Shoot: Beauty and the Beasts

13 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Kate Love, we seem to have a love of abusing the beautiful Model; Alix Dent.

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Check out Kate’s site here: http://misskatelove.tumblr.com/post/82509916610/i-shot-this-today-in-my-living-room-would-you

The theme of the shoot was beauty vs. unsightliness, to be created in a fashion/editorial style. I initially wanted to use old aged hands, using latex glove prosthetics; however the appliances had deteriorated by the time we got round to the shoot, so they had hardened and become more opaque.

Not worked!

Not Worked!

I took it off - start again!

I took it off – start again!

I instead decided to use Sculpt Gel for the one handed image, along with liquid latex, greasepaints, wound filler, blood and congealed blood. In my opinion the colouring is pretty shoddy, I’m really not good at this casualty style work and have no patience for it, as much as I continue to try. I just get frustrated with this type of mess. I much prefer the workshop FX. That said, the final images turned out well.

Sculpt Gel

Sculpt Gel

Below is the final image for the one hand shot. I quite like it, although you can’t actually really see the sculpt gel – maybe it needed more colouring. The hand doesn’t looked as strong on camera as it did on real life, it should have been old aged but it was hard to create the ageing in the sculpt gel, so I went for a more decayed but alive zombie look… having had inspiration for a development for a final image…

One Handed Shot

One Handed Shot

It seemed Kate and I were on the same wavelength, as she suggested using multiple hands; something I had been considering on the bus to the shoot! With the old aged thing failing, we decided to go for multiple decaying zombie hands, with Alix appearing to be captured by then. I made up kate’s little sister’s hands (who I had been giving a few quick lesson on FX), both of Alix’s hands and one of my own, before getting into position to take the shot.

Winner. One for the portfolio… I love Alix’s face.

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Kate Love Model: Alix Dent

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Kate Love
Model: Alix Dent

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Happy Slap Boutique @ Rumpus – Shiny!

10 Apr

This weekend I worked with the ever wonderful Happy Slap at Rumpus in London.

The theme was shiny, and oh boy – do Happy Slap Boutique know how to do shiny!!

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Ross

We bought about 17kg of glitter, and by the end of the night, every happy person in the place was covered in the stuff. It’s still happily trailing its way around my clothing, house, housemates, my cat and generally anything I have come into contact within the past few days. It’s a good job I like glitter.

Photography: Michael Marks

Photography: Michael Marks

On the night we had our performers in bald caps (it never ceases to amaze me how good people look in bald caps – particularly glitter covered bald caps.), we also did some collaborative body paints which was a new experience and also lots of fun, it helped eradicate that feeling of getting too intimately obsessed with a piece when on a tight time schedule, moving onto the next person as and when needed.

As usual, I can’t wait for the next one! Find us at Beaverworks for Beaverfest and the Rumpus Mega Event in June!

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Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Glitter Bath

Glitter Bath

Plastaline Sculpting on Fiberglass/Running Foam Latex

8 Apr

Having been to Russia, I have been racing to catch up with my work so I can join the third years in running foam latex.

Well, I made it!

When running foam latex you need to consider the room humidity along with temperature, luckily on this day it was seemingly optimal. We collected out products and got to work!

SCULPTING ON FIBERGLASS

I actually have misplaced the images for sculpting on fiberglass, so the wonderful Leanne Marsh has lent be hers. Sculpting on fiberglass is literally the same as sculpting on the plaster (see past blog post). However we cannot use plaster for foam latex as when cooking it in the over, the plaster will crack and break.

Once we have finished our sculpt, we need to use a moisture seal spray, followed by three layers of release agent spray – leaving 10minutes in between each layer so it can dry. Once this has been completed we can start out fiberglass process again (see previous post for more detail), only this time we need a add an extra layer. Layering is as follows:

  • 1x Moisture Sealant
  • 3x Release Agent
  • 1x Gel Coat
  • 1x Fiberglass Tissue
  • 2x Fiberglass Matt
Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Once this is all dry and fully set over 24-48hours, we need to smooth down the edges. Once this has been done, we crack open the mould and clean it out using a sculpt tool & brush, along with some lighter fluid and a good amount of elbow grease. Now it’s time to get running!

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RUNNING FOAM LATEX

YOU WILL NEED

  • Base Agent
  • Foam Latex Agent
  • Gelling Agent
  • Curing Agent
  • Colour (we used an fleshy acrylic colour)
  • Electronic Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Fiberglass Core & Negative
  • Fiberglass Oven
  • Bolts & Screws for holes drilled into mould

METHOD

  1. Add base agent to mixing bowl, measure out required amounts of foam and curing agent.

  2. Add the curing and foam agent along with the required amount of colour (in this case it was a large pea sized amount), then set the speed to high.
  3. When the head runner calls, change the speed to low, then measure out and add the gelling agent.
  4. Once this has all been mixed together and the head runner calls, stir manually with a spatula for several minutes before adding to the fiberglass moulds. Put the two half moulds together and secure with the bolts. This then needs to go in the oven.
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  5. Once your piece is out of the oven, allow to cool and then remove the bolts. Slowly take out your piece. As it will be covered in ammonia, it needs to be washed several times in warm soapy water to cleanse it.

    My Squid-Woman Hand

    My Squid-Woman Hand

I was really happy with how mine turned out. No rips, bubbles – nothing! and the foam latex off went off brilliantly.

This was just a taster session and we will be studying foam latex more in the third year. I have further details on this process, so please message me if you would like to know more!

