MONSTERPALOOZA 2017


Monsterpalooza 2017 in Pasadena was another great success.  I believe this is our 5th show and it was definitely the best yet.  Not only did we more than double our space (from table to booth), we moved to a new location (Next to Jordu Schell Studio).

This year I brought my largest public showing of mask work to date, as well as the phenomenal Crab Monster suit created by Creature FX legend and Academy award winner Chris Walas.  

Beers were had, laughs happened, shop talk was non-stop, and people watching was top notch (I've always felt the public attendees were the true monsters at the show).

We look forward to seeing everyone again next Spring!  Booth 45!

Gnarly Davidson

I was very glad to help out my good friend Christina Kortum from Ravenous Studios in Portland (and a crew of great artists and makers) create these masks for artist Ceelo Green to compliment his new artistic persona "Gnarly Davidson".  Although I did very little to create the final look, I did vacuform a multi-layer under structure in clear PETG plastic to conform to Ceelo's head and house the LED lights and wiring, protecting them from moisture and damage.  Enjoy!

The Enchanted Forest

I recently had the honor to replace some old, decayed latex masks for The Enchanted Forest amusement park in central Oregon.  Here is the witch I designed, sculpted, cast and painted for an animatronic haunted house character.

It is made with Creature Cast Rubber Super-Flex, a neoprene based, non-toxic, synthetic latex casting rubber we distribute.  See more at:  www.creaturecastrubber.com

Enjoy!

Medusa for TNT's The Librarians

Last fall I had the honor and pleasure of crafting a severed Medusa head for the Season finale of TNT's The Librarians (aired Jan.22, 2017).  I was given artistic license to go wild, though I only had about 7 days to make a finished piece (TV show turnarounds are notoriously short).  

After putting together a piece of concept art in Photoshop, I went right to work sculpting the head in WED clay (a water based clay developed by the Walt Disney Company).  I spent about 3 days sculpting before making a brush on silicone glove mold, backed by a urethane plastic mother mold for support.  I got lucky in that the silicone was stretchy enough to pull it over the sculpture without having to cut it.

Into the silicone mold I poured impact resistant urethane plastic tinted grey and slush cast the inner surface.  Then I backed the plastic with a layer of rigid urethane foam for structural stability and impact resistance.  Again, very lucky that I was able to remove the silicone mold without cutting it.

I crafted a handle on the back of the head to look like the body of one of the snakes using armature wire, aluminum foil, and Apoxie Sculpt.

Once I had sanded the edges and primed the piece with a grey auto body primer, I painted it with acrylic paint (both with traditional brushes and airbrush).

I then wired the head with LED eye lights, an on/off switch built into the handle, and a 9 volt battery to power it.

The head can be seen for a brief period in the first few minutes of the show, though it is lightly augmented with CGI snake motion and lighting.  Please enjoy!

 

Custom Headdress

It's been a fun 2016 so far with the custom pieces I have taken on.  I love it when customers bring me interesting and original ideas to run with.  Here's a photo of a Rat Headdress I made for the lead singer of a hardcore band.  It was cast in semi-rigid Creature Cast Rubber (available at:  www.creaturecastrubber.com)

 

Welcome to Faust & Company

Greetings and welcome to Faust & Company's ongoing Journal.  In the following posts I will be discussing techniques, materials, and the mask making industry.  Stay tuned for a steady flow of great information, photos and insider tips.  Please leave comments and feel free to ask questions.  Mark S