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SFX: Face Casting – Part 2

8 Oct

This week I was supposed to go and work in London at Troxy Club, however due to money and working with the teacher from Madame Tussauds I decided I should be staying up North and getting my Uni work done – luckily there are lots of amazing makeup artists that were willing to help me out and cover for me on this occasion.

I’m going to go to London as little as possible during term time this year (though I would like the chance to go work with Avolites again). I really want to get the last year of this course done and utilise my time as efficiently as possible so I can develop rapidly. It’s a shame though as I love London and have many lovely people there I would like to see!

My housemate Eve is now living with me properly, which is fantastic as she is a fellow artist and we can sit and do art together. She’s brilliant at drawing so it really helps me out and her style of work really fits with mine – we both work in makeup, costume and design for film and performance so we always have lots to do together!

Plus we both love horror films and drink red wine; always a great bonus. Tonight we’re watching Them (2006) and The Thing (1982).

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Today we have been back in the workshop working on our face casts. We started off with creating the base for the casts we made last lesson.

CREATING THE CAST BASE

For this we used:

  • Skrim
  • Plaster
  • Wood Block
  • Knife
  • Clay
  • Modrock
  1. We first placed the fast cast in the middle of our wooden block and drew a line approximately 1 inch away from out mask in a circular fashion. Having completed this step we sliced and cut our clay and created a wall approximately 1.5-2inches high.

    Creating the clay wall

    Creating the clay wall

  2. We then used several modrock strips dipped in warm water to create a strengthening barrier around our wall.
  3. Following the creation of our wall, we removed out face cast from the work area, and placed it in about 2 inches depth of cold water so the plaster could absorb the water and become playable again.
  4. We used wax to coat the wood base and ensure the plaster we would be later adding into our base area would not stick when dried.
    Wax on...

    Wax on…

    wax.

    wax.

  5. Moving into the second workshop, we created plaster with cold water under the extractor, making thick double cream-like paste. This was poured into the base area and several layers of skrim added for strength as when creating the original face cast.

    Creating the plaster base

    Creating the plaster base

  6. Once the plaster base has begun to set, add the now playable face cast to the piece, submerging the edges under the wet plaster. Leave this to dry. (Mine sank a little more on one side. Annoying, but not the end of the world.)

    attaching the face cast to the base

    Attaching the face cast to the base

  7. When the plaster is dry to touch, use a knife to cut away the modrock bandage and clay wall.
  8. Having removed the excess materials, then fill in any gaps around the face cast using a thick mixture of plaster.

FINISHING & SEALING THE BASE

  1. Once the plaster base has dried we can start to edge off the rough parts and any imperfections in the base that will effect our mould, we do this using sandpaper, files, chisels and graters; as we didn’t have much time i wasn’t able to act as as much as a perfectionist as I would have liked, but it will still serve it’s purpose.
  2. Next, drill 4 dents into the flat plaster base, this will serve as an alignment aid later in the process.
  3. Once we are happy with our cast we then start sealing it with shellac plaster seal until the sealant has soaked through so much it is drying shiny on the surface. Applying the shellac takes patience. If you want to feel like you’re doing it faster use the dark brown colour…

    3rd layer...

    3rd layer…

  4. 5th layer?

    5th layer?

    12th layer...?

    12th layer…?

     

Final sealing of the base

Final layer! (28th?!)

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With  the base now completed and drying in my kitchen, it’s time to get to my sketchbook and start researching and drawing up the design for my prosthetic so i can finally start sculpting. Something creature related for sure… 

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Photo Shoot: Bath Fun with Sofi & Scott

22 Jun

Today I worked with one of my favorite and special friend photographers Scott Salt. We had not yet worked together despite the amount of ideas that had been mentioned so we got it together and found the beautiful little Sofi to come and play with us.

The shoot was initially to be fashion based and shot outdoors, however with miserable weather and a petite model who would fit in a bath perfectly we decided to get our creative minds together and hatch another plan. We decided to colour our water and head towards a more other worldly vision, rather than the standard flowers and candles in the bath look (which whilst pretty its not very inspiring!).

I decided to go for a monotone looking the makeup, using fashion inspired techniques and using a palette of greys, silvers, whites and blacks. At the last moment i decided throwing my powders into the water and across her face may give us an interesting look, blending the water and face into one rather than separate beings. I also experimented with adding glitters (gold and black) and gold sequins. These methods turned out fantastic and created a sense of movement and emotion within the water.

Working with these guys was amazing and i hope to work with them again after the festival season!

MUA: Victoria Stansfield MODEL: Little Sofi PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield
MODEL: Little Sofi
PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield MODEL: Little Sofi PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield
MODEL: Little Sofi
PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield MODEL: Little Sofi PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield
MODEL: Little Sofi
PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield MODEL: Little Sofi PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield
MODEL: Little Sofi
PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

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MUA: Victoria Stansfield MODEL: Little Sofi PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

MUA: Victoria Stansfield
MODEL: Little Sofi
PHOTOGRAPHER: Scott Salt

Photo Shoot: Funtime Bathtime!

29 May

Yesterday I worked with the amazing Scott Salt (Photographer) and Little Sofi (Model) and we carried out some bath based fun.

Here is a little teaser shot for you…
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