I had made a Power Loader
and an Alien Queen
. They would be displayed and featured in an event in Salt Lake City for Halloween. I figured I'd want a costume for the event that I could, you know, actually walk around in. I stayed with the theme and made myself an Alien Warrior.
Step 1: Inspiration and Goals
My initial idea for Halloween this year was to take my Queen and Loader and put them into a makeshift haunted house in the garage, with an Alien Warrior costume (and maybe a facehugger and egg) for additional scares. However, my aunt told me about a fashion stroll event in the city. We contacted the organizers and they liked my work and invited me to bring them up and put them on display. The Warrior would be a great costume to go along with that display, being a great challenge to undertake.
This wasn't completely new territory to me: I had made an Alien costume back in 2007. The results were...less than impressive. It was ambitious for its time, and I did start experimenting with plaster strips for the first time, but ultimately, it was pretty ugly. But, after having made all sorts of creations in recent months, I knew this one had potential to be more respectable. It was refreshing to work on a project on a more manageable scale. Heh.
I wanted this costume to be something I could "easily" get into by myself. I wanted it to have a lot of detail and be very accurate. And, as always, I wanted it to be cheap, quick, and easy. If I could make a full-size Queen, a little drone should be easy, right?
Again, I drew a lot of reference from the movies themselves, the behind the scenes and photo galleries, and hi-res images of statues and replicas. It was fascinating to watch them in the movie frame-by-frame; you can easily see how the costumes are basically body suits with some outer detail on them. But you never see that watching it in normal speed, as they were lit, shot, and edited together so well.