Sunday, March 17, 2013

Starting a new Mask series

Elisa and I are starting a new series of masks-Insects. I decided to start out with the Hercules Beetle. Here are some teaser images to wet your whistle.

Beetle-2
Carapace covers.

Beetle-3
Head piece

Beetle-4
The group so far. The actual carapace, one of the carapace covers, head piece, some legs and you can see the mask in the corner.

Beetle-5
The mask with a faux gold finish (but not cemented into place). I still have to enamel the mask and finish the legs and wings.

Beetle-6
And here is the start of the enameling.

Beetle-6

3 comments:

Frith Foottit said...

Beautiful as always.
Is that several layers to make the ornamented 'shield'? I'll have to try something like that sometime.

Phillip Valdez said...
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Phillip Valdez said...

thank you for the kind words. It only has 2 layers. The back shield part(solid) and the filigree part glued in front. I then covered it in Gesso to seal it (and give texture), did a black and dk green base coat-then finally dry brushed gold all over.