This two piece Red Hood helmet was made for a cosplay client and was primarily based on Kenneth Rocafort’s depictions of this comic book character. A head life cast was taken and made with ultra cal 30. Since the cured stone is porous, a sealer needed to be applied before moving forward. The sculpture was build up all with an epoxy dough, shaping and sanding in stages. All hard angles (especially around the lips) were sculpted using a denser epoxy putty. The parting line was carved and the two pieces reworked to fit tightly together with a clean seam. Afterward the groove lines were mapped out, a pattern was then made and the lines were carefully routed out with a dremel tool. The eye area was fabricated using a slightly reflective but fairly clear lens which was then backed with a white screen mesh. A series of miniature high powered magnets were embedded along the inside to securely hold the two pieces together. Velcro strips were also countersunk and adhered into the helmet in key areas, the other side of the velcro would then be stitched on to the clients fabric under mask. Once sanded to a smooth finish, it was primed ,painted up in phases using an airbrush and then sealed with a clear hard coat. This project is another example of how even with a smaller budget, quality can be achieved with good planning. It also did not hurt having a client who was easy to work with and super excited to have his creation finally be brought to life.
December 17, 2016