Monday, February 22, 2010

a Frog and a mushroom

Im currently working on 2 different masks, a frog and a mushroom cap with a hookah smoking catipillar. I got a webcam and im going to be going through the creative process with video recording.

that way I can show my work.
Images and more info to come soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Raven Mocker

A friend asked me to do a raven mask. Its made on a wire framework, with a movable mouth that is supposed to clap up and down with the movement of the persons jaw. the lower edge of the inside of beak rests on the chin and when you make a exagerated motion to open mouth it opens the beak. This method will be revised in later masks to include a adjustable strap on chin that may improve movement and comfort.

Mask has one open eye hole like a visor, I thought about meshing it in like I did on horse but this is to wear to LARP and I think that eyes show expression so having part of the wearers face exposed is more comfortable for both the wearer and the other LARPers.

This is Joshua wearing the mask.
Painted flat black with handpainted blue and grey feather accents. The feathers on beaks nose are actually fake fur as ravens have that weird bump of hair like fine feathers. The feather sections of papier mache are actually fragile next time I will start with a base of craft foam for thin bits, I laminated the feather shape in paper but the glue makes it somewhat brittle. Maybe a epoxy instead of wallpaper would be semi flexible.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Update a bit late

okies so I havent updated this blog, so sue me. Actually Ive been creating so there!
Anyway I have a mask to show that I gave as a Xmas present to the hosts of the LARP that I play in. Its a creepy funny face and its silver. She likes scary clowns and her character likes shiny things so I made it for both of them. The texture (kind of a bubbly appearance) was a happy accident as it rained when I was spray painting. I kind of think this may be reproduced more evenly by using squirt bottle. Its not a smooth perfect finish but its a more interesting texture. Kind of like salting a painting.

and me wearing it

Here are some images before I painted
This one was made with the method of play dough on a styrofoam head. I have great results with this method although there is a major problem with having to scrape playdough out of the crevices if I made moulds etc before doing this step that would solve problem but its a lot of extra work for similar result so I continue this method until I find a labor compromise.