How to Design a Superhero Costume

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How to Design a Superhero Costume
Designing a superhero costume takes a lot of imagination. (manga hero #2 image by Ralf Kraft from

From the gods of Greek mythology to Superman and Iron Man, superhero characters have played a big part in our society. These larger-than-life characters are known by their distinctive costumes. Designing your own superhero costume takes inspiration and creativity.

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    Consider your character and his super powers. If your superhero has super vision, you would want the outfit to focus on the eyes. If your character is a teen, his costume would be more trendy and youthful than an older character. If the character incorporates an element -- such as water or fire -- design the costume to complement that element.

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    Choose colours that convey the emotion of the character. If you wish to convey a dark and brooding character, blacks, dark purples and blues are good choices. If you are designing a sexy superhero, reds and hot pinks will work well.

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    Sketch out your design, keeping it as simple as possible. Remember to design shoes, masks, accessories and any other special aspects of the costume.

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    Design a logo or distinguishing mark and place it on the back of your superhero's helmet, as a belt buckle, or in some other conspicuous place. Every superhero needs a trademark.

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    Make sure the costume is practical. Yes, superheroes should be "out there" and different, but the costume should still be designed in a way that the reader could imagine an actual person wearing it. Placing small details, like breathing holes in a full-faced mask or foregoing the cape because it could get caught in things, will make your superhero more believable.

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