Making my Enid Hi-Fashion Glamour Doll 2016 A.D Costume

I have had my beloved Enid Doll for many years, as many years nearly, as I have been a what I would call #1 fan of Daniel Clowes work. I generally have a hard time with favorites, but when it comes to comics, his inspiration to me has not be surpassed. He is to many, a voice that helped define and articulate so accurately the authenticity in the silent marvels of the day to day, a minds eye into the most humble, neurotic and relatable characters as well as the internal monologue of the silent rebel, a rebel against rebellion and the struggle in defining yourself, for a start.
This year for Halloween, I decided I would finally get it together and create this Enid Doll costume.

I will show some pictures of the process I used, which was based on my instincts of finding and manipulating existing objects. Please comment if you have a suggestion for me about something I can do differently next time!
 

 Still figuring things out here

Still figuring things out here

 I ended up scrapping these ears made out of rolled foam

I ended up scrapping these ears made out of rolled foam

I picked up a plastic prop football helmet, and removed the front face guard. Using craft foam, which in retrospect, should have been thicker, I cut out the mask part and smoothed it all down using duct tape.
I then after trying a few different things for the ears, I found one of those cheap hard plastic batman masks, and cut off the ears, which fit perfectly, when turned backwards onto the shape of the helmet. I also used the nose piece for structure.
The gun base is a plastic handle, turned backwards cut off of a toy dart gun, an empty bottle and a suction cup. Actual Enid Doll toys for reference.

Here the paper mache has been lovingly applied, I did also add it to the ears.

Below, I have coated both the Ray-Gun and Mask in wood filler, which was then sanded down very excruciatingly, before being painted.

After coating the paper mache in wood filler, the Ray-Gun and Teenage Bondage Mask are ready to be sanded and painted.

 Jacket painting in progress

Jacket painting in progress

 The finished paint job. Helmet was spray painted, and gun was hand painted with acrylic.

The finished paint job. Helmet was spray painted, and gun was hand painted with acrylic.

The finished paint job. I would like to go back and add the extra texture details to the Ray-Gun, but this was my first time, and it got down to the wire for Halloween.


I also painted the back of an old jacket, because it is indeed October, and this costume required one or two, I assume, Enid approved, additions.

I made these lapel pins quickly out of printable shrink plastic. One of Daniel Clowes and the other is the EIghtball #13 cover. Usually when I make these types of pins, I like to coat them in resin, but there just wasn't time for it, as it was a last minute addition.

Outfit: the orange wool sweater is vintage, I picked it up while thrifting, as well as the skirt.
I couldn't believe how perfect the pattern was when I found this skirt. It was much too big for me and much too long so it needed some quick adjustments on the sewing machine.

 Freckles.

Freckles.

 Helmet

Helmet

 The finished paint job

The finished paint job