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YJ Nightwing - WIP by effektdmentality YJ Nightwing - WIP by effektdmentality
First off, excuse the graininess of the photo, taken off my phone. Also, I know it looks like the emblem is reversed and the eskrima sticks are on the wrong leg, but it's only because I was too lazy to flip the image after taking it in a mirror.

After the awesome experience of PMX (Best Presentation at CosFest, Iron Cosplay winner, meeting Dante "Rufio" Basco and getting my cousin's Pan sword signed) in November, I got back to work on an in-progress cosplay, Young Justice Nightwing! I had originally started it in July, shortly after moving into my apartment, but it had taken a back seat to Rufio prior to Halloween, and so I used the opportunity to continue working on it, to be debuted at Anime LA 2013 in Los Angeles during the first weekend of January. For now, here's a full suit up WIP picture.

Specs:
- Base is (you guessed it) a compression top and compression tights. I like working with sportswear since it gives me a solid colored base suit to work with, it's easier to put on or remove than a one piece bodysuit, and it's specifically made to be used for activity, allowing for dynamic posing and action shots. The downside is I'm limited to black or white usually. The top is actually the second top I used, as the first had no collar, and the grey panel got snagged while working on it and ripped. The second top (this one), while looser than the first top, has a mock turtleneck, and is lined with a fleece-like material to be warmer.
- Grey spandex was used for the collar, the panels on the abdomen, the insides of the elbows, and the backs of the knees. Grey trim was added to the thighs. The emblem is craft foam.
- Boots are the jika-tabi boots I used for YJ Robin back at SacAnime Summer 2011. I've painted the soles of the boots to better match the cartoon.
- Gloves were $1.50 at Daiso (love that place, you can get lots of useful stuff for $1.50), with painted craft foam details for the glove "pouches" and the knuckles.
- The main utility belt was originally an old camera strap (free), which I cut down to size. The pouches are camera/cellphone pouches from Daiso (8 x $1.50). Gotta love utility belts, I should be able to carry everything I need: wallet, phone, camera, keys, business cards, etc
- Eskrima sticks are 1/2" PVC, sprayed with gloss black. Holster is made from some nylon strapping, 2 parachute buckles, and the side of a nylon toy bag.
- Shoulder armor is made from the plastic caps of two knee pads from a thrift store, covered in black spandex. They attach via velcro.
- Mask (not pictured), was made with liquid latex mixed with black acrylic paint. I laid the latex in layers on the inside of a white plastic mask until it was sufficiently thick. I then peeled it out and cut to shape.

I've also got a Secret Cosplay to debut at ALA as well, I'll be keeping that a secret until the con (or maybe just before it ;)). I'll also be bringing Rufio (always a crowd-pleaser) and Tuxedo Solid Snake (can't shake my MGS fix, haha) to ALA, so look for me if you're going!

See more at my facebook fanpage!

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:iconravonies:
Ravonies Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
That looks good :D
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heyworldmeetjimmy Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
I like it!, I'm trying to make a YJ costume also. It will be my first and this is helpful advice
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:iconnightwingsgirl:
nightwingsgirl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the costume its AWESOME where in the world did you find it
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I made a lot of it myself, mostly by buying stuff (old belts, cell phone pouches, sports top and leggings) and then modifying it.
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:iconnightwingsgirl:
nightwingsgirl Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well that's like fricken awesome
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:iconknightblood:
knightblood Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another question, do you do something to keep the shirt and shorts together or do you leave them as is?
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:iconsirlorescar:
SirLorescar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
Can I ask how you attached the shoulder pads and all the grey spandex to the compression top and leggings?
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Shoulder pads attach to the suit via velcro.

