How to add muscle shading to a superhero costume?

Discussion in 'Replica Costumes' started by Devil Master, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Devil Master

    Devil Master New Member

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    I've seen this picture of a comic-style Batman suit:
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    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?
     
  2. Master Dahark

    Master Dahark Well-Known Member

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    I would like to know as well-- as I have an OK suit already and can't blow $300+ on a suit like in that picture
     
  3. slimesquare

    slimesquare Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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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
     
  4. Devil Master

    Devil Master New Member

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    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.
     
  5. Columbo

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    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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  6. 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.
     
  7. fettster

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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
     
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  8. Gearsofhalo

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    and someone who knows muscle structure!
     
  9. slimesquare

    slimesquare Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    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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