Friday, November 2, 2012

First Mask: Thanos 2

So, here are the final couple of steps to finishing this guy. It's pretty much just the painting part...Painted this guy with acrylics...wasted a good deal of paint trying to mix the right skin tone, but finally got it! 
 Added that as a base color...
 And then my favorite part! Made the lips a slightly darker skin tone.
 I showed the polymer teeth in the previous post but here they are again. Added the blackwash ( black acryilic + water), dirtied the teeth up a bit as seen in the images below...
 Hot glued those guys onto the back of the mask, making sure i left some breathing gaps (Don't want my friend to suffocate right?). And finally blackwashed the whole mask. Really made those beautiful wrinkles pop up!
 Reference image below. I did try to paint the slight change of skin tone he has going on in the image on the cheeks, nose, and forehead, but it looked to out of place when i painted it on the mask, so i just went with a solid base color...
edit: credit for the Thanos Head design goes to Rodrigue Prailer

And this guy is done and shipped! I have yet to see the full Thanos ensemble but i shall wait anxiously for that moment to come...and hopefully i don't end up waiting long...In the mean time i'll work on perfecting my sculpting!

Monday, October 29, 2012

First Mask: Thanos

I finally came across the opportunity to test my sculpting skills! I have a friend whose all into comics along with the whole dressing up part so he wanted me to make him a mask based on Thanos. Would've loved to finally try casting and making latex masks but didn't really have the time and money to experiment with new materials. (Got that on my to-do list though!) So as for the process of my first mask, here it is!
 Using some plaster wrap i made a cast of my friends face...Using an image of the character I decided to first do a quick sculpt with some modeling clay. I first wrapped the mask in aluminum foil and then proceeded to cover with the clay.
 Once I sculpted the rough features i went ahead and using a needle tool, poked at the parts i deemed would end up thicker. Made note of the various thicknesses...
 Felt like his chin (above) needed to be larger so I ended up adding more clay to make it more square...After some though i decided to slap some plastic over the modeling clay and using plaster wrap, made a mold of the chin as seen below...
 After the plaster dried took the clay and foil off of the plaster mask, set the chin in place...
 Added more plaster wrap to bond the pieces together and got what you see below...
 From the back side you can tell the difference. This would save me some clay when i start sculpting the final mask...
For the final mask i went with using Sculpey. Didn't know if it would bond to the plaster mask once out of the oven...or if the plaster wrap was not going to withstand the heat...yeah, first mask and first time using plaster wrap actually! So i just went with covering the whole plaster mask with foil again, this time pressing it as flat as i could to the mask...
Using the 'measurements' i did to the modeling clay mask i made a couple of different shaped pieces of crumpled aluminum foil based on those thicknesses. ...
 Added those under the foil. (below)
 And began adding on the sculpey...
 Slapped some more...
 And then the fun part began!
 Added on the pieces of clay you see above and below, blended 'em in...
 Added some more...
 more blending...
 Realized the jaw was getting a bit too thick, thicker than half an inch if i remember correctly...I want this mask to be as thin as possible, won't be that heavy in the end...
 So i made yet another chin piece out of aluminum foil...
 Using the clay i adjusted the chin piece in place...
 more slapping of clay...adding and blending in...
 and BOOM! i'm done with the sculpting! Didn't take any pictures of the transition from the image above to the final. Too busy having fun sculpting! Got this baby in the oven and out safely.
Used the image above to sculpt. Gotta find the website where i found it along with its creator...edit: credit for the Thanos Head design goes to Rodrigue Prailer

 Ended up breaking off the plaster mask...ripped all the foil off...Sanded the inside a bit. Cleaned edges of the eyes, nostrils, and mouth with an x-acto knife...
 Et voila! ...not that heavy in the end!
 Made some teeth using some translucent and beige sculpey to form what you see below...
 Tested them in the mask and they worked pretty well. Left some breathing gaps!
Aye, not bad for a first mask i say! In the next post you'll see the final!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 10

Wow! Realized last update was a month ago! I tried to squeeze some tomecrafting time into my amazing design schedule along with a character design project I decided to take on for a friend. So, now I actually have some time on my hands these next couple of days so i'll be updating on a couple of projects!
Now, the following is the process for the next tome. This one is similar to the previous tome, Gallir. Started out by adding a piece of chipboard to both front and back covers.
 Proceeded to add the reptilian scales, once again decreasing the thickness of the cardboard scales as i glued the center scales to the outer (you can tell by the slight color variations). Cut off the corners and then hot glued the polymer teeth to them.

 I decided to give this guy or gal a book spine cover? i really don't know what to call it, so i'll call it that! For this part I used the same paper towels i've been using. Took a piece and methodically glued on the cardboard pieces you see in the image below in order to give the spine cover some thickness. As seen below, i folded the edges of the paper towel around the cardboard pieces to get a clean edge once the piece is placed on the tome...
 Pierced the edges of this piece...
 And using some thread (i'm no thread connoisseur so i'll just say its some kind of knitting thread) I loosely 'sewed' onto the spine cover other pieces of paper towel as seen below...
 Glued this piece carefully to the spine of the book...Once again as in Gallir, I used some thick cloth to cover the teeth then filled in the edges of this cloth with joint compound to have a smooth transition to the book covers. Forgot to take pictures of this step so hopefully you people can imagine it. Then I glued on with the diluted mix (water, glue, acrylic) a larger piece of paper towel to overlap the spine cover add-on and cover the whole book cover... You can slightly see the difference in color where the overlap occurred...
And this guy is ready to be painted! Well, it's actually painted already but i'll save that image for the post i add for the final staged tomes.

Tome Update: Next tome is in progress making it the seventh tome out of the 10 planned. It seems tomecrafing is beginning to bore me so in the efforts to complete this project i think i'll do something different with the last three tomes. Plus I just realized I still have to sow these three guys so that might slow the process seeing as sowing is not as exciting as it was in the beginning...
On the bright side, I can't wait to finish this project and start on the next one!

Friday, September 21, 2012

BookCraft (TomeCraft) 9

With the start of yet another fun filled exciting semester I had to limit my bookcrafting time to a mere couple of hours on weekends. Not very motivating to work in small bits of the day. But i finally got around to gathering enough process for the next book! So for this guy, just like one of the previous books, Hefnir, i went with strips of scales.
Initially i hadn't planned for the scales to wrap around the covers but they ended up doing so.
 If i do this for some other book, definitely will make the strips longer so that they can wrap around nicely and then be covered by the paper cover.
 Next, I took some thick cardboard and made the pieces you can see below. Should've made them thicker...too late for that...
 The spine cover followed. Made this piece same as Hefnir's. two strips of cardboard sandwiched in the paper towel as you see below...should've made this part thicker...hmm that's a lot of 'should'ves' on this guy!
 Glued one side first and started covering the piece with diluted glue plus black acrylic...


 cut these other pieces out...
made some more screw tops out of airdrying clay...blah, blah, pictures are pretty self explanatory...
 Aaaaand this guy is ready for painting! well, it is actually painted but i'll save that for a next post! Went with a color along the lines of goldenrod.
Following this guy, i will post up the progress for the next two books. And maybe, just maybe, i will introduce the progress of a mask i just finished making for a friend! Came out pretty awesome!