Tell us about yourself:
Name: Devon Bell
Character: Deku (My Hero Academia)
Photos by: Mackenzie Shaw (twitter @magitrash, WyvernPhotography)
Tell us about your cosplay. What was your inspiration?/why did you choose this character?
I decided that I wanted to cosplay Deku pretty quickly after I started reading the series; as a protagonist, he’s very easy to relate to, and it’s not very often I find characters are shown to be both physically strong and broad but also have very round and open faces, so I felt he was a character I’d look good as, as well.
How long did it take to make your Cosplay?
I actually decided to make him fairly last minute, and so I only had about 2-3 weeks to get him done.
What was your biggest challenge?
Building the leg armour was something I really didn’t have much of a plan for and ended up winging completely. Also, I ended up having to make a number of adjustments to the body suit that I hadn’t anticipated.
What was your budget? Approximately how much did you spend?
I didn’t have much of a budget, since I already had almost everything I needed besides the green fabric and a few accessory things. I even had the wig already by the time I got to making the hero suit. In total I think I spent probably between $80-$100 over the course of the entire cosplay? It was spread out, so I’m not entirely sure.
What special techniques did you use?
This cosplay was actually my first time using Worbla, and that was quite the learning curve.
What was the most satisfying about making this Cosplay/What made you proud?
The leg armour was probably the most satisfying, as well as the hood of the suit, which while I have no photo evidence of it, it does actually fit over my head like a real hero mask!
If you had to remake this Cosplay, what would you do differently?
I would probably start with a different suit base; I pieced the pattern together and it ended up being more difficult to fix than I had hoped. I’d also like to think if I made the face mask again it would go a little smoother now that I’ve had some experience with it.
How often do you Cosplay?
As often as I can find cons to get to, but not as often as I would really like considering the amount of time I’ve put into some of my cosplays. I have three local(ish) conventions that I go to and cosplay at every year, and I travel to others when I can manage it.
How many cosplay do you do?
Usually a different cosplay for every day of a con, but that depends on if I’m with a group, or whether I have the funds/time to get something new together.
What do you want to make next?
I have a few cosplays that I have the materials for but haven’t gotten together yet, such as Giorno Giovanna from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and Judal from Magi; I’ve also got a few that I’ve been stewing on but haven’t had the funds to start.
Favorite cosplay moment?
It’s tough to pick any one moment; I’ve been cosplaying for 10 years now, so there’s so many to choose from. In general though, any time I see someone getting really excited by my cosplay, or any time I get to just hang out with my friends in a group cosplay and goof off, those are the moments that make all the hard work worth it.
Favorite fandoms to follow?
I don’t really follow fandoms all that much, but I definitely have some series that I’ll always return to cosplaying from; D.Gray-Man and HunterxHunter are two big ones, as well as Persona 4 and Persona 5 for the group cosplay shenanigans.
What sewing machine do you sew on?
My main sewing machine is a Pfaff that is probably older than I am; it’s the machine I learned to sew on when I was a kid, and it’s tough enough to get through vinyl and stretch leather. Thanks to my mom being a prolific quilter all my life, I’ve also got a back up machine and a serger.
What materials do you like using?
I’m partial to a lovely structured twill for jackets, and while sewing it is a pain, I love the way fake leather looks. I’ve also had some real fun with foam, but in all reality my biggest love is the bargain bin at fabric and craft stores.
What materials do you want to try?
I’ve got some plans that involve LED lights that I hope someday will come to fruition, and I’d love to work more with resin.
What materials do you wish were easier to work with?
Stretch leather and spandex. They look amazing and are comfy to wear, but getting zippers into them is a skill I’m still mastering.
What techniques are you dying to learn?
Prop making; I’ve dabbled in it, but never done anything super elaborate.
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