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« on: July 16, 2012 07:11:17 PM »

This is probably one of my favorite things I made during my recent stint in special effects school - it's a 7" head made of latex and foam, with hand-punched hair.  The character is meant to be a Shifter from Dungeons & Dragons - they're kind of a combination of lycanthropes and humans.  I've always been a fan of werewolves and the like, so I kinda fell in love with the idea of Shifters.



It was quite a process to make this little guy.  First I sculpted the head in modeling clay:


Then I made a plaster mold.  The mold was coated with about 15 layers of latex and then filled with expanding foam so the head would hold its shape. 


Seams and imperfections in the latex skin were cleaned up (I did minimal cleanup on the latex for the head in the pics, as it was the first one and meant as a test head), then the whole head was painted with acrylic paint, partially with an airbrush and partially by hand. 


After the paint was dry I punched the hair in by hand, which was far and away the most time-consuming part of the project (with the possible exception of the initial sculpting).  Finally, I added earrings and hair embellishments to finish it off.





Thanks for looking!  If anybody's interested, there's a couple more in-process photos and descriptions of the process on my blog (http://delectablydeviant.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/lil-shifter-head-from-start-to-finish/). 

I've got two more blank heads from this mold all ready to go, it's going to be a lot of fun to finish them now that I know more what I'm doing with this kind of project.

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012 07:19:48 PM »

That is so cool! Incredible, please, bestow more of your wisdom of creating this upon me! Shocked

Simply amazing. Beautiful, beautiful work!
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012 10:32:24 PM »

Wow. He's stunning.  I look forward to seeing the others when you are done.  I'm also intrigued that it looks from the photo as if the mould is only two pieces.  There is so much detail on the head I am amazed you could manage with only a two-part mould.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012 04:29:16 AM »

That's fantastically impressive!
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012 08:53:19 AM »

YIKES! I was quick scrolling the recents and this pops up on my screen and it scared the bejebbers out of me!!!

that is really really cool!  Nice work!!!  I'm amazed at your details, it looks so life like!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2012 09:16:41 AM »

Thanks y'all.  ^_^

I'm also intrigued that it looks from the photo as if the mould is only two pieces.  There is so much detail on the head I am amazed you could manage with only a two-part mould.

I tried to minimize undercuts when I did the initial sculpt, but there are a few.  The foam-filled latex is soft enough though, and the undercuts are mostly pretty shallow, that it's not a problem only having a two-part mold.
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