Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ULTIMATE III photographic comparison

So just to show how accurate Ultimate III is I put these together earlier today. My camera is not the best quality (hence the pink chevrons), but as you can see I got damn near every scratch, ding, spot and paint crackle on the original. The part 3 is perhaps the most complex mask in the franchise and the most difficult to pull off accurately but I went all out on this one, all the crackle is hand-engraved rather than drawn on so it looks convincingly real even closeup in person. The closest you can get to the real thing...


Monday, February 22, 2010

Ultimate III is finished

The Ultimate III mask is done, here is the first photo of it I took out in the snow earlier today. I will have several more photos coming up soon, including comparison shots to screen caps and other photos of the original so everyone can fully appreciate the detail. Note: it looks really dark in this photo because of the snow, its lighter in person.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Paint cracking...

Ultimate 3 is coming along nicely, should be done in a week or so...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ultimate III Sneak Preview

Over the past two weeks I have been painstakingly matching the original part 3 mask basecoat using acrylic mixtures. Its more of a challenge than you might think, because screen caps disagree widely on what color the mask was (showing it as tan, yellow, white, ivory, etc.) and even different editions of part 3 can show drastically different colors in the same scene, making screen caps basically unreliable for color matching. There are only a small handful of actual photos of the mask that have been made public, so I have mostly used those, but even they show slightly different coloring, possibly depending on the kind of film that was used, the exposure, aging of films and photos since 1982, etc. After months of study I have concluded the color was a golden tan, and have since applied the mixture to my mask. The end result is above, and I believe it to be very faithful to the original. In person, the color has incredible versatility and can appear various shades of tan and yellow in different lighting, very similar to the original.

I will begin detailing soon and will have more sneak previews of that too.