Rww, said the cat

Next alien creature mask for Return to the Planet : experimenting with a race genetically derived from big cats – in this case, a jaguar.   The mask base is instamorph, draped over a clay sculpt, with the teeth moulded separately.  The whiskers are re-purposed old ukulele strings.  The painting (in acrylic) is still rough, just to work out the idea.

Jaguar half mask

It’s called a Cylicorn for a perfectly sensible reason people!

That sensible reason being that Cyclops+Unicorn=Cylicorn.  The alternative result of using an Earth based myth-referencing concatenation system of nomenclature is Uniclops.  And, somehow that doesn’t have quite the right ring.

Cylicorns are just one of many species that could inhabit The Planet in May.

painted mask

Gorilla under construction

Gorilla maskI’m in an improvised comedy show next month, which mostly explains why I am spending this afternoon creating a mask for the eponymous Gorilla.

So far, I’ve finished a rough clay form over a plaster cast, next step will be draping it with a thermoplastic sheet (Instamorph) and then will be painting and adding fur.  Not a bad way to spend a Sunday afternoon, not bad at all . . .

Working up a mask from life

I spent last weekend in a portrait class that focused on understanding how faces twist to express emotions.  On Sunday we worked from a live model in one long pose (the expression collectively chosen was ‘anxious’).  The rest of the class worked in 2D, using paints, pastels and pencil to capture a likeness.  I decided to instead use clay and Instamorph to create the base for a mask.  It was an interesting challenge!

Next step: taking the white mask base and painting it, adding in eyes etc.     With his permission, I took photos of the lovely model, and will use them to help finish the mask.

Model and clay base

Model and clay base

instamorph mask

Model and mask