Friday, June 23, 2017

Kaeliss Demon

This was just a somewhat quick and improvised makeup, I didn't really have anything planned when I set out, just made it up as I went along and tried to keep it simple.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Super Awesome Prosthetic Contest is now open until August 1st, 2017.

If you're reading this after August 1st, 2017 - you're too late. Go back in time and enter.

The Super Awesome Prosthetic Contest is now open. Details are pinned to the top of the page on - it's long, get comfortable before reading.

Short version of the rules:
Submit a photo of your makeup using a prosthetic from The Monkey Rodeo to: It can be an old or new picture, fancy or dull, amateur or professional, you can buy something right now and use it, any prosthetic that I personally made that you have purchased and applied yourself is eligible.

One picture per makeup, but an individual can submit as many different makeups they have photos of.

You have from now until August 1st, 2017, 7am Atlantic Time to get your pictures in. Judging will be made by the general public for the month of August on our Facebook page (
Winners announced on Sept 1st, 2017.

Friday, June 02, 2017

Super Awesome Prosthetic Contest

Having a bit of a contest to win some commission work. Should be open by June 5th, visit for details coming soon, it'll run until August 1st, 2017.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fellbeast, Demon Headshots

I don't have much to say about this shoot, I planned it out, designed a new prosthetic and everything worked pretty much exactly as I'd planned.

Red is always tricky, but I do like how it turns out.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Seksikas Devils, Demon Headshots.

Technically not Demons, but Devils this time around - there's a huge difference, trust me, at least as far as I'm concerned. I wanted to try one a little different and throw two head in there, just to see how it would work.I'm really happy with the results.

I went with some complimentary colours, neither one that I've used too often - I think it worked pretty well. I had help this time around doing the body paint, just so we wouldn't all be sitting around all day doing makeup.

Every once in awhile I like to point out that I don't claim to be a professional photographer or professional makeup artist - nor do I really care to be either - I do this for fun, it's a hobby. I approach doing makeup sometimes in a way that's simple. I like bright, dramatic looks, sometimes a little cartoonish too. I have nothing against doing realistic makeup, I sometimes will try it, but for the most part I find this style to be a little more visually interesting.

Also, I like sometimes doing makeup that's just as simple for a total novice to pull off. There's no special techniques or anything with this shoot, other than a little airbrushing around the eyes, it's just a single, flat coat of one colour of body paint - there's no grease makeup involved, the prosthetics aren't sealed, nothing like that. I just prepainted the prosthetics with the same body paints the models were done up with, glued the prosthetics on, then body painted the rest of them, the edges aren't sealed with some special process. It's as simple, quick and dirty of a makeup job as you can get.

I also don't care for doing shoots with 2 people, for so many reasons. Mainly, I like doing things simple - if you hadn't guessed. Just a model, some makeup and a camera is perfect, I know all the angles I need to cover to make it work. Throw in a second model, some actual lighting, and you've just added a whole new pile of things that can go wrong.

With a single model, there's about 5 things I need to keep an eye on, with two models that doubles and adds a few more thing. The worst element is focus combined with depth of field. I like a narrow depth of field, with two people it's a pain in the ass unless you're willing to keep one person out of focus.

With all that in mind, I tried it anyway, using two models I knew could pull this off without any effort, and the results were almost exactly what I was hoping for.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Quhmax Demon, Demons Headshots

I wanted to to try something a little weirder looking for this shoot, I think I was mostly successful. I also figured I'd do a white Demon this time, in the past I always haven't been all that happy with how the white makeup turned out - I thought I'd figured out and I was pretty much wrong. I'm assuming, at this point, there's something about the pigments in typical white makeup that makes it a little chalky and flaky. I debated about using some clown makeup I had and I kind of wish I went that way instead of body paint and airbrush makeup.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Oranassi Demon, Demon Headhsots.

The latest in the Demon Headshots series. It took a little longer to get the colour right on this one than I'd planned, it look several layers, a little Pax paint and a touch of airbrushing I managed to get it pretty damned seamless looking. As usual, because I'm a lazy makeup artist, I did have to touch up some very minor spots in post though.