How to add muscle shading to a superhero costume?

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Devil Master

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I've seen this picture of a comic-style Batman suit:

There is no muscle undersuit under it, all muscle effects are obtained with simple color shading. I would like to have a superhero costume that uses the same technique, but I don't even know where to start (that is, after getting a suit of the right size). Is there a tutorial anywhere that explains how to add the muscle effect to a custom superhero costume?
 

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slimesquare

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looks like you could make a template and then use an air brush to achieve that. Make a template of the muscles you want to be shown, then trace it over tape or foamies and stick it to the suit then air brush with a darker color. Just make sure you mask off where you dont want the paint to go
 

Devil Master

New Member
looks like you could make a template and then use an air brush to achieve that. Make a template of the muscles you want to be shown, then trace it over tape or foamies and stick it to the suit then air brush with a darker color. Just make sure you mask off where you dont want the paint to go
It looks more complex than that. Look at the abs, from top to bottom: the color changes gradually from light to dark, then it changes much more quickly to light again. That's what makes realistic shading: using an airbrush would result in uniform shading all around, and masking areas of the suit would result in a sudden interruption in the darker color.
 

Columbo

Active Member
It looks more complex than that. Look at the abs, from top to bottom: the color changes gradually from light to dark, then it changes much more quickly to light again. That's what makes realistic shading: using an airbrush would result in uniform shading all around, and masking areas of the suit would result in a sudden interruption in the darker color.
Hold the airbrush close for the dark areas and back it away to lighten up. Practice on an old sheet first or there might be disaster. :cry
 

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Gearsofhalo

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no guys...this is a dye sublimated print done by Brad aka Spidey4fun...he isnt taking any orders right now i believe, but there are other bros that do this. This is a technique done using a pattern made on the computer. The pattern is then printed onto the spandex and sewn up. Sorry Master Dahark, just getting it printed alone without being sewn is usually $200.00 this is no airbrush.
 

fettster

Sr Member
That suit has the shading printed on however if you know someone who is a competent airbrush artist, they could airbrush the shading whilst you wore the suit, don't use templates as that would leave a hard line, just need someone who knows how to use a decent airbrush
 

slimesquare

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That suit has the shading printed on however if you know someone who is a competent airbrush artist, they could airbrush the shading whilst you wore the suit, don't use templates as that would leave a hard line, just need someone who knows how to use a decent airbrush
Didnt think about the line it would leave, but I think this could be captured by a good air brush artist like you said fettster
 

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