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Cosplayer Spotlight – Locus Fabrications

For our awesome Saturday cosplayer…someone with tons of experience and advice! Enjoy the last Cosplayer of the week.

Hi! Please introduce yourself.

My Page on Facebook, and the name that I work under is “Locus Fabrications” and I’ll be starting a YouTube channel soon under the same name. My Instagram and Twitter are LocusMakesStuff, because …well, I make stuff! But most of my local cosplay community know me simply as “Chris”.

What is your favorite beverage?

I’m Scottish so ordinarily the go-to answer here should be Irn Bru, but in my opinion you just cant beat coke. Kopparberg is my booze of choose right now.

When did you start cosplaying?

I started cosplaying some time around late 2013 or early 2014. I ended up attending a local MCM just out of the blue and loved it, and I’ve been hooked ever since!

Why did you start cosplaying?

Back when I started, admittedly, I wasn’t in a very good place, mentally. Depression and anxiety had caused me to drop out of college. When I started making bits and pieces for my first costume, I notice that I just sorta zoned out and focused entirely on the creation of the piece or prop. It became a personal therapy, like a sort of meditation for me. A distraction. That’s why I started cosplaying, because I found that it keeps my head clear. I’m still not in a great space, but suffice to say I’ve gotten quite skilled at staying distracted, and hey, I’ve learned a whole bunch of useful skills in doing so.

Who are your cosplay idols?

I’d have to say the main one would be Adam Savage. The guy is a genius and always smiling and he’s just this raging inferno of creativity and enthusiasm and he’s just so inspiring. That’s my life goal: Be like Adam. Others would be Bill Doran of Punished Props. He inspired me to make my first armour set. And my good friend Cole of Parrofinch Art and Cosplay. They’re a good friend and we usually head to events together. Not only are they a really talented cosplayer but they’re also an amazing artist, and with cosplay there’s been many a time I’ve picked up a skill or technique because of something I’ve seen them do that I wouldn’t have though of otherwise.

What types of cosplay do you do?

I tend to cosplay Mainly from video games, I guess, seeing as my last two cosplays have been from Destiny. But my cosplay roots were in the webcomic “Homestuck”. I guess overall I tend to cosplay characters that I can relate to, or identify with, or that they embody or personify something I’d like to develop within myself. Sollux from Homestuck is a grumpy, irratable computer nerd who ultimately just really loves his friends and would do anything for them, and Cayde from Destiny 2 is a headstrong goofball who gets depressed unless he’s in his element, doing his thing, and who used humor to hide pain and actually really seeks the approval of his peers because he sees himself as beneath them. I enjoy cosplaying those characters because I see myself in them, or them in myself. It’s not hard at all to put myself in their shoes.

The Titans from Destiny have the motto “Strength and sacrifice” and a lot of the background lore about them goes on about how they have a habit of being the front line, always pushing forward and never giving up. They stop at nothing to protect those they care about to the point of disregarding their own safety. And I guess I find that relatable, and the “always pushing forward” thing I feel applies to my learning process. You can ALWAYS be learning something new.

With that said, I’ve never really been a fan of superhero cosplays. It just isnt something I’ve been interested in and besides, skintight spandex just wouldn’t look good on me. Anime however, it depends. I’ve never really watched much anime, but I know of characters, and I’m high-key tempted to try a little challenge and make a costume of a character from an anime that I’ve never watched, and then wear it, to just jump headfirst out of my comfort zone and see what happens, as a learning experience.

What are your favorite cosplays?

My favourite cosplays so far have been my Destiny builds, my Titan and my Cayde-6. When you put the Titan armour on, you feel invincible. There’s something about it that makes you stand up a little straighter, and walk with purpose in each step. With the wind kicking up a little, the belt banner billows just right and you you just FEEL like a badass action hero, you know? The cayde build, is gonna be like that too, the whole look of it just oozes gritty gunslinger with his six shooter and his raggedy cape and hood.

What is something you want to cosplay but probably never will?

Not entirely sure, to be honest? I tend to focus on one project at a time and then wear it long term, so I don’t really have a list.

Do you make or buy your cosplays?

Unless it’s something incredibly simple, or casual, then I tend to make every single thing that I can. Usually things like trousers our shirts can be bought and potentially modified. But I strive to make as much as I can, so I can be at the level where I can have my costume judged for a contest and be like “I made everything that I’m wearing except my underwear, but I could make that too if I wanted to”

What do you love about cosplay?

