Son Of Buster

My entry for the HauntForum $20 Prop Challenge is a companion piece to my 2010 entry titled “Buster Gravesley.”

 

 

Buster Gravesley had a son named Buster.  Buster’s son was a gnarly surfer dude head banging sort of guy, always on the look out for the perfect wave. Unfortunately Buster Jr. met his end in the jaws of a Great White Shark and joined his father in the afterlife where he still raises Hell every chance he gets and never misses an opportunity to break free from the confines of his rotting grave. Like father, like son …. Meet Son of Buster.

 

 

The Son of Buster Prop was built almost entirely from recycled materials and papier mache.

 

The prop features a mechanism which allows it to be manually operated. When operated the tombstone cracks in half revealing the Son of Buster creature lurking behind the tombstone.

http://youtu.be/q6mSnbw8ivM

 

 

This piece had to be created for under $20 dollars so the hardware choices were economical, if you plan on building this I would suggest using additional material resulting in a sturdier prop (such as larger hinges, etc.).

 

Son of Buster took approximately 30 hours to create over the course of a month. This was a fun build and there was a fair amount of experimentation and new techniques in regards to creating the head and the hands. The final prop stands about 3 ½ feet tall and is 2 feet wide.

 

Click here for the tutorial.

Black Gate Gallery

Posted a collection of photos from our Halloween 2012 display called “Black Gate.” 

 

You can view the entire gallery here.

 

 

 

GateKeeper Tutorial

 

 

The GateKeepers are large gargoyle/demon/alien hybrids that stand guard at the gate of our 2012 Halloween Display. Based on a sketch I created this past summer these creatures are made from papier mache over a wood form. 

 

Complete documentation of the process can be found here.

Great Pumpkin Workshop II

Legacy Art Studio and Gallery and STOLLOWEEN present The Great Pumpkin Workshop II in Midland, Michigan.

 

You have never built a pumpkin like this before!

 

Join us in September for The Great Pumpkin Workshop II where you will create your very own papier mache pumpkin over the course of four evenings.

 

This workshop will teach a variety of papier mache techniques including a new process that has never been made public until now.

 

Participants will learn everything they need to know about building armatures, mixing paste, working with paper clay and utilizing different painting techniques.

 

The class is fun, fast paced and chances are good you will make a few new friends during the process. There are only ten seats available for this workshop which allows for a personalized experience.

 

All tools and materials are supplied and no experience required.

 

Cost is $100 per person.

 

Tuesday, September 11th:  6-9pm

Thursday, September 13th:  6-9pm

Tuesday, September 18th:  6-9pm

Thursday, September 20th:  6-9pm

 

Participants will need to use a variety of tools such as scissors, sharp tools and hot glue guns.

 

The class is somewhat physical requiring standing, bending and lifting during each three hour session. Please wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing.

 

The workshop uses wheat flour based paste, joint compound and latex paint and may be unsuitable for those sensitive to these materials. No toxic materials are used.

 

The Great Pumpkin Workshop II is recommended for ages 16 and up.

 

If you register and are unable to attend please notify us at least 72 hours prior to the first class so we can fill your spot in the workshop

 

To register please contact Hannah Manges at 989-835-1655.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace the Darkness

We decked out our back yard in a very scary fashion. Saturday, October 29th will be the only night to view our Halloween display. This year the props are in the back yard along with a roaring fire, s’more fixings and other assorted treats. Dress warm and help us celebrate our favorite holiday.

 

 

 

Please park across the street and use caution crossing the road as it is currently under construction. The display is scheduled to operate from 7pm until 10pm weather permitting. Please email me if you need our address or further information. 

 

 

 

 

Concept To Completion

There are two approaches I take when building a project. The first is working from preconceived designs such as sketches or photos and the second is creating freeform where I just wing it and let the project go where it needs to go.

 

Here are some examples of projects that were built from concept art. Some examples are well refined designs and some are very loose sketches representing the desired goal.

 

Gourdon Rotsworth

 

Buster Gravesly

 

Boris The Bolter

 

Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson

 

Pirate Skulls

 

 

Sir Rip D. Fleshkin designed by Breck Torres and Dustin Obermeyer

 

 

 

Arsenic Asylum

 

Character Tombstones

 

 

Witches

 


Sir Rip D. Fleshkin

This pumpkin was the most creative concept winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.

 

Introducing Sir Rip D. Fleshkin designed by Breck Torres and Dustin Obermeyer. 

 

Fun concept to turn the stem into arms and hands, during the build I decided to remove one of the fingers because it seemed to work better.

 

Sir Rip also features removable eyeballs which can be displayed during the day and removed at night to allow the light to shine through the eye holes.

 

 

 

Charles McScardeylantern

This pumpkin was the random drawing winner in the 2nd Annual Build Me A Pumpkin contest held on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.

 

Introducing Charles McScardeylantern designed by Jasper Anderson.

 

Charles mcScardeylantern was a very fun build, especially the rotted side which was achieved by soaking blue shop towels in papier mache paste.

 

The pumpkin also features five large black flies which can be repositioned or removed if desired.