Leading up to comic con, I always worry. It’s everything from waking up from a dead sleep to remember unfinished costuming details, to being unable to get to sleep due to fretting about time management. I had 5 sleepless nights to start off the convention with.
And then Thursday came.
”It’s like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don’t hear about that on the 6 o’clock news, why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it’s a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. What are these people watching, people like me?”
The Creature Cosplay- the Process
So I’ve had a few people asking me how I made the costume, and I figured the easiest way to handle it would be to make just one post.
So the top is, obviously, the finished project. The second row shows the process of making the prosthetic— what you’re seeing in that first photo is a styrofoam wig head that I covered with a plastic shopping bag, then stretched all the wrinkles out of it in the area I needed to cover, and taped it in place to keep it that way. I rubbed a thin layer of vaseline onto the plastic so that I would be able to remove it when it was dry. Then, I used those little triangular foamy sponges that you can pick up at the 99 cent store and some liquid latex left over from last halloween, and one thin layer at a time, I built up the shape I wanted. The final layers were just for the scar bits. Once it was dry, I powdered the surface well, and began pulling it up gently, using a paintbrush to powder the underside so that the raw latex wouldn’t stick to itself.
Row 2 photo 2 is what it looked like without any color on it— nothing but latex and baby powder.
The third picture there is with the ben nye cake applied and the scar areas painted on with a thin acrylic paint, and then several layers of sealer.
The way I got around having hair on my head and being unable to glue on the back of the latex was to poke holes in it and feed in some strands of black hair that matched my own pretty closely. For this I used a weft from Arda, but really any hair would work.
To apply it, I parted my hair and braided the stuff that would go under it, pinning it as flat as possible. I glued the front of the prosthetic to my face using wig glue and spirit gum. The loose hair on the back of the prosthetic got braided into my hair, and then bobby pinned across the back of my head, to hold it.
Then, I painted some spirit gum onto my skin and blended the edges and added the scarring across my forehead with scar wax over the spirit gum, also from Ben Nye. I sealed it with another thin layer of latex, and then colored it using the Ben Nye color cakes (I used white and Dead Straw, and layered them until the color was right).
The third row shows the overalls when I first started painting the lines on (by hand, with no guides like an idiot— every line was freehanded) Not pictured: Once the lines of lighter brown were in place, I bought a cheap plastic broom and cut off half of the bristles, then dipped just the tips in black paint and dragged it down the overalls to make them look worn and darker. The shirt was just one I had in my closet, and the handkerchief around my neck is a piece of scrap fabric bought at Joann’s.
And there you have it: A how it’s done of my Creature Cosplay.
Thank you to everyone who was interested, and I hope that means I’ll get to see other people giving it a go soon! If you do, I’d love you to show me!
Rock on, Dreadfuls!
Someone get me one