Thursday, October 13, 2011

Making Our Version of
Lion King Masks

My friend Patrick asked for my help in painting these masks that his team will be using in an excerpt performance of Disney's Lion King musical. Patrick's a medical representative. He and his colleagues will join doctors in a musical competition that serves as entertainment in a convention (by a national organization of medical oncologists). Others teams will do Grease, Hairspray and Moulin Rouge.

Anyways, I must say that there's an artist in Patrick. He made these lion masks himself with wire mesh and paper mache. The manes are made of various indigenous materials. I painted all the face details. We had three dear people (Cholo, Chogie and Avee) help us out in painting and assembling.

In the picture (above), from left that's Chogie holding the Scar mask, Patrick wearing the grown Simba mask, on the table is the young Simba mask, Cholo wears the Mufasa mask, and I'm wearing the Nala mask.

Actually the doctors will get to wear the lion masks. Patrick and some of his colleagues will be a pack of hyenas. We made 9 paper mache hyena masks from a mold. I taught him how to make a mold-model out of epoxy.

We actually had fun making these mask here in our garage. We thought of starting a costume-making business. This isn't really the first time my friends made stuff like these.

We completed all 14 masks just today. The musical event happens tomorrow. Good luck, Patrick!

11 comments:

  1. Hi, i love your works on the mask.. i wonder if you could share some stuff on how to do it?

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  2. Hi Rey. Thanks!
    My friend used welded wire mesh (1/2" grid) to form the masks. He used craft foam for the surface and other details (like eyelids, ears) then wrapped everything with strips of paper to hide the seams and to reinforce it as well.
    I hope this helps. ^_^

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  3. thanks chris.. nwiz, you have a very nice blog.

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  4. I was wondering if you could show some more pictures of the process.. Or explain in more detail how you made the masks.. im supposed to be making masks for Noah's ark in the musical "Garden of Eden". this would help a lot!!

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  5. Hi :) I love your masks....I was wondering if you take orders. My high school will be doing this play next year...i hope you'll email me at your soonest convinience :)

    Miz G (grace.niles@wms.edu.my)

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  6. Great mask making skills. We are doing a junior high school version of the Lion King and I love your masks. More details on how to make them would be great so that the parents can build these for the kids to wear. Thanks for considering this.

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  7. My school is doing a production of the lion king in November. I was wondering if you have more detailed instructions for making the masks or if you take orders and sell them. Please let me know. Your work is amazing! Thanks!
    --Eli (elisjones@me.com)

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  8. I am also doing costumes for this play November 20,2015 and would love some instructions on how you did these masks. lolivieri@rochester.rr.com

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  9. We are doing Lion King Jr. this spring. Please contact me if your masks are for rent or to order. Thank you so much! artsci7@yahoo.com

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  10. What materials did you use for their manes?

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  11. I need masks for our Lion King Show. Do you have any available?

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