My exhibit, Making Monsters, will show how Halloween masks, monster puppets, and horrific props are made. Several different latex rubber masks will be on display to handle and to try on and there will be larger monster displays and puppets that people can interact with. I will also have some of the plaster molds that are used to cast the latex masks, as well as some design sketches and photos of works in progress so that faire goers can see the creative process behind creature design. Each mask starts as a clay sculpture, so I will start sculpting a new creature on Friday's Education Day and continue sculpting it on Saturday. This will show how a block of clay transforms into a monster and show off the different sculpting tools and techniques that I use. On Sunday I will have a blank latex mask and airbrush it throughout the day, letting everyone see how I paint the masks and give them realistic flesh tones.
Adam King is a Pittsburgh native who grew up with a love for monsters and art. He attended East Allegheny Jr./Sr. High School and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from Baldwin-Wallace College. In 2006 he made his first Halloween mask and has been making masks since. He has worked eight seasons as a makeup artist for Kennywood’s Phantom Fright Nights and has had his artwork displayed at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Federal Courthouse, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. He has also displayed and sold his work at the Pittsburgh Comic-Con, Steel City Con, and HMA’s Maskfest. He loves sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone interested and has taught several courses in mask making at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts for both children and adults.