Friday, 21 December 2012

Fun with search terms

One of the fascinating things about having a blog is that you get to see the search terms people have used to get to your site.  This week, along with the usual expected terms such as "Mayan skull", "skull chalice", "making a skull chalice" and the two of you who wanted to know about "painting zombie hands" (I know getting the colors just right can be tricky and I  hope my post on that was helpful), no fewer than five people got here by searching for "demon vulva".

I'm afraid there are no demon vulvas on this site, but don't be discouraged.  Rule 34 is your friend!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Mummified head Mayan mask

I've now got this project from concept sketch to finished product. 

It has a kind of double personality, this mask.  The skull side has a fun, stylized Day of the Dead type of vibe, while the head side is much creepier.  It's disturbing.  I like it!

I'm very proud of the eye on this side

This mask came together a lot more rapidly than the previous one, largely because the design didn't require me to stick hundreds of tiny paper dots all over it.  Moulding paper pulp into a cadaverous head shape is a much quicker process, although I did decide the hat/crown needed that mosaic texture.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Mayan mask with feathers

Well, I finally got it all done and here it is.


I think we can all agree that the feathers are a nice finishing touch.

Why has it taken me so long to get the finished photos up?  You're thinking "laziness", aren't you?  Normally that would be the answer, but in this case the courier lost my feathers.  I bought some very nice feathers from Feathergirl and waited for them to arrive... and waited... Big thanks to the awesome people at Feathergirl for going above and beyond the call of duty to sort that out!  Their customer service is just amazing, and I highly recommend them.  If you're in New Zealand, Feathergirl will also work out cheaper than going to a craft store or Spotlight, and they offer much more variety.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Perfect Sunday morning

Sitting in the sun with a bottomless mug of coffee, working on a commission and watching TV shows about dinosaurs.  If there's a better way to spend a Sunday morning, I don't know what it is.

Friday, 7 December 2012

I have a logistical challenge

The latest challenge in my ongoing series of apocalypse party masks is making a mask for a friend who wears glasses.  In the last post I showed you the concept sketch and the artwork that inspired it.  I'm happy with the concept, he says (possibly unwisely) that he doesn't mind what I do, so I'm good to go.  The difficulty here is how to get around his glasses.  The guy needs his glasses to see with, and he has some complicated eye problems that mean contacts aren't really an option.  Either the mask goes over the glasses, or the glasses go over the mask.

The glasses won't fit over the mask.
My solution to this problem is to fit the mask over his head like a helmet, so that the face part hangs down in front of the glasses.  This is where the sturdy crown/hat arrangement you see in the concept sketch will come in quite handy.

All my masks start out with a piece of aluminium foil moulded over the user's face.  In this case, it's moulded over the head as well.

Here's the front:

And here's the side:

Everything else will be built over top of this aluminium structure.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Another mayan mask

Can you guess what the theme might be this time?  If you guessed skulls, then you've clearly been following this blog.  Here's the concept sketch:
It's based on this actual mayan mask which is half skull, half mummified face. 
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The crown on top is based on these mayan stone heads from the Merida museum in Yucatan.  My faux jade effect worked out pretty well, so I'll be using that again for the crown.
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Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Pictures taken in the Wanganui district

A story in pictures:

Like all the best creepy stories, the implied ending is that one of these could be in your house right now.