The Monster

Creating the Sink Demon, With Kat Wells:

Concept

Design

Creation

Step 1: The Concept

“When first designing the sink demon, fondly known by his code name ‘Lost Boy,’ I wanted to come up with a legend for him. What we as a creative settled on was the idea of a young orphan boy with no family falling into the bottom of the sewers and forgotten. For years he screamed and cried for help, shattering his voice and stretching his jaw and mouth. His back became hunched and hardened, his eyes began to rot away and his skin became slimy. In his new home, slowly, the little boy regressed into something more primal, more monstrous. And thus, the sink demon was born.”

Step 2: Figuring Out the Design

“With his backstory fleshed out, we came up with a finalized, complete design, and I began to work at bringing the creature to life. I already knew the costume had to be easy to take on and off because I was working two jobs on set. So to make this a reality, I broke down the monster into several simple pieces. Firstly, the head had to be easy to remove, while also having a mouth that could be manipulated and didn’t have a seam. Second, the back which had to be alined with the actor’s shoulders and spine. Third, the skin that had to have discoloration in the exact same place and exact same shape every time. Fourth, the elongated fingers for communication and hunting. And fifth, the feet. With the breakdown in my head, I could see what needed to be done and with the magic of the internet by my side, I figured out how to make the monster a reality.”

Step 3: Physical Creation

“The head was the trickiest because it was the most time consuming. Starting off with a clay design of what the skull looked like, I layered papier-mâché on top before drying it and breaking the clay away. I then painted the skull with emulsion white paint before building in the adjustable jaw, detailing the skull coloring, and applying a latex skin over top. I used a similar process for the back, but made the back with a chickenwire base that then got a papier-mâché treatment and paint job with latex coating. The skin is a polyester skin-tight suit I tailored to fit the actor, then dyed and painted. The fingers were the most fun to make: using my actors fingers I created a latex copy of the fingers, slit the latex between the nail and flesh equivalent, then attached a metal ring with a milk cartoon finger nail to the latex for easy application. The feet are toe socks with milk cartoon nails attached with latex.”

TikTok:

“This level of creature creation is a first for me, but I was so excited by the possibility of making this monster a reality that I threw myself into the work. In total, I estimate I spent a little over 150 hours making the monster, including trial piece creation and research. During this process, I recorded myself and edited it all together to create a series on the popular platform Tik Tok. The series gained over 20 million views and is still growing today.”

TikTok: @arttrashkat

Kat fitting the jaw mold onto Teagan in our Abyss set

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