This afternoon I was working on a design change for my Uncle Forry animatron, and hit a snag which required a complete stoppage of work until a few parts can be located (or flat out created from whole cloth... or metal, in this case).
I hate that.
However, I wasn't about to waste the afternoon so I decided to begin making my 'life-sized' Hitchhiking Ghost trio.
Yes, this year is the 40th anniversary of the greatest dark ride ever, Disney's Haunted Mansion.
In tribute, I am attempting to recreate some of the iconic imagery from that classic attraction.
Got these basic sculpts done in fairly short order:
This may not look much like the fuzzy prisoner 'Gus', but once I've painted him up all teal and glowy, and added his signature ZZ Top-level beard and hair, he'll be perfect.
And here's ol' Ezra, the hat-doffing hitcher. Of course, he's wearing that classic Haunted Mansion skeletal grin, seen all over the Mansion grounds. They're nowhere near being complete, of course. I do this much early, so they can dry and set and get all that out of the way, then I fill in cracks and give a final coat of glow paint. The details of the ears and eyes will be painted in at that time.
And yes, I'm doing Phineas too, just didn't have time to get to him today. Patience.
Hopefully they'll be thumbing their way through the night come this All Hallow's Eve.
I'll be back with more Lab Reports as progress warrants.