This isn't really a tutorial, but more of how I went about making this mask and hooks.. shame I didn't think to take a few more progress shots!
But here's a breakdown of what's going on, from left to right.
1. Started with a plastic full-face mask from a craft store, which I trimmed down. The base for the ears is cut craft foam, and I used lots and lots of masking tape to shape different aspects of the mask and ears. I eventually covered the entire mask, front and back, with masking tape.
2. After taping and shaping, I covered the mask with plaster. The hooks are made of styrofoam hoops and craft foam, covered in lots of tape and then plastered as well. I let those dry and then sanded them the next morning.
3. I covered both the hooks and the mask with a layer of gesso, and then used paperclay to form the details on the mask. I also covered the hooks with paperclay, and then sanded the hooks smooth again once dry. The paperclay worked well - barely cracked at all, very light, but stayed kind of soft, which wasn't so much of a problem because it still kept its form. Another layer of gesso went over the paperclay.
4. Painting time! Painted with white craft paint, and the gold was done with a really pretty gold acrylic paint my sister had. Lot of detail.. but SO worth it. I then covered it with a glossy varnish which sealed it and made it nice and shiny
5. Detail shot of mask!
6. The hooks I painted with a silver craft paint and a bunch of different colors of acrylics. I took a gray paint and layered it on top of the silver once it was dry, then rubbed it in/ wiped it off while it was still wet so it looked all weathered and stuff.
7. Detail shot of hooks. The blood was a mix of red craft paint, red acrylic paint, matte medium, and a dark brown acrylic. Then I took everything outside and flung paint at it
Took about three days to finish everything. Used an entire huge ten dollar roll of masking tape hahaa. Finished mask with blood splatter up soon!