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Commission: Sad Grim Reaper Costume

The final sad grim reaper costume.

Here's a wonderfully unique commission project I worked on. Local artist Annie Dunn from Chaos in Color asked me to help bring one of her pieces of artwork to life! The art is called "Teddy Bear and the Reaper", and it's hard not to fall in love with that sweet, sad skelly face.

My portions of the costume were the mask and the scythe. The mask was sculpted in oil-based clay, molded, cast in urethane resin, and painted with spray primer and acrylics. The scythe is made from two different types of foam, built around a solid core, and painted to look like wood and weathered metal. The top portion of the scythe, just below the blade, can be unscrewed to allow for easy transportation. More details about the scythe and how it was made can be found on the Reaper Scythe Prop page.

The beautifully crafted robe was done by Maise Designs.

Matted and canvas wrap prints of "Teddy Bear and the Reaper" are available over on Annie's website!

Original artwork and final costume, side-by-side!

A sad grim reaper grips a rather traumatized-looking teddy bear in this adorable digital painting - compared with the final costume!

Sculpting the mask:

A work-in-progress sculpture for a sad grim reaper skull mask commission. A work-in-progress sculpture for a sad grim reaper skull mask commission. A work-in-progress sculpture for a sad grim reaper skull mask commission. A work-in-progress sculpture for a sad grim reaper skull mask commission. A work-in-progress sculpture for a sad grim reaper skull mask commission. The final sculpture for a sad grim reaper skull mask commission.

Molding the mask in silicone rubber:

Starting to make the mold for the sad grim reaper skull mask commission. The completed mold for the sad grim reaper skull mask commission.

Cast mask test fitting and final paint job:

Test fit of the cast sad grim reaper mask. Test fit of the cast sad grim reaper mask. The paint job on the sad grim reaper mask. The paint job on the sad grim reaper mask.

The finished scythe prop; more pictures and construction details can be found on the Reaper Scythe Prop page.

Commissioned sad grim reaper scythe prop; completed blade with detail painting and weathering, and manila rope attached. Commissioned sad grim reaper scythe prop; completed blade with detail painting and weathering, and manila rope attached.

© 2017 Original artwork by Annie Dunn of Chaos in Color. Costume mask and scythe by Sarrah Wilkinson.

Page last updated: 4/19/2014

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Categories: Costuming, Costumes and Props