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2014 – The Beginning!

28 Jan

It has been two months since I last wrote, I have been seriously neglecting my blogging duties!

I’m going to split this update into two posts; this one documenting the work I have done since my last post, and the second documenting my work today.

In the brief period I had during the winter holidays, I have tried to boost my portfolio work, experimenting with new techniques, new artistic teams and design. Here is a selection of work from the five shoots I completed during January:

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Lucy Spafford

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Lucy Spafford

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt, MODEL: Mollie Hyde

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt, MODEL: Mollie Hyde

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt, MODEL: Mollie Hyde

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt, MODEL: Mollie Hyde

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Lucy Spafford

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Lucy Spafford

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Lucy Spafford, RETOUCHING: Lara Ostertag

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Lucy Spafford, RETOUCHING: Lara Ostertag

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Alix Dent

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Alix Dent

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Alix Dent, RETOUCHING: Lara Ostertag

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Kate Love, MODEL: Alix Dent, RETOUCHING: Lara Ostertag

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Martin Beaumont, MODEL: Becky Firth

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Martin Beaumont, MODEL: Becky Firth

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Martin Beaumont, MODEL: Becky Firth

HAIR & MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Martin Beaumont, MODEL: Becky Firth

As you can see, these are all more of an editorial/fashion base, with varying historical influence. I chose to look at this particular area as this semester I will be far removed from that in my student work. In the classroom, I will be focusing on technical processes in special effects workshop productions, specifically in creature design and manufacture!

Besides this, I had a working holiday; Christmas and New Year just don’t do it for me anymore. Next NYE I hope to be abroad and adventuring, so perhaps the holidays will regain my spirit! I know year holds much mental change for me, I can see already my development in thought processes and hope this flows through to my artistic work, I see lots of positive change in my future!

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!

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.

Bonfire Night/Media & Postiche Progression.

7 Nov

This week it was Bonfire night!

I have fond memories of attending bonfire night celebrations when I was younger. I think it’s something to do with fire and a undertone of anarchy – plus the mixture of cold blasts and red hot heat across your face. I always enjoy watching firework displays, the bigger the better. They’re even more spectacular when choreographed, sending you into trance, like a deer in headlights.

Standard Firework Picture.

Standard Firework Picture.

Each year, Leeds University Circus Society do some fire performance, although this year I didn’t feel quite confident enough, it’s been a couple of years since I played with fire. Next bonfire night I will be performing for sure, perhaps in London!

In work related news, I have been progressing with my media and PDP work, I’m trying really hard to not allow the amount of work I have to do stress me out and keep to the thought that so long as I’m doing some kind of work, I’m moving forwards. I’ve been creating mood boards, drawings and tonight I did some mini makeup practice for my task three character.

Using Lara as my model, as she it up north (or in the North of England as I was corrected today) for the weekend, I set to work on an initial test piece for the Task Three makeup. This makeup will be for an acrobat character, starring in a film piece. There is much more I would like to do with this, with some added complexities to stretch my skills. I didn’t touch the skin and instead focused on the eye design. I like it, but I feel there is something missing – fake eyelashes for a start. More research and experimentation to be done.

L1

L2

I also created V for Vendetta makeup on Bonfire night, but as I had just missed the daylight and I was in a rush to get to piano/boxing (and didn’t fancy going with makeup on), I didn’t manage to get a worthy enough picture. I have also been totally failing with my 30 days of Sci-Fi, this time of year is so busy; I’ve decided to save that for January when everything slows down. I will however be still trying to do daily makeups to encourage my creative flow and not get too enslaved by academic work.

Teaching Makeup

29 Oct

Recently I have found myself teaching lots of people bits of makeup; be it people who are generally interested in doing makeup, do face painting at events, or performers seeking to improve their act.

Initially, I was cautious of sharing, cautious of adding competition to an already saturated industry. However, I quickly came to realise that what ever you want from the world, is what you should be giving yourself – why stifle happiness, progress and art when you can help spread it! I think having positive faith in the world and the depth of people is important, in fact it’s a view that is vital to my mental well being. Look after the world and it will look after you.

So, recently I’ve been teaching both John Godbolt and Sophia Weatley (Bella Trix) some performance makeup, so they can do it themselves when on the job. The simplest of tips can make something so much better! In return I’ve been receiving stilt and hoops lessons – and I am improving for sure, it’s exciting stuff! I’ll be posting videos up as soon as I can get something good (or at least entertaining) sorted.

Here are Jon’s makeup efforts from last week’s lesson:

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Makeup by John Godbolt

Makeup by John Godbolt

Makeup by John Godbolt

If anyone ever wants help with something they enjoy doing, please just get in touch and I will be more than happy to help. I have found Facebook is a great way to ask for/give advice!

Anyway. I think all I’m trying to say with this one is don’t keep your knowledge all locked up and to yourself. Spread it around as someone did for you and you’re sure to find yourself and your world much richer for it.

IMATS 2013

22 Jun

SATURDAY

I forgot how busy the IMATS gets!

I was a little disappointed that there were no paint stall this year, i wanted to update my body painting kit! However at least there were lots of body painters displaying their work to give me inspiration! My favourite shop hands down has to be Bdellium tools. I am in love with their brushes – I bought 14 of them.  I really think they should ask me to work for them because I could then show people how awesome they are and every else will want to buy them too!

I also bought a new face painting brush kit from Royal & Langnickel – for festivals and other mainly paint based jobs, as I am sick of finding glitter in my “normal” makeup. I’m pretty damn excited to use it and glad to be downsizing; less cleaning of brushes (the most boring thing about the job..) and I only use a few brushes usually anyway! I got some new super dense Kabukis for body paints too; I love them. I also got some dedicated brushes for white greasepaint… if anyone dares to mix these up at festivals they will be in trouble!

Initially i had been most excited about the talks and demonstrations, however i wasn’t grabbed by them. I would have liked to have heard more about the technical processes, products and tools rather than about the artists themselves. Yolanda Bartram was good though, I definitely got a few ideas about how to do a body paint – something I really want to do in the near future – she was also really helpful in advising me about stencil work.

SUNDAY

This section is actually being written in August, so I am sad to say i have forgotten most of what I would have loved to share with you. The second day consisted mainly f buying items for the Happy slap Boutique kits and yet more Bdellium tools brushes for myself. I wasn’t able to tick everything off my list but i have many new items to play with.

The highlight of my Sunday was assisting Grace McComisky in her demonstration for Temptu Airbrush, Here is a cheeky little picture form their Twitter feed:

Temptu twitter feed.

Temptu twitter feed.

We also got given some free goodies from Dana at Ben Nye – I love their products! they have already been put to use this year particularly in my fashion work.

I look forward to attending next year, however I would hopefully like to work with a stall so I can get more experience speaking to people about the products and services companies can offer.