so the first step you should take on is the design phase come up with some concept art or even just rough sketch so that you know where to head with your next step
I would also like to take this time to mention this is a very difficult process and takes months of hard dedicated work but if you are so incline you to can make something like this.
Step 1: Finding Your Model
for our design we wanted a short petite woman so we found a model to suit our creature
thanks again to our model
now we must make a body cast so that we have something to sculpt and create on. if you dont know how to make a body cast you can find more in depth methods online and maybe even on instructables but its fairly easy to learn. here are some progress shots of the process.
we did our arms seperately in alginate .
Step 2: Sculpt It Up!
the pictures show the progress we made
our creature was meant to be an earth bound creature that has been living in harmony with the earth for so long that the earth is now becoming part of it.
Step 3: Time to Make the Moulds
the way this mould was made is by taking some thin metal strips called shims and placing them very close together along the seems that you will need to make in order to pop open your mould. the big thing here is to avoid undercuts of any sort as they will make taking your final product out a nightmare.
here are the pics of the moulding process
Step 4: Casting
once we poured in the foam latex or in most of this case we injected it with a giant syringe the entire mould was put into a large oven specifially made for heating foam latex ... if you do not have access to something like this ask around in forums and you can find people willing to rent out there ovens for projects like this (remember DO NOT put any foam latex into an oven you intend to use for food.)
once the foam latex is cured its time to carefully crack open the mould remove the shims and reveal the final product.
be warned it smells!
Step 5: PAINT
i used fake plants to make a hair style worthy of a wild creature in woods
i vacuum formed some real rocks and painted the plastic shells to make it appear as real rock but has it as light as a feather.
its important to has as much of ur creature ready to paint at the same time as you can. this way u keep colours consistent
for the eyes I ordered taxidermy eyes the largest albino eyes i could find. i feel they give it a good look,
you can make your own eyes but its a hard process to make good ones. (maybe i will do an instructable on those one of these days)
when its done it looked like this.
Step 6: Applying It to the Model
the only snag we really hit was creating an transition between the hands and the upper arms but we made a really kool makeup in between and the paint saved the day.
all the shots we have are in front of a green screen because are final presentation of this creature was meant for a digital final copy but it worked just as well out and about .. throw a clock around it and u have a creature that Jim Henson would probably be proud of.
enjoy the pics and hope you enjoyed the process
once again thank you everyone who was involved with this it was awesome fun!