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Unread 04-29-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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Legend of Zelda - Hero's Shade Fabric

Hey everyone, just going to copy/paste this here from my image description:

I'm very torn, on what to do on Shade's tattered clothing. I had a linen fabric initially, but it was beige like his tabbard-thing with the red designs. I was going to manually paint the stripes onto this fabric, but time is very limited and my deadline is coming up. So I caved and I bought this men's jacket at a thrift store for 10$, it's wool so I can't really wash it, or dye it without a mess.

Colour pallet is very noticeable between the in-game model and the concept artwork. The left fabric image it without flash, while the right is with. The lines are a little thin, so every 2 rows makes up for one on the in-game version. So at a distance, it looks more like the right flash-image.

Now dilemma, I'm not sure which version I prefer. I could paint every other row dark grey to make them thicker like the in-game design, or leave it as is, then it'll be grey-tinted for the concept art version rather than a dirty sand. It looks like a mesh of both right now, I could roll around in dirt to get it darker... Or should I stick with my linen and manually paint? If I should paint, which one do you guys prefer best? Does it look ok without modifications?

Here's the image, I posted both references up top, and fabric below. I really appreciate any/all the help anyone can give. Thank you!

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/3378968/
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Unread 04-29-2013, 04:44 PM   #2
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I would go with the Fabric on the right. The stripes are so thick on the one on the left that I think it would detract from his dirty look.
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Also that fabric looks so nice that I think it would be better to consider painting only after it is done.
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JediofTime: It's the same fabric though in both images, one is just with flash photography, while the other is without. I thought about just making the pattern first too, and maybe taking another picture to see it it'll be alright, but if I attempt to dye it, I heard it's better to dye first? I'm not so great with fabrics...
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Unread 04-29-2013, 05:08 PM   #5
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JediofTime: It's the same fabric though in both images, one is just with flash photography, while the other is without. I thought about just making the pattern first too, and maybe taking another picture to see it it'll be alright, but if I attempt to dye it, I heard it's better to dye first? I'm not so great with fabrics...
Could you take a photo of it in a more neutral setting like laying flat on a well lit table so the fabric does not stretch accidently and you do not need to use the flash.
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Hm... it's a tricky situation! That really does seem like it would be quite a pain to paint on all those lines, at least if you're under time pressure. Here's a thought, though - what if you just go at it with a Sharpie oil paint pen and a ruler? They're fast drying, and have stood up beautifully to washing in all my tests. And they're cheap. Cheap is always good. =]

For reference, I used silver paint pens to outline designs on Zelda's skirt; and I used white ones for the glyphs on her bodice.
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JediofTime: I don't really have any room that's well lit, and it's fairly cloudy outside today, so laying it outdoors won't work at the moment. I'll try again later in the week if I can.

Nandra: Do you think the in-game material looks better then? I'll look into the sharpie, if I go down that route. It does sound it would save a lot of time.
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@HylianKnight: I would take Nandra's advice considering how much of a time crunch you are on. That way you can do it well in less time. The only thing worse to me then getting something premade is doing a bad job on your own cosplay. Besides this should be fun, not agonizing and we look forward to seeing this creation when its done.
P.S. I just did a search on the site you are going to be doing a Cosplay.com first with this costume. I know you can make a strong precedent with this.
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JediofTime: Thanks! I think I'll be staying with that fabric, might as well put it to good use, if I spent the money on it already. I'll try to update when the pieces are made, so it's easier to judge.
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JediofTime: Thanks! I think I'll be staying with that fabric, might as well put it to good use, if I spent the money on it already. I'll try to update when the pieces are made, so it's easier to judge.
I think that would work better for all of us including yourself.
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I think that would work better for all of us including yourself.

Hear, hear! And @HylianKnight, I guess I think either version, in-game or concept art, would to just fine. I do see pretty defined stripes on both versions, so if it were me I might accentuate that; but on the other hand, it's pretty hard to guess the scale of the lines on your fabric. I was kinda thinking they were very fine, dense lines, but maybe not? I think it'll be easier to judge the overall effect when you've got the garment.

Also, don't forget you can always make changes later. Doesn't have to be perfect the first time! ^__^
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