So a while back I decided to make wings (WIP for those here). Making them was fantastic but finding a character for them is a little backwards from the way I usually work.
Inspiration for the character came from Jason Chan’s stunning drawing of The Angelic Overseer for a Magic the Gathering game card. I do hope I’ve done it justice. This is a short post on how the costume and props were made.
For this shoot, due to time constraints I got my good friend John Davis (aka The Wizard of Foam) to make the armour blanks for me. I then did the detailing, decoration and painting myself.
Designing the details for the front of the shield. As you can see I use proper professional tools! LOL
Heat shaping the foam into their correct shape for the details.
Shield all done and heat sealed ready for paint.
Putting the details on the breast plate. First they are pinned on and then heat shaped and left to cool. Note to self: Don’t grab the breast plate just anywhere, you may avoid the top part of the pin but there’s that sharp bit underneath that draws blood. Of course it is only right and proper for a blood sacrifice to the crafting gods, but it’s still painful lol
Details on the headdress, cut free hand. Attached using contact adhesive, then heat sealed ready for paint.
Armour and sword all complete and ready for painting with Flexi Paint from Tyges Supplies.
First coat of of silver. Silver paint mixed with flexi paint. I use flexi paint to stop cracking that happens to normal paint when used on a flexible surface.
Details all painted. The silver is Royal Langnickle mixed with Flexi paint and the gold is colour shifting powder mixed into a clear flexi paint.
Gladys modelling the full set just before the shoot.
A quick (and bad video lol) of the wings opening and closing 🙂 It’s a bit of a problem when your house isn’t wide enough to properly test your wings! I had no choice though as it was raining heavily and along with the wind made it impossible to do outside.
Sometimes even angels can’t keep a straight face. . . sigh lol
I hope this has been of some interest to you. If you have any interest in commissioning props or costumes please do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected] Many thanks for reading 🙂