DT WORKSHOP's original Romita/Ross Spider-Man build - Pics heavy !

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DT WORKSHOP

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Hi guys,

here's my first post as DT WORKSHOP as I can't log in with my previous account.
Some of you guys may remember me, MrBibou as I made a comic book Spider-Man suit a while ago.
For those who don't, here's a video showing it in all its glory !


Anyway, after I was done with this suit, I always wanted to get my hands back on a new one as I'd like to fix a couple of things on this version.

So now is the time, Paris official first Comic Con will debut in October so I have a few months to get it done.
I will still be making a comic inspired suit, but instead of going the McFarlane way with big bug eyes and dense webbing, I decided to make it like Romita Sr drew it back in the days.
I was re-reading some of the 60s/70s era and god, I just love the art from back then.



I'm then going for small eyes and a simplier web pattern.
My main reference is Alex Ross' art.
Just love how Spidey's suit looks, a realistic take from a teenager.


 

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DT WORKSHOP

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So, I started using some blue lycra fabric I had around to make a mask.
This will be use to make the mask webbing pattern.



I then drew the shape of the eyes on paper.
Seems like a fit !



Instead of buying my lenses, I decided to make my own.
I was never really a big fan of faceshells and am lucky to have a nice round face, I guess :)
Now onto the sculpting.
I used medium plastiline clay and after a few hours, I'm ready for moulding ! Getting the two eyes to be as symmetrical as possible was a pain but I'm satisfied enough.

 

Hero of Justice

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Very nice. I'm interested to see how you will tackle the lenses, mirrored or white and what material? Keep up the good work. :thumbsup
 
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DT WORKSHOP

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Thanks, that's the question that was in my mind for a while.
I did my previous eyes with a white mesh to get a comic book look but I think I'll go with the mirrored lenses this time.
In Ross' art, Spidey eyes are almost always done with a mirror tint and it's the most realistic way for a teenager to make them.
 
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DT WORKSHOP

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So, I finally made a mold of my lenses and casted them out in resin.
Can't see much of the details here but well.



Then, to give them a nice curve, I used a heat gun and pressed the lenses on a champagne bottle.
It was the best thing I had in my house that had a nice curve and was hard enough to resist pressure.



Like dat curve.



Went from this..



to this :



I also received a pair of really cheap sunglasses with a reflective tint I got on eBay, it was like 2$.
Wouldn't recommend using those as real sunglasses as I could cut them with a pair of scissors, but they are perfect for my lenses.
I can see through and my eye can't be seen from the other way.



After a few coats of primer and glossy paint, time for a quick mock up.



And they are done !
Coudn't be happier, they turned out even better than expected and are 100% unique !
Definitely loving the Romita feel. Romita's Spidey doesn't get enough love from the cosplayers IMO.
Let's change that ;)

 

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DT WORKSHOP

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Thanks mate, I'd love to see a Beetle build.
Let's bring back the old and chesy costumes :lol
 
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DT WORKSHOP

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Time to work on the mask.
So I started free handing the web and it quickly got messy.



I then use a gold sharpy to help me see clearer.



Quick test fit





It was a bit hard to see clear with all those lines and dark colours so I thaught ut would be easier to make a new mask.
I used some red metalic lycra, which was the fabric I originally planed to use.
Thing is, when I saw how reflective it was, I decided not to use it.
Didn't want to end up as Disco Spidey :lol

So, I first used a white corrector pen to trace the webbing.



Then made a new pattern





And got a new mask with the right colours.







 

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MrBibou

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Thanks guys :)
I just logged on another computer that had my older account in memory.
Guess I'll be switching from an account from another .

Here's some progress.
I got the prototype mask sewn to a white zentai I bought to draw my pattern on.
My mum help me with the sewing (as she's a professional seamstress) to adjust the zentai perfectly to my body.
I bought an XL and it turned out way to big but after a bit of my mums magic, it fitlike a glove.
I then hand drew the pattern on myself and boy it was hard.
I only have a bust mannequin so I got a friend of mine to get on the suit so I could drew the back.



I added lines on the blue parts of the suit, pretty much how they were lined up on TASM2 suit.
I'll use a plain blue fabric, without texture so I wanted the blue parts to be more dynamic.



I also did some re work on the mask. I wanted it to be simplier, so I removed a line so the webbing would be spaced out a bit more.





Looking good :thumbsup

 
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DT WORKSHOP

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So I finished my pattern and traced all the webbing on the red.
Onto the sewing ! (with a bit of help from my mum)









You can see the TASM2 inspired lines for the blue parts here, with and extra stitch to make the seams pop up more.



With a con-friendly crotch zipper.





 

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MrBibou

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It's been a while but here I am !
The pants fits me perfectly.



Time to test the sleeves.
Don't pay attention to my pyjamas, they're awesome I know.







Let's try it all on !







For the boots, I free handed a pattern on old fabric.



Before drawing it on the final fabric.



Hand stitched them to a pair of shoes.





I just love that slight shine.
The colors are a bit dark here as my phone takes crappy pics, but you get the idea :)













Instead of the traditional U zipper, I went with a T shaped one.
Two zippers go from the sides to the middle of my back while a third on goes from my neck to the center of my back.
It's quite tricky to put it on by myself but I found this would look the best for my pattern.



 

MrBibou

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Coming back, time to glue the eyes in.
I used Neoprene contact glue.
Apply glue on the fabric, on the lenses and let it dry for 10mn. When it's all dry, just glue the two together and voilà !











A sneek peak of a foam Batman suit I made for a friend of mine



Nailing the Romita look !

Then, I tackle the spider emblem.
I printed my logo I draw on photoshop, cut it and used it as a pattern with a fabric pen.







Sharpie time !




Time to put it on.















My phone doesn't do justice to the bright colors of the fabric.
I'll post more pics with a better camera to show you guys how it trully looks ;)
 

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