Szass Tam *Completed*
A while back I posted my entry for a 100% scratch built Szass Tam costume where I made the head out of a bike helmet, paintball mask, the skin was hot glue and I made electronics in it for lights and voice.
I was pretty proud of the costume, however on reflection it seemed showing off what I figured out on my own and less leveraging anything I've learned from the Stan Winston School.
This is my submission to showcase skills learned from a course here.
A little background.
I'm a mid 40's contract jockey. I sit in a cube all day reviewing contracts, running them through the garden of regulation and seeing where I can poke holes in them. That's what I do for 50 hours a week. I'm autistic, so I don't turn off. It's an advantage and disadvantage at the same time.
I'm a self taught artist, and in one of the classes here I learned that what I do is called "kit bashing", so that's my art style. I take a few things, fuse them together and make something new. So taking a paintball mask and a bike helmet to make the original mask falls under that kit bashing umbrella.
I learned the term kit bashing here on this site from the video that landed me here. There's a dude with a pony tail teaching how to make a helmet and a vacuum former. Outstanding video, amazing teacher. I'm looking forward to that build quite a bit. I had also watched a dude sculpt a droopy face monster and mold it. That was my first introduction to sculpting, I viewed it to learn ho to make a Klingon headpiece for a cosplay wedding.
For this submission I started from scratch. I watched a video of a long haired dude making a wolfman mask. It was the closest I could find to the idea of making a guy with a living metal skull.
This is my 5th attempt at sculpture, and I'm going to show the bad stuff I want to hide as well as what I feel is a success. At the time of this post I've made significant progress.
The rules I set for myself, I have to make progression in my kitchen I'm building, still have to make food for work, continue projects for work (I'm in a class there as well), still have time to spend with my wife being social and I can't drop my volunteer work. That and I have to do this from scratch, head and hands. This is where not having an off switch gives me an advantage. The disadvantage is autistic hyper-focus and a bunch of other unsavory things that comes with my wiring.
I have no illusions that I'm winning a contest. I've seen some real talent posted here. I'm doing this for me, and I'm wearing this for my 19th anniversary photo with my wife. I'm posting the pics as a nod of appreciation to the Stan Winston School for the incredible lessons.
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