Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 7/25/17

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    My first costume of 2017 is one that I have wanted to make for years Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer! Frazetta has been a huge influence in my artistic career going back to well before I was even a freelance illustrator. It only seems fitting that with my skill set I bring one of his masterpieces to life.

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    So like I said I have been looking at Frazetta's art since I was a little kid first seeing his works on the old Conan book covers. Way back then I knew his style and implied form was something special. 4 years ago I went to Wizard World Chicago and got the unique opportunity to see 22 of his original painting on display...it...was...amazing!

    I had wanted to visit the Frazetta museum for years but hadn't ever gotten around to it and didn't think I would ever have a chance to see these works up close. The highlight to the room was Death Dealer. I absolutely loved this painting and even owned a 1970's print but to see it in person was emotional. I knew then that I had to make this character real and now is the time.

    I have been doing research on and off for years saving pictures of every sketch, statue, or painting I could find trying to complete this character. The biggest issues surrounding Death Dealer is that you never see the front of the helmet and that every time Frank painted him he looked a little different. The saving grace to all of this is a statue created by Randy Bowen in the 90s. Frank supplied Bowen with a sketch of what he thought the helm would look like if not obscured by the shadows. I have been basing my reference off of those sketches as well as Bowen's sculpture to bring Death Dealer's helm to life.

    Because of my love for Frazetta's work and my dedication to prop building I extremely excited to take this on. This project means more to me than any other I have built to date. I hope you all enjoy the process and thank you for taking this journey with me.

    Update -- 7/25/17

    Completed cosplay I'm really happy with how this all turned out!

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props

    Because Frank always painted his face in the shadows I knew the helmet would be tough. Lucky for me he did a couple of sketches of what he thought the helmet would look like for sculptor Randy Bowen. I will be basing my helmet off of a mixture of Frank's sketches, Randy's sculpt, and my own artistic license.

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    So first things first melt down some Monster Clay and start applying it to my CFX head form

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/11/17

    Subscribed! Already looking great!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/11/17

    Very cool! I started a sculpt of the helmet my self several years ago and can never find the time to finish it. In Your collage of the Bowen Statue two of those images are from one I repainted years ago!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/11/17

    Well your repaint is fantastic. I own one too #3/5000 signed by Randy Bowen and he even did a quick death dealer sketch on the bottom. I have been toying with the idea of repainting mine......Once I finish a full size version :)
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/11/17

    Thanks glad you like it, you have a nice low number I think the one I have is in the 300's I would have to check. I look forward to seeing the progress on your sculpt, maybe it will inspire me to finish mine!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/11/17

    This is going to be great. Subscribed.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/11/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer helmet - When I sculpt I usually turn my work around or upside down to see it from different vantage points. This makes sure that I am not favoring my right side to much which tends to happen. I press string into the clay to define the center of the sculpt and use calipers to try and make everything even.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/17/17

    I'm watching you. so far so good
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/17/17

    Coming along nicely!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/17/17

    Tickle me interested! I've always been a fan of that painting and Frank. Eager to see the next update!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/17/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - The initial shape of the helmet has been blocked out. From here it's all about refining the contours and planning the ornamental details.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/18/17

    Looking good so far! What's the red part underneath? Did you make some kind of base mask with the clay applied on top?
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/18/17

    Correct, its a base of plastic and held together with resin. I did the same thing with the wings on my dragon age helmet. That way I can sculpt the front faceplate and the back of the head without using all of my clay just for build out.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/18/17

    Frank Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Using calipers I start to define the cheeks, the slats that run down the length of the lower jaw, and the ornamental details at the top of the helmet.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/18/17

    Looks really nice sir!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/18/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Bulking up the lower face plate and figuring out where the horns will go. Little bit of Dragon Age in the background

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/21/17

    Looks great!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/21/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Further work evening up the left and right sides

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/23/17

    Great job for a great character.
    I love Death Dealer, unfortunately a little known character.
    I made this set 1 year ago, based on the version of Dark Kingdom


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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/23/17

