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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Hit Girl sculpture on: January 13, 2011 05:51:43 PM
For my sculpture class, one of our projects was to sculpt a human head - I decided to do Hit Girl, from Kick-Ass.  I used the movie actress' face as a reference, but my end result is kinda a combination of the movie and the comic book character. 

Sculpted with Chavant plasteline modeling clay over a core of aluminum foil.

Here's a pic of the character in the movie, in case y'all haven't seen it:

And the comic character:

A pic of the sculpture at my work station, to kinda give you an idea of its size (it's life-size..):

Unfortunately, when I made the tin-foil underlayer for the hair, I didn't pack it down as well as I should have, so when I put the clay on top and started sculpting it, it kept warping and I ended up having to smush it in a lot, which made the hair less big than I had wanted it.  I'm not entirely happy with the way the hair looks anyway, so I think I will go back and do more work on that part after this semester's final's are over. 

Anyhoo, comments and crits welcome, desired even!

12  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fungus Among Us on: January 12, 2011 03:02:22 PM

For my special effects class, our mid-term assignment was to do a makeup effect using food and then take photos that could be movie stills.  I had a bunch of ideas, most of them far too elaborate and physically impossible, and I tried out a couple of things that ended up not working.  Unfortunately at the last minute I had to come up with plan C, and I ended up doing an effect where the idea was that its an alien fungus thats spreading up my arm, eventually to consume my entire body and eat my brain in order to use me as a meat puppet.

At that point I had to use what was on hand at home, since Id already spent money I didnt really have buying supplies for the stuff that didnt work.  Crushed red peppers, salt, and black peppercorns combined nicely to make a creepy alien fungus texture.

The effect was made by sponging on a layer of liquid latex and laying the spice mixture into it, then repeating the process in key spots for more variation, then covering the whole thing with a green-tinted layer of the latex.  After that, I applied dark brown creme makeup in the holes and crevices to make them look deeper, did a little mottling with a couple of colors of creme makeup, and voila!  Alien fungus.

My girlfriend and I took about 50 photos, trying out different poses and whatnot, and Im glad we did so many cause the last ones were absolutely the best.

After I turned those pictures in, my teacher said he wanted me to do more with the project, showing more of a story with the progression of the fungus.  So I set out to do something where it would be covering the whole arm and going up my neck to cover part of my face.  I started with my chest, neck, and face.

And then it started burning. In case I didnt mention it before, putting red pepper on your skin is a pretty bad idea.. Now, the burning happened on my arm too when I did the first round of photos, but it wasnt terrible, and this second time around I made sure to lay down an extra layer of latex under the spice mixture.  Well, apparently I missed some spots.  On my face.  o_O

So, I decided to forego doing the arm again, and just get the photo shoot over with.  Cause.. ouch.

Anyhoo, heres the pics I got to round out the series:

It doesnt look quite identical to the hand in the first go-round the color is slightly off and I didnt use as much of the salt and pepper or give it as much attention with makeup.. but I think its a fair job considering the fact that I did it on myself.  And I quite like the addition of the redness around the fungus that looks like skin irritation that bit was inspired by the actual irritation on my face, which funnily enough had faded a bit by the time the camera battery charged enough to take the photos.  Go figure.

13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Alien Hand on: January 11, 2011 04:19:22 PM

This was a project done for my Intro to Makeup Effects class we were given a yellow latex kitchen glove and told to turn it into a wearable monster hand using liquid (and/or mask) latex.

Mine was made in two parts the wrist cuff is a separate piece that fits over the glove.

The glove was made by taking every cotton ball I had in the house, ripping them into little pieces and rolling the pieces into different sized balls, then gluing them on the back of the hand with mask latex.  The texture on the palm was made by sprinkling crushed animal crackers onto wet mask latex.

After that was all dry, I coated the whole thing with liquid latex several times, making sure to fill in the deep crevices between the cotton balls.  That part took freaking forever.  I must have done at least 10 rounds of filling the latex kept sliding out of the cracks and dripping down the glove.  Most inconvenient.

Anyhoo.  After the hand was coated with latex, it looked like I had glued Corn Pops cereal all over it.  I probably should have just done that, it would have been faster and probably would have looked the same.  And I would have had some yummy breakfast left over.  Oh well.

