Archive | September, 2013

Saturday News

29 Sep

Last night I worked with Happy Slap Boutique at an 18th birthday party in the north. This was like no other 18th birthday party I’d been to – there was no expense spared here! Champagne and canapés were rolled out, and the free bar was flowing. The décor was really pretty and Happy Slap boutique’s edge made it magical. Our performers got ready and the Boutique was set up.

Decorating!

Decorating!

My circus inspired makeup.

My circus inspired makeup.

Working the boutique at this event was quite nice, the atmosphere was calmer than our usually hectic schedule, plus the food was great, the drinks were tasty and the kids were really up for glitter and motifs, it’s nice making people happy and drawing people out of their shells. I finished around midnight and headed over to Leeds for some post work fun with a few of my briefly visiting London loves.

Jason, raving it out!

Jason, raving it out!

In other news, I have always had it in my mind I want to perform on stage – I’ve danced at the end of Slamboree gigs before, and even though a small part of the show I love seeing the faces on a crowd, it’s a massive adrenaline shot and the energy a crowd can give is immense. So my target: next festival season, perform an act on a stage! I also hope to use my skills in performance to get into festivals, rather than working on stalls/set up.

To get me started the wonderful Steph Lamey (Aurora Starr, Surefire) has given me a pair of stilts and will be teaching me fire eating and body burning. I’ll also be starting at the gymnastics society in Leeds in order to start working on my acro skills (theirs no acrobatics place in Leeds!), not only this but I am getting hoop lessons from the spectacular Sophia Whitely (Bella Trix). I plan to dabble until I find my particular calling! All I want to do with my life is work in film doing makeup and in the circus performing and doing makeup; I have no doubt I will make that dream happen.

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Art Focus: Art Nouveau

27 Sep

More mind-mending art is needed today, as work last night was rough! Today I have decided to focus on Art Nouveau, another artistic style close to my heart.

Art Nouveau, meaning “new art” was most popular in 1890-1910, and is a style of art concerned with both applied and decorative arts it is known as a total style, due to being used in many different forms of art; such as architecture for buildings, metal work for cutlery, paintwork for wall hangings or glass shaping for lighting.

A French Metro Stationhttp://www.parisrevolutionnaire.com/IMG/jpg/Abbesses_place_des_Metro_Abbesses_Guimard_03_max-2.jpg

A French Metro Stationhttp://www.parisrevolutionnaire.com/IMG/jpg/Abbesses_place_des_Metro_Abbesses_Guimard_03_max-2.jpg

This art practice is predominantly influenced by themes of nature; using a combination of rhythmic flowing curved lines, flowers, plants and other natural structures to create movement and vision. I find this is why I am drawn to the Art Nouveau style, having always accidentally or subconsciously routed my work in nature. No pun intended.

 I am particularly fond of Art Nouveau within graphic arts, such as within drawing, painting, printmaking, serigraphy and lithography – areas I specialized in during my BTEC foundation Art and Design degree.

 Art Nouveau origins can be found in the works of William Morris, though it is commonly accepted the first true representation of the art style can be found on the cover of Arthur Macmurdo’s book, “Wren’s City Churched” (1883)

 Alphonse Mucha, a Czech Art Nouveau painter, produced posters advertising the French Gismonda play in 1895, which spread the art style far and wide across Europe and it became popular amongst many. The magazine Jugend particularly helped the spread the art across Germany using it’s front covers. Both these outlets of creativity promoted a flat line of sight with contrasting planes to create intricate patterned yet bold images which have now become hugely popular today, with many re-print posters of his designs being sold; I have four or five on my own walls!

Mucha Poster for "Gismonda" http://www.artinthepicture.com/paintings/Alphonse_Mucha/Gismonda/

Mucha Poster for “Gismonda”
http://www.artinthepicture.com/

A very well known and popular piece of 19th Century Art Nouveau graphic art can be seen in a poster created by Theophile Steinlen, who produced the “La Tournee du Chat Noir avec Rodolphe Salis” poster, advertising what is thought to be the first cabaret club, located in the Montmarte district of Paris.

When I visit Paris in December I shall be looking to find lots of interesting Art Nouveau inspiration – and hopefully some new work to take home with me too!

I was literally just talking to my photographer Scott Salt about recreating some of the Alphonse work, describing to him exactly the type of model I wanted to use… and then she just went and magically added me on Facebook as a random networking contact. I love the world.

Art Focus: Hyperralism.

