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131  Re: any scratchboarders here? in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by acidtrix on: October 19, 2007 11:12:52 AM
actually, i draw it out first on paper from a photo reference, then use white carbon paper to transfer the design. the boards are so expensive that i dont' trust myself to draw straight on the board or just free hand it. even extra pencil lines, if they're in an area that stays black, often show even after i've erased them and sealed the boards with a fixative spray, so i find that this is the best way to get a nice clean finished product.

here is the only one i freehanded (and it was also my first board). his fur was really wild though so it wasn't too hard to just add more when things didn't look quite right. for the ones i've done of horses or people though, you can't really correct mistakes (unless they're really small) without it being obvious.

Calvin


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132  any scratchboarders here? in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by acidtrix on: October 19, 2007 10:48:32 AM
Hi all Smiley

I've been scratchboarding for a couple of years now, though usually only in december and april (i do the boards as gifts [april is mom's birthday]). I just wanted to share one or two of them and ask if anyone else here scratchboards? it's fun and the product makes for nice gifts, but its becoming near impossible to get the boards anymore, other than online. a year ago, i could only order from the company (and minimum $500 order) but i see that they've become more available online recently.

here we go:

Snoopy



Pearl



Geisha



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133  more gooey zombies! (warning: image heavy and gross factor HIGH) in Halloween Costumes by acidtrix on: October 19, 2007 08:58:11 AM
I saw Izzy55 posted a photo from the ottawa zombie walk, so i thought i'd post a few more of the rest of the people i did makeup for!
i'm fairly new at posting on craftster and i haven't found a way to put the photos behind a cut, so i apologize if i've caught anyone unawares with the images.

onward to zombies!
my sweetie:


and a closeup:


Izzy55's (the jogger) closeup:


Our other Silent Hill nurse (she did her own makeup), myself, Izzy55 and our eyeless zombie M...


Eyeless zombie


our school girl zombie


All done with Woochie prosthetics (Bear Maul for both Izzy55 and the school girl (one worn inverted), See No Evil on our eyeless guy (only half of the prosthetic used), and Skin and Bones on my guy) and liquid latex, scarring liquid, graftobian creme makeup in geisha white and blithe spirit, injury stack, blood gel and blood FX, tooth decay paint (in "tobacco" and "nicotine") and some homemade fake blood. took about 3.5 hours to get everyone ready. we ordered costume contacts but they didn't arrive till the day after the walk ~pout~

i now have a considerable arsenal of fx makeup supplies!
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134  Re: making clothes look dirty without uhm, being dirty? ;D in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by acidtrix on: October 12, 2007 09:18:28 AM
I was a silent hill nurse last year and again this year (we've upgraded with costume contacts and better weapons! woo!)

anyway, to stain our dresses, we used a mister (erm, that looks weird... a spray bottle set to fine mist) and then over the course of a week layered on different mixtures of coffee, tea, diluted green/brown food colouring (to look like mold), etc. - anything we could think of really. for the mold colours in particular, we used a less fine mist so there were visible spots. its best to let dry between the mistings because everything would kind of mix together if it all got too wet. and, btw, no smells. then for the blood, we had some store bought blood gel that we used to make hand prints, streaks and splatters on the dress. i found it looked too fake, so we then made our own blood with this recipe:
Dilute K-Y Lubricant with water until you get a syrupy consistency, add some flour or white frosting mix to make the mixture opaque, then add red and yellow to get a good blood color. add a bit of green food coloring to get reddish brown. Real dried blood is quite brown, but it'll look better if its still a bit red. apply and let it dry. This mixture has a great looks when it is dry.
this recipe was amazing, made great dark crusty blood. we used the mixture to layer over the other fake blood and, together, the two give a new and old blood effect. we also went outside in the full costumes and had someone whip gobs of the blood at us to get realistic spatter patterns. i think that is all we did to the dresses, hope its helpful. oh, we also used iron on transfers to put the red cross and Brookhaven Hospital logo. these are like, seriously, the funnest costumes ever to wear. we SCARED people ^_^

here is a shot of the dress... i'm not wearing the mask in this. i suggest making a removable mask and then doing makeup underneath, it gets hot wearing the masks for too long in a club.

btw, this is from last year - i will post the updated costume when its all done.

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135  last year's pumpkins in Halloween Decor and Parties by acidtrix on: October 10, 2007 10:31:14 AM
I havent' carved up this year's pumpkins yet but here are the ones that me and the bf did last year ^_^

this was my headwound pumkin - rigged a small terrarium pump to gush blood (red water) from the hatchet wound.

this one was my boyfriend's demon pumpkin.

and this one is my pumpkin eater, that i did for a contest at work.

^_^
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136  All Hallows' Eve Mischief in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by acidtrix on: October 05, 2007 09:43:17 AM
Unfortunately i can't post the picture of my entry to this contest because this is my first time posting on craftster (how did i not know about this place?!)

Anyway, this is my first ATC. I found the size challenging but it was really fun to do. Now if i could just learn how to scan glittery things...
Hopefully the lovely and talented people of this community will click to check it out ^_^

Thanks!





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