Thursday, July 23, 2015

CoralWraith Demon

Did this shoot the other day with a new Limited run prosthetic, the CoralWraith Demon.

CoralWraith Demons are the most unusual of all the Demonic species. They are roughly only 5000 years old, also making them the youngest species as well.

It's believed that around 5000 years ago, a small tribe of Baalmoor set out from the coast of Peru in search of a new home, a storm capsized their boat, crashing them upon a coral reef. In a near unbelievable coincidence, contained within the coral happened to be an ancient species of fungus - similar to the modern day "zombie ant fungus", a fungus controls the brains of its host. While normally these fungus are unable to effect any control over larger creatures, infecting only small aquatic insects, due to the unusual brain chemistry of the Baalmoor, the Demons became infected with the ancient fungal spores.

Only a couple dozen Baalmoor allegedly survived the wreck and washed ashore some time later, the fungus having partially bonded with the brains of the Demons. Their facial structure erupted in a boney mass, making them indistinguishable as once having been Baalmoor. And since the tribe lived quite isolated, this new deviation from their species became a totally new one. Keeping many of the same traits as the Baalmoor, the CoralWraith live considerably longer and even much harsher climates.

The prosthetic itself has limited vision, which adds to it's kind of creepy appearance.

The CoralWraith prosthetic is part of the Limited Run line, it includes 8 resin spikes as well. While it was sculpted on a form suited for an adult male, because the chin is removed from the rest of the face, it fit quite well on a female face as well.

CoralWraith Prosthetic - $55 (CAD) plus shipping to anywhere in the world, email themonkeyrodeo @ to order. There is a limited quantity available, as of July 23rd, 2015, so depending on when you're reading this, it might not be available anymore.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Kaeliss Demon

I took a quick trip to Nova Scotia to pick up some supplies and planned to do a series of photo shoots along the way. It turned out to be a little more difficult than planned and I only ended up doing one shoot, but I got to location scout the other planned ones for later dates. Otherwise it ended up being a decently fun shoot to do, it's been awhile since I wandered around Halifax.

Monday, July 06, 2015

GrĂ¼nhaut Demon

A while ago I decided to create a blank cowl piece for a series of shoots. I had done fully sculpted cowl pieces before and quickly realized their limitations - if you have the money and time it's not a problem, but when it's really just a hobby all those massive moulds and time sculpting several different large pieces just isn't a wise idea.

So I made the simplest thing I could think of, it's actually not even really a cowl, it doesn't cover the neck - which unless there's a major reason to do, it just limits the model's movements. This just covers the head and ears, down the back of the neck a bit and doesn't limit movement.

The idea is that I can add to it instead of creating a whole new piece, so with a different brow or full face piece, the addition of a few horns or something else - I get a whole new, fairly dramatic makeup for a fraction of the effort. And I'll see by the end of all the shoots just how well it works and might offer up a few of these for sale, keeping in mind, they're not perfect, but they're decently effective and easy to use if you have some skill with makeup and hate working with real bald caps.

This makeup was actually intended for a bit of a publicity thing, but it never happened for some reason so I went ahead with the shoot for myself anyway. The makeup took a little longer than expected, but I wasn't rushing and kind of took my time working it out.

I was particularly impressed by the body paint I used for this, first time using Graftobian's ProPaint and I really liked it. I don't say that because I'm being sponsored by them or anything - because I actually will also say I don't like their airbrush makeup - but the ProPaint stuff is awesome. While overall it's probably pretty similar to other body paints (I've only used a handful of other brands) one thing I really liked is it was unscented. Some are overwhelmingly scented and some are just really oddly scented, this stuff...nothing. I appreciate that and I think most people being covered in it appreciate it too.

The main reason I like it being unscented is that sometimes you wonder what the scent is covering up. There's no reason to make body paint smell like something "pleasant" unless you're covering up something unpleasant. It kind of feel like they've nothing to hide and leaving it unscented proves that.

I mention it because sometimes to cut corners when I'm turning altering someone's natural skin colour so dramatically, I'll just photoshop it later. This time around, I actually was very quickly able to colour her hands to match. And with a barrier spay, there was no transference of the colour at all onto her clothes - although the palms of her hands wore a little because of the heat we were working in.

I threw in this last picture because the model, Katie-Rose, had brought this weird doily looking poncho she'd found - and of course had to buy - she threw it on after the shoot and surprisingly it's not as god awful as it seemed. Still seems weird though, but I almost want to come up with a shoot now specifically using that piece.