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At the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend, ace photographer (and karaoke-er*) Paul Hillier was kind  enough to drop off some prints of a seriously badass Empowered cosplay shoot he had arranged. He took the concept of Emp cosplay to a whole 'nother level, via an exciting new frontier in costuming: painted-on latex! Not only is this arguably the ideal cosplay medium to approximate Emp's unearthly supersuit, it's definitely the best medium to depict the tearing of the suit's membrane (as seen in a photo emulating an Empowered cover, complete with logo).

Without further ado, I draw your attention here: www.paulhillier.com/?p=811

(Note: At the very least, the YouTube clip of model Christine getting body-painted is NSFW. Your Mileage May Vary as to how Safe For Work the other images might be...)  

*I had no idea that the lyrics to "Paradise City" were so bizarre and abstruse, to the point that Captain America(!) gets name-checked. WTF, Axel? Stumbling over the enigmatic lyric captions, I had to default to just banshee-shrieking "TAKE ME HOME!" over and over again.
  • Listening to: Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast
  • Reading: ONE SOUL, by Ray Fawkes
  • Watching: THE LEGEND OF KORRA (ep.4)
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE (my second copy!)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
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:iconhellstroem:
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Remarkable - imagine the patience she must have had in enduring this application of goo.
Also a general "good job" to you, Doctor Warren, PHD in wordsmithery.
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:iconlyingbastard:
Lyingbastard Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
That's just fantastic!
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:iconlaciewhy:
LacieWhy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
The ultimate expression of fanart, that's pretty awesome. :)
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was just WAITING for someone with the gutz to try cosplaying her with latex! Looks great!
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:iconj1ms1xeven:
j1ms1xeven Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well now I just feel terribly sorry for people who are allergic to latex. ((((SIGH!))))
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:iconmaxblackrabbit:
maxblackrabbit Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheated, she wore panties, now we'll never know. ;)

*You know we'll keep asking about that camel toe, you created a monster. :)*
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:iconarchiesnow:
archiesnow Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Artist
It must be really gratifying to see a character you've created interpreted in such a cool way. Cheers, Adam.
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:iconmr-greed:
mr-greed Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
while i love the photo shoot ! i do not think the model had enough booty to capture EMP
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:iconstrumwulf:
Strumwulf Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome photos. thanks for sharing the link.
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:iconimagination-comix:
ImagiNation-Comix Featured By Owner May 16, 2012
Gotta love it. They did a pretty nice job.
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:iconnoisybubbles:
noisybubbles Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
That. Is. AWESOME!!! Kudos to the girl playing Emp...that was a LOT of latex she had to wear...and have pulled off her bare skin later...ouch.
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:iconj2artist:
j2Artist Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional Artist
that is so crazy awesome :)))))
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:icontwinsnake-coatl:
Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
Freaking awesome!
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:iconjadiner:
JadineR Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
That's pretty sweet. For some reason I keep imagining it was painful just to move XD DEfinitely painful to take it off, I'm sure...But this is a pretty cool trick! :D
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:iconlemonz07:
LEMOnz07 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. I wish I had the words to describe this hawtness.
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:iconachico-xion:
Achico-Xion Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:drool:
This is SO hot :love:
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:iconskytower:
Skytower Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
He did great work.
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:iconstudiocutie:
StudioCutie Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so made of awesome!
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:iconteremiao:
Teremiao Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Liquid latex.... A-Mazing!
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:iconchaostic2k1:
chaostic2k1 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
It looks like the most realistic explanation of how Emp's suit looks/feels/rips so easily. Her body image is paint thin, and the suit reflects it, right?
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:iconcodymau:
CodyMau Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's pretty awesome.
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:iconmycael006:
Mycael006 Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Gotta admit that's pretty awesome :clap:
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:iconzepeda:
Zepeda Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
SHES ALIVE! Emp is real I can die happy now!
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:iconericmor:
EricMor Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Itīs her!!!
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:iconps3samurais:
PS3Samurais Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had a bad day.... until now.
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:iconchuckdoodles:
ChuckDoodles Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jeeezus!
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:iconelvan-lady:
Elvan-Lady Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, that's so freaking awesome.
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:iconyusakujon3:
YusakuJon3 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Now, all he needs is a chick who's just a bit more... filled-in (and may have self-image issues as a result).
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:iconbensaret:
Bensaret Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's hard to beat that costume for accuracy :XD:
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:iconsteelpengu:
Steelpengu Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Finally. Someone did this right. I've been saying that's how to cosplay her for years. Rock on.
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:icontazirai:
Tazirai Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice indeed.
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:iconmatiassoto:
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow!! Utterly amazing idea and execution!
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:iconrabbette:
Rabbette Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Pretty wild pic.
Actually a painted or spray on costume might make an interesting plotline for Empowered (love the comic too btw)
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:iconmechangel2002:
mechangel2002 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That is so freaking cool :D
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:iconlpjgpr:
LPJGPR Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
That is quite frankly jaw-dropping. Amazing to see someone inspired to such lengths.
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:iconsapphicneko:
SapphicNeko Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Nice! :D
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:iconfinex666:
finex666 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow that is kinda epic sir ^_
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:iconchibirikku:
ChibiRikku Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's funny because I was thinking about how great painted latex would be for an EMP cosplay. Those pics are awesome.
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:iconarmando-huerta:
Armando-Huerta Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That was an EPIC article after the link! :D
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:icondrkrazy:
DrKrazy Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Okay... That is an awesome cosplay technique.
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:icongillyperkygoth:
GillyPerkyGoth Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Artist
That is so damn awesome.
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:iconkenichi2point0:
Kenichi2point0 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I wanna be Adam. :nod:
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nahh, trust me, I think you'd rather be Paul (Hillier, the photographer)...
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:iconturbov21:
turbov21 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Whoa! And again, WHOA!
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:iconthe-kid36:
the-kid36 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist
friggin awesome man :D
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:icondmfirebow:
DMFirebow Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
That is incredibly cool! What a brilliant idea! :)
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:iconmrplaid81:
MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It now seems as if Psylocke's costume is more trouble than it's worth.
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:iconarogas:
Arogas Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
That is certainly the best possible way to do an Emp cosplay, no argument there.
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:iconrichten:
richten Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is really awesome.
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:icontimtownsend:
TimTownsend Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
My job sucks.
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