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Shoot: Graduate Photography with Nisha Clutton

24 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Nisha Clutton and Model Zoe Harlotti.

The shoot was organised by Nisha, who was looking to build her fashion photography portfolio for university. She found myself and Zoe using the website Purple Port. A website on which artistic professionals and enthusiasts are able to search for others when wanting to offer paid work or work on collaborations.

In the shoot I was asked to do one makeup look, with a slicked back hairstyle. The makeup was to be based on a brief sent by Nisha; which consisted of using dark smokey eyes and metallics. It gave me the opportunity to experiment with eye makeup, something I am less confident with and I was pleased with the results.

I have to say, initially the makeup I did I was great – though once done, I tried to add vaseline for a wet look; it didn’t really work. The makeup blending I had spent so much time on became blurred and wiping the vaseline cause strong lines. I need to look into more methods of creating wet look effects.

Despite this, the final images looked wonderful. Thanks girls!

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Nisha Clutton, MODEL: Zoe Harlotti

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: Nisha Clutton, MODEL: Zoe Harlotti

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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!

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!

A New Kind of Sunday.

10 Nov

Possibly for the first time in my adult life, I woke up at 5am on a Sunday – I usually work until 7am on Sundays, getting up in the dark rather than going to sleep in the light was a whole new experience.

Today I attended Sheffield Tattoo convention having been invited by my friend Anne Derbyshire, after putting out a call for tattooist recommendations. I set off at 6am, boarded the coach to Sheffield and made my way to Magna Science Museum. I went to the museum when I was younger and loved it, however, the past few times I have visited, it has been for Hard Dance events… so this was a quite different.

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One of the zombie actors drives round in a hurst.. with zombies in it. Apparently he drives around in this all the time!

Zombie!

Zombie!

Zombie!

Zombie!

We went straight up to the backstage area, which had so much room! All the materials were provided and we set to work making up our actors for the day. As there were plenty of artists, I only ended up needing to do two! The first zombie did their own wax on the skull and brought a gauze eyepatch. I’ve not done this skull effect before, butI think it looks effective and is something to work on in the future.

Zombie 1

Zombie 1

Zombie 2

Zombie 2

We locked one in the light box. This was a creepy experience, it really set your imagination flowing with him screeching and scraping on the glass. Then some of the zombies attacked Johnny Matthews, the lovely gentleman putting the event on.

Trapped Zombie!

Trapped Zombie!

Attack!

Attack!

Once we had completed our actors’ makeups we headed downstairs to the Tattoo Expo, where I hung out with some Stormtroopers. Nice guys.

A little short for a Stormtrooper.

A little short for a Stormtrooper.

After some breakfast, I had a wander round, checking out all that was going on. I met these guys from “The gentleman’s retreat”; who were absolutely fantastic barbers! They even made their own aprons. This is the first time I have ever pondered how it might be cool to be male. They certainly provided me with inspiration for my postiche piece!

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I also found this cool Star Wars metal sculpture…

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I then started hunting for inspiration for my next tattoos, there were lots of great artists, my favourite being Charlotte Ross’s animal work – which was weird, as usually I only like monotone tattoos. I love ink and watercolour so her paintings really stood out to me. Charlotte has only been tattooing for 5 years, but once I’ve got through the list of tats now on their way, I shall be seeing her in a few years…

I took four of her business cards, though they don’t do her work justice (sorry charlotte, they were too pretty and I couldn’t afford a painting today!).

So pretty!

So pretty!

There was also an amazing portraiture guy. Though I’m not really into portraits on myself, I would certainly recommend him – as soon as I find his business card!

I did however buy one print from a stall… though Im keeping that a secret for now as it’s inspiration for my next thigh piece! After seeing all those artists and trying to find someone new, all it did was re-iterate to me how much I love Tom Ruki’s style. So go look though his work please and see how amazing he is. I’m going to have him working on my thigh and arm piece over the course of next year!

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Overall verdict of the convention: wicked, very inspiring and it added perspective to my own ideas. I want to go to many more. However, I shouldn’t be allowed. I need to resist being covered before I’m even 30.

Walking round listening to so many needles is such torturous temptation.

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.

Assessment Y1S2: SFX

19 Jul

Yesterday I went to Uni and finally got all my work handed in. Year One; complete!

I also stopped by to do my Special FX assessment, this was based on the ability to create, apply and remove a bald cap (you may have seen me post my home practice on on myself previously!)

The general idea I developed for my final piece focussed on demons and was created as an artistic concept for a comic book antihero. Something you might see in Batman perhaps.

Whilst I did get assessed on the above, my final product actually had the bald cap covered by black crow feathers, but I think this looks great. I created the horns with millenary wire and furniture foam, which I then sprayed black.

A big thank-you to my model Mary! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Model: Mary MUA: Victoria Stansfield

Model: Mary
MUA: Victoria Stansfield

Eyebrow Blocking

18 Apr

Ok, just a quickie. I’ve been experimenting with brow blocking. Everyone has told me glue sticks are the best for this.

In this image I have used a really cheap glue stick, MAC Studio Line (high coverage) and a PAM Palette (mid-high coverage) + Ben NYE fair powder. The glue stick obviously isn’t good enough and the foundations barely covered at all! The powder didn’t even help.

This is also a perfect example of how i have freckles on half my face. Thanks Sunshine.

Left Brow: Cheap gluestick + swept MAC Studioline Right Brow: Cheap Gluestick + dabbed PAM Palette.

Left Brow: Cheap gluestick + swept MAC Studioline
Right Brow: Cheap Gluestick + dabbed PAM Palette.

Okay so I stepped it up in both areas… more expensive glue stick (more sticky, less slidey) and I have used Ben NYE Tattoo cover on top. I think this works great – it’s super thick and has ridiculously strong coverage – like a tar! It works quite well though, especially as I have almost black brows!

More expensive glue stick + dabbed Ben NYE Tattoo Cover.

More expensive glue stick + dabbed Ben NYE Tattoo Cover.

Here’s a rushed drag-like look for your amusement – it looks really ammeter but I don’t mind, just needs more practice (particularly my powder application over the real brows). I think we actually learn to do this properly in second year, though it’s not really an interest of mine.

Rushed drag makeup.

Rushed drag makeup.