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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!

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.

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.

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.
http://shanghai.talkmagazines.cn

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!

Teaching Makeup

29 Oct

Recently I have found myself teaching lots of people bits of makeup; be it people who are generally interested in doing makeup, do face painting at events, or performers seeking to improve their act.

Initially, I was cautious of sharing, cautious of adding competition to an already saturated industry. However, I quickly came to realise that what ever you want from the world, is what you should be giving yourself – why stifle happiness, progress and art when you can help spread it! I think having positive faith in the world and the depth of people is important, in fact it’s a view that is vital to my mental well being. Look after the world and it will look after you.

So, recently I’ve been teaching both John Godbolt and Sophia Weatley (Bella Trix) some performance makeup, so they can do it themselves when on the job. The simplest of tips can make something so much better! In return I’ve been receiving stilt and hoops lessons – and I am improving for sure, it’s exciting stuff! I’ll be posting videos up as soon as I can get something good (or at least entertaining) sorted.

Here are Jon’s makeup efforts from last week’s lesson:

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Makeup by John Godbolt

Makeup by John Godbolt

Makeup by John Godbolt

If anyone ever wants help with something they enjoy doing, please just get in touch and I will be more than happy to help. I have found Facebook is a great way to ask for/give advice!

Anyway. I think all I’m trying to say with this one is don’t keep your knowledge all locked up and to yourself. Spread it around as someone did for you and you’re sure to find yourself and your world much richer for it.

SFX: Postiche

9 Oct

It is great having a housemate who starts at the same uni at the same time. After a team breakfast, Eve and I rolled out of the house and slept our way to uni on the bus. Something tells me I should be using this time better, maybe I should charge my nexus once in a while…

First up we had SFX, today we started our postiche work! Postiche is the addition of extra hair to the body – this could be wigs, moustaches, body hair or even ear hair.

To start with this was incredibly difficult, however, by the end of the lesson I had got the hang of it. I can get very obsessive and addicted to processes (although easily distracted) so whilst a monotonous and complex task, I can already tell this is something which will absorb me for hours on end when we come to working on patterns.

Part of our project in this section is to create a moustached character based on 20th century fashions. I should be getting to work on this next week. Ok, so the basic method…

CREATING A FACIAL PATTERN

You will need…

  • Cling Film
  • Permenant Marker
  • Selotape
  • Your Model
  1. The first thing we need to do is wrap the face in cling film. We then cover the desired area in Selotape, extending the edges around the face for placement security.
  2. Next we create our reference points, in this test run we will mark on the nostrils and lips.
  3. Lastly, we draw on our pattern! This can then be covered with more tape to protect it from rubbing off. We can now remove our pattern from the face and cut it out.
    My glamourous assistant Fee.

    My glamourous assistant Fee.

     

The finished piece - I haven't cut out the pattern as we won't be using this for our final piece (this is just a demo)

The finished piece – I haven’t cut out the pattern as we won’t be using this for our final piece (this is just a demo)

CREATING KNOTTING

Okay so today we didn’t go as far as starting our facial pieces. Much more research and practice is needed! However we did get down how to start the knotting process.

You will need…

  • Wood Block
  • Black Card
  • Textiles Hammer
  • Selotape
  • Wood Pins
  • Human Hair (roots and tips in order)
  • Lace (Fronting Lace)
  • Fish Hook Knotting Needle
  1. Take a wood black and tape a piece of black card to it. We do this so we can see the blonde-red hair we will be using more clearly.

    Woodblock + backing.

    Woodblock + backing.

  2. Next take a piece of lace and using a small textiles hammer, hammer the woodpins onto the block, working 0.5cm from the lace and working around the edge to ensure no pulling I the fabric. Make sure the fabric is places horizontally or vertically to deter the weft from stretching. Hammer the pins flat to the board to stop the lace from sliding off.
    The pins on the left are too far apart and messy. The pins on the left are correct!

    The pins on the left are too far apart and messy. The pins on the right are correct!

    This is a frequent and slightly irritating situation.

    This is a frequent and slightly irritating situation.

  3. Here comes the tricky part. Take 3-8 pieces of hair from the hair organiser (I can’t remember the name of this – update later), make a loop at the root. Use the brutal object below to pull the loop under just one section of lace and then slip the loop into the crook of the needle. Keep the tension.
    Medieval looking hair organiser.

    Medieval looking hair organiser.

    Fish hook needle.

    Fish hook needle.

  4. Next, wrap the hair in the non dominant (non needle holding) hand from front to back around the needle, turning the needle anticlockwise as you do this. Hood the new loop into the end of the hook and pull through the initial loop, held in the crook of the needle. Sound simple enough? If you would like more information on this please message me for help! I might even make a video of how to do this next week.
Finally - knots!

Finally – knots!

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After a short while it becomes easier and neater, it’s good to experiment with speeds of working, techniques and amount of hair used.

Next up we had our PDP lesson. Nothing to write home (or to the internet) about.

Thats it for uni this week! Tomorrow sees circus training, french lessons, essay writing and researching for my prosthetic piece!

Adios!