    Thanks! Yeah there are just so many versions of the character it was hard for me to decide on which version to depict.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/23/17

    i think you went with the right choice
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/23/17

    mask is looking cool
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/23/17

    Looking very good so far:)
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/23/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - I had a couple of questions about smoothing out monster clay. After I have gone in with a small loop tool I use mineral spirits and a stiff brush to smooth everything down. For this helmet I am going to make a junk mold so that I can have a resin cast to further refine / sand and remold for the final product.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/24/17

    This is one of the best interpretations of the helmet I have seen yet. I have seen the original paintings and own all his Death Dealer Master Collection replicas. The texture of the original paintings offers no hints to the helmet's design. I have looked through batches of his Death Dealer sketches, and there are tons of different designs he did for the helmet. A LOT of them he did left handed. He strongly suggested he never intended for it to be seen. He painted over any details he had on the originals. Most of the sculptures I have I also find disappointing. Can't wait to see it finished.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/24/17

    Subbed. Great work!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/24/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Drawing heavily off of all of Frank's Death Dealer paintings I decide to go with the circular details on the front and back of the helmet but also implementing the ornamental crown details from Frank's first DD painting. The rivets are acrylic half spheres and the concave circlets are large grommet tops.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/25/17

    Have you thought about hanging some light chainmail of the main helm in front of the mouthplate? I saw some early sketches that had that. They were older ones, looser and livlier before he had the stroke, so I would guess before he did the sketches for Danzig's comic or the statues. I always thought it would explain the vague detail he kept for effect in the paintings.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/25/17

    Ive seen other artists depict it with the chainmail and I had thought about cutting the mouth out and trying that on a custom version. But I haven't ever seen Frank sketch it that way.

    If you come across images of these sketches please feel free to forward them on to me.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/25/17

    I will look through some of my older books, but I saw them over 2 decades ago in person, I was a kid and it was before the new Museum. There were stacks of sketches and books with plastic sleeves full of stuff so nothing solid that I remember. It's sad that the family is selling off stuff, it might be impossible to see all the works together soon. If you have the chance to get one of the Master's Collection paintings, definitely do so. They aren't as nice as the originals, but I stare at them just as long. lol.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/25/17

    Looks fantastic, can't wait to see the finished helmet :)
    I really like the face design you went with, it's what Frank designed himself for the face of the helmet for Bowen so it's totally the way to go.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/25/17

    This is looking really cool.
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/25/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - The horns were made by creating a wire armature and wrapping it with aluminum foil. Supersculpy was roughly built up and hardened to give me a solid base to work on. The final details and striation were achieved with Monster Clay. I kept it symmetrical so I can use one mold for both horns

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/26/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - I have completed the clay sculpt for the helmet and horn, I will be making a junk mold of the helmet to further refine / cleanup then remold for the final version

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/26/17

    Looking mean and brutal:love
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/26/17

    Beautiful work!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/26/17

    Frank Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - I completely forgot to show sculpting details on the back of the helmet. So here is a before and after shot showing how the plate was built up. Acrylic half spheres used for rivets.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/28/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Can everyone tell I am having a blast with this project. Last pic before the junk mold.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/29/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Brushing Smooth-On Rebound 25 to create the jacket for my DD junk mold

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/29/17

    Eager to see the result!
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/30/17

    Dude amazing work!! Death dealer is by far one of the best characters created.


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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/30/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet Junk Mold - Jacket is complete so I'm starting on the mother mold. I cut playing card up and tape them together to make a dividing wall between the two halves. Then layer sheet fiberglass with resin to make a support shell.[​IMG]

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/30/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - Successful junk mold of the helmet and mold of the horn. I will be making the first cast for refining soon!!!

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/30/17

    Slush casting for the horns also?
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 1/30/17

    Yes, slush cast then back filled with expanding foam
     
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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 2/1/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - First junk cast is out, time to trim and get the horns installed.

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    Re: Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer SKS Props - Updated 2/1/17

    Frazetta Death Dealer Helmet - I used a hole saw to cut out where the horns will attach to the sides of the helmet. I decided to go with the horn placement from DD painting #1 and #3 (revised) and I couldn't be happier with how it is turning out!

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    Beautiful work!!
     
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