Archive | November, 2013

Dok Haze’s Circus of Horrors

25 Nov

On Sunday, I ventured down to London to see some lovely friends of mine; actually playing out for a change rather than working – I even got to finally attend the reggae roast night and had a delicious nut roast.

Monday arrived and it was time for the main event! Tash and I made it over to Piccadilly Circus just in time to see the show (following a session of hair highlights, a skill I’ve not practiced in a while.). Here I am with the show’s lorry before the event!

Pre-Show

Pre-show

The initial section of the first half of the show had me slightly disappointed in the performance. Perhaps I’m just cynical but I didn’t really believe in the acts and it was a little brash for my taste. However, as the first half moved forward, the acts and attitudes progressed and my interest heightened.

I loved the second half. I absolutely loved the acrobats, they were amazing! I loved their skeleton act and didn’t want them to leave the stage. There was also a man who gave literally the most amazing balancing act I’ve ever seen, that man had SKILL! I won’t spoil any surprises, but its definitely worth hanging on in there with the expectations and there are certainly some skilled people in the show.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics

If you like your rock n’ roll and circus performance with a few cringey twists – I’d go see this for sure. I left the building happy; having had fun and singing their perfect ending tune. I even bought a hoodie. Back to Leeds at 8am.

Post-show

Post-show

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SHOOT: Pretty Grunge; with Scott Salt & Lunar Rising

22 Nov

Today I decided to do a quick practice fashion shoot, with my favourite model and photographer – Abi Wright and Scott Salt!

Initially the shoot was meant to be a boho experimentation, linking to my  Task 2 work so I could practice my make-up. However, having just received many new beautiful items in the post, I decided instead to style based on my new pretty pieces.

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Scott Salt Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Scott Salt
Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Scott Salt Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Scott Salt
Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Scott Salt Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Scott Salt
Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Scott Salt Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Scott Salt
Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Scott Salt Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Scott Salt
Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Scott Salt Model: Abi Wright

Hair, Makeup & Styling: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Scott Salt
Model: Abi Wright

I still used the main principles of my Task 2, keeping to an English Rose style of makeup, though darkening it for the black outfits. I also managed to still involve curled volume (after using hot sticks) and plaits in the hair, keeping the style simple and elegant.

Overall I’m really happy with the shoot, I need to develop my fashion portfolio and I am quickly gaining confidence now in this style of makeup after recently having the realisation I can literally draw, paint and create whatever I want. Seems a simple revelation but it’s taken a while to come to terms with it!

Slava’s Snow Show & The German Market

21 Nov

Today I finally endeavoured to attend the German Market! After two years of deliberation, I bought a salt lamp (this may be the longest I’ve ever taken to make a decision, it must have been an important one.)

John & I enjoying the Market.

John & I enjoying the Market.

They had a lovely carousel, however there was not time to play on this occasion, as after a single mulled wine we headed off to Sheffield to see Slava’s Snow Show at the Lyceum!

This was a great chance to catch up with a few friends that I don’t get to see much outside of work related events! Plus the show was absolutely brilliant, it was beautiful and I really enjoyed all the acts. I liked the way there wasn’t particular story line, more the observation of the clowns happenings and emotions. At the end they had these huge plastic balls and balloons, I actually hit a women over the head in accidental childlike excitement trying to grab them (sorry!)

The costumes and makeup were simple but quaint, and certainly worked in promoting each clowns personality and sentiments.

My favourite act in this performance was actually my least favourite act in the Cirque Du Soleil Show! In the Allegria show I just did not have a clue what was going on, in the Slava show, during the same performance I was feeling so much for the main clown, I had total emotional involvement with the scene!

Bubble Snow!

Bubble Snow!

I won’t spoil it for you by saying anymore, it is definitely worth seeing, I would go see it again. I adored the balance of dark moments and laughs, based on visual rather than audio. There is much to be said about silence.

Media Postiche: Task 1 Assessment

19 Nov

Today I did my Task 1 Media Postiche Assessment on John Godbolt.

My Victorian Style Player Shot.

My Victorian Style Player Shot.

The brief I had created was to produce a character look for TV, being filmed in 2003. The reason I chose to change my filming era was due to the fact that post 2005, HD netting would have been used. Pre 2005, HD TV was not used widespread and therefore more dated and thicker forms of net mesh would be used, such as the one available to us for use.

I decided to base my character on cricket player Billy Murdoch (though not the total look). As the TV production was to be set in 1981, Billy would have been around 37. 1981 Falls into the Victoria era, therefore the look was to also be of this period; meaning I needed to consider both historical fashion and ageing makeup in my final piece, as my model is currently 28 and of 21st Century appearance. In addition to this, environment and social influences would also need to be considered.

Before/After

Before/After
(Left Image: Van Loop Photography)

CREATING OLD AGED SKIN (28 aged to 37)

  1. Apply a light foundation. I used a wax palette from P.A.M. as its can be blended out to appear almost invisible, yet it still balances the subtle colour change. I used a slight green tint to colour correct undesirable red areas. I then used an HD makeup forever powder across the T-zone and cheekbones to protect against shine.
  2. Next, I used my Skin Illustrator palette to break up the youthful looking skin and create a more worn and broken down look. I added blue and green pigmentation across the skin to dull it, paying particular attention to the eyes, nose and under the cheekbones.

