Tag Archives: body painting

Shoot: Victorian England vs. Día de Muertos

25 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Martin Beaumont and Lunar Rising (Aka Abi Wright).

The shoot was to be based on Victorian England and  Día de Muertos. Martin had wanted to add the  Día de Muertos element to his portfolio and I was keen on getting some body painting practice so was happy with this option. Martin had found a brilliant location, where we would be able to shoot it old Victoria Carriages… so we thought we would try add a little twist to the Day of the Dead theme.

Our original plans were big, however with such little time for body-painting and shooting, we found we were not able to fully carry out our ideas – so this is a project to be developed. I’m looking forward to the next step.

Special thanks to Sally Stone at West Yorkshire Playhouse Costumer Department for lending us the clothes! 🙂

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

MUA: Victoria Stansfield, PHOTOGRAPHER: MArtin Beaumont, MODEL: Lunar Rising

FESTIVAL SEASON 2013

21 Aug

TO BE COMPLETED

So last time I posted about a festival it didn’t get finished, so I’ve combined Glastonbury into this one, and moved all that I wrote about Isle of wight up here too. To save time, trouble and effort I am going to write about all my summer fun in one action packed post.

So, this summer I have worked at:

Isle of Wight Festival: 13th-16th June (Isle of Wight)
Glastonbury: 26-30 June (Somerset)
Kendal Calling: 26-28 July (Lake Districkt)
Boomtown Fair: 8-11 August (Hampshire)
Beacons: 16-18 August (Skipton)
Shambala: 22-25 August (Northamptonshire)

I was planning on doing Outlook and Dimensions in Croatia but sadly my passport will not be returned on time! So lets go with the magic I did experience…

Isle of Wight Festival: 13th-16th June (Isle of Wight)

I attended Isle of wight festival with the Tattoosh crew, a spray art company based in London.

It was great to learn how the airbrushes worked and have time to fine tune my stencil work, plus the guys i was working with were lovely.

I don’t rate the festival majorly, but my highlight was getting to see Hackney Colliery Band live, I love those guys – their version of Africa makes me cry with happiness every time with the memories those notes bring. The other fantastic edition to my experience was seeing Tankus the Henge play again. I’d seen Tankus once before back in Leeds and actually bought their CD, so I thought it worth going to have another listen! We ended up drinking after hours with them and visiting a nice lake on the last morning – this pretty much saved the festival for me, it was so much fun.

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

Working Hard! :)

Working Hard! 🙂

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

The I.O.W Tattoosh Stall

The I.O.W Tattoosh Stall

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

MUA: Victoria Stansfield

Glastonbury: 26-30 June (Somerset)

This was my first Glastonbury and I’ve gotta say i loved it – the size was nowhere near as intimidating as i thought it would be (although i didn’t really go to any of the main stage arenas!). Again I worked with Tattoosh however I found their work model did not really fit me so sadly this was the last time I would work with them.

I still got to do some awesome makeup though! The picture below is backstage of the Hell stage in Shangri-la, body painting Delia (Happy Slap Boutique) for a Slamboree performance.

I spent most of my time in Shangri-la and the Commons and got to see lots of amazing sights thanks to some special friends! I cant wait to go back next year, hopefully working more in performance and paint and working less hours so I can see more of the festival! It’s going to be awesome!

Body painting Delia for the Slamboree performance on the Hell stage at Glasto.

Backstage body painting Delia for the Slamboree performance on the Hell stage at Glasto.

Kendal Calling: 26-28 July (Lake Districkt)

This was my first festival of two with Happy Slap Boutique

Murphy and I getting serious professional. Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Murphy and I getting serious professional.
Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Dressing up is fun :)

Dressing up is fun 🙂

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Boomtown Fair: 8-11 August (Hampshire)

This was the second festival i did as part of Happy Slap Boutique

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

 

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

 

Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Lizzie West

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

Photographer: Michael Marks
https://www.facebook.com/michaelsmarks

 

Beacons: 16-18 August (Skipton)

I chose to do Beacons this year as I wanted to try my hand at something slightly new, and gain a wider knowledge of work  surrounding my own field.  I worked with Eye of the Storm, a stage management company run by some friends. I was originally meant to do Outlook and Dimensions festival with them – however due to needing to renew my passport and not being able to get it back in time, i had to give it a miss this year.

So at Beacons I assisted in managing the Red Bull stage, this was loads of fun and I liked putting my people management skills to use and to practice. My stage manager was really helpful and I managed to learn much more about how a sound engineer works with their equipment. I also got a nice lesson from my friend Dan (Happy Slap Boutique) who was managing the neighboring stage.

My highlight of this festival has to be watching Bonobo from the pit, it was so, so beautiful and the light show was gorgeous. I hope to be working with Eye of the Storm much more next year!

Shambala: 22-25 August (Northamptonshire)

Shambala was my final festival of this year – I have been offered places at Bestival and Over the Moon but I think thats it for me now – I need to get back in ‘real life’ mode so I can get the second year of my makeup course finished!

Shambala is such a beautiful festivals, the atmosphere is so calm and everyone is so willing to chat and have a good time, there is no ego about this festival, just pure friendly fun. Komodo Clothing stall gave me an entry route in, however i find myself extending beyond my hours. These guys appreciate good workers and good people; not only feeding and clothing them but ensuring payment for work.  They are a fantastic family and I hope to stay intouch with them as not just work partners but true friends.

