Everyone needs to channel a little Gandalf in their life from time to time. I find my own outbursts to be taken much more seriously when I'm donning this wizard-like costume. Well, slightly more seriously.
My apparent need to walk around in flowing robes, wielding staffs, and quoting various lines from both Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter made it clear to me that I would need a proper mask to really be legit and garner the respect I clearly deserve. So I set out to create one based on my own features to make it as life-like as possible.
Step 1: Sculpting
I happened to have a plaster cast of my own face, but this could also be done on a styrofoam head with the prominent features mapped out to match your own. Using my own face allowed me to follow the contours more closely to create shapes that would look like my own natural aging.
I gathered some reference photos to help me along, and sculpted on top of my face cast with plastalina clay. Here you can see my first rough sculpt, followed by some refining I did. Since I was going to cast this in latex, I knew that every detail was important.