Monday, October 19, 2009

Latex Masks and Plastic Skulls

I just posted a short film clip on YouTube about one of my biggest pastimes; making latex monster masks. I thought I'd post it here as well. One of the masks featured is the Dagon mask I blogged about earlier this year. Also, I included a gallery of some of my LARP work.

Some of my best friends are very much into Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP), meaning they dress up as orcs, elves, warriors, clerics and various ancient and fantasy-inspired characters. They help me out making stuff for my films (clothes, leather- and metal work, etc) and I return the favor by making masks and various slippery slithery things for them. Recently I did a plastic orc skull for my friend Liz, who often makes clothes for my puppets and people appearing in my videos. As usual, I first did the skull as a sculpture in Chavant clay and built up a mold in Dragon Skin silicone over it. The actual skull was cast in the mold with SmoothCast 325 and painted with bone white car spray paints and acrylic airbrush colors.

I wanted a (what is now) retro orc look, inspired by the big-jawed orcs made popular in the late 1980's and during the 1990's by British Games Workshop. This design is frequently referred to as the "Warhammer" orc. The orc designs from Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" films have pretty much taken over, which means that the modern orc is quite human-like and thus easy to recreate for the LARPers. The older orc was green, muscular and a bit cartoonish. I kind of like them better and I'm trying to re-introduce them (along with a friend) into the Swedish LARP arena by subtly changing the look of my masks and props. Someday we'll explode onto the LARP scene with a fully fledged retro orc suit! (this is the stuff you ponder when you don't have a proper life to worry about)


Yaz said...

Vaoww, I am so impressed by your latex mask video. Those masks are looking amazing! And, I have to admit that I am kind of scared here.. Excellent work on the masks and the skull!

Richard Svensson said...

Thanks, Yaz!
I hope my masks are a bit scary, but not too scary..

jriggity said...

you are a Super talent!

what a collection of work....are you one of the few people in Sweeden to do FX work?


Richard Svensson said...

Well, we're so few doing this kind of work in Swede we pretty much know or know about each other.

people in gorillasuits said...

Awsome stuff ! I wonder if you ever hear about GWAR - a heavy metal rock band. To sum up what they do/are a (loosley cited) quote from their badleader: '... and then we thought about making GWAR a real rock band and thought about 'what might be the coolest thing'. We all agreed with: Man-Eating Monsters from Outer Space the play a hellish kind of rock'n'roll heavy metal thing'. They make their own costumes, props, produce their own records and after a regular GWAR concert hundreds of people are soaked in fake-blood, slime and stuff (my experience).