HAGEL FINE ART & DESIGN
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Godzilla g64h

Godzilla king of Kaiju as a bust, gMothra vs Godzillah 1964 the subject.

With this bust I wanted to compact as much in as I could without over doing the final look. So I started some drawings, which are the same scale as the sculpture (18cm high). Front and side views for me to familiarize and work off.


Building an armature from pipe connections, fencing wire and aluminium foil sculpting time was ready. Using Promat Sculpey which is a bit more firm than the regular seem to hold fine detail well. I wanted this to have a rock-textured base with movie title as if it were carved out of a cliff face. Mothra Larva was also sculpted for extra detail and balance. Godzilla needed to have the rubber suit look rather than a streamline animal look. Most notable the folds on the arms like bunched up rubber. Once the sculpting was complete it was baked in the oven clean down and painted in acrylics.

Nothing like some 60fs Kaiju madness.


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Glenn Strange Frankenstein Bust

A dream journey for me. I think Karloff portrayed the ultimate Frankenstein monster on screen but it was the characteristics of Glenn Strange that intrigued me most. He played the Frankenstein monster in three films. My focus is on his final movie role as the monster in gAbbott and Costello Meet Frankensteinh 1948. During the 50fs, 60fs & 70fs it was his image as the Frankenstein monster that was so often used in horror related advertising, monster toys, models and so on. But it was the Don Post tight fitting Glenn Strange gsmoothh Frankenstein mask that ultimately pushed me toward this project.

I began with purchasing a 1:1 scale foam male head, dollfs eyes and a black wig. For the electrodes in his neck I cut down two leftover large paintbrush handles. Drilled a hole in each for the pins, which were nails bent with the heads cut off. Then with a coin I measured a thicker width in Sculpey to cap off the ends. 

Next I carve out slightly smaller holes in the neck for a firm fit and scoop out some sockets. The entire foam head was coated with layers of glaze and PVA craft glue. Then using air-drying clay (because I canft bake this thing) I start to sculpt. Three weeks later after having to keep it slightly damp during the sculpting I seal it once dry with more glaze and PVA.


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Now the eyes were inserted and carefully lined up so he doesnft look cross-eyed. If they are out just a fraction he will loose sense of depth. I padded around the eyes with foam and PVA then painted them with warm translucent colours clouding the stark doll eye effect. For the eyelids and bags they were separate appliances I sculpted in Super Sculpey. Once glued in place I blended the outside of them with air-drying clay to settle them in.

Everything was ready for paint time. I airbrushed a fleshy tone over my white primer then basically water coloured largely and drew with a paintbrush more solid where needed, all painting complete over two days.

Finally with hairing this I cut the elastic in the netting of the wig and shaped it to fit. Glued it in place with PVA, trimmed it and glued the hair lining to suit.

It was a lot of customizing and figuring out to create this gothic almost harlequin looking monster mash horror head for the cabinet.



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