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Abe Halloween mask by firesprite Abe Halloween mask by firesprite
It's not entirely finished... I still need to glaze the eyes, add the topknot, and the leather stitches, but the painting is done, so I thought I'd put it up. Yey for Halloween!

Technical details: the first layers are plaster gauze, with paper mache on top, then self-drying clay. I put two layers of acrylic paint on top of that.

Oddworld is copywrite OWI, of course.
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:iconxiaolin-kirby-fan:
xiaolin-kirby-fan Dec 1, 2008  Student General Artist
that's an idea owo :D

i'll go as alf this next hallowe'en :lol: if i can
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newvagabond May 9, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so awesome! :heart:
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:iconrubbertje:
AHAHA! Damn.. I WANT IT! :P

Great mask!
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:icontrixinc:
TrIXInc Mar 20, 2005   Digital Artist
ok thts pretty sweet man. ;) Abe, one heck of game i use to play. now thts sumthing :)
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:iconfiresprite:
Thank you! I'm a big fan of the old games too, obviously. :)
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:icontrixinc:
TrIXInc Mar 21, 2005   Digital Artist
lol thts kwel :D Hail to Abe! Hail to Oddworld! :D
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Pronton-Liot Oct 29, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
thats wik'ed! A great Abe mask,
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:iconcrashhappy:
Well, there's my answer, you made it. Wow, very cool. Kinda sad I can't go to the store and by myself one this year :-( Clay on paper maiche... must try that....
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:iconfiresprite:
Okay, a how-to on the making of the Abe mask so you can do it at home!

What I did was take plaster gauze (it's this medical-type gauze with plaster imbedded) and cut it into a variety of size strips. Heat a bowl of water until it's as hot as you can have your hands in without burning yourself, and put plastic wrap around your face with holes for breathing out of your nose. Then you want somebody (I had my roommate) to do the next step; have your friend dip each cut strip in the water, lumpy side up, and then lay it on your face and smooth it. Do the border of your face first so it's easier to pull off at the end. Have your friend use the strips to entirely cover your face except youe eyes and nostrils, about two layers. Wait for it to dry, then carefully pull it off, and you have a mask to fit your face!

Next I put on a layer of paper mache, but I found this was probably an unnecessary step. If you need areas to be significantly thicker, add a layer of paper mache... if not, it'll probably be fine.

Then, using references for Abe's face, I took self-drying clay (don't need to bake!) and some stuffing. use the stuffing to form clay around to create the eyes, or if you have something you like better, use that. Form the features and gauge the wrinkles, hiding the eyeholes between the Abe eyes.

I painted this with acrylic, and add-ons are next. I hope this helps you!
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