While the Corn Pop Monster was drying, I made the cybery wrist cuff.  It took some pondering to figure out what to make it from.  Im a broke-ass student and all, so I really didnt want to buy a bunch of stuff.  I ended up using a piece of felt as the base for the cuff, and glued on pieces of styrofoam, plastic kazoos, stereo wire from the dollar store, and then I stuck bulbs from a christmas light necklace through the holes in the kazoos (they even light up!).  So I ended up spending two dollars on the whole thing, or $8 if you count the burger and fries that came in the styrofoam container. 

The edges of the cuff were finished off with folded duct tape ,then the whole thing was painted with tinted latex and acrylic paint, then glazed and distressed to look extra crusty and worn.  Then I popped in the christmas lights and glued on the stereo wires, and ta-da!

The hand itself was painted with four layers of tinted latex a purple base, and greenish-grey glaze to darken the cracks, a bright green glaze, and more of the bright purple brushed over the high points as a highlight.  Unfortunately, the camera didnt pick up the colors of the hand very well.  In person, the green and purple pop really nicely and it has a nice depth to the color.

Anyhoo, there it is.  Im pretty happy with it, especially because I was afraid, during the process, that it wasnt going to come out the way I wanted.  But it did, and my teacher seemed to dig it, and now I want to make a whole costume to go with it.. if only I had the time.

14  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Bride of Frankenstein Makeup on: October 30, 2010 08:49:38 PM
I'm going to school for special effects makeup, and in my cosmetic makeup class we did Halloween face-painting.  The goal was to create 3-d effects using light and shadow.  I kinda wish I'd done something a little more dramatic as far as altering my model's face, but I'm still kinda happy with how it came out.

I guess my teacher was too, since he asked me to re-do it as part of a group that was photographed for a newspaper article about our school.  Sadly, my makeup was not actually featured in the final article (which was rather scanty on photos, imo).

Anyhoo, here's the makeup:

The above photos are the third iteration of the makeup.  Here's some shots of the first, practice, version:

I think the overall color of the practice makeup is more dead-looking, but it tickles me that the bluish tones in the shadows of the other go with the model's eyes. XD

Anyhoo, comments, crits, etc. are always appreciated.  Thanks for looking!
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / icy makeup on: August 04, 2010 01:43:06 PM
Done just for the hell of it, I didn't even leave the house.  Smiley 

The eyebrows took forever!  I used blue mascara to tint my eyebrows, then each one of the "ice" crystals had to be glued on individually.

The lips were done with cheap Halloween dark blue lipstick, then I pressed a turquoise mineral powder into it almost to the edge, then did the same frosty blue as on the eyes just in the middle of the bottom lip.

For the eyes, I used cheap Halloween eyeshadow (wetted to make it darker) and mineral eyeshadow powder, with a drugstore brand eyeliner and mascara.  I had originally wanted to use false eyelashes, but could not get them to stick - I have the worst luck with those things.

And here's a duckface pic just for fun (I can't seem to help making silly faces when I take photos of myself...  XD ):

16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Shaman Costume - now with more pics, and more words! NSFW! :D on: July 24, 2010 02:36:48 PM
This is the first complete costume I've made (aside from a simple Pikachu outfit for my girlfriend) and I made a lot of different pieces for it. 

I did it just to have something to put in a portfolio, but it's an idea I'd been noodling for quite a while.  There's a whole overcomplicated story behind the character, but the gist of it is an evolved/devolved human shaman, meant to be on a place other than Earth.  I'm pretty happy with the way everything turned out, though I wish I'd done more with the makeup (though I gotta say her lips looked freaking awesome and I wish I'd gotten some better closeups) - I was afraid of going too far and having to redo it all on an annoyed model.

The costume consists of a mask, a sculpted bird skull on a necklace, a faux bone plaque on another necklace, two armbands, a skirt, a belt, claws, a staff, and a number of beads and bobs.

Oh, fyi, some of the photos may be NSFW, depending on how your workplace feels about naked boobies.

The mask was made with two layers of plaster wrap applied to the model's face and allowed to dry.  Then I gave it a layer of paper clay to smooth out the surface, and let that dry.

The rest was just built up with more paper clay, with the tusks made separately and glued on.

