My partner Shayna and I decided to attend the NYC Resistor Halloween party as The Lone Wanderer and Hancock from Fallout 4. She went all-out to create an exceptional spandex costume, and I wanted to build something that would at least prevent me from looking like a schlub in comparison.
I haven’t sculpted by hand in a while, let alone made an FX prop, but this felt like a manageable chunk to bite off. I started with a face casting, which Shayna built up out of alginate. From there, I made a plaster positive of that casting, and began sculpting a ghoul nose that made it look like my actual nose had fallen off due to intense mutating radiation.
Once I had the sculpture laid out, I added a gutter around the sculpture, waxed the prop, and made a mold box around it to pour a 1-part casting. Then, I removed the sculpture from the silicone, broke down the sculpture to get the original plaster casting back, and mixed up some silicone pigment to match my skin tone as much as possible.
From there, I ran a few castings to try and get something as bubble-free as possible (with mixed success). If I tried this all again, I’d definitely plan around paths for bubbles exiting the mold in a more robust way. However, vacuum casting and the general forgiving nature of zombie makeup ended up pulling this prosthetic through.
I mixed up some silicone with a thixotropic to create a sculpting putty, patched the prosthetic, and then went on to detailing it with some tinted silicone adhesive. I applied the prosthetic using that same adhesive as well and added some basic makeup. I’d intended to stick the bald cap down too, but it was already uncomfortably hot in my lab, and I wanted to avoid becoming a hot sweaty mess during the dance party.
Sleep No More is an incredible production: an immersive live performance staged on an expansive five story set inhabiting New York’s abandoned McKittrick Hotel [I have been informed that the bit about the set being built out of an abandoned hotel is just PR fluff… SNM actually takes place in a warehouse scratch built to look like an old hotel. The more you know]. I don’t need to sing its praises. Other folks have done so amply, effusively, and more successfully in other formats. Just Google it.
I saw it live a few months ago, and it’s stuck with me. I especially liked that I got to keep the mask I viewed the entire performance through. Being a rebel, I brought along a sharpie so I could give it incredulous eyebrows. Fuck the police.
I thought it would be fun to get more folks in on the action and share my favorite part of the experience, so I teamed up with the impossibly amazing Numidas Prasarn to scan, assemble, and release a life size 3d print ready version of the Sleep No More mask. So, here it is, on Thingiverse and ready to be played with. I intend to shrink it down into little Lego man helmets when I get the chance.
I went to the Gemini and Scorpio Masquerade Macabre this year, which is an event stuffed with artists, arealists, musicians, and the kind of people who make life worth living. I had a lovely chance encounter with Eva Galperin, saw a few dozen intense costumes, helped Danielle Hills of Gilding Primal Instinct wrangle her display, and hobnobbed with the creators of Baritarian Boy.
Since it was scheduled to be such a fancy gala I thought it was time to dress up as something wonderful. I used to go all out for Halloween costumes, but have ended up spending more time on other folks’ costumes than my own lately. Well, I couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than Amanda Palmer, so voila. I’ve got to thank Numi for providing the wig, makeup, and most of the wardrobe for this one. I mostly picked out clothing and kvetched as my eyebrows were being painted on. Continue reading →