I've just updated the www.TomSpinaDesigns.com website with photos of a recent Sculpture-Bust-Statue and Custom Mannequin Movie Prop Display project.
Wesley at Wickedprops.com came to us with the original wardrobe for the character "the First Born Son" from the movie "Thirteen Ghosts." This was the 50's cowboy kid with an arrow through his head. Wes had the pants, shirt, socks, wig, belt and cap-gun... even the plastic figures. All that was missing was a pair of shoes, an arrow and of course, a head!
Wes wanted a display that could incorporate all of the elements he had. He also wanted something that was downright creepy.
Pose is always a major consideration and in this case we chose to have the figure sitting Indian style and looking upwards (no doubt contemplating our doom!). Using the wig and costume as sizing reference, we created a custom head sculpture of the creepy looking kid from the film. Once cast up, it was painted with pale blotchy tones and chapped-looking undead lip color. We inserted custom glass eyes looking upward for a little extra menace.
The body was created by modifying a child-sized version of the bendable mannequins available on our site's shop page. The addition of more realistic hands, custom weathered shoes and a vintage arrow would complete the body.
Since glass was a major part of the sets in the film, I designed a base that incorporated the glass element. This not only gave the display a much need visual "lift", but it nicely echoes the film and puts this figure in context.
BTW, as a little in-joke, I've set the plastic toys up so that the cowboys are in for a bit of a sneak attack. No doubt one will end up with an arrow through the head just like the First Born Son!
Wes and I are both thrilled with the final result and I hope you guys will be too.
Thanks for looking and best regards,