This is the process of the Making of a 1.9m Long Dragon Head which I made for a musical I am running
Step 1: The Concept
This is the sketch which I based my model on, it is loosely based on Smaug from Peter Jackson's Hobbit Movies. The idea is for the head to be worn by someone who will see out the mouth.
The final dimensions ended up being closer to 1.9m x 1.4m
Step 2: The Frame
The wire frame Was constructed from fine mesh wire, with high tensile steel wire used to shape the contours for the head neck and Jaw. This was reinforced with aluminium channel for structural support.
Step 3: The First Layer
The First covering on the wire is of bakers paper simply taped on
Step 4: The Features
The Spikes, teeth, eyes and Nostrils are all carved out of low density foam, then attached with a strong adhesive.
Step 5: The Papier Mache
After the features have been added, the whole head is covered in paper Mache. it is coated with three layers, two using cel-mix as an adhesive, and two using Araldite/PVA as adhesive to add hardness.
Step 6: The Final Layer of Mache
The final layer of Papier Mache is of baking paper and uses PVA, this protects the shell from water damage.
Step 7: The Texture
The Head is then textured by hand using a special technique and expanding foam. This is then coated with Pond liner, which further hardens the body, and makes it impervious to destruction by mites or moisture. the inside is also coated.
Step 8: Experimenting With Paint
The first areas of the body are painted to experiment with textures colours and shapes. the final decision is to combine black, red, orange and gold on the body, with the addition of platinum silver on the spines to represent skeletal breakthrough, as the spines would continue to grow as the dragon ages.
Step 9: The Left Side
The left side fully painted and Textured
Step 10: Fully Painted
The Whole Head fully painted. note that at this stage, the teeth were aged using gold and brown paints and fire.
Step 11: The Eye
This is the left eye of Asos. it is a two part structure made from resin combined, an outer clear "lens" with a painted inner surface, and an opaque "vitreous" to give the eye depth, coloured with gold flakes and acetone based paints.
Step 12: The Glow
LED's on a flicker circuit are mounted behind the eye to give the appearance of an inner fire.
Step 13: The Smoke
This is the Final Product
A Pressure chamber is constructed and dry ice placed inside with water to create mist. this is then piped to the nostrils via a hose. the output is sealed with putty to prevent moisture damage.
And there you Have it. A Wearable dragon!
Now, on with the show!