Nite Owl II - Watchmen

In Progress




As opposed to a sculpted suit, I've opted to design my own printed spandex suit, which will be a helluva lot easier to move in. It'll be printed with a process called dye-sublimation, as used on all the Spider-man movie suits! I've designed an awesome pattern for the bodysuit and cape, in Photoshop, and that'll be printed by my buddy in Mexico, while I work on the cowl, gloves, belt and boots.

--- UPDATE ---

Looks like the bodysuit has been lost in the post! Epic postal fail! I'm working on getting the whole thing reprinted so I can finish the suit sometime this year, but we'll see what happens. So for the moment, no release date, but should be good when done.


RanmaSyaoran posted on 26 February, 2010 - 23:48
Submersion ink on a spandex suit... GENIUS! It's not JUST limited to printing mousemats xD

Wyrdsister posted on 27 February, 2010 - 00:41
Nice! I actually prefered the movie version of the night owl to the book's...I look forward to the pics :)

NoTsOsErIoUs posted on 16 March, 2010 - 17:52
Sure this will look excellent. Get a move on.

Sephirayne posted on 20 March, 2010 - 06:24
I really like the sound of the idea your using to make this. Looking forward to seeing the result.

Moonchild posted on 20 March, 2010 - 13:58
Can't wait to see this finished ^^

FairyPorchQueen posted on 21 March, 2010 - 00:00
omg wow this will be epic

Freyarule posted on 21 March, 2010 - 09:39
omg!! You've put so much work into this and it shows!! :D good luck :3

NatalieNoodles posted on 21 March, 2010 - 18:12
I get to use spirit gum to your skin again? 8D

flames-of-monki posted on 13 April, 2010 - 16:44
that is sooo sexy 8D

GraceyDarling posted on 13 April, 2010 - 17:39
Looks awesome :)

FairyPorchQueen posted on 13 April, 2010 - 17:41
sooooooooooooo nice! i gotta get this guy to sort me out with some suits!

Manjou posted on 13 April, 2010 - 21:56
Knowing the people you know would make some of the costumes I want to do so much easier XD Great progress!

sjbonnar posted on 16 April, 2010 - 21:58
This is a really interesting idea! I've had my eye on it for a while and didn't know how it was going to turn out but I quite like the way it's come out now! Really cool stuff!

callmemilo posted on 16 April, 2010 - 22:17
thanks! more to come!

Holli posted on 22 April, 2010 - 17:32
awesoommmmss =D

Adamoluna posted on 14 May, 2010 - 11:35
wow, what a great way to go about this costume, I'm really impressed by all of your work so far! :D Can't wait to see the finished thing! ^-^

Bambi. posted on 17 June, 2010 - 23:00
Wow!! o.0 This is beyond awesome =D

Limegreenjelly posted on 17 June, 2010 - 23:09
Night owl = favourite watchmen ^^ This is epic

Broseidon posted on 17 June, 2010 - 23:27
holy hell this is amazing

Wyrdsister posted on 18 June, 2010 - 00:09
This is really looking good. I can't waut for the finished article!

Ranma1-2 posted on 18 June, 2010 - 11:07
WoW. This looks amazing! Especially love the cowl - looks spot on.

Littlegeeky posted on 18 June, 2010 - 17:08
Wow you look so freaking awesome!!!

Captain_Marvelous posted on 18 June, 2010 - 22:14
Really looking pro man! the heat moulded goggles look like a really nice fit!

eternal_aranel posted on 20 June, 2010 - 11:27
Wow! Genius!

MikeJenks posted on 22 June, 2010 - 12:55
This is looking INCREDIBLE! *w*

picklesofdoom posted on 13 January, 2011 - 01:36
This is looking fantastic! LOVE IT! =^__^=

LittleRecordGirl posted on 3 April, 2011 - 18:09
I have to admit that I fan-girl'd over the progress shots. Just, wow. I now have the urge to re-read Watchmen. And then watch the film. Both for the 100th+ time, haha.

WarriorTeddy posted on 29 September, 2011 - 09:18
Dude! You've got mad skills *bows*

Anonymous posted on 1 December, 2012 - 21:50
Wow, this is fricken' awesome man! As a digital print for textiles designer this makes me weep with joy to see how it works so well for cosplay. Well done dude, well done! :D

Progress Journal

21st May 2010


Kicked some real ass today, costume wise. Added the zipper for the cowl, heatwarped the goggles for a better fit, made the whole cape (except for the quills), and put my gauntlets together. Got a foamies belt that I need to latex and paint, and boot tops to make, but I've done pretty well, and I'm quite pleased with the results! Will take some pics when things look more complete and post soon.

14th May 2010

Don't leave home without your....


That's right, I've finally gotten around to building one of the main accessories of the suit. I've used layers of foamies and carpet tape to make the overall structure of the belt, right the way around, and there's a band of thick leatherette fastened to the back so that nothing tears off. I've then detailed it with 3d textile paint (kinda similar to Tulip fabric paint).

The next step is gonna be to coat the whole thing in a thick layer of black latex, then I'll be able to drybrush it with gold or bronze acrylic, and add the velcro fastening.

I'll be making the moon-rang in the same way, but not sure yet as to whether I'd attach it perminantly to the belt, or make it removable.

20th March 2010

Printing Begins

My buddy in Mexico, who's getting my suit pattern printed for me, just showed my the flat printed suit on spandex, and gotta say I'm more than happy with the result. When it's sewn up, and foam padded in the right places, it should really damn good. I can't wait to try it all on for the first time. Hopefully it won't take too long to get the cape printed too.