In this post I’m going to show how I’m making the masks for my film. Each of the masks represent a season as I believe I have explained in a previous post. So, this is how I made the Face of Winter.
Step 1: Mask & Base Coat
The first part of making a mask is to find a suitable starting point. Many hobby shops sell a variety of different types of mask made from a variety of different materials. For this project and the other masks I chose to use a readily available plain white plastic mask.
These masks are ideal as they are made to be painted and have items attached to them.
The next part was to choose a suitable base coat. As the masks are designed to be painted, I did not need to spend time preparing the mask for paint (this would involve sanding down the item then applying a primer which takes several hours/days to dry). For winter, I decided the base would be silver. I had the idea that winter would predominately grey to start with but I also wanted the Face of Winter to be represented an Ice Queen in look so the silver checked both boxes (as silver is classed an expensive metal essentially shiny grey).
With the base coat done and dry, it was time for the next phase.
Step 2: More Paint
Although the silver was nice and looked good enough for what I needed, I wasn’t 100% happy with it. It seemed a little dull and boring compared to the previous mask, Autumn. I decided to add a little more paint. Firstly, I masked out an area that would remain silver for now.
The idea was to spray the section between the masking tape blue.
With the section now blue, I also added a “dusting” of black while the paint was still wet (While its wet the colours bleed into each other). This gave the blue a black mottled look.
Next was to decide where to put my decorations.
Step 3: Decorating
To decorate the mask, I had bought some Christmas Decorations. I had learnt from making Autumn that although its nice to use real things such as leaves it does have a limit to how long you can use it before it literally dies and falls apart. The decorations were a set of battery-powered icicle lights, four plastic icicle baubles and a star like bauble that would make the centre piece.
The long Icicle baubles would be used as horns to make the mask look a little more sinister, the lights would form a crown and the star, as already mentioned, would be the crown jewel.
I pierced four holes for the icicles in the mask using a screw and a thin file. I didn’t want exact symmetry (because nature has no straight lines or symmetry) so I did it roughly by eye.
Having decided I no longer like how contrasting the silver was to the blue, I decided to give the whole mask a dusting of black and blue. I then moved onto making the crown. For this part I secured the jewelled decoration in the centre of the forehead, then turned the mask over and pieced holes for the lights (in doing so I accidental knocked the jewel off, but re-stuck in after).
My final job for this phase was to test the lighting and make some inserts to cover the eye holes so the wires could not be seen.
I was really happy with the paint job on this one as it looked glittery and remind me of how snow reflects light.
Step 3: Detail Painting
The final step was to add detail to the mask. I wanted it to be more relatable than just a expressionless blank face. To remedy this I used some black acrylic paint and began painting of a mouth. I then added some eyelashes. Finally I painted the tip of the nose black and added some whiskers too. I wanted to make the mask look both feminine and fox/cat-like. With this done. I left it to dry.
With the face of winter now finished, all I need is winter to turn up so I can get some shooting done.