Introduction: The Maitlands

About: I am an artist in upstate New York who works in a variety of mediums including illustration, digital, sculptural and photographic. Currently employed as Director of the Oneonta YMCA Teen Center, as well as pho…

 For years my girlfriend was trying to convince me to do a couple's costume, so when the topic of one of our favorite movies came up, I decided to try and make the iconic pulled-faces of the Maitlands from Beetlejuice.
These masks were created in 2011 and received wide recognition and awards both locally and through the internet.

There were not a lot of pictures of the process.
The pieces themselves are carved from insulation foam that was glued into a block. I then used sandpaper and a Dremel drill to make all the details. The pieces were then painted.
Really all you need is some good reference and a little time to make these. There were about 5 hours each to carve. After that, the painting went really fast. The inside of the mouth and eyes are sheer black fabric so we could see out.


Awards and recognitions:

-1st palce in NECA action figure Costume Contest 2011
-Winner of 1st annual Manic Moviegoer costume contest
-Winner of About.com's Paranormal Phenomina Costume Contest
-2nd place in Casillero del Diablo's Legendary Halloween Costume Contest
-coolest-homemade-costumes.com Artistically Crafted Costume Award
-The RPF 1st Runner Up
-Featured in Coroflot Members Gallery
-Featured on Failblog.com as a WIN!
-featured on Superpunch.com