  3. Thirdly, I used my skin illustrator to emphasise John’s natural wrinkles, asking the model the scrunch his face so I could see where those would be. I used a blue/red/brown mix, blending out and then highlighting with the lightest colour in my palette
  4. I then added a red/orange pigmentation across the model’s upper cheeks and nose, to give the impression of a light sun-kiss, as his character regularly played cricket outdoors in the sun.
  5. I then added the pre-made moustache with spirit gum. I don’t think spirit gum works very well for this detailed work due to its colour and gloopy texture, in future I would use Pros-aide. I then styled the piece out, though I found this very hard with it being Yak hair, not human hair. I am not very happy with the overall finish, one side is thicker than the other and they are not evenly placed or styled – this need much practice but at least I got the colouring correct.
    Final Makeup

    Final Makeup
    Click for a larger Image!

    My next assessment will be Tuesday, with the beautiful Natasha modelling and amazing Scott Salt photographing her. Stay tuned!

Creative Wig Making

14 Nov

A couple of days ago, I begun work on my first creative wig. I’ve been doing mood boards, research and drawings for the past few days now.

Wig Designs

Wig Designs

This piece is for my Task 3 Media Postiche, a creative wig for a performer. I was intending to shoot it this weekend – however it has now been postponed due to some travel issues.

I bought a gorgeous, extra long candy floss wig from Geisha wigs; take a look at her website, she has so many beautiful pieces!

Geisha Wigs: http://geishawigs.bigcartel.com/products

I used some extra hair I had from other ventures, and created knotted balls. I then sewed these onto the wig and covered them with the candy floss hair, securing with thread and elastic bands. I made sure to backcomb all the roots to cover the mesh onto which the hair was sewn.

Hairball farm.

Hairball farm.

I then created plaits to begin adding detail and style to the piece, styling the flatter sides with pin curl style plaits and flowers. The fringe is going to be cut short and blunt on the model.

Unfinished Wig. Click for a Bigger Image!

Unfinished Wig.
Click for a Bigger Image!

This has taken me maybe 8 hours? I have perhaps another 10 left to spend, you’ll have to wait until I shoot it to see it in its full glory!

Today I also took some time out to help my friend Abi with a test shoot for her uni work. I created a makeup look as per her brief. There are a few changes we will be making for next time, but it was a good session for trying out some ideas. I curled the models hair with hot sticks and then backcombed and pinned into a loose style. I loved doing this to her hair, as she has pinks, purples and blues running through it and they looked amazing all clashed together. Images soon!

I’m having a really girly phase at the moment, I’m loving my pastels, creams, sequins, flowers and metallics. I think I’m craving spring.

Sue Day: Silicone Painting & Hair Punching Lesson

12 Nov

Today we had a session with Sue Day, who works at Madame Tussaud’s. We have been working with Martin from Madame Tussaud’s for a few weeks now on life casting, however Sue came in to teach us about painting silicone and hair punching.

Using a ready made silicone piece (originally of David Beckham), we practiced colouring. We used a silicone/turps/oil paint mix, creating the consistency and colours ourselves.

I wanted to work with a “flesh” coloured piece so I could create a more realistic look, but instead was given a opaque red-pink piece. I instantly gave it  green wash to try combat the horrible colour; though not knowing yet how to use the paint, I did leave a few green dots – oops. Using the flicking technique with a stiff brush and light washes with a small brush, I built up layers of colour to create a human skin pattern, paying attention to where certain colours would lie in the skin, such as more blues for the thin eye skins, where veins would show through.

Colour Build

Colour Build

She then showed us how to punch hair, the actual punching is pretty easy.

All you need is a normal needle; cut the end off the eye so you have a fork-like implement, then mount this in a needle grip handle (the same one used for a knotting needle). Next push the hair into the silicone, the key is the angle and direction. You need to study how the hair grows out of the skin to ensure a realistic growth pattern,  keeping the needle very horizontal if you want the hair to lie on the skin surface, vertical if pushing away from the body.

We were meant to use curled hair (curled by wrapping straight hair around a chopstick and boiling), however I wanted to create old man eyebrows, which often are quite messy and stick out a lot, so I used straight human hair.

Initial piece, next to the finished piece.

Initial piece, next to the finished piece.

Next stage is colouring and punching our own silicone piece… stay tuned!

Life Casting – Negative Creating & Silicone Running

11 Nov

Today I went into uni to catch up with my SFX work, having been off for work experience. Today I created my negative over the sculpted clay, to finish my mould and run my silicone piece.

Below you can see my finished sculpt, the top clay half is my primary piece, the lower half is a back up piece incase anything goes wrong with the top part.

To create the negative mould, we carried out the same steps as doing the initial life cast, only this time, we already have the facial mould to use. Check back through my earlier SFX posts to find more in depth details about this procedure, heres a quick run through –

1. Create the clay/modrock wall and cover the interior in Vaseline.

2. Fill with plaster, using a double skrim layer for support.

Clay/Modrock Wall

Clay/Modrock Wall

Creating the Plaster Negative

Creating the Plaster Negative

3. Allow to set for approximately 15min, then break open. remove all clay and particles from the interior to ensure the shape of the silicone run is not altered.

Plaster Negative

Plaster Negative

4. Once this has been done, we are ready to run! Place the mould on a stable horizontal surface, and pour in the silicone. Place the first part of the mould (the positive side) within the negative. Those holes we drilled earlier will help get positive to negative positioning correct. Silicone will run out the sides so watch out. Place a small dab of the silicone on top of the mould to help determine if the silicone has set.

Time to pour!

Time to pour!

Running the Silcone

Running the Silicone

5. After about 45min, it’s time to break open! You’ll have to come back next week to see the silicone piece!

Breaking Open!

Breaking Open!