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We’d like to continue our journey through the wonderful world of cosplay by introducing to you three amazing cosplayers who kindly agreed to share their passion and some useful tips! Whether you want to embark on an Assassin’s Creed cosplay adventure or are already a veteran, you will find something to learn from these interviews.

Back in August 2016, I had the chance to meet Sam and Alex at Toronto FanExpo, where they performed at the Assassin’s Creed booth in their Maria and Aguilar cosplays. I was amazed by the quality of their outfits, the details of the materials they used, and most importantly by the joy and creativity these two convey wherever they go. Like real pirates, Alex and Sam are treasure-hunting experts! They have a keen eye for good deals and recycling, and manage to gather the perfect working material to bring their favorite characters to life while keeping to a reasonable budget. The lessons we can learn from them are: think outside the box, do not hesitate to ask for help, and have fun!

How did you get interested in cosplay?

Alex: I started cosplaying back in April of 2013 with my girlfriend Sam, but we had an affinity for costuming well before that. Our anniversary is actually on Halloween, so we weren't even ourselves when we started dating!

The first costumes we ever built together were Han Solo and Chewbacca (she was Chewie) for Halloween in 2011. In 2013, we attended our first comic convention (WonderCon) as Eddard Stark and Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones. It was incredibly inspiring to meet so many people who were so passionate about their craft.

I decided shortly after that experience that:
1. Cosplaying was something we were going to be doing for a long time, and
2. I wanted to cosplay someone from Assassin’s Creed... but who?
My instinct was Ezio, as he is such a staple for the series. But we had recently been made aware of a new main character to the series, and he was a pirate. So, he won. Edward Kenway would be my first (but certainly not last) Assassin’s Creed cosplay.

Sam: I’ve always been interested in character design and art, and find great enjoyment through creating and customizing everything.

Choosing a character to cosplay can be difficult because it’s easy to become inspired by so many characters and have the urge to build them all! For myself, I always want to cosplay characters who feel strong and can be a fun challenge to build. My favorite character who I’ve cosplayed from the Assassin’s Creed universe is Maria. She is a strong female character, with beautiful and elegant clothing. That costume pushed my creativity and helped my skills grow in ways I never knew possible. Every character will teach you a new skill set and it’s exciting to see that process unfold.

Sam and Alex: Anne Bonny and Edward Kenway

How do you manage to adapt a fictional character into real and wearable clothing?

Sam: Wanting to stay accurate to the design and make the costume affordable can be one of the biggest challenges of cosplay. I tend to keep a lean budget for our costumes because it allows us to save money for future costumes and it opens up opportunities to become really creative by finding other solutions for the building process. For instance, the beads I used for Aguilar and Maria came from a beaded curtain I found online for half the price it would have cost to buy the beads from the craft store. The beads were unstrung, cut to length, and painted to match the character’s. Finding random supplies and transforming them can be a very fun alternative to buying expensive materials.

Alex: To date, Edward is my favorite character to cosplay. Not only does he have an amazing design, but wearing him makes me feel powerful and confident. Plus he has like a bazillion weapons strapped to his body, and it's always fun handing them out to people when they ask to take photos. It doesn't hurt that I look a lot like him either...

What is the most challenging part of cosplaying?

Sam: The most challenging part of making Assassin costumes is the hood and the layers! I believe it’s really important to focus on the hood first because it’s one of the trickiest parts to get right and the most iconic. If you feel unsure about how to execute a specific piece of a costume, I recommend making a test piece first, which will help for any alterations and changes. Also try to find ways to add hidden pockets so you can carry your phone, wallet, and snacks!

Alex: The challenge with Edward (and many fictional characters) is that they don't necessarily obey the laws of gravity or physics. His flintlock pistols on his chest, for example. One of them is angled in a way that it would just slide out of its holster, so sometimes you have to think of ways to rig something up so that it can work on an actual human being. And good luck trying to parkour with all that stuff on.

Sam and Alex: Maria and Aguilar

Can you walk us through broadly the different steps to create a cosplay?

Sam: There are many different ways to build a cosplay, and I’ll share the main steps of how I go about building a costume. I’ll make pirate references in honor of one my favorite Assassins, the dashing Edward Keyway!

1. Grab your map: Start gathering image references that will be helpful for your build.
2. Treasure hunt: Set a budget, which will allow you to become creative and think outside the box.
Gather all your supplies, dig for items in sale or clearance sections, and use coupons to help stay on budget.
3. Crew: Don’t be scared to reach out if you have questions – most people in the community would enjoy helping share their process. If you can’t find the answers you’re seeking, keep searching; ask and learn by making – the answers are out there.
4. Set sail: In the open ocean of creativity there will always be waves of inspiration and storms of stressful moments but know that you have everything it takes and just keep doing your best.
5. Fly the flag: When you finish your build, share your progress and work. By doing so you’re helping share your passions, potentially meeting new friends, and sharing inspiration along the way!

Alex: Assassin’s Creed cosplays are complex. They have a lot of layers, so if things don't sit right (like the hood) it throws the whole look off, and you have an average of 300 belts all over your body. But you can make it work. For Edward, a lot of his outfit is thrift-store clothing. The best thing to do is buy something that looks close and modify it. For example, his vest is an old leather jacket without the sleeves. Not only is it advantageous because the structure is already there, it's usually cheaper and less time consuming than building something from scratch. And it's already got a slightly worn look to it, which adds a sense of realism. These characters live out every day of their lives in these outfits; they're going to be a little dirty.

