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I found a dead Cicada in the park this morning when I took my dogs for a walk, and I just had to bring it home and use it as a model for a bug-faced mask. These bugs are huge, and they have the most interesting faces. Those big eyeballs on the corner of their had are really cool, and they have subtle markings on their dark skin.I think this guy will make a great mask.
The mask should look very much like an alien when it’s done, but my neighbors will recognize that face, because they’ve seen hundreds of these big bugs. The cicadas come every year in this part of the country, and they sound like tiny chainsaws when they’re “singing” in the trees. There can be hundreds of them performing a very coordinated concert in just one city block. Quite a racket – but I kind of like the noise. You get used to it, and it seems strangely quiet when they go away in the winter. Where do they go, anyway? I probably should look that up.
I’ve only just got started. I’ll keep working on it, and there will be more posts as I continue sculpting my bug-eyed mask. See how I block out the basic shapes over my home-made mask form in the video.