Experienced in designing and building custom characters.
We help businesses reach their audience with custom high quality characters.
Design of New Costumes
Custom Characters provides design services based on a client’s concept for a costume. This includes black and white sketches based on the initial client input and finishes with a full color sketch. All practical elements are taken into consideration such as: mobility, ventilation, durability, ease of cleaning, etc., and the intended use of the costume which ranges from photo-ops to stunt costumes.
Bringing the character to life commences with construction of a life-size mockup in temporary materials. This allows the client to see the head with expression, clothing, body shape and pertinent details on a mannequin of the appropriate height range. At this point any adjustments can be specified by whoever has final artistic approval.
With Mockup approved, fabrication moves into full production with in the final materials after mold making and patterning are complete. This time period spans 14-16 weeks on the average depending on the intricacies of the characte
We provide full maintenance and refurbishment services for costumes we have produced. Refurbished costumes can often be returned to an almost new condition.
The first costume is the prototype. This is a usable costume. The price includes the costs of patternmaking and mold fabrications. Molds and patterns remain with Custom Characters for the exclusive use by the client for whom they were developed.
Repeats of a costume are usually less expensive than the prototype as molds and patterns are already established. The amount of price reduction per costume depends on such variables as lead time, availability of materials, etc.