Cosplay Spotlight: WindWolf

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WindWolf, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!

Why do you cosplay?

I grew up with a big love of theater and stage craft. I got training as a actress and thought Cosplay was a good play ground for me. Id be building my own costumes from images and being a often eccentric character for the entire time the costume was worn. This is why I try to very my characters. I analyze anime characters I plan to cosplay as  would for a stage piece.

What was your first cosplay?

Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender season 3. I made this for the midnight showing of The Last Airbender. It got a great response that night, I wish the same could be said of the movie its self.

Do you make your own cosplay costumes, if so, which ones, and how long does an average costume take to make?

Every costume I’ve done is made.
How long it takes me depends on the character and if it is fully made or if it is a alteration of something I found. Thrift alterations such as my Nightmare Moon and Seras Victoria generally take about a month. Seras however, I’m always working to improve her.
A costume that is fully made by me, varies example my new generbend Ciel only took me a few weeks while  Elphaba took almost a year to complete.  While building a costume from scratch there’s a few factors when it comes to time. For me its usually finding the right fabrics. Ciel’s I found right away when the inspiration came by sheer chance. Elphaba took longer cause she had more unique types of fabric to hunt for.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

When I’m doing a character for volunteer work usually Elphaba is the winner.  Yes she’s a lot of work to put on but she’s a fun character to get into and often times older siblings dragged by their little brother or sister enjoy her.

When Im at a con with my cosplay partner and  my B.F.S. F (best friend sister forever) Ashley, I tend to have the most fun with her when Im Seras and she’s Integra from Hellsing. Integra has actually become her nickname of sorts in Vegas. We have fun with the playful timid vampire and the assertive high class British lady and it seems others enjoy the resulting show as well.

Amongst animation, comics, movies, or video games, what is your biggest inspiration for cosplay?

Generally animation, though I do one stage character and want to do more.  Lately movie characters just haven’t struck a cord with me as much as animated tends to. Plus with animated characters you have some freedom to show your own idea of how that 2-D or 3-D character would look in reality. So you can take inspirations not just from the series but also from history and world cultures.  I do stage characters at times to test my skill level.

Have you ever made any mistakes that you’d warn a first timer about?

If you are sure about doing a character, unless your own hair is the exact same color and style as that character, you are gonna want a wig. Your costume can be amazing but if your hair isn’t right your going to either be pointed out for it or your character will not be recognized.
One of my first cosplays was Phantom Dark from D.N.Angel. However, I had a heck of a time finding a wig. Eventually I had to go to a con without one I had a good trench coat, 6 foot wings and even little Wizz with me. Just because I didn’t have his  signature style most people didn’t know who I was. The irony is right after that con I found a wig and once it arrived Dark became one of my best characters.

Are there certain characters that are easier to cosplay as than others?

Depends. For me some characters come easier than others but, those same characters their costumes can give me grief all day. Grell from Black butler is a good example. It seems no matter what I do with that wig its determined to; tangle, a back piece wants to be up front, bangs moving out of place and either make my nose tickle or poke me in the eye causing me to fidget with my glasses.If that wasn’t enough the swing coat doesn’t want to stay where its supposed to. Now that I have her chainsaw more trouble seems to be ahead.  But I find the character in general very fun to do and it gets a good con floor response.
Pluto from Black butler on the other hand, hes very easy to put on  but its tough to stay character. Because everyone wants Pluto to interact with their character in a conversation. Well Pluto doesn’t talk even while hes in human form he still barks, growls and howls. Just generic dog behavior. This is partly why I added ears and tail to my Pluto. Not only give me more tools to use for dog behavior but, hopefully while in this character others talk to me more as a dog and less than someone that’s gonna sit with them at a bar or something.  But no.. Sadly I get criticized for having the ears and tail now.  Oh well you win some you loose some its all about the fun and the art in the end.

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