Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Our Labyrinth Junk Lady... IS ALIVE!

After a panicky sprint toward the finish line, John and I have managed to get our Junk Lady about 95% done  - which is good enough for some pictures, right?

Let's start with a quick video of this "poultry in motion:' [snerk]

(See the chicken?)

Now some still shots:

(Taken with my phone, sorry for the not-great quality.)

I'm sure you've already spotted my most obvious Easter Egg on the back, right? ('ELLO!) Closeups of that to come, further down.

Now let's break down some of these prop components, because you NEED to see John's workmanship on this stuff.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

New Super-Secret Project Reveal: Bringing The Labyrinth's "Junk Lady" To Life

I generally hate sharing process photos before a cosplay is finished, since I'm semi-convinced it jinxes my ability to ever finish the thing, BUT... I think the time has come.

So let me walk you through the life-consuming project John and I began about three weeks ago, on the very day we learned there was going to be a Labyrinth Ball during Dragon Con this year. (A moment of sadness, however: the Ball tickets went on sale a few hours ago, sold out in less than 2 minutes, and we didn't get one. S'ok, though; this has been way too fun to let that get us down.)

As with all our previous cosplays, John and I wanted to do a character that's never - or very rarely - been done before. We also wanted a challenge we could both work on, which meant both structural elements for John and more creative, free-form elements for me. Plus it had to be something really over the top.

I think you'll agree this lovely lady fits all those criteria:

So. Let's begin.

First, a quick PVC frame:

With mandatory "head" jokes GALORE. (Just look at that grin.)
John continued work on the junk pile while I took over for the head. It's a big a Styrofoam ball, so I covered it with masking tape before re-attaching it to John's ingenious neck pivot:

She won't be a puppet, but she WILL move. Hopefully enough to seriously startle some unsuspecting con-goers. ;)

Then I sketched in features:

It's Balloony from Phineas & Ferb!

Adding crumpled tissue paper and more tape to rough out the more prominent features:

The eyes are a ping-pong ball, cut in half. 

A coat of paper maché for strength:

Which we placed outside to dry and/or scare the neighbors:

 Now on to sculpting with paper clay, since weight is a concern:


My only sculpting tools are from a $2 plastic cake decorating kit: a small spatula and a few pointy sticks. I think I'm ready to spring for something nicer now.

I only covered the visible areas with clay: her face and a little of her neck.

Next, paint!

I base-coated her with a sickly pale flesh tone, then stippled on areas of pink and lime green. (All of my paints are the 89 cent acrylics from the craft store.) At this point she's looking pretty zombie-like, but we're not done yet! Next, aging:

 A watered-down wash of brown really brings those wrinkles to life.

At this point I'd been literally nose-to-nose with this lady for maybe a week, and wasn't particularly phased by her nightmarish visage.

Then I added the eyes.