How did you get into cosplay?

A: I was a senior in high school when I first cosplayed. Cosplay was another excuse to dress up as characters I loved. Some of my friends helped me get some costumes together, and it became another reason for us to hang out.

Q: Who is your favorite person
to cosplay?

A: I think my favorite is the Wii Fit Trainer because I get to be really active all day. I take people’s challenges. They are like, “Do 20 push-ups,” and I’ll go down and do 20 push-ups. I get to interact with people all day and people say, “Wow you are the character!”

Q: What or who inspired you
to do animation?

A: I’ve been into Disney movies ever since I was a kid, and I’ve loved cartoons and animation. It just kind of hit me around the fifth grade. My fifth grade teacher was the only teacher in my school that really emphasized art in

every subject. So I definitely thank
them for that.

Q: What is your favorite thing
to draw?

A: I absolutely love drawing animals.

I love drawing big, fluffy, soft things.
I seem to understand things that have
a quadruped anatomy. I drew them a
lot as a kid so I’m a lot more comfortable drawing animals, specifically dogs,
than humans.

Q: What’s something else you want people to know about you?

A: I work mostly in 2-D animation— that’s my specialty. I’d like to go on and do 2-D character animation. I love the way a character moves. The fact that I can bring something two-dimensional

to life is just an amazing idea.

Q: Describe yourself in
three words.

A: Loyal, enthusiastic and excitable.

Story & Photo by

Kristen Pruser

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