Paper Mache Monster Masks!

Started by Mr_Chicken, August 18, 2023, 02:25:09 PM

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Mr_Chicken

These are my loose interpretations of the classic monsters using build up techniques made over the last several years. They started out as a tribute to the great Pat Newman mask sculptures for Don Post. I thought Glenn Strange's heavily textured face would lend itself well to my paper towels soaked in house paint mache technique. It was pretty fun, so I made a couple more. I changed up the technique a bit each time, but they're all half masks with fun fur backs, painted with washes and drybrushing. Some turned out better than others, but part of the fun is you don't really know what you're going to get until it's done.









I even made a little YouTube video a few years back on how I do them: https://youtu.be/CwjBxShw4TY

Mike Scott

Those are super cool, Mr. C.!  :)  I especially like that Phantom!
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darkmonkeygod

Those are ALL simply GREAT! Kudos to your skills and thanks for showing them to us.

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vayapues

Like the folks say: these are just beautiful, & I'm deeply impressed.

Ya know I looked at your very nice Youtube demo & was surprised to see that, in a way, your process is only halfway different from creating a conventional rubber mask. (No moldmaking needed!) The dense, random textural qualities that paper maché brings to the sculpt must be as unpredictable & exciting for you, as the artist, as they are for us spectators.

Speaking of rubber maskmaking, have you ever thought of doing a master positive from the sculpture/mold process so that you end up with a permanent, or semi-permanent, character prototype over which to do the paper maché buildup?

PS A paper maché Kharis (or some kinda mummy) &, outside the Pat Newman orbit, a Shock Monster, would be absolute naturals for your technique!

Sir Masksalot

'Fantastic, Mr_Chicken! While scrolling through them, I thought it'd be cool to see
how it's done ... then your link turned up at the bottom. Thanks for this fun post.
Yes, do a Kharis Mummy!

Mr_Chicken

Thanks all!
I'm glad to hear Kharis suggested. I think the technique is a little too dead-on for Imhotep, so I've been thinking about doing a Kharis for a more interesting interpretation.

I have thought about doing something like that in duplicating the core so that a new "skin" could be applied to make more masks. A few people have asked about getting copies of the Frankenstein in the past. I tend to leave duplication of my masks to the Trick or Treat Studios factory, because just painting them is a lot of work. But I did 3D scan that one recently to be able to offer smaller magnet versions of it.

vayapues, you reminded me I actually did a trio of Topstone characters, but as buildups on plastic skulls rather than masks:






Dr.Terror

Very nice. Right up there with the best latex incarnations,.
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vayapues

Love those Topstones, Jasper. That's one of the very best Shockys I've ever seen (& there are a LOT of 'em)!

PS When you mention ToT Studios, I assume you're speaking loosely -- you don't have an actual association with them?

Kidagain

Wowzers! These are super cool, they would be right up there with the best latex masks out there today. You should be very proud for your skill in making them. Three thumbs up Mr_Chicken.

Mr_Chicken

Quote from: vayapues on August 19, 2023, 05:36:41 PM
Love those Topstones, Jasper. That's one of the very best Shockys I've ever seen (& there are a LOT of 'em)!

PS When you mention ToT Studios, I assume you're speaking loosely -- you don't have an actual association with them?
Thank you! I do indeed sculpt for Trick or Treat. Around here you'd probably recognize my Chaney Wolf Man, Werewolf of London, Christopher Lee Mummy, and upcoming Chaney Phantom "humanoid" mask, but they also carry a couple of my original designs.

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Dr.Terror

Its the human mask Phantom wears.  They are in the catalog along with Red Death facemask.   I sure hope they come out.
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Quote from: Dr.Terror on August 20, 2023, 05:33:07 PM
They are in the catalog along with Red Death facemask.

On the TOTS website? I didn't see any Phantom masks.
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vayapues

Ya fooled me, Jasper. In my infinite ignorance, I thought u were a talented newcomer; instead, I see you're a seasoned pro! Not that it matters.... I love these paper buildups!

Dr.Terror

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