Creating a Silicone/Fiberglass Mould

2 Apr

STEP ONE – CREATING THE NEGATIVE

Step one was very similar to step two: once I has bedded in my hand, added the wall and then poured the silicone into the mould I allowed it to set. Once it has set I removed the clay walls and wiped down the silicone.

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I then added a gel layer, followed by the two fiberglass layers. We shall talk through these processes in Step Two.100_4701

STEP TWO – CREATING THE POSITIVE.

YOU WILL NEED

  • PPE
  • Gel Coat
  • Resin
  • Catalyst
  • Fiberglass strands
  • Small square fiberglass sheets
  • Covered board
  • Clay (to stabilise mould)
  • 2x Paper cups (plastic will melt)
  • 2x Wooden mixing sticks
  • 2x Disposable brushes

METHOD

  1. Remove hand and clay from inside the Fiberglass/Silicone Negative – use water to wet the clay. You may need to remove the Outer Fiberglass shell to enable the silicone to be peeled away from the hand. Clean out the silicone mould – then sturdy horizontally with clay pieces.
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  2. Mix together the gel coat and catalyst, ensuring through mixing. Coat the silicone in this with a disposable brush, ensuring there are no bubbles being trapped in the mould. This should only be a coating, not a full layer. Make sue edges are neat and all areas are covered. Then add fiberglass stands to strengthen this and ensure the fiberglass mat fuses properly.100_4711
  3. We then add the first fiberglass matt layer. After an hour, once it has “gone green” we cut the excess away and apply our second fiberglass matt layer (as second image). Once this has dried, we have our fiberglass positive and we are ready to start sculpting!

Creating a Plastaline Sculpt for Sponged Liquid Latex

31 Mar

Creating a plastiline sculpt for sponging latex layers onto, is quite easy as a huge amount of detail is not needed due to the top layer being what will be on show to the viewer – not the detailed under layer. However, it is important to ensure strong definition to allow the shape of the sculpt to show though. Below is a quick explanation of sculpting onto a plaster cast using plastaline.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Plastaline
  • Your Plaster Cast
  • Vaseline & Brush
  • A selection of Sculpting Tools
  • Liquid Latex
  • A Hair Dryer
  • Talcum Powder &  Brush

METHOD

  1. In order to create the sculpt, I found it was first best to create a smooth and even thin second skin for my hand in the area I would be wanting to create my sculpt – this would enable me to create small, smooth edges with my latex. I did this using plastaline, vaseline and a range of sculpt tools a long with a small paintbrush for the vaseline.
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  3. I then vaselined my whole piece, to ensure the following liquid latex layers would not stick to my piece.
  4. Once my sculpt was completed and sealed, I added liquid latex layer by layer – using a hair-dryer in between, on a cool setting so as to not melt my plastaline and alter the sculpt shape.photo 2 (2)photo 1 (2)
  5. Having completed 7 layers of latex, leaving thinner areas around the edges, I peeled away my latex skin, powdering both the surface and underneath so they did not stick to one another.

    This image was taken 2 weeks after being produced.. it has gone hard and darker orange! I'm guessing the latex is deteriorating.

    Pre-colouring/application

The above image was taken 2 weeks after being produced… it has gone hard and darker orange! I’m guessing the latex is deteriorating. I am shooting my piece this weekend so I will just need to perhaps alter my brief from “aged skinny hand” to “fantasy aged skin hand” unless I can colour correct it slightly.

I tried using this method with cap plastic, as cap plastic blends out much better than latex. This didn’t work – not even after moisture and release sealing my sculpt.

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Failed Cap Plastic Experiement

Failed Cap Plastic Experiement

Heres a shot of my ear sculpt so far, that I have been creating using the same method. This piece has been produced to match my foam latex hand for my final SFX piece.

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Lunar Rising

24 Mar

Today I worked with one of my favourite collaborative partners; artist Abi Wright (AKA Lunar Rising).

This project was based in Abi’s university work, looking at the effects of the cosmetics industry on women. I needed to make up three models, as per Abi’s brief. Below is an example of the work done! Abi took the final shots, which I edited.

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Hair & Makeup + Editing: Victoria Stansfield Photographer: Lunar Rising Model: Chloe

Lunar Rising has recently been mentioned in Liberty Voice Online for her artistic fashion works, namely the MOTH clothing collection (produced by re-working garments through unravelling them). She’s an ever motivated and innovative individual, turning her hand to anything in order to develop her creative abilities.

Check out the article here:

http://guardianlv.com/2014/03/heroin-fashion-moth-collection-by-lunar-rising/

Model & Designer: Lunar Rising

Model & Designer: Lunar Rising

you can find more of her work on her blog and website.

http://www.lunarrising.com/

http://www.lunarrising.com/blog.php

Malice Shoot

21 Mar

This week I have been working for Big Blue Whale Studios in Leeds. BBWS is a collective arts company, which provides high levels of service for artistic projects by offering a range of professionals in differing disciplines, collaborating together to produce outstanding results. BBWS most commonly work on promotional and documentary pieces within the fashion, events and performance industries.

One of the projects we are currently working on is an online and printed look-book for the performance and lingerie clothing company, Malice. My role in this project is Key Make-up Artist, meaning I am to take instruction from the company director, Hannah Gurnett and liaise with the photographers, models and lighting technician to ensure the makeup design and production is correct.

Thursday 19th was our first day of shooting, taking up a full 12 hours. We got some amazing shots and I’m looking forward to getting back on set with them soon. I can’t say any more for now but here are a few teasers to get you going.

Abbie (Model) taking a selfie.

Abbie (Model) taking a selfie.

Sexy lady on a sexy bike!

Sexy lady on a sexy bike!