Monday, March 27, 2017

Okchakko Demon, Demon Headshots.

The latest in my Demon Headshots series. I'm realizing now that this is a great series to do during winter, inside, anywhere, night or day, weather doesn't really matter. I might ease off on them during the summer and pick up doing them again next winter, although I do have a few more I want to do this round.

I've occasionally heard that green is not a great colour for makeup, that it's unflattering and whatnot. At first thought I would agree with that,  but the upon actually making a green demon I couldn't disagree with it more. I guess it would depend on the shade of green of course, in the case of the green makeups I have access to I wouldn't say it's unflattering at all.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

You like sales? You like gluing foam latex to your face? For the month of April there will be several sales and specials at The Monkey Rodeo Etsy store.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Modri Demon, Demon Headshots.

This is the second of a new series of photo shoots I'm trying out that I'm just calling Demon Headshots. The idea is just as it sounds, a series of pictures of headshots of Demons.It focuses more on the makeup, I get to play around with some simple yet dramatic lighting and the shoots themselves are pretty quick and much easier on the models since they don't have to worry about costumes, full body posing, locations aren't as much of an issue - overall, just easier.

 The only real downside is the pictures can come off a little repetitive, so you don't get a huge variety of final images, but it does allow me to focus on a very specific outcome a little more. Not every shoot I'll be doing from now on will look like this, just every so often.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Xekri Demon, Demon Headshots.

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.