Anime Inspires These Awesome Designsf from Ayumu Yamamoto Cosplay
Location: Sassari (Sardinia), Italy
World Cosplay: http://worldcosplay.net/member/97908
Photographer(s): Rinoa Cosplay Photography, Skyvision Photography, zeropuntosedici photography, Tino Fotografie, Massimiliano Liscia Photos and Dizzymonogatari.
1. What does cosplaying mean to you?
Making a cosplay, for me, is creativity. Cosplay means giving life to a character which I’m really mad for (from anime, mangas, video games or illustrations) and impersonating him in all his aspects and personality, as best as possible.
2. What was your very first cosplay experience? What inspired you to take up the craft?
I started to do cosplay by taking some photos of myself and trying to resemble the characters of anime that I liked. Then over the years, I started to attend the comics conventions and develop an interest in that environment. In this way, I learned to create my costumes by using my manual skills.
3. If you could select a favorite costume that you have worn, which would you choose?
This is a really difficult question. I am very tied to the characters that I make, because each one represents a part of myself, so I don’t know which character I could choose.
4. And, if you could select a favorite costume that you’ve seen someone else wear, what would that be?
Well, the Cosplays that I really admire are worn by other people and there are several! Particularly, I like those Russian Cosplayers who are inspired by Trinity Blood, as well as kawaii characters created by Asian cosplayers (such as The Pretty Cure) or another characters, which I would like to try, if only I were a woman… and short.
5. What is an upcoming costume that you’re currently working on?
At the moment I’m working at several costumes, but the most important project is Tia Shaura from End Breaker!
6. If you had unlimited funds and resources, what costume(s) would you create?
I don’t know how to explain, but if I had unlimited money, I wouldn’t spare so much and pay all this attention to offers. Moreover, I could broaden my budget in order to use better materials and improve the scenic design, my performances and the makeup.
7. How do you prepare yourself, mentally and physically, for an upcoming convention/event?
How I prepare myself for a convention: first of all, I think about the travel, which is difficult since I am under eighteen and I live on an island. Then, I plan my cosplays with a clear project of costumes in my mind. After that I put a lot of effort into looking for the materials, wigs and contact lenses that I need.
8. At the end of the day, in your opinion, what is the best part about cosplaying?
The most important thing at the end of the day is the fun. Having fun with your own friends and having fun by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.
9. What advice can you offer to those who are aspiring cosplayers?
Regarding to those who have just began to do Cosplays, or those who would like to start, my tip is to choose your favourite character (possibly one enough easy to impersonate), and try to do it as similarly as possible. It doesn’t matter if you buy the costume, or if it’s commissioned or handmade. What matters is how much fun you have, and giving life to the characters you really love.
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