Only the other day while I was speaking to my great mate Lele, a notion sprung to mind that I have never thought about before. Cosplaying is a very valid form of art because it's creative by design and innovative by implementation. Plus on top of all that, it gave me a great excuse to sit down and have a chat with Lele, whilst we were both fawning over the same plate of pasta. Mama-Mia!

1) What are your own origins, Lele? Plus what path did you take in life before you got to where you are today?   I was born in Italy, and I have always had a passion for the Disney animated films. I always dreamed of working as a Face-Character, and becoming a cosplayer has made that dream my life's work.

Lele Draw - A Disney Cosplayer
2) What are the most persistent comments you've received from your followers?   Fortunately for me, the most frequent comments are compliments, especially on the fidelity of the characters I play, the makeup, plus the design of the cosplay.

3) What is your ‘regular’ job? And does it in any way shape or form aide you as a Cosplayer?   I do not work, but I am a student. Studying in the 'Academy of Fine Arts'. One day I hope to be a part of a theater company, which will actually helps me in cosplay.

4) How did your friends, family, and work colleagues first react to the news that you like to Cosplay?   All the people around me support my passions. I often give advice to people who follow me during my performances in the contests.

5) How do you decide what costume to wear for a convention? And who makes them?   I usually choose what cosplay to do even before I know there's a convention on. Obviously for the more important conventions I prefer to do a more complex cosplay. My costumes are designed by me, and then made ​​by my seamstress -- my grandmother -- under my direction.

I am very picky.

Lele Draw - A Disney Cosplayer
6) What have you learnt about yourself in this capacity? And were their any unforeseen obstacles you had to contend with?   Every day you learn something new. I think I'm learning to observe better and to do many creative jobs that allow you to make a cosplay. For this reason, I define Cosplay as an art. You have to know how to do / use everything. The obstacles are the work and the study. The most important thing is to study. Even the cosplay.

7) What was the best / worst convention you ever attended?   The best convention of my city is 'Etnacomics', but there is another one in Italy that is bigger called 'Luccacomics'. There isn't a worst convention, though. I have fun at any conventions, small or large. This is the most important thing, right?

8) What would be your dream Cosplay gig and outfit?   At the moment, my biggest goal is to make all Disney Prince Cosplay costumes. Once I've finished those, I hope that Disney invent other Princes. Hahahaha! I'd also do some Marvel and DC superheroes.

9) Do you have a credo you live by?   A man called Walt Disney once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it!". This is my credo. Forever.

Wow! Nice credo to live by, Lele. Wouldn't you agree, dear readers? So when you have the time please check out some of his stuff by visiting his facebook page, tumblr site, and deviantart hub. Go on. Click on over there when you can. And if you do, please tell him that the silly English sod sent you. OK?

LELE DRAW - COSPLAY IS ART LELE DRAW - COSPLAY IS ART Reviewed by David Andrews on March 21, 2014 Rating: 5
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