26 Sep

Today I am recovering from a super long shift at work, with another to be had later. The path I have chosen to sooth my soul, includes checking out some mind mending art!

I have decided to look into hyperrealism, because these works always blow my mind. An incredible amount of time, skill and talent is needed to create such detailed and specific pieces, pieces which i cannot imagine producing in my wildest dreams! (although, with aspirations of becoming a special effects artist, it is something i am working towards!)

Hyperrealism is a visual art form that evolved in the United States and Europe in the early 2000’s, it’s name refers to creations that are photorealistic – often being drawn in oil or pencil. Subjects range from buildings to people and focus on meticulous detail rather than producing exact copies of the subject. Denis Peterson is a pioneer of this art movement, crafting incredible paintings.

One of my favourite Hyperrealistic artists is Makeup Artist, Kazuhiro Tsuji – I met him at the IMATS, London and he was a lovely, humble guy. He is soon to be leaving the film industry to create these truly outstanding works of art. Below are his awesome sculpted SFX recreations of Abe Lincoln and fellow makeup artist/mentor to Tsuji, Dick Smith.

I’m re-looking over pages now and I simply just cannot comprehend some of this work! Whilst I’m sure most works were created from sight, such as still life or a photograph; i love the idea of creating something real – thats isn’t. I think thats essentially what life is, our belief of what we are experiencing and what we can see. Bending our view can only stretch it further!

Here are some more absolutely unbelievable works!
http://www.boredpanda.com/hyper-realistic-art/

Many exciting things are coming up – though this seems to be the usual now. My life  seems to be steadily speeding up like a roller coaster ride, crashing though life. it’s fantastic, I feel like a sponge soaking up the world and its dreams and to be honest there is no better feeling.

I’ve allowed myself a holiday. I know? crazy! I will be going to Paris, France to couch surf for the week and have some locals show me some music and art to make my eyes, ears and heart sing. I love Paris in winter, it’s magical.

SFX: Face Casting – Part 1

24 Sep

In our first semester of our second year, we are finally getting to work on some casting, moulding and sculpting!

Today we had our first lesson,  creating two part silicone-plaster face casts and  then using the casts we have made to form plaster models on which we can sculpt our pieces of work. I’ve got to say, I really don’t like having my face covered in the silicone – but art can come at a cost!

CREATING THE FACE CAST

To do this we used:

  • 2x Plastic mixing bowls
  • Blunt wooden tool
  • Cheap brush for rubber application (will be thrown away after)
  • Mouldlife life form silicone rubber (Part A)
  • Mouldlife life form silicone rubber (Part B)
  • Mod Rock bandages
  • Plastic cover for model
  • Vaseline
  • Makeup pencil to draw on the model
  • 2x Plastic spatula

Method:

  1. Remove any makeup and piercings possible, if the subject has a beard or long hair on the face this will need to be removed. Any shorter hair such as long stubble, eyelashes and eyebrows can be vaselined down. Wrap model in the plastic sheet to protect their clothing. Assure the model that if at any time they need to stop the process, the whole piece can be removed by simply peeling it from the face.
  2. Using the makeup pencil, dot around the area that will need to be covered.
  3. Mix life form part A and B in equal parts using a spatula.
  4. Lean the model’s head slightly backwards to discourage the silicone from dragging the face downwards and roll the mixture smoothly across the face, starting from the forehead and working downwards. DO NOT cover the nostrils as this is how the model will breath, throughout this process ensure the model is comfortable (ad they cannot speak use a thumbs up or down signal).
  5. Once the mixture has been applied and is at least tacky, apply the modrock bandage, folding the bandage twice to give four layers of support. Ensure warm water is used to speed the developing process. Cover the silicone, ensuring to rub the modrock into the contours. Use a final piece of modrock length to wrap around the outer edge of the application to keep it together.
  6. This entire process should take 10-15min, after this amount of time the mod rock and silicone should be dry. The model should blow outward and move their face to disrupt the suction that is keeping the silicone on the skin. Using a blunt wooden tool, peel away at any visible silicone edges; the two part mould will come away easily.
Me with some silicone rubber and plaster on my face.

Me with some silicone rubber and plaster on my face.
As you can see, i also have a very sexy hairstyle going on here!

Two part silicone rubber-plaster fast cast.

Two part silicone rubber-plaster fast cast.

Stella's cast of my face.

Stella’s cast of my face.

My cast of Stella's face!

My cast of Stella’s face!

