Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Maokai Debut

 Maokai was debuted at the Sogen Con 2013 Cosplay competition in Sioux Falls, SD and won Best in Show. My work has finally payed off. The Con staff were very helpful in pulling this off. There were many exceptions made for this costume, such as; I entered from stage left because that was the only side with a ramp (Maokai's large feet don't do stairs well), I was allowed a personal handler, and I was allowed to roam the halls a little even though I was pushing the size limits for most Cons. All and all I had a lot of fun making the costume and even more fun wearing it. A big thanks has to go out to my handler and girlfriend Rachel. (see her facebook page here:

A Big Thanks to Christian Mercado for the photos.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mask Making with Friends

The first step was to make negative molds of our faces.

Next I placed a piece of selifan wrap on the inside of the mold, to prevent sticking, and plastered the inside in order to get a positive mold of our faces.

Expanding spray foam was then sprayed inside as to give the mold more structure.

We then added non-drying clay to the outside of the masks to give us the general shape that we wanted for the masks. the shape of the clay itself will become the air space between the masks and our faces.

We then paper meched the clay, let it dry, and added fast meche on top.

After a few days the Masks could be pried off of the forms and cleaned of clay.

The eye holes and mouth holes then needed to be drilled. Make sure to test out the mask periodically to make sure they are in the right spot.

The rest of the shaping was done slowly with a dremel and sandpaper.

The masks were then smoothed out with a little joint compound and more sanding.

Final steps are priming and painting. I also added in some black tool behind the eyes.

If you would like to see more images check out my friends cosplay page and also mine