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Monster Maker of the Month May 2019 (part 2 of 3!)

The stories of the Artists behind the art of Monster Maker of the Month (3 Part Series)

Monster Maker of the Month contest sponsored by The Monster Makers

This past May we were delighted to see over 100 different entries for Monster Maker of the Month! We’d like to share with you the stories of the artist behind the art in this 3 part series. Click here to go to Part One

Brandon Croslin (@bcrozzy on Instagram) was a runner up for May 2019’s Maker of the Month with his piece “Hagatha”.

Monster Maker of the Month runner up Brandon Croslin

Monster Makers: How would you describe your art style?

Brandon Croslin: I would have to say my art style is a cross between Realism and Fantasy. I usually focus on creating a character/creature in as realistic fashion as I can. Trying to give each piece as much character and drama as I can.

MM: What/who are some of your inspirations for the art that you create?

BC: Inspiration for me stems back to Predator 1987. That creature has been the fuel for my passion. After realizing Steve Wang was one of the sculptors, I quickly became hooked on his work, following it work ever since.

Monster Maker of the Month Runner Up Brandon Croslin's display at Mask Fest 2018
Brandon’s display at Mask Fest 2018

Along with Steve Wang, many others inspire me. From legends like Rick Baker, John Chambers, Dick Smith, and Stan Winston to others like Jordu Schell, Casey Love, Tim Gore, etc. All of these artists inspire me greatly.

MM: How would you describe the work that you do?

BC: The work I do is creating latex masks/busts. Pieces that can be used for props or to decorate a collection. I do work with resins as well. Sculpting is my passion, so turning it into something others can own is what I love.

MM: Do you have any particular goals with your art?

BC: My ultimate goal in art would be to work for a studio. Behind the scenes helping create fantastic pieces for the world to see. It’s not an easy task by any stretch, but is definitely my biggest motivation. If it didn’t happen, I’d be just as happy as an independent artist, still creating fun stuff.

MM: What are some of your most important art tools? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

BC: Best art tools…I’d have to say some of my favorite are my homemade tools. Various ribbon tools and rakes. Several Kemper loops I have to have at all times also.

As for painting, I can’t stop talking up Tim Gores Adhesion Promoter. I’ve talked to Tim so much about it and how fantastic it is. I love that stuff and it’s a must in my arsenal.

“Sculpting is my passion so turning it into something others can own is what I love.”

MM: Do you have a favorite project that you’ve done so far?

BC: A toss up between the Hagatha latex bust I did, that was submitted in this contest and a custom Predator bio I did with a few other artists. The Hagatha witch/gypsy I did was a favorite among many and I had a blast creating her.

Hagatha Sculpted in Monster Clay
Hagatha Sculpted in Monster Clay

MM: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

BC: Just enjoy what we do. Don’t worry about making money on art. Instead use each piece as a learning tool. Do it because it’s your passion and have fun in every aspect of the process. 

To see more of Brandon Croslin’s work, follow him on Instagram at @bcrozzy

Monster Maker of the Month May 2019 (part 1 of 3!)

The stories of the Artists behind the art of Monster Maker of the Month (3 Part Series)

Monster Maker of the Month contest sponsored by The Monster Makers

Howdy Folks!

                A few years back, we’d often receive photos of your incredible Monster Clay sculptures. We thought, “Why keep these all to ourselves?” And so, Monster Clay Sculpt of the Day was born! 2 years and 40k followers later (WOW!), we began to see more and more submissions from other Monster Makers related products like Theatrical Latex Foam, RD-407, Mask Paints, ProTac; you name it! Inspired by all the diverse monster makers of the world, we launched Monster Maker of the Month this past May.

Every Monday Wednesday and Friday we showcase a different Maker who will be in the running for Monster Maker of the Month! The winner will receive a prize (valued up to $50) with 2 runners up who will also receive a prize package.

This will all culminate in a grand prize 2019 Monster Maker of the Year winner who will be rewarded a grand prize pack valued at over $1000!

It’s simple to enter. All you have to do is:

  1. Follow @monstermakers on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook
  2. Post a picture of your latest creation and tag us in the photo
  3. Add the tag #ILoveMonsterMakers

This past month we were delighted to see over 100 different entries! We’d like to share with you the stories of the artist behind the art in this 3 part series.

Apple Love (@apple_molita on Instagram) won May 2019’s Maker of the Month with her piece “Blue Sea Dragon”.

Monster Maker of the Month winner Apple Love's  
"Blue Sea Dragon"

Monster Makers: How would you describe your art style?

Apple Love: I love to think that my art is the combination my experience, my emotion and nature. My art style is normally soft and strange but there is always a hint of beauty.

Apple Love
Apple Love

MM: What/who are some of your inspirations for the art that you create?

AL: I grew up in rural Cambodia and lived close to the jungle along the Mekong River. Because I can’t swim I am really passionate about aquatic animals. So a lot of my design is inspired by sea creatures.

