I have been thinking about this costume for a while now. I went through some sketchbooks for inspiration and found this idea popping up over and over again.
I’ve been sketching this costume for a while, it or iterations of it are scattered though out several sketchbooks. I’m going to attempt to build a cardboard version of the Kukeri costume, a Bulgarian fur suit costume, used in the harvest festival to frighten away bad spirits.
I’m adding a spine element to the tall head section. A few pulleys and strings will help the neck/head move naturally, controls will be attached to my head. Turns and tilts of my head will be reflected by the costume tall head.
I packed up the minivan with tons of painting supplies, lots of cardboard, glue guns, and two kids and headed to Sis and Moons to start an large installation (still in progress). The kids Helped me unpack boxes of paint and odds and ends, in the process earned some choice pieces of cardboard, and settled in the back to work on their totem pole (thanks Chris).
Below is a picture of one canvas we use in the ‘Street Art‘ class and my new wall.
The bear head strapped to the top of the van, lots of cardboard and a minivan full of paint.
I started by cutting and trimming down the Bear Head costume. The shoulder pads, chest plate, and back panels where removed. I also removed some underlying structure inside the head. I pulled out the glue guns and started adding new support structures and prepping it for a flat wall.
I took a few minutes to add some color. On the right you can see the back of the bear head and some body panels that were removed and on the floor,
I moved the head to the table for more trim and paint. I also started a border around the head.
The day has come, halloween is here, and all this work is worth it. Gio has his afro cardboard frankenstein, Oscar is rocking a full cardboard Pokemon Charizard, Damien is welding a pair of custom cardboard katanas, and Alex is suited up as a cardboard bear.
This is a shot of the Bear at work, before the Costume contest, second place!
Don’t Shoot, I did not take the Picnic baskets and I am not a zombie.
Pushing hard towards halloween, flowing with Cardboard and Hot Glue, here is a picture of the Bear Head. You can check out earlier pics here. I’m happy with the head, I will be starting the suit next. Worried about the paint job, cardboard nude or custom paintjob?
After halloween I will get back to the Clem Heads.
Adding lots of detail, looking for the feeling of fur.
I’ve never built a bear head before. but i have always wanted to build a large animal costume. Alex Feliciano, ” I might make it in time for halloween”. We will see.
I really like this view. I think about painting it and wonder how to go about it, I have lots of crazy sketches and this dog head from a few years back.
Here is the Sugar Skull hanging up at Sis and Moon Gallery in Alpharetta, GA.
The first Mask is done… meet the Thunder Lizard.
Damien with the Thunder Lizard. 50+ cardboard tiles cover the head eyes and jaw. hand painted and now on sale at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta GA.
Hello, 4 new masks started Thursday night (October 3rd, 2013) at Sis and Moon Gallery. I am working on a cardboard Dog head, alligatorThunder lizard (done), Skull (human), and a Bird mask. Saturday I will be back at the studio to begin painting them. Wish me luck…
Started the base coat on all four masks and begin prepping the Thunder lizard. It got a set of hand carved teeth screwed into some cardboard mounts, more tiles and eyes, next step COLOR. I will be updating throughout the process or till Halloween which ever comes first.
So last night Tuesday (day three oct 8th, 2013), I put the kids to bed and then started working on the Thunder lizard (picture to the right). I painting the tiles, added highlight, added even more tiles and made a bottom jaw. I’m going for a Aztec ish look. This is a picture of me wearing the Thunder lizard this morning, very tired, trying on the mask helped keep me going.
Seeing out of the mouth, is good.
Add more fins to the sides.
Behind the head is open, easy on easy off.
Three more masks to go. Below is a larger image.
Tuesday night / Wednesday morning, Larger Image from you can see the jaw tapper under the teeth, and the jaw hinge.
Wednesday night / thursday morning, Boom, a Thunder Lizard. It is at Sis and Moon gallery in Alpharetta, Ga. It’s about 32 x 32 inches (ish), made out of cardboard, glue, acrylic paint, wood screws and some wood for the teeth. It took four day to get here: build, fabrication, paint and assemble. Ha, just fun with glue and cardboard. I was going for something that spoke to an fun Aztec design. My kids helped paint the Thunder lizard tiles and had lots of ideas about what colors we should use. They are very excited to see it finished but not happy to see it go to the gallery. They said, “Please don’t sell it, we’ll buy it.” I had to explain to them that if we kept everything we made there would be no place to sit down and their mom would kick me out, kisses honey.
Thunder lizard, done. now head down to Sis and Moon and buy it.
Damien wearing the Thunder Lizard, he made lots of scary noises, like, ” Raw Ew Uh! and Rorrhra!.
When it was Oscar turn he must have had “what does the fox say” on the brain and started to chitter, “Jacha-chacha-chacha-chow” and “a-hee-ahee ha-hee!”.
The Feliciano brothers rocking a sugar skull and bird style mask, these are the blank prototypes! Oscar in the bird mask and Damien in the white skull.
Thursday (Oct 10, 2013), Sugar Skull
This is the first paint and design pass. Most of the execution was random and jittery. The skull had a lot more surface area that I thought after some random starts it began to come together quickly.
Saturday and Sunday, worked on a bottom jaw and the sides. the jaw will be double hinged and screwed to the head. I’ll wrap it up tonight. Pictures in the morning.
Sugar Skull is done, good morning.
The next morning after a late night finishing the jaw. The blue Diamond Sugar Skull is a nod to my time in LA. I am very excited to make more skulls.
Dog head Started…
I wrapped up the Sugar Skull and now I’m going to start the Dog Head. I worked up this head and painted it a few weeks ago, I am going to shorten the neck and add a lot of detail panels for painting mini vignettes on the panels.
Trying new tricks with the Dog Head (I need to come up with a better name). The eyes and nose are made out of Crayola Model Magic. Not sure about the paint job, wish me luck.
Going with a gold theme, maybe, I need to focus and figure out what it (the masks) wants.
more, I need to listen better, Late night.
Had to skip Thursday at the studio so I snuck in a Saturday afternoon to worked on the dog head. I am thinking about sending them to LA for the Hive. This is the Hive’s 5th year of it esteemed Sculpture show, celebrating sculpture of all types and styles. Postcard
My space is a bit dark, so I have added some lights. I think I need to put a spot lights on the masks, maybe a blinking light. Today is “Lunch Truck Thursday” I hope someone takes home the Thunder Lizard. If not I’m going to send it to the Hive in LA, see what those guy can do with it.