The Man Behind The Masks: MiK Studio
Self-taught prop makers are
far and few, so when we stumbled across MiK Studio on Instagram, our curiosities were piqued to say the least. Run full-time by art graduate Iman Khairi, a childhood love for creating art expanded into a running theme throughout his formal education years where he got to experiment further with crafting, painting and sculpting with different mediums and today cosplayers, collectors and superhero fans flock to him to fulfill their costume and prop desires. And we can definitely see why: we’ve entered “serious” territory here.
While MiK Studio also takes commissions for portrait drawings, caricature drawings and landscape paintings, his helmets and masks are what really bring the boys and girls to the yard. Intricately designed and finished with much finesse, these beauties are made from EVA foam and plastic but you’d never be able to tell how lightweight they are from just looking at them. From cutting the foam to hammering down the fine details and creating the desired finish, the props take a week (for masks) to a month (for helmets) for completion depending on how detailed they are.