I wasn't lying when I said I was working on a Huntress costume! This particular version of Huntress has been on my dream list of costumes for a long time. I have a soft spot for the ridiculous belly window and booty shorts.
The bodysuit it made from a custom pattern drafted by myself. The suit has a combination of modified princess seams and angled hip darts to shape the suit and belly window. The bodysuit is made from black and white metallic spandex. The bodysuit has built in leggings for the sake of 'modesty' and comfort.
The boots are boot-covers created over a pair of combat boots. I used wet look purple spandex for the base of the boot and ribbed a section under the knee for detailing and to help keep the boot up. The strapping and lower shoe guard are made from purple vinyl. The knee pads are highly modified children's knee guards which I ripped apart, rebuilt and then coated in a semi gloss glaze.
The belts and pouches are made from the same purple vinyl. I created my own pattern for the pouches and engineered my own design for the belts. My belt buckle is made from resin marbled in black and gold.
My arm guards are altered children shin guards which I've heat formed, painted and altered to fit my arms. My cape clasps are resin casted and painted with a metallic gold. The cape is made from a lightweight poly-satin and the same metallic white spandex used on the suit. The bottom of the cape is heat sealed to allow the cape to flow in the wind.
The mask is made from craft foam, heat & bond and purple wet look spandex. I also sewed elastic onto the temples of the mask to hold it on. I created a paper mock-up of my face to get the spacing of the eyes, nose and jaw correct. Then I used the paper pattern to create a craftfoam mock-up to see how the heat forming would fit my face and to make sure craftfoam was the right material to use. I followed this up with cutting out a final copy of the mask from craftfoam, sewing on the elastic and applying heat and bond to the surface. I attached the wet look spandex to the heat and bond, then I cut off the excess fabric around the mask. I then heated the mask and moulded it to my face.
Huntress, from DC Comics (Batman, Birds of Prey and severals miniseries).
+Photographer: Sebastian Gambolati
The Huntress is a vigilante operating out of Gotham City, and a member of the Batman Family. Her career is inspired by a personal vendetta against organized crime, responsible for killing her entire family. She has been a member of the Justice League and the Birds of Prey.
More of my Artemis from Young Justice cosplay made by me. To see more of my Artemis pictures and other cosplays along with construction notes, please check out my facebook page: www.facebook.com/YokoCosplay Taken at AWA 2013 Photo credit Leo Photography
San Diego Comic Con 2012 (7/13/12) San Diego Convention Center
Credits photographer: me Huntress -
Comments: From DC Comics
We'd decided to the the shoot outdoors but under one of the white tents that had set up. That way I'd have a plain background and we'd be not in direct sunlight. It still got hot for the both of us (though she's the one who was cooking faster), but we managed to get a lot of shots out of this shoot). Also had to thank her friends for suggesting some of the later poses, since my brain was obviously not impervious to the surrounding heat.