CREATING THE PLASTER MODELS

To do this we used:

  • 1x Plastic mixing bowl
  • Brush (this can be washed out and re-used)
  • Crystacal plaster
  • Cold water
  • Skrim
  • Wooden board
  • Modelling Clay

Method:

  1. Place the face cast onto the wooden board and use the clay on the outside (plaster side) of the mask to cover up any cavities, such as the nostril holes. Then use two sausage shaped clay pieces to hold the face cast in position, level and ready for plaster to be used inside the cast.
  2. Using Vaseline, create a barrier between any of the plaster inside the cast that is not covered, to ensure that the plaster model can be removed once dry.
  3. Create the plaster mix by starting off with one cup of water and slowly adding the plaster, allowing the plaster to soak into the water before mixing, this should be done outside un in a mechanically ventilated area to insure no inhalation. Once all the plaster has socked in it needs to be mixed up and for this part the constancy should be that of buttercream.
  4. Paint this plaster mixture into the mould, ensuring all the silicone rubber is covered.
  5. once this has dried slightly, spray with water, add another layer of more watery plaster and apply a double layer of skrim. cover this with another layer of the watery plaster – no skrim should be seen. Allow this to set for 30-45min.
Covering the holes!

Covering the holes!

Me painting my cast.

Me painting my cast.
PS. This is what my hair looks like if I don’t wash or brush it 😉

This bit requires some patience as the plastic doesn't like to stick to the silicone...

This bit requires some patience as the plaster doesn’t like to stick to the silicone…

Next week we shall be removing our models… check back for more info then! 😀

WBL Year Two: The importance of Social Media

24 Sep

In year two we are required to continue to write our blog as part of our work based learning module.

This section is included in our module due to the increasing popularity and remarkable usefulness of social media platforms to promote and gather business and spread the word of one’s work.

For every person on the internet right now, 1 in 7 of those are on Facebook; that’s a huge amount of traffic and down to just one social media website. These networks provide an extended reach to those we may never have 1:1 contact with, enabling our services to be promoted across the world to an enormous variety of possible customers and followers. Advertising a business in this way is also hugely cost effective; with lost cost “boost” options also available to use, promoting business information to relevant individuals.

If taking Facebook and WordPress (or any other blogging site) as our primary examples, we are able measure who is looking at our pages; such as from what area of whatever country they are from. We can find out the age range, sex and other interests of our interested users. Furthermore, we can find out which of our posts are getting the most interaction and find out what time people are looking at our pages, empowering us to project relevant materials at most advantageous times – something almost impossible to measure in other media advertising formats.

Facebook

Facebook

Social media sites are fantastic for permitting us to actively interact with our followers, engaging in conversation about our work and finding out not only what people like about it, but also how we can improve our method of working. This allows for rapid development, as people are often willing to give their honest opinion via the Internet. This kind of collaboration can also give a company a face and a voice, acting on personal level and constructing levels of trust and individual relationships, rather giving the appearance of a faceless corporation that is not concerned with it’s clients. Acting on this level also promotes advocates of business; with people taking it upon themselves to directly post about your company, spreading your word even further afield.

Networking sites are also a primary links to home websites, often where more detailed information is held about the business. By having this easy link, website traffic is increased and lengthened as users are more interested in what the site has to say. Increasing traffic can also be done via “Newsjacking” on your page or site; this refers to using interesting relative stories to boost page interaction. By creating your own interesting posts/videos/images, it is additionally possible that they will go viral and increase your visits by possibly thousands and millions of audiences. It is near impossible to do this without social media networking.

Social media is also a pretty fun was of advertising, it allows us to show our work to those that want to see it – and that feels great!

Check out my Facebook page @

https://www.facebook.com/colourartist

Vast Model Management Shoot: Smiffys

2 Sep

I recently had my first shoot as part of Vast, this time working with one of the biggest sellers of fancy dress, Smiffy’s (http://www.smiffys.com/).

Smiffys

I worked with a stunning model and great creative team in sheffield. Everything ran very smoothly and the studio shooting the images were incredibly hospitable and professional. I have had another opportunity to work with them since this shoot however I have been working festivals! I hope to work with them again very soon.

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Vast Model Management

2 Sep

I haven’t been able to update over summer, however I have some great news!

I have been accepted by Vast Model Management, who represent creatives from all over the UK and often work with big industry names and amazing artists and models.

You can check out my profile here:
http://vastmodelmanagement.com/creative/make-up/victoria-s/creative/52

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