Halloween is coming and way to quickly. I’m trying to get this giant cardboard monster built and I’m going to be cutting it really close. Cardboard scales instead of fur for this Kukeri inspired monster.
After the drawing and thinking and drawing. I started out with a pool noodle spine and some graduated cardboard disks. Four strings run down each side and through the disks, now I can pull on a string and the head will tilt down in that direction. Now to cut lots of scales and bits to be the covering, kinda like fur. After that, the whole thing goes on my head and it’s time to work out the vest and shoulder support.
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.
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.
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
Dire wolf head for the wall. I started with my dog as a model, and tried to keep it simple. Also keeping supplies simple: a pencil, a box cutter, t square, Elmer’s glue and some scotch tape.
– I quickly sketched my dog, Maggie’s profile. In the picture below you can see it cut out.
I used the two profilesI cut to guide the build. Internal supports where added to so pieces could be built independently them jointed after they where ridged.
This is the the head now, I plan to smooth and paint while maintaining a very square profile. I would love to hear and comments or links to your mask, helmet, trophy sculpture.
Ok I said simple right well I thought about it an decided to smoothen out the seams and that led to tubes of acrylic/silicon and then tubes of 100% acrylic.
And on day 3: I adde the acrylic and started to really add some shape.
I added 5lbs of plastic clay to the cardboard/silicone head. Two days of working the clay I feel like it’s getting there.
Haven’t been able to get back to work on the head. Looking forward to finishing up and start the mould process.
I have been working on the head, added lots of clay building the neck up and adding fur texture around the face and collar. I have also started 4 new cardboard pieces, at The Sis and Moon Gallery.