Skull 1 – A simian looking skull corpsing tutorial (with video)
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In this tutorial I’ll show you how to easily corpse a generic skull using simple corpsing techniques and easy to find materials. This skull ended up looking like some sort of wild monkey…it resembles an angry mummified baboon.
Materials and tools:
A cheap skull, could be foam or papier mache
Cheap plastic fangs
Toilet paper, paper towels and/or cotton balls
Black spray paint
Black exterior latex paint
Assorted acrylic paints (we used black, white, burnt umber and yellow ocre)
E6000 glue (or equivalent)
Great Stuff foam (optional)
Duct tape (optional)
Take the papier mache or foam skull and CAREFULLY cut the lower jaw bone out
CAREFULLY cut the plastic fangs so that only the teeth and canines remain (see picture)
Glue upper fangs to upper jaw in skull and glue lower fang to lower jaw. Set aside to dry. While this is drying, take the two marbles and spray paint the top and sides with the black spray paint. Let these dry too.
Using tape and/or great stuff, re attached lower jaw to skull in an open position. Prop in desired position until foam dries. While it dries, take the two marbles and spray the other side with paint.
Using a mixture of one part Elmer’s glue and one part water, start corpsing the skull by brushing the glue mixture onto skull and layering toilet paper, paper towels or cotton. Brush glue/water mixture on top of paper towel/cotton and build up features. Twist some paper towel strips or cotton and connect upper and lower jaw, making torn cheeks. Using cotton or paper towels soaking in the water/glue mixture, build lips over the fangs where they connect to the skull. Continue doing this for 2 or 3 layers and working wrinkles into the build. Let dry between layers.
Once fully corpsed, paint the whole skull (except the teeth), inside and out, with outdoor black latex paint. Let dry. Once dried, apply some E6000 glue to the inside of the eye sockets. Then, going through the mouth, place the painted marbles into the eye sockets and let the glue dry. This is hard to explain, so please see the video (below) for a more visual demonstration…
Paint the skull with one coat of burnt umber, but being careful not to cover all the black latex. This is sort of like a dry brush technique, but with lots of paint. Once this coat is dry, mix in some yellow ocre and burnt umber and lightly dry brush over the whole skull. For dry brushing just take the excess paint off the paintbrush so that barely any comes off on the skull. It should just highlight the higher points on the skull. Again, see the video for a good demo! Finally, add a little bit of white and dry brush over the highest points of the skull that you wish to highlight, like the eyebrows, nose bridge, cheek bones and chin.
Finally, take some yellow ocre and lightly coat the teeth so that they look aged, dingy and dirty, otherwise it will look like your skull just used some Crest whitestrips (my attempt at humor).
Enjoy your skull, show it off and tell your friends to visit www.monstertutorials.com/skull1 to learn how to do it.
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