ROBERT PRUITT’S GODZILLA
I began making my head using blue insulation foam. I didn’t hardly shape the foam, instead I made a very rough geometric copy of what the head would look like. Similar to the type one makes when drawing a figure, just general shapes and a few rounded edges. All the rough looking parts would then be covered with bits of craft foam and batting. This added the detail needed but not too much so that other additions could be added before finishing the suit.
I put a good coat of latex over everything to make sure that all the lumps and edges were going to turn out the way I wanted. I also dug out a chunk of foam from where the tongue goes and the roof of the mouth. The bottom piece of foam board was cut to be at an angle to give the appearance that his mouth is open.
With two good coats of latex I was happy with the general shape, there just needed to be a bit more detail. So I started to add lumps to the top of the head. I used one of my action figures to get an idea of how many to add.
In this picture I actually did several changes even though they may not seem as apparent. First off, I took the top part of his mouth and broke it. Why? Just to give it more of an angled look. I cut a V shaped trench in the roof of his mouth that ran where the nose bridge meets the brow. Secondly, I added acute pieces of triangles in the corners of the mouth to add to the open jaw effect. Third, I put in a tongue just for aesthetics, I didn’t actually go with this tongue, I made a wider/thicker one later. The rest is just neck pieces.
I added some color to the mouth. The tongue, especially the one I use now, is one of my favorite parts. It was lightly coated in latex several times. I took extra care not to let the latex soak into the foam. This gave the tongue a leathery feel while staying soft and fluffy. The paint was a bright red latex paint mixed with the liquid latex that the suit is made up.
My first attempt at making teeth. I made one tooth out of hot glue poured into a mold I had from a previous build. The yellowness is actually from me mass producing the teeth in containers of yellow Play-Doh. Simply take the one good tooth, poke it into Play-Doh and peel away when the glue dries. It turned out good but after several days of debating, I deemed these teeth to be too big. I wanted to add a lip later and possibly a second set of teeth.
I ended up chopping most of the teeth in half so they could be smaller and accommodate more teeth giving that full look for his mouth. This is also when I changed the tongue. I actually added it after I got all the teeth glued into place. Remember when I broke the top part of the mouth? Well that came in handy and I just lifted up for easy mouth access. But don’t think it just flops open, we are talking maybe an inch or two of movement with force.
Building the neck was actually quite easy. I used a paper measuring tape that my kids got from some department store we went to. I measured the bottom of the head, and top of the body. I took the measurements, divided it by 4, then cut out 4 trapezoids. The side pieces were stretched to give the rounded look.