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:iconlorddarkstarr:
LordDarkstarr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Here's a trick from theater and stage magic that you might find useful--cover your real legs in matte black cloth, like an ankle-length skirt, to break up their outline and make them "blend into the background", while making the spider legs brightly colored to make them stand out. If you're looking at duplicating the reference pic you offered, consider using gloss or semigloss reds, browns (like a Brown Recluse or Wolf spider), and gloss blacks (like Black Widows or Tarantulas) for maximum contrast--the idea being that the gloss/semigloss paints you use will pick up light around you, while the matte black on your legs will absorb light and hide them. I've seen this trick used to excellent effect in different costume contests at sci-fi cons like Norwescon and Rustycon, where the contest stage has a black background and good front lighting.
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KamenRiderHellhound Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
That actually is a good idea, thanks.
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Zuzumotai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
I'm no Yaya Han or cosplay expert but just in case you don't get a response in time, I'd like to offer my suggestion. Instead of hiding your legs behind the costume, why not incorporate them into it?

Have you ever seen how legs are jointed in good quality fursuits? It's called digitigrade. I recently learned about this. It works something like this (image courtesy of google) fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/201…

Using this method you can alter the appearance of the legs. If you put the two front legs of the spider costume on the front of your hips, and then create pieces to fit over your own legs that use padding to alter the appearance, with a good camera angle (you should be able to determine the angle most people take pictures of you from), your own legs will just work straight into the spider legs. 
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:iconlorddarkstarr:
LordDarkstarr Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Thanks for sharing that digitigrade costuming trick--I've been thinking about doing a Protoss Zealot from StarCraft (digitigrade aliens) and trying to figure out how to do the legs for some time until I saw that drawing. This is why sites like this are so wonderful--people from all kinds of different backgrounds can share interesting tricks that we've picked up, and help each other out like this! :D (Big Grin) 
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Zuzumotai Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014
Oh! You're very welcome! I'm really glad you stumbled upon my comment and it could help you! ;w; 
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KamenRiderHellhound Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
You know that illusion that some magicians, that has them seemingly appear from a table with nothing underneath it... well there is.. a stage that is using mirrors to reflect the surrounding space and makes it APPEAR that it's just a normal table.... so .. I'll just use mirrors to pull that trick off on my costume.
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KamenRiderHellhound Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Nevermind... just figured it out after going to a magic show... USE MIRRORS!!!!!!

basically just put mirrors at the top joint of each leg and put them to the ground in a circle around my legs... and make it so that they only show the surface of the floor so it GIVES off the illusion that nothing is there and that's it's a solid piece.
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Zuzumotai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Well you're neglecting the fact that most people will take pictures with flash, which will reflect off of the mirrors and completely break your illusion. The mirror trick requires specific lighting circumstances and only works if the mirrors are stationary. Not only do they make it more difficult to walk, but you're going to have trouble adjusting your mirrors every time someone wants to take a picture.

But it's your call of course! 
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KamenRiderHellhound Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
... true.. fuck there goes that idea then... think? 
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Mecenatos Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful works!:);)=):D
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