Cosplay Spotlight: Nathan DeLuca


Nathan DeLuca, this is your week in our COSPLAY SPOTLIGHT!!

Why do you cosplay?

I cosplay because, honestly, it’s fun. I like the people, I like the crowd- I like the craftsmanship, making friends, and the sense of accomplishment you get by completing a piece. The social aspect is probably the biggest part of it.

What was your first cosplay?

My first cosplay was Kaidan Alenko from Mass Effect, the blue armour shown in these pictures.. It didn’t look quite as nice as it did here, though. I spent all summer making it, which is really sad in retrospect.

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

I make my own costumes, except for sewn parts- so I avoid sewing as much as possible unless it’s quite simple or leather-work. Most of my stuff is armour, and it takes me between a few days and three weeks to complete each set.

Who is your favorite character to play?

I don’t have a favourite character to cosplay! It depends what my friends are doing- could be Booker DeWitt, Nightwing, Mass Effect, Winter Soldier, Deathstroke, whatever. Depends on the day, the crowd, and the folks I’m with.

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

I draw most of my inspiration from video games and movies- even my comic costumes take redesigns based on Hollywood or video game inspiration. For example, my Nightwing armour was completely redesigned to look more believable instead of being a simple spandex suit.

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

First timer mistakes I’d warn about? DO YOUR RESEARCH and set a schedule for when things can be done- aim to be done a full month before your deadline. I’ve wasted a lot of time and money and had a lot of last-minute panicking because things didn’t work out on the last day- things will go wrong when you least expect them to. Always have a buffer, and carry a repair kit.
Also, sandwich your straps when you make armour, they won’t pull off easily.

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

I don’t really have an answer to. Easiness is subjective. Cosplay what you want.
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In order-
Nightwing- E Photography
Kaidan Casual- Shaun Simpson Photography
Kaidan Armour- Shaun Simpson Photography
Deathstroke- Shaun Simpson Photography
Booker DeWitt- Shaun Simpson Photography
Ajax Kaidan Armour- Paul Vienneau
Ryuuko Matoi- Sean Snow Photography
Spandex Nightwing- Sean Snow Photography
Watch Dogs- Light Riot
Halo Reach Spartan- Nick Dollimount

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