video The Making of a Zombie Cat Mask
I am an artist based out of Montreal, Quebec. My current practice involves making masks using techniques I learned while working at a mascot production company. I documented most of the steps of my latest piece and edited them to music. There are a lot of steps involved and it would take a greater effort to go into every detail, but I hope this video can give you a general understanding. 


For more of my works you can visit my site at: www.ianlangohr.squarespace.com
Amazing!! My two loves...cats and zombies. Love to say I'd try it, but that's an epic fail on my part for another very far away day. Great job!! So impressive.
My cat looks just like that, but one eye is has grey fur and the other has white fur. She sheds a lot for a short haired cat o3o
jkramer71 year ago
Awesome! I'm jealous of your skills. Ha.
pokeduXD1 year ago
That cat is mortified lol turned out cool!
Lango84 (author)  [THECREATOR]1 year ago

Cyriak's wonderfully disturbing video was definitely consulted during the making of this! : )
bob30301 year ago
cilewen1 year ago
rrkrose2 years ago
This is so weird! Thanks for the great 'ible!
Lango84 (author)  rrkrose2 years ago
you're welcome! please feel free to look at some of my other masks at www.ianlangohr.com
LucDaRocka13 years ago
poofrabbit3 years ago
This is very very cool thanks for sharing! I'd love to know more about the materials you used! Simply fantastic!
Lango84 (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
Thank you poofrabbit, I am glad you enjoyed it.
My website is linked in the info, and under the Masks heading you will find a general breakdown of the materials used.
But to go into more detail:
I use a foam called ethafoam to carve the main shape. It's a foam that is used for packaging and costume making because of it's elasticity. This makes it durable for the masks as other more brittle foams tend to distort their shape when roughed up.
I usually buy polar fleece to cover the shapes since it is also elastic and can stretch over odd forms. And because it has a thick texture it tends to hide my poor hand-sewing. For other details I use faux fur, felt or a material called burfab (though I am not sure where you can buy this one).
I then use an airbrush to add dramatic shading and hand paint other details.
The eyes and other select parts are made from pieces of ABS sheet styrene. For the eyes I bake the plastic for around 8 mins at 350 F and form it quickly over an eye shape carved from foam until it cools (That may be a harder process to explain in words.) A heat gun works well too.
Other bits are usually made up of scraps of sheet rubber, carved wood wires and other bits of metal.
I also use vinyl for details such as the reflection in the eyes.
For the whiskers on this one I used a heavy fishing line (25lbs) and formed the shapes using a hair dryer.
The mouth screen is made up of 3 layers. The one in the middle is a thin black foam similar to what you would put in a shopvac for a wet filter. That is sandwiched between a piece of chicken wire on the inside to add rigidity and a screen fabric on the outside to mask it all. It helps to find a screen fabric that is not too glossy and will allow paint on it to add more details if need be. The wire is also spray painted black to allow you to see from the inside, otherwise the silver finish would be distracting.
For cushioning on the interior I use a foam similar to the spiky ones used on beds... not sure of the name. I cover it in a bit of material for comfort and place them where my head and face would otherwise rub up on the inside.

That's all I can think of for now. I hope most of that is clear.
I would be happy to answer any other questions.

You are a rock star thanks so much! I'm going to make something similar, I will be sure to show you pictures. (LOL this might take me a while!)