Richard Taylor (Weta Workshop Design and Special Effects Supervisor): 

"The Orcs proved to be the most challenging of all the new costume and armour designs we undertook because we had already exhausted so many variations on the theme established during the first trilogy and Peter wanted something distinctive and new for The Hobbit. We conceptually explored the Orcs to a level of rare extravagance in the quest for a fresh iconic look for The Hobbit's new variety with some avenues of exploration differing radically from what we had seen previously.

Nadine Jaggi (Weta Workshop Costume Technician):

"A technique that we used on our Orcs was trapping fur between layers and then slashing the outer material to flick out tufts of fur, often using the natural directionality of the fur growth to create very interesting patterns and surfaces, quite savage looking. It could also be done in a much more careful and considered manner and look quite beautiful. We started thinking about how it might be applied to Dwarf cloaks.

Richard Taylor:

"We had created a skirt of flayed Dwarf faces for Azog when he was going to be a costumed actor. When Azog became an entirely digital character Yazneg inherited that costume, but Peter liked the faces so much that Azog would still have them as well.

Marco Revelant (Weta Digital Models Supervisor):

"We started by using a piece of software called Marvelous Designer that allows fabric to be digitally recreated in panels and assembled, the same way a costume maker would build a real costume from patterns, and then hung with the fabric folding and draping naturally.

[…] We soon realized that we really needed to understand garment construction and how pattern cutting and assembling works in order to approach constructing digital costumes this way. We got hold of all the patterns for all the costumes. Assembling them was like putting together a complex 3D puzzle. No one on our team had any costume-making training, so we turned to the Costume Department and the costume designer essentially gave us a crash course in the basics of garment assembly. […] This knowledge was applied to every single piece of clothing in every single costume. Considering how many layers each Dwarf wore, for example, that was a huge amount of work!”


Next pages: Azog’s Costume, Bolg’s Costume, Orc Weapons & Props

Collective tag link: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Cloaks and Daggers 

1600px versions: Dropbox repository (updated as I post more pages, might take a few days for new pages to show) 

Notes: These photo excerpts are meant to be used by fans as references for the creation of The Hobbit fanwork (cosplay, art, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) Feel free to repost, use, and edit any of these photographs as you wish. Credit back to me is unnecessary. 

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This wonderful book can be purchased at the following links: via RichardArmitageNet Charity Referral with Amazon [US | UK | DE] | via WETA.

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In which Draco and Harry dress a little too quickly after a meeting

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[TL;DR of your country’s history] [maps via think0]

I can vouch that the History of Canada is entirely 100% accurate.

australia; spot on. 

America; 1000000000000000000000% accurate.

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Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con? (x)


Anyone else excited about San Diego Comic Con? (x)

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I am not getting stabbed in the name of science.”

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“Well, not all of us are in the same weight class so it is hard to say between Hemsworth and Evans. I think they’re pretty evenly matched. I think it would go to the ground. Then I think it’s me, Ruffalo, and Renner in a quote-unquote three-way in which I lay waste to them with sleeper holds but then we cuddle. And then it is Hiddleston versus Johansson if I am not mistaken. That probably just winds up in dinner at a five-star restaurant somewhere.” Robert Downey Jr. on who would win a battle among the Avengers (via marvelassembles)

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Sorry not sorry period mild-withdraw!Mitchell again.

liddie0's idea~ it's much cuter and funnier when she said this (´・ω・`)

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Its decided my life goal is now to star in an infomercial 

How do white people survive?

Is she trying to clean up that wine with a copy of Sonic 2?

All about me

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The only bit of the Q&A that I could actually hear, thanks to redsangre c:

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this is my favorite goofy pun ever, I have told it at least five times

I don’t care, fuck you

okay ready

as you all know, saint patrick walked barefoot as an act of contrition, which made his feet rugged and blistered. he ate an ascetic’s diet, which made him weak and additionally gave him bad breath.

all of this made him

a super-calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis

oh my god

marry me.

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This is even funnier and more epic when you realize he has no idea what’s behind him.

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