The gray area of the abdomen was glued to the suit using E6000. The bottom of the gray extends past the bottom edge of the shirt, and onto the leggings, bridging the gap.
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:iconsirlorescar:
SirLorescar Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Awesome thanks for the info :)
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:iconsirlorescar:
SirLorescar Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Wow this if fantastic! I hope you dont mind me using the specs sheet to make my own YJ Nightwing costume 
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Just a credit for the specs in your description, and a link back here so I can fave it, haha.
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SirLorescar Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Awesome I will do that as soon as i finish :D thanks!
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lebeau32 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
This looks incredible. Can I ask, how suitable is the E6000 for gluing on Spandex-type materials. I'm doing the Young Justice Nightwing soon and I've been agonising on how to attach the details to the suit.
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effektdmentality Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's perfect for spandex materials because E6000 is strong, flexible, and waterproof. Be sure to stretch the spandex first BEFORE gluing anything to it. If you glue when the spandex is not stretched (compressed), there will be no slack for when you put it on, and either a) the spandex won't stretch, or b) the details on top will tear from the stretch. SO make sure your spandex is stretched over some kind of body form or board or something, so that when you glue stuff down, it will already be under stress.
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:iconnightwingsgirl:
nightwingsgirl Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice outfit
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:iconknightblood:
knightblood Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you mind if I based my costume on your design?
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No, feel free to base your cosplay off of my process. I did not design the outfit, that was Phil Bourassa, the character designer for Young Justice. I only created a cosplay based on his designs.
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:iconknightblood:
knightblood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks.
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:iconavgreen:
avgreen Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! An actual NIGHTWING!m*does fangirl squee* :squee: AMAZING
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:iconjacenebular:
JaceNebular Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Whats the emblem made from?
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Craft foam, sealed withb PlastiDip spray then spraypainted blue. Attached using E6000.
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:icondrummergirl567:
drummergirl567 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Awesome cosplay
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:iconmycrushjackfrost:
MyCrushJackFrost Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This.
You are spot on with the costume.
I can't even.
This is wonderful.
Okay,
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:iconinnocentxxxblamer666:
xD RIGHT? HOLY FUCK.
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:iconlastlife0726:
lastlife0726 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Greatest Nightwing cosplay ever...
If there was a mask.
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:icondanixtimmy:
danixtimmy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Artist
hi there i'm cailtin : P
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:iconiamstubbyboardman:
IamStubbyBoardman Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you attach the emblem to the compression top? that is my main problem at the moment
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:iconhotrobin99:
hotrobin99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artist
oh my F ing god that is so realistic I love it!
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Check out the finished cosplays here:

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and

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:iconhotrobin99:
hotrobin99 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Student Artist
I love the robins. I wish I could sew cause I would make one bad ass girl robin
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:iconinkwell221:
inkwell221 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Fuck this is
OH MY GOD
DUDE THIS IS JUST
HIGH FIVE FOR YOU OKAY
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's a few photos of the finished costume in my gallery. They should be pretty new.
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconanimebitch:
Animebitch Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
dlkgnasdovi OMG! Marry me!!! lol your cosplay is amazing!
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, spoken for :P but thanks!
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:iconignitinglights:
IgnitingLights Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
it's so accurate, great job :D
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:iconpokerfacedcat:
pokerfacedcat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
amazing.
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:iconevilfuzzle2:
evilfuzzle2 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
0.o that is soooooooooooooooooo amazing!
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:icontenraii:
Tenraii Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great job! looks amazing so far
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icondarkelegance:
darkelegance Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Wow, this looks great!
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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qwesxo Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
awesome.
how did u get stripe to stick to tights? I can tell u put a lot of work into it. my DW was based on a black unitard, but still was a lot of work and didnt look anywhere near as good as yours. u have great legs btw for wearing tights.
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effektdmentality Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The pinstripes on the legs are lengths of gray trim that I glued to the leggings. I made sure to stretch the leggings before I glued the trim, because If I just glued the trim onto the loose leggings, it would pop off when I put the leggings on.

And thanks about my legs! I've been blessed with lean Asian genes and a good strong metabolism, lol. I also bike daily to work and I used to do colorguard/dance for a number of years, so I've kept relatively fit.
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qwesxo Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
spandex can be hard to work with. my stuff tends to fall off half the time half way through the con :(
haha, one time I ended up in just a silver unitard after enough pieces got messed up I just took the rest off. I got accused of being Silver Surfer after that... and a boy. i wanted to go as the emperor with no clothes after that and almost did.
yea, now that I look again, your legs are great. keep them in tights cause u have something not many cos'ers have, and would kill for legs like that. with cosplay your biggest asset is a perfect body, the rest is just decoration I found.
Would love to meet in person at a con, but not sure I go to smae ones.
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macrossmecha Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
ok let us know when you take a pic with the mask on . but you still look great . Ohh i know how about a pic of you in a fighting stance
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Icon-UK Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Wow! Oh my! :)
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effektdmentality Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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cause-im-fuday-k Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
So cooooooooooooooool!!! I really hope you can find a kickass photographer to do this cosplay justice!!
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:iconeffektdmentality:
effektdmentality Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm wearing it to ALA this weekend so I just might!
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