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By patrickjack84, Feb 28 2016 11:44PM

Its all Fun and Games here at Patrick Jack Designs HQ!

In January 2016 I was asked to come on board and Design the Costumes for a BBC Mandarin Superhero Series.

Now what better a way to start your January than designing 70’s comic book inspired superhero costumes!!

It was for a BBC learning series which will be out later this year.

Both the set designer and I took inspiration from the original batman series, and old comic books illustrators like Jim Steranko.

Your see my initial designs in the images below. I try to adapt my design process to suit each job. So here for example I worked in a much more cartoon/comic book illustrators style to try and start bringing our world to life.

The story was based around a family of superhero’s and their arch nemesis. With different characters popping into the story line.

After working out the overall look of everything we need to establish a colour palette that was going to run throughout the show. After this was done the design process could really begin.

Its important to consider key points when designing like budget (every job is different), time, fabric, team (who, how and where are you having made/making the costumes), doubles/multiples (will you need more than one of each costume?), practicality of the costume, longevity of the garment… the list goes on.. its never as simple as just sitting down and sketching lovely things. Although that’s not a bad place to start to get your ideas going.

Really to get the look I wanted we had to make the costumes in a stretch fabric. I chose a 4 way stretch lycra. NOW this is a tricky fabric to work with.

I have an amazing maker that I use that is an expert in the stuff! So I like to communicate with her when finalizing the design to really make sure things are going to work. Like how things are going to sit, fit, shape the body and also move.

I do love a cape – but they’re never an easy thing to work with… but that’s another story.


We had to make the gloves and masks from scratch. Then customize all shoes and accessories.

We had quite a short amount of time to turn out all the costumes. On top of the superhero family we had all the other characters to consider. Including the super villain – who you can see in the images below.


I’ll post a link for the show once it is announced. But for now their are some images below of my designs and the finished costumes!


By patrickjack84, Jan 6 2015 01:33AM

Just a quick Blog post to let you know, tomorrow morning at 5am (Gosh, I know its early!) you can catch "Guin and the Dragon" a Show I was Costume & Make-Up Designer for on BBC 2.

It was an absolutely fabulous show to work on and its really something special to see if you can.... If you don't fancy getting up at the crack of dawn to see it, you can catch it online after its first airing!

The leading lady(or should I say girl) Isabelle Allen was young cosette in Les Miserables. A real talent to keep an eye on.. the girl is going to be a super star... mark my words.

Also appearing in the show is Louise Jameson of Doctor Who fame... wonderfully talented lady and also so lovely and funny! We had a blast on set.


In other news I'm shoot a commercial this week, which I'll fill you in on later... Oh and then a online drama later this month - its James Bond, meets superheros, meets hunger games... (yeah... its gunna be good!)


anyway... must dash! Don't be a stranger ;)


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By patrickjack84, Nov 16 2012 02:52PM

So The Past few weeks have been pretty crazy! working on a tv show in london called "Meet The Parents" for E4 with the Lovely Alex Zane... and another in Manchester.. which was a puppet based show!.. all the puppets are vegtables.. yes vegtables.. ! plus styling some fashion shoots in the city centre! pictures will be up soon! The one Below is of my Lovely Assisant karl playing with a staff we had on a shoot.. thinking he's Gandulf from Lord of the bloody rings, instrad of loading the suitcases into the car.. come on karl! :P

By patrickjack84, Sep 25 2012 07:58AM

So One of the jobs I have been working on at the moment is a series for Cbeebies called "Mr Blooms Nursery". Which is a puppet based show with 4 main characters - A fennel called Joan, A Runner Bean called Collin, a Butternut Squash called Raymond and a Cabbage called Margret.... and YES they all happen to be vegtable. plus theres an array of other green house friends.. all run by Mr Bloom, the friendly caring gardener.

my role within the show was Costumes and Puppets. - bare in mind this was the first time in my career i have ever had to dress vegtables. I've worked with puppets before.. but the furry kind..

We were filming up in the new Media city centre that was based in Manchester. Was such a contrast to work on that as well as be out buying rubber and gimp masks for the other show I was working on (Meet The Parents - for E4)

Below you can see one of the lovely new characters we created.. "Debbie The Pineapple"..

The show goes out around the world toward the end of the year/early Jan..

ya kids will love it..

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