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2014 – Y2S2

28 Jan

It seems not so long ago that I was filled with excitement to start this course, now it is almost over!

So, as previously mentioned, this semester I will be focussing on technical processes in the special effects workshop, whilst still paying attention to design and artistic development.

During the first two weeks, we will be doing casts of hands and ears, as well as recapping (excuse the pun…) our wig cap and eyebrow blocking processes. Today we started with the ears…

EAR CASTING

YOU WILL NEED:

  • Tepid Water
  • 2x Mixing Bowls
  • Alginate
  • Blue Roll/Thick Tissue
  • Cotton Wool
  • Thin Plastic Sheeting
  • Vaseline
  • 2x Strong Card Cups
  • Clay
  • Modrock
  • Crystacal Plaster
  • Your model, and a helper!

METHOD:

  1. Follow PPE! Get your overalls on and ensure your model is also covered to protect their skin and clothing.

    I need overalls of my own.

    I need overalls of my own.

  2. Lay the model down on their side comfortably, with support for their head/neck, ensuring the ear is level. Now Vaseline the hair away form the area, keeping it smooth.
  3. Next, cut a 2-3″ slit in the thin plastic, positioning over the model’s ear, again making sure all materials around the ear as as flat and smooth as possible.
  4. Insert cotton wool into the ear – not too deep, just enough to ensure no alginate mixture is able to get inside the body.unnamed
  5. Place the larger half of the up over the ear (with both ends exposed, not covered). Place the blue roll around the  base of the cup to ensure that the Alginate does not seep onto the face and body and out of the protective wall.
  6. Mix half a cup of tepid water with Alginate, until a porridge like mixture is formed. You have 2-3min until this mixture goes off so you need to work quickly. The hotter the water temperature, the quicker the mix will go off. Use your hands to combine the mixture and squeeze out any lumps. Now pour this into the cup slowly, aiming behind the model’s ear.DO NOT pour excess down the sink – it will block it! Instead, wait for it to dry and peel it out of your mixing bowl and place in the bin.unnamed-2
  7. Once the Alginate has set, carefully release the suction by working around the base of the cup (removing the supportive blue roll), then working with the direction of the ear, peel away the mould case. Make sure to leave the cotton wool attached to the Alginate. Remove the plastic sheeting if you are sure it will not effect the mould shape.unnamed-4
  8. Now, position the second cup over the top of the first, again leaving both ends exposed. Create a clay/modrock bandage to attatch the cups together.unnamed-1unnamed-3
  9. Create your plaster, working in a ventilated area and adding the plaster to half a cup of tepid water slowly until islands are made on the surface.  Once all dissolved, mis with the hands to ensure consistency is even and of a double cream thickness. Now pour this into the flood walls, ensuring to tap out the bubbles. Again do not pour any excess down the drain, wait for the plaster to sediment and pour away the water, wiping out as much of the plaster as possible and placing in the bin. Now we wait!!
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    please excuse the bad pictures!

    Shona's Ear Cast

    Shona’s Ear Cast

Tomorrow we shall be working on eyebrow blocking. Stay tuned!

Ah! PS. I also received this amazing book in the post, to help me with my creature design!

BOOK! :D

BOOK! 😀

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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!

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!

Slava’s Snow Show & The German Market

21 Nov

Today I finally endeavoured to attend the German Market! After two years of deliberation, I bought a salt lamp (this may be the longest I’ve ever taken to make a decision, it must have been an important one.)

John & I enjoying the Market.

John & I enjoying the Market.

They had a lovely carousel, however there was not time to play on this occasion, as after a single mulled wine we headed off to Sheffield to see Slava’s Snow Show at the Lyceum!

This was a great chance to catch up with a few friends that I don’t get to see much outside of work related events! Plus the show was absolutely brilliant, it was beautiful and I really enjoyed all the acts. I liked the way there wasn’t particular story line, more the observation of the clowns happenings and emotions. At the end they had these huge plastic balls and balloons, I actually hit a women over the head in accidental childlike excitement trying to grab them (sorry!)

The costumes and makeup were simple but quaint, and certainly worked in promoting each clowns personality and sentiments.

My favourite act in this performance was actually my least favourite act in the Cirque Du Soleil Show! In the Allegria show I just did not have a clue what was going on, in the Slava show, during the same performance I was feeling so much for the main clown, I had total emotional involvement with the scene!

Bubble Snow!

Bubble Snow!

I won’t spoil it for you by saying anymore, it is definitely worth seeing, I would go see it again. I adored the balance of dark moments and laughs, based on visual rather than audio. There is much to be said about silence.

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.