Saturday, September 18, 2010

Long time coming....

Week 8 down….

Sorry I haven’t been posting regularly. For some reason it takes my computer forever to upload pictures. And I’m sure you guys don’t want to miss out on the pictures. That’s the best part.

Week 5 was wounds and tattoo’s.

So far, I think this class has been my favorite. I loved learning how to create all the nasty cuts, burns, bruises and diseases. I learned how to make them look real and what it takes to create them. This burn on my leg took about an hour to create. You can do different processes that take less time, but some things take patience to make them look authentic. Our teacher was fantastic. Steve Castanza, he did Napolean Dynamite. He had to leave us our last day because he just began Hell Boy. Also had a teacher Ralis Kahn, he did Marilyn Manson’s make up and videos, Slip Knot, Stuart Little, Dogma and many more.

Week 6 was facial hair.

I loved it. It’s a messy endeavor, but didn’t seem unnatural to me. I guess working with hair all these years made it easier to learn. If any of you follow facebook, you would have seen my boys all decked out in beards. They came for a visit and wanted to try it out.

Last week- week 7- I learned about old age.

My teacher John Goodwin, won an Emmy for CSI, and did Men in Black,. We had to learn to make people up to be 15-60 years older than they are. That was hilarious and very fun to do. Much easier to give the wrinkles then take them away.

This week we learned bald caps.

I tried to make the bubble look like my head. 2.) The beautiful Mirielle 3.)The bearded lady...

We learned about techniques and types of caps to use for television and film or stage. It really isn’t very difficult, it’s just very messy to take off. If a bald cap takes two hours to apply, then it will take about one hour to remove. The worst part is the adhesive. We put it on with a medical adhesive called prosaid. All I can say is YUCK! It works very well, but is a pain to get off. Plus, if you get it in the hair….. Let’s just say nightmare.

Next up is how to make molds for wounds, etc… It will be the official start of my special effects courses. I will be sculpting, molding and creating transfer appliances for quicker application. Now I get down and dirty.

Stay tuned for much more excitement. Just in time for Halloween! Muhahaha

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Finished the Beauty Course!

These are air brush animals created by my classmates. I did the Zebra.(Courtney did the Cheetah make-up on Sabrina.Waiting to hear back on the rest.)

I have been trying to update my blog for about 2 weeks. For some reason my computer goes into a coma when I try to upload pictures. Not sure if it's because I have so many darn pictures from class, but I am going to attempt to do a 3 week update since I have been so busy.

I was able to be a part of a music video shoot. I created a hairstyle for the female lead and created a "very tired and disheveled" make-up for four of the men in the cast. It was fun to see the process.

On set of the music video. Thanks Red Light District!

I also wrapped my first paid commercial. It was a PSA on contraceptives that will be aired nationwide. Don't know when or in what markets, but it was an amazing experience. I LOVED it. So nice to see the teamwork involved in such a production. Can only imagine how much fun a feature film will be.

Station set up On set during shoot.

I'm still waiting to shoot the independent film. The Writer/Director is very passionate about the project so I am thrilled to be a part of helping her make her dream come to life.
The 3rd week of school was Era for tv and film and Avante garde.

1920's 1930's 1940's

That was fun to learn. We were able to create make-up that would be used on the runway and for editorial purposes. Crazy styles and looks that you would never wear in public. I have signed up to work LA fashion week in October, so stay tuned for some backstage shenanigans.
The fourth week was airbrushing. I enjoyed this class the most so far. It was only a week, but I would have loved to have a month. My teacher is amazing. I could watch her create all day. I now have an airbrush gun and compressor. So watch out boys, your mama needs to practice!

These are some of my projects. The leaves are my air brush final. The Zombie is airbrush. She is half Zombie and half beauty. The Rock Star and Candy Mouth and Bird Nest are High Fashion/Avante Garde. The two of me were done by Gilbert. He is an amazing sculptor and artist.

The fifth week was in hairstyling. I didn't have to take this class. Thank Goodness! They allowed me to be a TA(teachers assistant). So I was able to help my classmates learn how to create the styles from the 1900's to present. I really enjoy creating styles from the other eras. Not something I get to do everyday, so that's fun.

These are my beauty final Photo Shoot. We had to create a classic make-up and high fashion sketch. We didn't have any idea what our model would look like until the day of the shoot. That's not stressful at all..... I was blessed. My model was beautiful. Easy Breezy!!!

Next week I get to begin character make-up. We get to learn bald caps, chins, noses, and wounds. It will be nice to get into the special effects part of the curriculum.

A few answers to the questions I am getting:

Yes, I miss my boys terribly. I am so thankful for Skype. Seeing them on video has helped make the absence bearable.
Yes, I will be coming home. I love what I'm learning, but my family is in AZ. I am so grateful for Melissa. Having her help me with my business has been a Godsend. She has kept me informed on all the comings and goings at the salon. I miss seeing all my clients/friends. You all had become such a constant part of my life and I do miss you.
Thanks for being so supportive.

I am having a ball!