Monday, April 29, 2013

Half Mask Project cont.

Here are the mask parts after sanding.

After applying gesso and more smoothing.

Soon they'll be ready for painting and assembly.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

TARDIS completed

My partially-completed TARDIS model had been gathering dust in a closet for years until this week when I dusted it off and finished it.  Size: about 11" (27.9cm) from base to tip of lamp. The Tardis was scratch-built from balsa wood, plastic and odds and ends.

Dr. Who purists can quibble about details, but I think it's a fairly good representation of the Doctor's time-space machine.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Half Mask Project

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Oscar Wilde

 A friend asked me to accept the challenge of creating a pair of ventriloquist masks for a show. Having already bought Jonni's book on making masks I felt prepared enough to make a go of it.

After sketching an idea on paper I bought a plastic mask from my hobby store to use as a form and taped it down to a board.

Features were added with clay. This is to be a ventriloquist's mask with a moveable jaw. The jaw will be made separately for later attachment.

The clay was covered with petroleum jelly, followed by a sheet of plastic to make separation easy. The form was covered with two layers of shop towels, well wetted with a plaster-based paste.

Once the layers were dry I carefully lifted them from the form and trimmed it. It doesn't look like much now, but there's lots of work still to do and it should clean up nicely.

This is all an experiment - I've never done anything like this before so wish me luck!