Thursday, July 11, 2013


I'm going to start posting Works in Progress. I have found that seeing other artist work in progress is very revealing about how they work and think. I'm not promising it's awesome but if it helps one person it worth it. This blog exists to repay the debt I owe to other haunters and monster makers who posted their how-to and progress images online.

The Wraiths: These are the going to be the grave robbing Wraiths in the new haunt theme this year. The visual tie in I am working towards in the haunt is the relationship between birds and the way witches look with their long beaks and thin claw like hands. This is something I am trying to work out with sculpture instead of sketches.

The Watchers: This was just a spontaneous sculpt the first time I did it. I was making a prop that points you the right direction to exit my haunt but I didn't want him to look to much like the the main character of the haunt that he will be next to. I ground off the nose the eyebrows and just started putting clay over the face, I liked the way it looks so I started to make some more faceless creatures.

The Watcher

I haven't been on the forum much in the last year or two because I haven't been building props for my haunt. I have been building sets or fixing old props or helping others with their props which always needs to get done.

In keeping with our plans to do a new theme every three years it is time for me to build all new props and sets. This is the first prop I finished so far this year. He has been built to point people the right direction when they get to our porch as many people turn right and walk into the house on accident.

The video shows him moving and at the end shows the slider crank mechanism that actuates his arm.

If you want a how-to let me know in the comments and I'll get it on the to-do list.

Skull Mold - Silicone Brush On Mold

I shot this a couple years ago while I was making another skull mold. It sat around unedited for so long because I realized a few things about myself. First I don't really like editing video. Secondly I don't like typing - arrrgghhh it burns! Thirdly I guess I don't really like blogging. I mean not enough to post everyday like some of you guys.

This is the entry level mold you should be attempting if you want to get into casting skulls for your haunting needs. It's cheaper than a jacket/matrix mold and much easier to build. It's gonna cost you about $80 total plus the casting material but you get 40+ castings from it and learn something new.

These are two long videos but they show you every step. I always find it helpful to see the whole process myself.

If you have questions post them in comments and I'll answer them.

Part 1:

Part 2: