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Reflection and Photography

3 May

I dream of travelling the world, meeting people from every corner and widening my reality.

I want to understand people’s faces, I want to learn about people not just from their words, but from what I see and experience. I feel through excessive use of media my senses have become dulled to the world around me. I have spent hours and hours in from of my laptop, often living what I see as an almost purely synthetic existence. Don’t get me wrong – the internet is a vast melting pot of useful information and inspiration to be seized, but what and I really gaining from the experience? Could I be spending my time on this earth better?

Being an individual who’s every action depends upon intensive gut feelings, I think perhaps the reason my life sometimes feels so empty, is because I am not listening to what my mind and soul are asking for. Vivid, interactive personal experience.

Day 01. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 01.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

When considering my art, within the fashion industry I have found makeup can be quite passive – and is often dictated by someone else. I myself am a result of media contortion and am often incredibly self objective, as are many other women (and men). I do not want to be part of an industry in which women are made to feel uncomfortable with themselves and their lives. I watched a great Ted Talk my friend Steph posted up and it summarises these issues well. Take a look….

https://sftimes.co/?id=17&src=share_fb_new_17

Whilst working within the fashion industry, we feel are creating something beautiful, but in actual fact we are producing only destruction. We are crushing the self confidence of millions of women, debilitating their daily lives and increasing self hate and jealousy. Why are we doing this to ourselves? Is this really how we think we should be acting and feeling? Is there not something better for us out there?

I feel by doing any kind of fashion makeup, I am tearing myself away from the path towards my mountain (thanks for the advice Gaiman!) – both morally and artistically. I feel I have been easily led into fashion by the promise of instantaneous reward, particularly in monetary terms. However, despite the draw, I am to stop taking part in this game and follow what is true to myself, now focussing on my workshop practice (the SFX discipline I most enjoy), along with performance work.

Day 02. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 02.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Back to the photography side of this post.

I want to really focus on life, I want to get out there, see it, do it, capture it. I have decided to get back into photography. My main interest is within documentary, journalistic and portraiture photography – but I’m not going to focus on that too much whilst I learn to use my camera again. I feel by doing this I will train myself to look closer into what is around me and re-connect with people – or even just learn to connect as I am a child of the social media technology era and have grown up plugged in.

From now on, you shall be getting more mini-updates, as I invite you to share in my life adventure, one photo at a time.

I cant promise they’ll all be wonderful, but everyone starts somewhere. It’s just where it takes you along the way that is what matters.

I implore you do do something that will take you to new places, and fill your heart with light and happiness.
Look beyond your computer screen and reach to the world outside.

Day 03. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 03.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Eyebrow Blocking

29 Jan

Today as a class, in broken down groups we demonstrated to each other different ways of blocking out eyebrows; discussing the process, products and uses within the professional industry. The purpose of this task was not only to learn the obvious, but stretch our experimental abilities; questioning what was being asked of us and trying to formulate specific ways in which brow blocking worked for us personally.

I was in a group with Leanne and Emily, we split the task between us, sharing research, display and practical task. Prior to the presentation day, we did a trail run.

Despite our mistake in the size and cut of our eyebrow piece, we concluded that our process was the most successful in terms of visibility when done correctly. However, cap plastic application may not be required if dealing with a theatre production, as the detail will not be visible from far away. In reality, if dealing with a HD production, the actor would need to shave off or wax their eyebrows; as such small details would easily be recognised on the screen, rending coverup redundant.

Cap Plastic Application

Cap Plastic Application

Below you can see examples of the other groups’ work.

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Soap Application

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Wax Application

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Pritt Stick Application

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Pro-BOndo Application

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!

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

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!

Halloween!

30 Oct

So, it’s pretty much every makeup artists’ favourite time of year – Halloween! I’m back in London and very happy about that.

I thought I better get this post started now as I’m sure there is going to be a lot going on from now onwards. Its going to be a week filled with fun, friends, work and plenty of makeup.

Lets start with this awesome video by Happy Slap Boutique, based on one of our Boomtown Characters. Tickets for Boomtown go on sale tomorrow, don’t miss out!

WEDNESDAY

I’m just off to meet Grace in Brixton for a video she’s working on – more on that later.

I’ve noticed a few MUAs doing the 31 days of Halloween, based on films. I totally missed this and am gutted as I need the practice – I’ll be doing it next year for sure. All is not lost however, next month I’ll just do my own version; 30 days of Sci-Fi maybe? Perhaps I can come back to the horror in a few months.

Okay so I’m back from Brixton now… the place we went was beautiful, it was called Cafe Cairo and it was FILLED with treasures! It was lovely, I’d love to go when it’s actually open and have some food there. The band (named Teddy) were lovely and oddly familiar (although I’m not sure why anything is “oddly” anymore) – I think theres some festival meetings gone on somewhere. I did some nail based assistance but I can tell you no more. Music video out december – I’ll add the link up on my wordpress.

Cafe Cairo Shoot

Cafe Cairo Shoot

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Cafe Cairo Shoot

Cafe Cairo Shoot

check them out here: http://www.cafecairo.co.uk/visit-us.html

I was going to enjoy the delights of London tonight, however, seen as we got back late and it’s reading week (so I’m actually meant to be home doing work instead of in London), I thought it best I get on with some uni work – so responsible.

Plus I’m out tonight with friends for Halloween fun in Camden tomorrow night…

THURSDAY

Today is Halloween!!

I had two makeup jobs today, number one was working for Henry’s in Green Park, making up the bar staff for their shift. This was a pretty easy job, general skulls, zombies and pretty witches with webs on their cheeks. It was quite nice being in Henrys again, it felt quite at home – I used to work for TCG in Leeds, working at Squares and Henrys quite a bit.

Job number two was for Civilised Mess, working for Cirque Le Soir – though it was prep work so I didn’t need to go into the club. Instead we worked at Lizzie’s new lovely house in Dalston with some tasty food. We applied prosthetics and painted up Lizzie and Gemma for the doll act. Grace gave me loads of tips to improve my application which was really helpful as we haven’t had chance to do much of this at uni yet (NB. slapping prosthetics covered in medical grade glue onto someone’s bum cheek is certainly funny but not really the right way).

The makeup took about 4 hours in total so we didn’t get home till 11pm. I was meant to go out to an event but it was sold out (and I ended up working longer). Having got home and finally accessed the laptop i realised I had to make the decision to stay in so I can get to work tomorrow! It’s okay, I’ll celebrate halloween tomorrow night. If I don’t have more work.

Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Makeup: Victoria Stansfield

Dollys

Dollys
Makeup: Victoria Stansfield & Grace McComisky

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Halloween gash!
Makeup: Grace McComisky

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Post-act
Makeup: Victoria Stansfield & Grace McComisky

Oh and by the way I have seen some pretty AMAZING videos by my fellow friends and colleagues at Happy Slap Boutique and Civilised Mess today! Very inspiration and coming to you very soon!

FRIDAY

Friday’s job didn’t start until 5pm, so I spent the majority of the day doing essay work. I would have liked to have done some postiche but I didn’t have any netting! When the time to leave rolled around, I set off to meet Grace in Maida Vale to paint up six guys going to Pacha. They offered us Gin and tickets to go with them but there was barely time to stop with the amount of painting needed to be done. We did some quick skeleton/muscle paintings with lots of cuts and slashes and they set off to their night.

The boys before they went out.

The boys before they went out.

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Finished!

Following a week of work, i finally went off to have some fun of my own with the lovely Lizzy Bee, going to a party at a warehouse space in Hackney Wick. We walked home the morning after to Homerton and spent the saturday carving some pumpkins.

Our creation.

Our creation.

SATURDAY

Having caught up with a little sleep I rushed back to Wood Green to pick up my kit, then onward to Oxford Circus to work for Cirque Le Soir, making up their performers for the night. Cirque Le Soir is a luxury basement club, with only one room but it’s really winding and oddly shaped so makes for a good space.There is also loads of nooks and crannies for performers to set up, scaring anyone that dares to come round their corner. They have other exclusive venues in Shanghai and Dubai, hosting a range of acts that bring something different to the clubbing scene and and attracting celebrities such as Leonardo Di Caprio, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Usher and many more.

My talented friend Steph (Aurora Starr) working at Cirque Le Soir Dubai

My talented friend Steph (Aurora Starr) working at Cirque Le Soir Dubai.
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Check the club out here:

http://cirquelesoir.com/

I worked with two other makeup artists creating a range of ripper victims, slashed up girls, zombies and beauty makeups. All the performers were really lovely, I’d like to work with them again. I would have liked to have stayed longer and check out more of the night but I really was too shattered to do anything except sleep.

Zombie!

Zombie!

I finished work around 00.15 and managed to catch the last tube back home to Wood Green, filled out my invoices and then crashed.

SUNDAY

Sunday is home time. Having part-recovered from the previous few nights adventures and realising I’ve barely eaten with all thats been going on, it’s time to go home and get ready for uni tomorrow.

I think this halloween has gone brilliantly and I definitely made the right choice to come down to London for it. I’ve also decided I want to live in Hackney when I move down here. I like the area and feel at home; I seem to spend most of my time around there! Unless i get into uni, then I’ll have to be close to that!

Goodbye London, goodbye halloween. I’ll be back at the end of november to go see Circus of Horrors!