Guardians of the Galaxy is shaping up to be one of the most popular movies of the summer, and I’m especially looking forward to seeing Rocket Raccoon and Groot in action. The latter is an alien who looks like a tree and only says, “I am Groot.” HurleyFx is in the process of building a Groot suit (like a zoot suit but with bark!) for Dragon Con, and it’s shaping up nicely.
He started by casting his legs, torso, and arms with fiberglass bandages and hot gluing the pieces together. He achieved the bark look with expanding foam and a clay sculpt before casting them. He sculpted Groot’s head by hand with a mannequin head for a base and cast it silicone. He also built stilts for the costume so he can match Groot’s height. Here are some of his notes about building the legs:
Groots legs blocked out, now to refine the shapes and then start detailing, busy the next few days so probably back on this the start of next week.
They look quite chunky but along with trying to hide the club feet, the legs will be thinned down some with the refining and they will shrink 10% ish when they are latex + these legs are 4ft + tall,
Legs blocked out and trimmed ready for detailing, they stand at 52 inches tall, The latex shrinking should help thin them down again, but if needed I will cut out the odd branch to tailor them more once they are done, better to have them too big to begin, rather than too small.
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