Anonymous asked: Did you go to school to learn how to make these masks/suits? If so, where and what program? If not, how did you get started?
Oh lord I need to be careful with this answer. Super careful.
I went to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, otherwise known as MCAD. I went for their Illustration program, and graduated under that major, though I did learn lots of my sculpting/molding/casting skill from that school, as I was able to integrate a lot of other classes into my major, like the comics classes (MCAD has a comics major as well), the mold making and casting, the 3D courses, photography, and so on.
My first internship was a year before you’re technically allowed to HAVE an internship, but it landed me at a museum in the art department. There, I learned some AMAZING skills from Doug Henderson, you will recognize his name form this video here: (link)
He taught me a lot about different molding and casting materials, and texturing in sculpting.
From that experience, I knew I wanted to move into costuming. I LOVE monsters. A lot. but I don’t have the technical skills to do things digitally as far as animation. So Costume was perfect in my mind. I’ve always wanted to do concept art for movies. I had that extra DVD from Van Helsing that included all the monster concept art. That is what I wanted to do, but I figured it’d be nice if I also knew how to build the creatures I drew concepts of, so there I was, at MCAD, learning to pull my art skills together, a special effects internship under my belt already. I figured I had room for one more, so I started looking around.
At last I chanced upon Clockwork Creature. I knew it was a long shot, but I asked them if they would be willing to have me help them out for three months while I earned some credits for college.
From them, I learned how to do even more. Masks, I’ve done before, but not in this style. the suits are also due to my time with Clockwork Creature.
Thanks to my airbrushing skills, and previous knowledge on how to handle molds and casting, I was asked to return after graduation.
It is HERE that I would like to emphasize that Qarezzel NOR Clockwork Creature Studio has space, time, or money to take on any more interns and they will not be taking on any interns in the foreseeable future. Please do not contact them asking if they know when they might be open to such possibilities.
From here, I ended up signing up for Stan Winston School of Character Arts, and took a class in California taught by Tim Gore. I have been learning more and more things ever since then, so if I were to recommend a nice sound place to learn, I would certainly recommend The Stan Winston School of Character Arts. It’s all online. There are seminars, classes to participate in, webinars (live seminars and demonstrations) and lots of wonderful resources.