A lot of my design inspiration comes from the natural forms I see in my daily life. I am passionate about things like the textures of trees and the flow of water. I appreciate the flow of sculpting.

"Blue Sea Dragon"

MM: How would you describe the work that you do?

AL: I would describe my work as a magic wand. I am really fortunate to have found out about my passion as a young adult. Makeup, body paint, and special effects have transformed my life like magic and it has kept me living with light and hope everyday. My work has made me to who I am today and has allowed me to meet so many amazing people.

MM: Do you have any particular goals with your art?

AL: I am the first Cambodian to come to USA for cinematic makeup (Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles, CA.) My goal is to work hard and achieve as much as I can to set example for Cambodian girls.  We can do anything as long as we put our hearts into it. After the war in Cambodia, the country lost all its artists, from singers to painters to makeup artists.

We have no role models to look up to and I am hoping one day my story will be heard and there will be hope for a young Cambodian girl again. I am hoping I can give back to my country and open a makeup school. I want to be able to help and provide poor kids in my country with thorough education.

Makeup, body paint, and special effects have transformed my life like magic”

Apple Love and her team applying the makeup for  
"Blue Sea Dragon" at Wondercon 2019
Apple and her team from Cinema Makeup School applying the makeup for
“Blue Sea Dragon” at Wondercon 2019

MM: What are some of your most important art tools? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?

AL: I love GOOD Sculpting clay. Monster clay is my favorite. I like to feel how the clay flows and follow where it leads me during my sculpting process. I also love The Monster Makers Life Size “Ed Head”.

I’ve  moved residences a lot in the last few months and I hate to carry my 40 pound Ultra Cal life cast around everywhere I go. I visit my family in Sacramento a lot and I always tried to find way to sculpt while I’m there. Thankfully I found the Ed Head. Now I can sculpt whenever and wherever I want.

 Completed "Blue Sea Dragon" at Wondercon 2019
Completed “Blue Sea Dragon” at Wondercon 2019

MM: Do you have a favorite project that you’ve done so far?

AL: The Blue Sea Dragon that won this month’s challenge is my favorite project. Not only was it my first time doing a complete creature, but I also got to demo the look at Wondercon. I had so much fun working alongside all my teammates who helped me create this creature. It was the hardest project I’ve done because we were working on a very tight budget but still wanted to present a high-quality, unique look. I love the result and can’t wait to create another creature soon.

"Blue Sea Dragon" by Apple Love

MM: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

AL: The anatomy and the base of a sculpture is vitally important.  Love a good flow on sculpting. I took a sculpting class by the master Don Lanning. He taught me about how to create the flow on your design and how everything fits tightly together.  “Remember the flow” he said; I’ll always remember that.

To see more of Apple Love’s work, follow her on instagram at @apple_molita Learn more about Cinema Makeup School here

Monster Makers is Back!

We are pleased to announce that Monster Makers is back to business as usual following our recent warehouse fire. For those of you that may have missed the news, the Industrial Complex where Monster Makers resided suffered a gas leak fire and explosion that forced us to shut down our operations for about three weeks. Fortunately, no one was injured but our operations were impacted.

We’ve had to move over one warehouse space and do some cleanup, but other than that, we are nearly back to 100%.

Watch for a welcome back sale coming soon!

-The Monster Makers Team

Fire Aftermath & Update

Howdy folks!

Just a little update on where we stand currently with the aftermath of the recent warehouse explosion at our warehouse complex on February 3rd. For those of your that missed the announcement, you can read more about what happened click here.

The cleaning and restoration of our production areas is taking slightly longer than anticipated. With limited access to the affected warehouses, we have been unable to access our inventory.

As of today, February 20th, we have been unable to begin processing any orders that were made starting February 1st. For those of you with orders affected by the shipping delay, we expect to begin processing orders again very soon. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns about your order, please contact customerservice@monstermakers.com with your order number and first and last name. We will have another update tomorrow announcing when shipping can resume operations.

If your order is time sensitive, please let us know or reach out to one of our many distributors.

We are currently in the final stages of cleaning and getting settled into our new temporary home right next door! Orders will go out ASAP once we receive the clearance needed have access to our materials and begin production again.

We appreciate your support and patience during this challenging time. More updates to follow in the next couple of days.

-The Monster Makers Team

Monster Makers Narrowly Escapes Industrial Fire and Explosion

Firefighters say a gas leak fueled the fire at this warehouse on Industrial Parkway in Cleveland.
Firefighters say a gas leak fueled the fire at this warehouse on Industrial Parkway in Cleveland. (Photo courtesy of www.cleveland19.com) 
Copyright 2019 WOIO. All rights reserved.

February 5th, 2019

In the early morning hours of February 3rd, 2019, Monster Makers Employees woke up to the startling news that the Industrial warehouse complex housing their place of business experienced a gas leak explosion and fire. The explosion was so intense that it lifted a portion of the building off its foundation.

