Friday, January 27, 2017

Xekri Demon

I had been planning this shoot for some time - sort of. I wanted to an all black demon but didn't really know what I wanted to do as far as prosthetics. For about 6-7 months or more whenever I was running foam to make prosthetics, I'd include a few horns in the batch. Ultimately I turned out a pile of 55 horns - we used 52 for this shoot.

I at least knew ahead of time that painting someone all black might make them little more than a silhouette in bright light from a distance. While the prosthetics certainly would stand out in a long shot, it might also get a little muddy in the details, so I settled on a very simple series of head shots.

I set up a single light and an off camera flash and just made it up as we went, in the end I'm pretty happy with the results. The final results here needed very little post processing work, just a bit of cleanup on the more obvious seams (I don't claim to be a brilliant makeup artist and I'm lazy) and just bumped up the black a bit, otherwise they came right out the camera pretty much looking like they do here.

Without a doubt, this has become one of my favourite shoots. Ever so often I'm actually impressed by my own work, not only the makeup but the shots as well - and I can really only think of maybe 3 shoots where that happened, and this time around I'm definitely impressed.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Demons in Ugly Christmas Sweaters 2016.

This years round of Demons in Ugly Christmas Sweaters.I had intended to do two more, but a last minute broken mould, bad scheduling, the flu and crappy weather just made it too much work, so we've only got 5 this year. I need to plan earlier for next year, I've already got a few good ideas.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

New Prosthetics

Now that Halloween is over and I sort of have some free time (although still very little) I've been working at turning out some new prosthetics. 3 new pairs of ears, 2 new large-ish horns, a few new nose pieces and 3 or 4 new full face pieces, as well as a few new Limited Run pieces. They won't all be available all at once, over the course of the next month I'll be releasing them.

Here's what's new so far. All this can be found on The Monkey Rodeo Etsy page.
Limited Run - Nyanga Demon- $55

Bone Horns - $30

FellBeast Ears - $25

Halfling Ears - $30

Banci Demon (sorta NSFW)

Tried a weirder more artsy kind of shoot, while I'm fairly happy with how it turned out - I realized this isn't my style and I need to get back to the way I used to do things.

Nyanga Demon

This shoot officially marks my return to "simpler" photo shoots.Not that they've spiraled out of control and I've never done something like in years, but I'm intentionally trying to keep to this style of shoot - while I like the more elaborate and weirder shoots, this was always my intention. While I'm aiming for simpler shoots, that doesn't mean simpler makeup, only the setup.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

They Live Demons.

This shoot was a long time coming, it was suggested to me last fall after my Demon Ash vs Evil Dead shoot. The biggest stumbling block were the damned alien masks and finding the time to make them. I knew I did want to deal with makeup on several people that might limit their vision and kill my back in the application process. I wanted to keep it quick and simple.

It ended up not exactly being quick or simple. The lateness of the season meant the weather turned a little sour and it's been raining, we had to move inside - which wasn't an issue for the most part, other than it was really warm and anyone who's ever worn a latex mask knows they're not exactly air conditioned.

In order to keep the aliens from smothering to death in the masks, we had to suss out all out shots ahead of time and keep things moving while it mostly worked, it did hinder any spontaneity, so while I was going over the pictures I kept seeing other angles that would have worked, but it's too late now and I'm happy with how it turned out.

The masks themselves worked decently, I did a little fiddling with some clear plastic to make the eyes, again to facilitate everyone being able to see what was going on.

It was tricky doing "action" shots since I wanted the makeup and the masks to be clearly visible, so it limited angles and all that crap. Overall I think we were successful in doing something silly and campy.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Magenta Nyanga Demon

I did this for a quick shoot last week, it was cut a little short since the support for the horns ended up getting uncomfortable by the time the makeup was totally done. We just got a few shots really quick to at least make it worth it.