It will probably come as no surprise to learn that The Mask was my very favourite film when I was a child. I'm fairly sure there was a time when I would watch it every weekend but then I think I forgot about it when DVD came around and hadn't seen it in years, even though I had and unopened version of it on DVD.
Recently somebody was talking about it at work and as I am prone to go into obsessive fits when I remember something I loved like this I confided in the internet to see what I could find out about it.
It was here that I was educated about the original comic book which I was vaguely aware of but I suppose saying the film was simply "based" on the comics I expected them to be very different. Well, internet strikes again as I managed to snag the first three volumes on eBay and I have to say I loved them to death.
So here is how The Mask (primarily referred to in the comics as "Big Head") first looked with Stanley Ipkiss behind the face.
At the end of the first story arc Stanley is actually shot and killed by his girlfriend who then goes on to be a recurring main character. How bizarre!
In fact the only connection - apart from a few of Big Head's antics - between the comic and the film is the characters name, so they could just as easily have given Carrey's character a different name and still stayed within the comic's continuity.
So my original intention was to draw all eight versions of Big Head from the first three volumes (the head remains mostly the same, but the outfits and builds of the characters vary) and present them all at once, but you know what I'm like when it comes to finishing something with several parts.
Also I began to attempt the heavy black shadow because 1) It was late so I was just messing around assuming I wouldn't have the time to finish it last night and 2) it was a style I had always wanted to try.
The first sketch I did had him holding both the tommy gun and flamethrower he uses at the end of his story but then in the rework it wasn't really convenient.
NOW ENJOY IT.