Thankfully, due to the time of the accident, no one was hurt. Amazingly, Cleveland firefighters were able to put out the fire just as it was heading into The Monster Makers operations and warehouse.

Although Monster Makers was spared in the accident, two other businesses were not as fortunate and were destroyed entirely by the fire.

For those interested in more details, here is a link to the local news story:

http://www.cleveland19.com/2019/02/03/weather-may-have-played-role-massive-warehouse-fire-cleveland/

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 The Aftermath…

Despite our good fortune, Monster Makers will experience a complete service interruption for the week of February 4th, 2019. We are hoping to resume at least partial shipping and receiving capability by the week of February 11th, 2019 and will provide updates via social media and e-mail communication as we have more information going forward. Our phone lines are down during the cleanup, but we expect that to be corrected soon. Please use customerservice@monstermakers.com for all inquiries in the meantime.

If you have a pending order, please be aware that there will be a delay in shipping. We expect to be back to full operations very soon. Until then, we are asking that all our customers please bear with us while we work to get back to business as usual. Those with pending or new orders will be contacted with an updated estimated delivery. Anyone with a more urgent order is encouraged to reach out to one of our many domestic distribution partners.  For a complete list of our distributors, please see: https://www.monstermakers.com/monster-makers-distributors/

Thanks to all our customers for your patience and understanding while we get back to resuming full operations. We appreciate your continued support!

Be safe everyone.

Kind regards,

The very grateful staff of Monster Makers.

The Future of Mask Making Has Finally Arrived

Introducing the Ed & Alanna, and Half Ed 2.0!

After years of development and suggestions from Makers all over the world, we are proud to announce the launch of our brand new H2.0 Armature Line: The world’s first water fillable sculpting armatures!

There are three models currently available: The Ed Head 2.0, Alanna Head 2.0, and Half Ed H2.0. Each armature was based on the original Ed, Alanna, and Half Head designs we’ve been providing to makers for years. Completely reengineered and reimagined, the H2.0 line is composed of a rugged, high-density plastic that can withstand the rigors of mold making and years of continued use with little to no wear.

We put that claim to the test by hurtling the Ed Head into the ground from 2 stories up! And if you think that’s crazy, we put the Half Ed through it’s fair share of testing: 4000lbs worth of solid Jeep Wrangler pressure 2 times!

The results? Not a single scratch, crack, or fracture.

Just resilience.  

Say goodbye to broken necks, gouged out cheeks, and splintered noses: This sucker’s built to last! Not only are they endlessly reusable, but Mold Making has never been easier. Just sculpt you character over the form and make your mold, then let the magic happen:

RAD (Radient Assisted Demold) Technology™ provides an easy, built in clay release system which dramatically aides in the demolding process for artists and mask makers using wax based clay mediums like our Monster Clay. Each RAD enhanced headform filled with hot water becomes a vessel that efficiently transfers radiant heat from inside the form to the surrounding clay causing a softening effect within the mold.

Molds made over RAD enhanced forms can be demolded rapidly and without difficulty, resulting in a greatly improved mold-making experience. When you are ready to demold, simply turn the mold over with the bottom side up, unscrew the inset bottle cap and fill the head form with hot water. Within minutes, radiant heat will begin to penetrate the clay and into the mold for the easiest demolding experience of your life!

Don’t just take our word for it, give your mask making a facelift!

Monster Makers Launches New Website

July 21st, 2017

At long last, the new Monster Makers Website has launched! It’s has been a long time coming, but the day has finally arrived and we are pleased to get our store up and running.

Users will find an overall cleaner look to the site, along with easier navigation and a seamless checkout experience. Along with the new site we are really excited to launch many new products while our international and Domestic distributors continue to grow.

We are also pleased that Monster Clay is in great demand and continues to be one of the worlds most popular sculpting clay choices. For those of you that are new to Monster Clay, there are now three, premium grades to choose from including Hard, Medium and Soft. Those of you that purchased Monster Clay before the new grades were introduced in October of 2015, your old premium grade is now referred to as the Medium Grade.

In addition to the new grades of Monster Clay, be sure to check out our new, premium grade alginate impression line called Monster Gel. We have both a Prosthetic Grade for body and face mold applications and a fast set Dental Grade. Both products are formulated and produced in house to be easy to mix and ultra smooth for replicating even the finest details. As well being dust free, both grades are also completely silica free, food grade, safe for skin contact and offer great tear resistance,  In, order to achieve these features, extensive testing was conducted to determine only the safest materials to use in these compounds. As with all of Monster Makers Brand materials, great care has been taken to create a unique and feature filled product that offers exceptional value and affordable price for our customers. Monster Gel will launch concurrent with our new website.

We’d like to thank the following folks for their generosity in sharing their amazing artistry on the new site: Casey Love, Aris Kolokontes, Chris Hanson and Anthony Watkins.

Please let us know what you think of the new site. As with any new launch, there are sure to be a few bugs to sort out, so feel free to offer any feedback.

Happy Monster Making!