Do you have any advice to give to cosplayers who want to tackle an Assassin’s Creed costume?

Sam: For anyone wanting to tackle an Assassin’s Creed costume, I believe it’s important to have patience with the creative process and reach out to others in the community. I always enjoy conversing about the creative process because it helps us learn new ideas and methods. Also, pick a character who you are truly inspired by and remember why you love that character, because that passion will help you stay motivated to finish your work. Keep creating and have fun!

Alex: If you want to be an Assassin, there's nothing stopping you. There are already a number of props that can get you started. Plus, there are so many characters with varying difficulty to their outfits. Pick one that you like and start building. And remember, you don't have to make everything yourself. Grab stuff from thrift stores or garage sales that you can alter, because it's a lot easier to take in a jacket or add some length to it than to sew it from scratch. A trick that I've used in the past is a soccer shin guard as a bracer. It's already got the shape, so you can just add some leather or foam on top of it to get the design nailed down.

There are always members in the community willing to help and lend their knowledge. I'm part of three different Assassin’s Creed cosplay groups on Facebook (Assassin’s Cosplay Brotherhood, Assassin’s Creed Cosplayers Worldwide, and West Coast Assassins), and all three are filled with awesome people sharing their processes and offering advice. We all love these characters and this universe, and we're all here to help each other get closer to it.

Never compromise the brotherhood.

Sam and Alex: Connor, Edward, Aguilar

Fae, also known as Chariflame online, is a seasoned Assassin’s Creed cosplayer whose passion dates back to the childhood. Thanks to her crafty skills, she manages to create extremely detailed outfits that pay tribute to our favorite Assassins.

Determination, passion, and organization are the assets she uses to tackle the countless layers of an Assassin’s Creed cosplay. Any bump in her way, Fae sees as a challenge that will only make her stronger and more creative.

How did you start getting interested in cosplay?

Fae: I started cosplaying when I attended my first convention as a kid in 2005 – my first costume was awful, but it was a lot of fun to put together. We all start somewhere! Since then it’s been a steady path of learning and improvement.

My first Assassin’s Creed cosplay was in early 2010 – I’d just finished Assassin’s Creed II, and was dying to make Ezio’s robes. It was definitely my most ambitious project at the time, but thankfully I had help and advice from my mother, who is a talented seamstress herself.

How do you chose a character to cosplay?

Fae: The desire to make a costume comes from a love of the source material, so whenever I see a character design or outfit I love, I immediately think “I want to make that!” From there I have to assess my resources (I can’t make every costume, as much as I’d like to), and pick and choose which characters I think I’d best suit.

Fae: Ezio

How do you manage to adapt a drawing (from a game, a comic, etc.) into real and wearable clothing?

Fae: The beginning of any project starts with gathering reference images, which are usually a mix of concept and rendered art, and in-game screenshots. If you’re making something from a game that isn’t out yet, your number of references may be very small. When I started my Aveline de Grandpré costume, all I had for reference were a few really small PlayStation®Vita screenshots!

A lot of the costumes in Assassin’s Creed have many different layers, so I usually spend a lot of time trying to work out how they all lay on top of each other in such a way that they’re actually wearable. There’s a fine balance between an accurate costume and one that you can actually move in!

What is the most challenging part of cosplaying?

Fae: Finding the right fabric is often difficult. You often have to work with what you’ve got – dyeing fabric, faking embroidery or weathering with paint, whatever you have in your crafty arsenal. There have been multiple times that I’ve had no luck finding what I need in 30+ fabric shops, only to find what I need by tearing apart some curtains I’ve found in a thrift shop… Cosplaying is about working with whatever weird or cheap materials you can scrape up, just as much as it’s about the sewing or crafting itself.


Can you walk us through the broad steps to create a cosplay?

Fae: Once I have lots of reference images, I start making lists. What I need to make, buy, and lots of rough sketches and notes. It’s good to stay organized, and it makes the process all the more satisfying when you can tick things off your list! Once I’ve gathered my materials, I’ll then start experimenting with patterns on paper, which I transfer onto my fabric when I start sewing. Once I’ve made the basic wearable parts of the costume, I’ll then get started on details like embroidery, armor, or gauntlets.

Fae: Aveline, Elise, Drawings

Do you have any advice to give to cosplayers who want to tackle an Assassin’s Creed costume?

Fae: Never be too intimidated by a project! Make it a challenge. If you don’t think your skills are good enough for a certain costume, that’s only more of a reason to try it. It might take a while, but you’ll learn so much as you go! I think it’s also a common concern with cosplayers about whether or not you “suit” a character, and there have been plenty of times I’ve worried about whether or not I can pull a costume off with my body type. But at the end of the day, the time and work you put into your craft will always be the thing that people notice the most!

Don’t hesitate to have a look at the channels of Sam, Alex, and Fae for more pictures of their amazing Assassin’s Creed cosplays! And if you have some tips or funny stories to share about your personal experience cosplaying, share them with us on Twitter @AssassinsCreed!

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