Truman Mask Part 2

The paper mache from last Monday night had dried and the mask was feeling solid and light.  The only problem was that I had made the shape of the head all wrong.  I remember thinking the forehead was  too tall when I first constructed it but the goal was to get it done in a weekend so I just kept barreling forward.  Since it has taken me 8+ years to return to this I figured I might as well get it right so the first thing I did tonight was cut open the top and shave off a good 1/2 a foot…

2013-02-11_Truman_2The tall head was funny looking but it looked more like George Bush Sr. than Harry Truman.  Truman had a big forehead but the overall shape of his face was much squarer.

The next thing I did was attach the cardboard ears I made last week and sculpt some eyes out of Femo.  I knew I wanted to get slightly more detail around the eyes and I found this old clay on a shelf so I mushed it up, fleshed it out then cooked it in the oven for 20 minutes.  When it was done, I hot glued the eyelids to the mask and just to test it, crafted some quick glasses frames.  I also added some lips out of foam wrapped in duct tape…

2013-02-11_Truman_4Once everything was in place I cut up a bunch of newspaper and mixed another big batch of Elmer’s Glue.  I covered the entire mask and it seems like next week I’ll be able to paint it!


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