Here's the mask after sculpting (before the tusks were attached) next to the concept sketch:

(It looks pretty wide in comparison to the sketch because it's lying flat.  When it's on her face, the perspective makes it look narrower from the front, as you can see in the next photo.)

After the sculpting, the mask was primed white and painted, and given a glaze in the crevices to highlight the sculpting and make it look more like a real, used object.

The other item I sculpted from paper clay, and actually the first thing I made, was a three-eyed bird skull.  It's made entirely from the paper clay, done in several layers with drying time in between.

After sculpting, it just got a layer of primer and some glaze in the crevices, and then I made the necklace for it, along with the "bone" plaque and its necklace.  I wish I'd put more of the beads I made on the necklaces, it would have made them more vibrant and colorful.. oh well.

The skirt was made with strips of fleece, yarn, some fake hair and strings of beads, and it just ties in the back (with the tie tucked under the belt).  The belt is made with a fake leather thrift store belt and a piece of tree bark, and I made some medallions out of paper clay that hang from the bottom.

And the claws.  They're made with a layer of Apoxie clay over top "Exotic Ultra Curve" fake nails.  The swirly designs were carved in after the clay had partially dried.  The claws were then primed and painted yellow, then glazed with a burnt orange color at the base and then overall with a grey to make them slightly more natural-looking.

Sadly, they didn't fit her fingers very well.  She wasn't around when I made them so I had to fit them to my fingers, which are apparently very different than hers.   With a judicious application of adhesive, we managed to get them to stay on though and they looked freaking awesome, if I do say so myself.

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Thanks for looking!  Comments, crits, etc. welcome as always.
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Vegan-friendly Floggers (mostly rope) on: June 10, 2010 05:29:07 PM
Whilst dating a vegan boy a while ago, I discovered that there are not very many floggers out there that aren't made of leather, and most of the ones that are available are incredibly stingy black rubber.  I started experimenting with making my own floggers out of various materials, and even though I'm not seeing that guy anymore, I still can't seem to stop with the rope.  Especially after I found some in almost eye-searingly bright colors. XD

They're all made very simply, just the rope folded over a steel ring and tightly wrapped with cord for the handle.  The handles are surprisingly rigid, though they do bend a little bit under enough pressure (they bend right back in place though).

Watermelon flogger:

Blueberry flogger:

Stripey flogger:

Fluffy flogger:

Stripey beater:

In my quest for vegan-friendly flogger materials, I also found some rubber tubing at Home Depot.  Surprisingly, it feels more like a leather flogger than anything else I could find, though it makes an incredibly silly bouncy/squeaky sound when it's used, and the tails have a tendency to swing a little wildly.  There's another one of these floggers in the works with a copper pipe as a handle - I'm hoping the tails will swing a little nicer if they're bunched better in the handle.   

Somewhere there's also a small whisk-type thing made with scratchy hemp rope, but I didn't get a photo of that.

So, comments, crits, advice, etc. welcome as always. Smiley
18  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / My first zombie makeup on: January 25, 2010 10:48:39 PM
This is actually from before Halloween, but oh well.  Zombies are 4ever.

Some friends and I participated in a local zombie walk, and I did makeup for one of them and myself.  Sadly, my friend's didn't turn out so well, so I didn't take any pics of it.  I'm rather proud of the way mine looked though, even though I was rushing through it and did it in half the time it took to do hers.  Heh.

Unfortunately, most of the photos are from after I got home, several hours after makeup application.  It held up remarkably well though.

Anyhoo, here are the pics:

After the zombie walk:

And the one photo taken before the zombie walk:



19  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with bamboo? on: December 06, 2009 09:19:40 PM
I am incredibly broke this Christmas, and am trying to think of things I can make for people that won't cost much money.  I have access to a whole forest of bamboo, and am looking for ideas of stuff to make with that.  So far, I'm trying wind chimes and rain sticks, but those won't appeal to most of the people on my gifting list.

I would really appreciate any other ideas!
20  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frankenwallet! on: October 16, 2009 10:27:07 AM
I made this for the Monster Mash swap: a frankenstein-inspired wallet.  The outside is three different colors of faux suede, and the inside is a scabrous-looking red cotton.  It's the first wallet I've made, so it's not quite perfect, but I really loved it.  Comments/critiques/helpful hints for future wallets are appreciated as always.

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