I guess I love the diversity and range of interests and skills? There are people that all about making stuff, like me, we make our own costumes and we pride ourselves in our work. We are walking folio pieces for our own craft. There are those who aren’t so much into the build, and who perhaps buy their costume, and instead they become a character through acting, performance and voice. Their presence itself is a display of how much they appreciate a character There are those who do a bit of both, and there are those who simply dress up because they like the character, and at the end of the day, here we all are, dressing up because we love to! That’s the beauty of cosplay. There is no wrong reason and no wrong way to do it.

What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?

It’s expensive and hard to stop! Seriously once you catch the bug, you’re like “I’m gonna cosplay X and Y and Z and…” …and you need to pace yourself. Food and bills come before badass armour!

That and suits of armour made of foam, denim and leather don’t exactly breath very well. You will sweat from places you didn’t even know you had yet. I have pretty decent heat tolerance and I can wear my armour for hours on a warm day, but I’ve had friends develop heat exhaustion from less cumbersome cosplays. Your health matters and you need to pay attention to what your body is telling you. Sometimes yo get so caught up in an event that you forget to eat or drink, but you NEED to take some time to do that.

Lastly, sometimes events just attract unlikeable or awkward people. There are people that will catcall or downright harrass more scantilly clad cosplayers, or just not respect peoples boundaries. Creepers come with every kind of hobby and cosplay is no exception. If you see it happening, speak up. Other times it’s people with no concept of boundaries. I’ve had many a picture taken when I’m stuffing my face with chicken nuggets, of I’ve had my costume half-off to cool down. Either that or there’s people who dont understand urgency and social cues. I’ve missed panels and showings because I’ve been unable to leave a conversation or I’ve been followed by someone who won’t leave me alone.

Who is your favorite character to cosplay?

Typically, it’s whatever character I’m working on at the time. I usually do a build and then wear it long term to many events. At the time of writing, It’s Cayde-6. I’m still working on him but he’s my favourite character right now.

What are your “fandoms”?

My cosplay roots are in the Homestuck fandom, that was what kicked it all off. I don’t really have any others, unless the Destiny player community counts.

What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?

You WILL fail, and that’s perfectly normal. What you need to do is learn from your mistakes. Look at what you are trying to achieve, assess your work, see where you went wrong, and find out how to fix your mistake. It all comes down to practice. Watch as many youtube tutorials as you can and PRACTICE. That way when you get around to a project, you’ll know what to do. And if you know how to do something RIGHT, you’ll know how NOT to do it WRONG. I see a lot of people jump headfirst into a project without really understanding what they are doing, and without feedback and reference, they’ll just soldier on regardless of mistakes they make and it’ll either cause them problems down the line, or the end result will be not as good as it can be. A sense of self-assessment is absolutely, utterly necessary, If you can’t spot mistakes in your work, if you can’t see where you can improve, then you’re doing it wrong and your skill just wont grow. It sounds harsh, but unfortunately it’s true.

What tips do you have for other cosplayers?

Work outside of your comfort zone. It forces you to learn something. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Branch out and start hording skills like some horrifying talent-dragon. Learn foamsmithing. Learn to sew. Learn electronics. Learn everything you can and you will build an arsenal of skills that you can put into practice and create amazing things!

What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?

Ok, this is going to be a rather harsh rant, but have you ever heard the phrase “You dont have to be a 5-star chef to know food tastes like crap?” Yeah, that principle doesn’t apply to cosplay in the slightest. If you feel the need to tell someone that a part of their costume is wrong, or a different size or the wrong prop or something, basically picking fault with the costume, and you have no understanding of the work that goes into making those pieces or props, then I’m sorry but your opinion is pointless and unwanted. If you are going to be a critic to other peoples work, you better be damn sure you understand what went into that piece, and THEN, you better be polite and constructive in your criticism. Otherwise, shut up, basically. If you point out a fault in a costume, then odds are that the cosplayer is already cripplingly aware of it, there is no need to do it. Just don’t. It’s not nice.

What cosplays do you want to do if money and time were no object?

I’d love to do Raziel from the old Soul Reaver games. It’d be a tricky cosplay to do right so I’d really like to put a lot of time and care into it, getting every detail I could. Considering Raziel is pretty much a naked zombie with no organs, there’d be a lot of work in making it look “right” He’s got exposed ribs and hips, and only 3 fingers (claws?) per hand, and exposed facial muscles and big weird demon eyes and pointy ears and… you see where this is going, right? There’s a LOT of work to go into getting the details right… but who knows? maybe one day, eh?

Please remember I do not own any of these pictures and the opinions in this survey belong to the interviewee.

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