Friday, November 9, 2012

Bug Man, the space traveler.

Earlier this week I started sculpting a new concept for a mask.  The original idea was to create a giant insect mask that resembled an ant, fly or a bee.  However, as my sculpture began taking form, the piece looked more and more like an alien bug from outer space. Here are some W.I.P. photos of the new concept I'm exploring.

This is the original sketch.  It's very rough.

 This is the progress so far.  There are some obvious symmetry issues that will be fixed, and there's texture that will be added later on after I've reached a satisfactory place in the sculpture's overall shape.  In addition, I will be sculpting a set of antennae and pincers that will be molded and cast separately as individual pieces.

Here are a couple of profile photos.  Bug Man has a protective hood and neck piece shielding him from the dangers of space travel.  When the time comes to paint the mask after molding and casting this piece, it will be much easier to differentiate the protective coverings from the actual bug. 

More to come. 

Two character masks, before paint

Here are some work in progress pictures of the latest masks I've been working on.  I haven't had the chance to paint them yet, but as soon as I do I'll post the results.

Here is a look at the first pull I did of the zombie mask:

Here is the result of a demon sculpt I molded in the beginning of November.  The horns in the latex mask were filled with polyfoam.  Both masks need a little work.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Monsterpalooza Oct. 2012

Last Sunday, my husband and I put on our Beetlejuice Adam and Barbara costumes and attended the Monsterpalooza horror convention for the first time.  Here are some photos of the event.

Trick Or Treat Studios had a booth with their Halloween masks.

Rod Maxwell from Face Off applying his strawberry man makeup.

We had the honor of speaking with Academy Award winning makeup effects artist Steve LaPorte.  

 Francisco Hernandes monster designs. 

Bruce Fuller, master sculptor for Legacy Effects and Spectral Motion.

Standing with the Monsterpalooza 2012 winning makeup.  I didn't catch the artists name, unfortunately.   

Artist Mike Hill's Bride of Frankenstein tribute. 

Overall we had an amazing time and I wish we would have gone all three days.  Thankfully this convention happens twice a year (during the spring and fall) and we'll certainly be there with brand new costumes in April.