There was some vague mention of a Halloween costume contest at work last week, and I’ve been itching to do a little paper mache recently, so come Monday night, I decided to make a new mask.
But what to make?
I thought about it a while, then after brief consultations with my usual co-conspirators, inspiration finally struck:
And thus, late last night, it was finished:
Ladies and gents, I give you…
I was really pleased with face part of the mask. I was a little worried about how lumpy it started out, but then I realized that it would perfectly fit with Charles Schulz’s shaky line.
(I should say now, I am not by any stretch the world’s greatest Peanuts geek, but I pretty well idolize Schulz and remember hearing about his retirement and death the same way my parents remember when Kennedy was shot. Peanuts was just a given in my day-to-day existence growing up, and was a major contributor to my early drive to cartooning.)
The hair piece would have benefited from an extra week of work time, so I could make it fit correctly. The shirt is actually left over from a production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown that I directed and acted in my senior year of high school.
Today I was one of the winners of the aforementioned costume contest (along with the Box of Tissues/Sick Person pairing), and was generally met with choruses of “You made that? No way!” all day.
Sometimes I forget that everyone in the world doesn’t compulsively make things just because things are there to be made.