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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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http://www.thegentlemansretreat.co.uk/

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.

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Photo Shoot: Experimenting with Editorial Fashion Looks and Natural Makeup

31 May

This shoot was created to enable us to all develop our own artistic skills and have a play with colour and natural makeup.

Our intent was to experiment with producing editorial style images, which I think we achieved. The shoot was done at short notice with little-no planning so next time I think we will be able to home in on that editorial style.

Great shoot all round, learnt so much and it was brilliant to work with these guys. 🙂

Alix & Abi

Alix & Abi

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Abi

Abi

Abi

Alix

Alix

Abi

Abi

Alix

Alix

Creative Lip Practice Day!

21 May

Today I was supposed to be doing a fashion shoot, however my beautiful model is in hospital. 😦

So, to cheer myself up today, I’ve decided to focus on developing my creative lip work – because… why not!

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Black lipstick with fine glitters.

More details on each look later. This is just to ease the writing length later…

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Black lipstick with metallic powders.

Gold textured lips.

Gold textured lips.

I don’t know what it is about being tipsy; but it being the reason my career commenced, I can’t argue. Plus I couldn’t do ombre lips during the sober day so… here you go.

Red/white ombre lips.

Red/white ombre lips.

TO BE COMPLETED

Uncommon Nonsense (Photo Shoot)

10 May

TO BE COMPLETED: IMAGES ONLY

Things are starting to pick up again on my personal creative side and I have been striving to work with more creative people and find out more about my own styles and develop the way in which I work as professional.

Today I worked with Gemma, the founder of Uncommon Nonsense and the designer and creator of some lovely dresses, take a look at her website here:

http://uncommon-nonsense.co.uk/

I arrived at Leeds Art College for a studio shoot about 9 and got to the makeup. I ‘ve been busy with uni stuff so hadn’t had time to do a mood board but I think the outcome was absolutely beautiful, the model (Kate Newman) was stunning. I want to steal her for more work as she has the most beautiful face but sadly this was a one off for her! Even when she posed accidentally the shots came out beautifully.

We then shot the images with the photographer, Vicky Kortekaas who did a fantastic job, as I watched each image flash up on the MAC I smiled with glee! Its brilliant to actually get good shots of hard done work for a change! We should get the images within the next couple of weeks, so as soon as I do I shall post them in this blogpost.

Whilst I need to wait for the pictures to annotate, one thing I do know i need to work on is my speed as usual – it’s all part of the learning journey but i do need to actively work on this, perhaps time trailing myself at home. Allowing time for creating a specific design also means lees thinking time in between applications of products. I have however found in this shoot I was able to find confidence in using a variety of different skills I have learnt – such as matching up colour correction with period makeups.

It was lovely to work with all these girls, I hope to work with them again in the future 🙂

More not doing my essay.

21 Mar

This started out as another inspiration piece for my presentation – based on Kazuhiro Tusji’s ability to manipulate a face to look like that of another.

However, because life (and makeup) isn’t about being serious all the time….

Here is my take on the modern look of today. Complete with fake hair, fake glasses and oversized hat.

This is a joke makeup ;). Although quite a reality for some…

I\m sexy and I know it.

I’m sexy and I know it.

EDIT: As an afterthought, this was actually quite a worthwhile experiment. I can confidently say after applying one of the darkest foundations in my palette, very thickly and layering up the bronzer – I am no longer scared of the pea sized amount of comparatively very light MAC C2 Face and Body Foundation I wear regularly.

Anatomy

17 Mar

On Thursday we looked at human anatomy around the face, neck and shoulders. I had been quite looking forward to this as I find the factual science stuff really interesting.

We considered the effects of the environment, aging, chemicals, trauma, heat/cold and a few other circumstances in which the skin or bones may alter the way a makeup artist would look at carrying out the makeup.

Following this, we looked at doing a makeup to represent the skin and/or bones. Having already done a skeleton makeup…

(https://victoriastansfield.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/calvaria-pulchra/)

…I decided to look at the make up of the muscles beneath the facial skin. I was referring to an image but as usual i decided to change it halfway through and got carried away in my own interpretation and so it became quite artsy. I’d like to have another go at this (and the skeleton)  and create a more realistic presentation of my learnings.

Needs to be redone!

Needs to be redone!

Sculpt Gel Practice – Face Slash

13 Jan

This evening I looked further into sculpt gel techniques. I decided to focus on my face for a change so I get used to the anatomy of different parts of the body. For the wound… think, animal attack – something with sharp talons or claws.

I found the gel so much easier to work with when more of part C was added, however it took much, much longer to dry! The large cut I did at the top of my lip was with thicker gel, but I got rid of half of it and used a thinner mix. I found by rolling my brush end towards where I wanted to create an edge, I could create much smoother and thinner shapes that still blended outwards into the skin. rather than blending out a sausage shape and cutting into it which caused drag and risked moving the set gel.

Another great technique I found, was smoothing the gel over my skin, and then using an edge, cut straight into the ‘second skin’ giving a quick and realistic look.

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Face Slash View One

Face Slash View One