Happy Slap Boutique – Product Play!

8 Apr

Recently I have begun to deal with testing, purchasing and stocking of the products we shall be using for Happy Slap Boutique; helping to arrange our kits for events and festivals.

Today I have been collating a list of our stock and what needs to be found and bought, some of which we will be able to pick up at the IMATS next month! This time we shall be taking a list (along with our personal lists), trying to get a distracted as little as possible by the many beautiful temptations. Following this we begun to compile our magic list.

I am currently stood in the kitchen, melting down an array of beautiful lipsticks into our newly bought (from UMAe!) Makeup Forever clear empty palettes; having just got back from London town. We collected some of our favourite colours from a variety of great brands, including MAC, Illamasqua and Gosh. I was going to take a picture of my lipstick covered arm for you but it has since been wiped away! We have a few more to buy as we are keeping our spaces for the most perfect pigments!

Thats all I have for you for now… sadly I don’t have any pictures to show you but I’ll be having much more fun with testing that I can show you in the future. I’ll keep you updated on some of the brilliant products we shall be using!

Rumpus Myths & Legends

2 Feb

During this past week I have been in London, working with the Happy Slap Crew to create costume and develop makeup designs for Rumpus on the Friday just gone.

The week was pretty exciting, though there was lots to be done! I started off helping to create a set of wings and some stencils for the dragon body paint.  (Body Paint by Grace McComisky)

Latex Dragon Wings

Latex Dragon Wings

Finished Creature

Finished Creature  (Body Paint  by Grace McComisky)
(Photography by Scott Salt)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scott-M-Salt-Photography/106546549432447?fref=ts

Details of how I helped make these wings are in my sketchbook for uni as I can’t be giving away someone else’s tips & tricks! 🙂

I then got to work on my first wig, although next time I will be getting out of the box and spending more time on it! It was curled and plaited and arranged in a game of thrones style. I didn’t like the headdress I created so borrowed one from Grace – something else I need to be working on in the coming weeks… perhaps in preparation for the Boomtown Party at the end of March!

My MUA wife Tash Hobbs and I were to be dressed as princesses, for my own costume I decided to go for a griffin princess, sporting gold pieces from the wardrobes of Betty Swaffield and Clare Edwards and feathers. I was actually quite pleased with my makeup as usually there is barely time to think before we start with all the other fun things we have to create!

After lots of hard work and a few Raspberry Daiquiris, we were ready to go. Starting early on Friday morning we got to the venue and begun dressing out our room, creating a setting for a party to remember. We presented the Dragon’s Lair, complete with ball pool and den. Lots of funky music was played and after finishing with the makeup boutique, I partied on down!

Painting the lovely Sununu!

Painting the lovely Sununu!

Creature!

Creature!

 

 

At about 3.30am, we did the 3min body paint. After practising the night before we had just about got this to a T. After stripping down the lucky volunteer from the crowd, the four of us converted him into a jester. Maybe next time someone less drunk and latex covered will produce a better result haha! It was so much fun though and everyone loved the experience.

Rumpus is a truly brilliant party – not only brilliant, it’s huge! Spanning over 7 different areas! Everyone gets involved and it is full of beautiful people. I can’t wait for my next adventure with these guys! See you in April! I’ll leave you with a few cheeky pictures of the event!

———-

For the best body painters in London and Leeds get in touch with Happy Slap Boutique! 

https://www.facebook.com/happyslapboutique?fref=ts

http://www.happyslapboutique.co.uk/

Please check out the Rumpus Facebook and website for upcoming events – be quick as they sell out fast!!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rumpus/151698098231073?fref=ts

http://rumpusparty.co.uk/

———-

New Happy Slap Video

19 Jan

Here is a little taster of what I get up to with Happy Slap Boutique! 

Watch away!:

Plans for 2013

5 Jan

Well guys, I have actually been taking a few days rest and geeking it up playing computer games (which is why I don’t have a games console at my house!!).

However, next week marks the start of three exciting new projects. One with renowned Hard House DJ Jojo (directed by Lara Ostertag & co), the second with Photographer Scott Salt, and the third with the genre bending band, Faceplant.

The first will be a body paint, shot in an editorial fashion style promoting both the makeup and the model’s DJ career, it will be inspired by some of Jojo’s personal likes (secret for now!). I’m trying to really let myself into the total collab work for a change rather than working on purely my own intuition. Whilst practicing my own paint work I will be allowing others to input their ideas and hopefully taking some risks and allowing my ideas to be manipulated. I’m also opening myself up to working with an art director (Lara Ostertag) other than myself or a close friend, so I’m looking forward to embracing whatever this brings!

The second will be a video/static piece, based on movement and shape. I’m also going to be looking at underwater makeup (I’ve seen a good article in Makeup Artist Magazine) which will be testing! Here I will be really working hard to find makeup that can withstand a lot of motion without making the model feel uncomfortable. We will be doing lots of test shooting so this will be good practise for taking in all that aspects that need to be considered when planning for a specific makeup.

The third will be a music video with Faceplant… hopefully developing on my previous music video experience with Mojo. But thats top super secret too for now – sorry!

I’m hoping I get more work as always… but right now I have definitely got my plate full!

Heres a litte piece for you to look at seen as I have no new work for you right now – though I may do later!

FlutterBy