Nesabi Cosplay has always been a favourite of Food and Cosplay. We follow their cosplay with such interest as they always seem to be able to portray the character they cosplay so well. The quality of their cosplay and the way they bring the characters to life is fantastic! So naturally we decided they should totally be Cosplayer of the week!
What is your favourite food? Pancakes!
You have done a wide range of Anime and Metal Gear Solid characters. Do you find making Anime cosplay more fun than Metal Gear Solid (MGS)?
I like the challenge they both present, really. I’m a massive fan of the MGS series, so I’ve done quite a few costumes from that, but I wouldn’t say I find one more fun than the other. I tend to make costumes when I’m in peak hype about a certain series of games or anime/manga – it just happens that I’m in hype mode for MGS a lot.
When you put your costumes together which is you favourite part of the process? Why?
Paying attention to and working with details – so it’s usually the more fiddly/complicated bits I derive the most satisfaction from (this is also the most frustrating part but it’s worth it when it all comes together). I love staring at reference pictures and trying to work out the best fabrics, materials and colours for the job. I try to take on new challenges and improve my skills with each costume I do, too, so with my latest big costume (Max Galactica) I was working with embroidery and appliqué, as well as doing a lot of wig work, none of which I had done on that kind of scale before.
Your cosplay don’t seem to be dictated by gender, is that a conscious decision?
I’m pretty openly gender neutral and choosing characters for me is more based on whether I relate to them in some way than anything else (although there are some exceptions where I simply love a character design).
Do you find cosplay a great way to express yourself?
Yes, definitely. It’s great to show your love for a series and just have fun. There’s something really joyful about getting a group of people together who are all really excited and interested in something showing their love through such a creative means. I think it’s also interesting in the way that although you’re cosplaying someone else there are a lot of things you can learn about yourself in the process. I have a lot of friends with different tastes and really enjoy doing cosplay groups with them too. I also love seeing how other people have approached and tackled certain aspects of a costume – although I started with armour I do a lot of sewing work these days so I find that interesting from a lot of perspectives.
What is the funnest thing that has happened to you whilst in cosplay?
That’s a tough question – there have been so many fun moments brought about through cosplay but I think really those moments when you see some of your best friends at a convention and you haven’t seen them in months and you know you’re going to have an incredible time – that’s always the most fun.
What has been the most tricky technique you have had to master so far?
I’m not sure I’d go so far as I say I’ve truly mastered anything but I’m pleased to be at a competent level with lots of things as it expands both the range and quality of work that I am capable of!
What advice would you give to new cosplayers?
However difficult you think a project is, go for it! Hell, my first proper project was Raiden. Put your mind to it, it can be done. Learn from your mistakes, consider every failure a learning experience, and never be afraid to speak to other cosplayers. There’s a wealth of information out there and so many people who would be absolutely willing to share their knowledge with you.