Black Rock Shooter Beast was an extreme project that I decided to tackle to test my skills. I wanted to see how much I could accomplish in one project through research and hard work. Every step of this project took a very long time, from research, to designing, to construction, to molding and casting … each step took at least a month.Something unique about this project was making a large portion of it light up. This involved extra designing on my part to figure out where the LEDs would come in from, what material would best react with the LEDs, where to hide the power source, etc. I’ve never done a project before which involves the interior being just as important as the exterior.
This project was extremely prop heavy, which resulted in a lot of Illustrator templating. I really enjoy designing props in Illustrator first in a 3-view format because it really helps me to get a feel of the object’s dimensions before I actually began building it, which was extremely vital in BRSB’s case. There was so much proportioning involved in this project because of all the different layered pieces.
The construction of this project involved a lot of new techniques I have not done before including, but not limited to:
- Slush casting
- Life casting
- Brush on Molding
- Rapid Prototyping
- Advanced Wig Styling
A lot of this I had to actually learn how to do on my own through hours of research and experimentation. I was able to ask some of my professors for some tips, but for the most part it was all self taught.
Keep an eye out for other posts on my website regarding the research/fabrication of each piece!
I’d like to thank everyone for all the support I received on this project. I don’t think I’ve ever had this much support behind me for any project I have ever done in the past… Everyone was cheering me on through the entire process, pushing to go forward and not give up. So I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone sincerely. I would like to specifically thank a few people for their extensive help and support..
My neighbors, Dani and Steven, for their continued support and assistance. Without them much of this project would not have been done when it was! Thank you so much for staying up until the light of mornings helping me, you guys have no idea how much that meant to me! Steven helped me with busy work on my props, such as sanding and bondo work. Dani helped me sew the shirt, and also helped me dye and style my wig.
Taylor and Frances for their continued moral support, as well as coming over numerous times to keep me company while I work – as well as actually helping me work! We had a really fun sweatshop night at my apartment with my neighbors! They helped me sand as well, which really helped speed up the process. Even when they weren’t over, they kept cheering me on to go forward online, motivating me to keep going. They were also the ones who suggested this project in the first place. Without you guys, I wouldn’t have had the success that I had.
Stephen for your generous donation which got me my scroll saw! Without that scroll saw, I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish the gun as well as I did.
Angie for help with the skirt. BRSB has such a short skirt and she helped me make it possible by drafting it to work with my physique.
Tim for motivating me to go forward, while making sure I didn’t lose willpower. Those powerful quotes you gave me really meant a lot and helped me keep going!
My parents for their continued support and financial assistance. Also, thank you for putting up with my mess everywhere in the apartment. Every room in my apartment had BRSB pieces laid out, and I knew it really frustrated them, but they put up with it because they knew how important this project was to me.
Joe for taking those beautiful photos of my costume! You were the first person to see it put all together! Absolutely love working with you and look forward to working with you again in the future!
Michael (MLZ) for cheering me on throughout the process and pushing me to keep moving forward!
To my classmates, Angelica, Kathy, Kevin, and all of my other classmates, who supported me while I worked on campus. You guys helped keep me company while I worked endlessly during school hours to work on this project while juggling class projects on top of it. You also gave me valuable advice.
To all my Facebook friends who helped support me through the internet to keep going! You might not have thought it meant anything, but every speck of support meant the world to me!
To my professors at Otis for giving me suggestions, and giving me direction on a few materials and concepts behind this project.
And to everyone else that I haven’t listed here…
This project would not have been successful had it not been for all of your support!
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