Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Splatterhouse Terror Mask Completed

We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.
Patrick_Rothfuss The Name of the Wind

 This series of pictures shows the finishing steps for the Terror Mask.
Here it is after trimming, sanding and cutting the openings.

This is the mask after several coats of gesso and smoothing with wet sponge and sandpaper. At this point all the irregularities have been smoothed away. It is a thing of beauty.

A wash of burnt umber gave it an "old bone" appearance which is what I was aiming for.

(I have no idea what the red is or where it came from. Most likely from some accidental spill. We may never know the truth.)

A finishing coat of sealer to protect it from the elements, and some see-through black cloth hot-glued behind the openings completes the mask. I also glued a short length of dowel in back so it can be hung on a wall.

And that's the "Terror Mask" - I hope you're properly terrified. Now go make some masks or play "Splatterhouse"!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Splatterhouse Terror Mask

A mask tells us more than a face.
Oscar Wilde
I was asked to make a mask from the old arcade game "Splatterhouse", so I started by doing my research.

Once I found the look I wanted it was time to begin. A basic mask form is taped to a backing board.

After covering the base with vaseline and plastic wrap (to make removal easy) the mask form is created using aluminum foil and Super Sculpey. The clay is used only to create the shape; don't heat it!

Two layers of paper mache are laid down using blue shop towels instead of newspaper. Shop towels are both stretchy and tough. The paste includes plaster of Paris1 for strength.

The rough inside after removal from form
I didn't really need to paper the eye ovals since they will be removed anyway. The Sculpey is removed from the mask and saved for future use.

The rough outside
Next: trimming, sanding, applying layers of gesso and final painting.

[1] You can find all the recipes in Jonni Good's excellent book: "How to Make Masks!"

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Making Creature Scales

And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.
Deuteronomy 14:10
Here's one handy technique for making creature scales. You'll need white glue and squares cut or torn from used bedsheets.

Dip a cloth square in the glue, thoroughly soak it, then squeeze out the excess.
Disposable gloves make clean-up easy

Fold in half

Fold the tips down to make a point

Add the scale in an overlapping manner

Scales will dry stiff and durable and can then be painted. It can be a lot of work but the results will be worth it.

Hey, at least you're not Sir Edmund Hillary - he scaled Mt. Everest!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scrab Legs: M'm, M'm, Good!

Four! Four scrab legs!
 Step 1: start with templates of the forelegs with talons pre-formed from paperclay.

Here they are - looking all plump and delicious after filling out with paper and covering with paper mache. I like to mark the areas which are too soft and need more p.m. reinforcement.