I'm new here, but have recently taken a big interest in cosplaying…
…So I want to cosplay Hulk.
I'm not talking paint myself green and wear a white shirt and purple shorts.
I'm talking about a full 7ft 6" oversized costume.
Marvel.com describes Hulk's height as 7ft - 8ft so i'm averaging it out at 7ft 6".
Now, I know there have been several people that have made Hulk costumes before…some of them maybe even on this forum, but I wanted to start a thread which clearly covers the best possible way of making an oversized costume like this.
I have already seen many other oversized costumes, and I have learnt from them already.
I've seen Mike Passaretti's Hulk costume, i've seen Harmonic_Distortion's Hulk costume, i've seen Stan_Lee_Wannabee's Hulk costume, i've seen Jeremy Taylor's Wampa costume, and i've seen Allen Hansard's Sasquatch costume.
They are all very good costumes, and some actually have progress photos and videos.
However, I have set up this thread to clarify all the dos and don'ts in making an oversized costume…particularly for the Hulk.
Now i'm not saying I know how to do it, i'm just gonna put forward what I know so far and then i'll leave it to you guys to submit ideas and feedback.
So here we go!
So I started out by comparing the size between the human inside and the Hulk outside.
I needed to get the proportions correct.
So I drew it up in photoshop using a photo of a Hulk maquette and an image of an average male human body (roughly 5ft 9" which is near my height incidentally).
I edited the 2 images together in Photoshop and you can see the image below.
The head will be free-moving. You can use a mask if you want but I prefer to just have my face because i'd like to add my own personality to the Hulk and also I think the Hulk looks better with a tiny head. It makes the rest of the body look all the more huge.
The Hulk arm's will be controlled by the human simply moving their arms. There would be grips inside the costume to hold onto, to move the arms.
The Hulk forearm, on the other hand, would be controlled by the movement of the human's wrist. The human would angle their wrist to change the angle of the forearm.
The Hulk's legs would be controlled my the human simply moving their legs because the human will be standing on stilts that are attached to the Hulk feet. These stilts will provide the extra height for the human, and will also maintain good balance because the stilts will have a large surface area on the bottom to attach to the feet.
2. CONSTRUCTION METHOD
Step 1 - Create armature (skeleton)
Step 2 - Rig up the armature joints (hinges)
Step 3- Create individual muscle pieces
Step 4 - Attach muscle pieces to the armature
Step 5 - Cover in green material
The armature would be made from flexible PVC tubing.
The tubing would be put together using PVC couplings.
The muscle pieces would be made from foam board.
The covering green material could be made from polyester.
So this is what I have gathered from my many hours of research. I'm hoping it will help other people that want to make an oversized costume like this…
…so…what do you think?!