Here's some background on how I made the mask in my recent posts:
I was asked to make a mask inspired by Tetsuo: Iron Man, something more surreal than horrifying, while maintaining the biomechanical weirdness of the film. I wanted something that felt immense, so had the idea to make the silhouette architectural, almost like a city. The goal was to make something resembling a mannequin head with melted plastic twisting into rusted steel.
2 I started with a test sculpt so that I could quickly get a sense of the shape I wanted without wasting material. It also became the base I built up the papier mache under-structure on.
3 Since all the pieces would be locked into place from the start, I decided it was easier to do all the rusting on the metal before they were attached. Cold cast iron (resin) rebar, apoxie sculpt plate and aluminium sheet prisms, both covered with metal infused paint, and real nails. All of it rusted by hand.
4 The Apoxie base was sculpted over papier mache, making everything intrinsic and solid. The tubing was also made, using plastic tubes, rusted later.
5-6 The details were gradually built up, adding and subtracting (with sandpaper and a dremel) until the shape flowed well.
7 The details were then added and refined. Once this was done I spent forever sanding it plastic-smooth…
8 Once it was as clean as I could get it in the time I had, I primed the non metal parts for painting.
9 This was the first time I figured out how to really use an airbrush. Alot of the details are only visible in person (veins, freckles), but that was more to teach myself really.
10 This is the final paint job before I started layering gloss, semi gloss and matte varnishes to get the desired finishes.
Anyway, will post some more detail shots soon, but figured someone might gain something from this.
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