“Creativeness is the start of creation.”
Cosplay King Shunsuke is a person of many skills. She is a cosplayer, mannequin, crafter, artist, entrepreneur and influencer.
However maybe most uniquely, Shun can also be a self-taught skilled cosplay photographer – the identical individual in entrance of and behind the digicam.
Expertise in cosplay images is one thing many cosplayers are in search of. In any case, they put many hours into making their costumes, armor, and weapons, all whereas perfecting their make-up, and high-quality photographs are the easiest way to showcase their work to the world.
They often tag and credit score gifted photographers behind their photoshoots, however Shunsuke would not have to. He occurred to develop these two complementary abilities when he was a lot youthful and truly began images earlier than cosplay got here into the image, he instructed ONE Esports in an unique interview.
How Shunsuke acquired into images within the first place
Shunsuke began images when he was very younger, solely 11 years outdated. Though he would not keep in mind precisely what sparked his curiosity, he remembers training taking photos of his associates and sisters utilizing a “actually small, small-screen digicam.”
At round 13 or 14, he acquired his arms on a reflex digicam, a Canon EOS 600D, the most cost effective semi-professional digicam he might discover on the time.
It wasn’t till he turned 15 that he began cosplaying together with his childhood good friend as a strategy to bond. Coming from a small village in Switzerland, nobody had heard of the time period “cosplay” earlier than, so out of necessity he took their cosplay photographs.
“Once I was youthful and simply began cosplaying, I had a lot motivation, so I created so much,” Shunsuke defined to ONE Esports. “It was useful to take my very own photographs as an alternative of planning it with another person.”
This yr, he began asking fellow Degree 1 cosplayer Knite for infrequent assist whereas they had been in London, however numerous his work remains to be achieved by himself.
“I all the time find yourself taking my very own photographs as a result of that is the best way I really feel most comfy,” he stated.
How Shunsuke’s optimistic perspective helped him grasp cosplay images
“I feel my cosplay turns into extra recognizable due to my images type,” stated Shun, who taught himself every part he is aware of about images.
He additionally believes that his model is additional enhanced by “right however nonetheless very reasonable” cosplays as he works to remodel these characters from 2D to 3D. All of his wigs, for instance, are constructed from human hair and aren’t artificial.
Shunsuke is especially happy with his Giorno Giovanna cosplay from JoJo’s Weird Journey, which highlights his distinct type of cosplay and images. “The general form is de facto correct, the hair colour, the materials have all the small print, which look extra reasonable and never so drawn,” he stated.
Impressed by nude sculptures from classical artwork, he additionally paid shut consideration to the lighting on this photograph shoot, which bears similarities to his Renaissance-themed shoot, his second favourite set.
Regardless of reaching such excessive requirements in cosplay and images, Shunsuke believes there may be all the time extra to study. He can see how a lot he has improved simply by photographs that had been taken three or 4 years in the past.
“I can all the time enhance and I attempt to do it. The way in which I used to be modifying my pores and skin was horrible and I actually discovered the best way to make it extra pure,” he stated. “I improved and stored issues skilled and polished.”
Nonetheless, his solo journey as an expert cosplayer and photographer shouldn’t be all the time with out issues, regardless of his achievements. Whereas numerous photograph shoots over time have undoubtedly helped him increase his stage, it is also a problem to “attempt to be inventive and do one thing totally different each time.”
“I am looking for new and attention-grabbing lights, angles and poses, attempting to not replicate what I can already do and get out of my consolation zone…my lighting and images abilities generally I am very proud of. The method I wrestle with is extra on the inventive aspect of issues,” he stated.
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