Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Prosthetic Sale

Having a bit of a prosthetic sale for the entire month of June. Buy any Full Face prosthetic and get your choice of any pair of Ears prosthetics for free.

There's a few restrictions; only applicable on orders through www.themonkeyrodeo.com and Facebook - NOT Etsy. Rejects and wholesale orders are not eligible either. Dark Elf Ears not available for free for this sale. Only Full Face pieces are applicable, those worth $50 or over.

There's no limits to how many pieces you order or how often. If you buy 5 Full Face pieces (they don't have to be all the same) you can get any 5 pairs of Ears free (they don't have to be all the same type of Ears).

The sale runs the entire month of June, from 12:00am (ADT), Wednesday the 1st to 11:59pm (ADT) Thursday the 30th.

Visit www.themonkeyrodeo.com for more details and to place an email order. Payments can be made through Paypal or Email Interact (in Canada). All prices are Canadian, so if you're in the US, take advantage of our crappy Canadian dollar.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Demon Lagertha

I'm impressed at how quickly I was able to pull this shoot together - all things considered. I think it was maybe 6-7 months from originally coming up with the idea, and really only 3 months from when I first started working on it.

I'm a fan of the show Vikings, and of the actress playing Lagertha, my favourite character on the show. It was promo shots for,  I think, season 4 that prompted me to do a Demon shoot of the character - it seemed like something that would lend itself really well to what I do.

I knew it was impossible for me to accurately copy the costume, so I decided right away that I'd  slightly simplify it to better suit my abilities, time and what I could afford. It's not intended as an accurate cosplay of the character, but my Demon interpretation.

I decided to keep the makeup somewhat simple. I didn't want a massive face piece or anything, so I ended up with a forehead with horns and a pair of ears. Since there was some blue in the costume I  went with yellow/orange for the overall colouring.

It took just as much time to get Ancelene in to the costume as it did to do the makeup I think. Once she was in, there was no easy way to get out until we were done, I literally had to cut her out of part of it.

I'm really happy with how the sword and shield turned out, they were the first pieces I worked on for this. The sword is a balsa wood sheet, with styrofoam covered in Worbla. The shield is pretty much the same material - both were really lightweight so Ancelene could wander around with them without worrying about tiring her arms out in the slightest.

We lucked out with an overcast day, so the overall lighting wasn't too high contrast. It was a little dark by times and didn't work in our favour when it came to trying some "action" shots, but that wasn't that big a deal in the end.

And that's it for the shoot.

Kamachonkari Demon

The 2nd of 4 Demon shoots I've on the go this week.

This shoot was slightly unplanned to a large degree. I had the idea of a larger forehead piece, use a couple other random pieces that I just wanted to use. I had the vague idea of a base colour of blue and knew the model had picked out a dress for the shoot. Originally it was intended to be an outdoor shoot, but it ended up a cold, windy day - so we stayed inside and ended up with a much different shoot than I expected.

Overall I was really happy with how the shoot turned out. It was a lengthy paint job so it always nice when you put 2-3 hours into makeup that the result works out so well. The model is relatively inexperienced and I think just wanted to throw herself into a shoot like this, somewhat outside of her comfort zone and I think she did a fantastic job.

In the end the shots have the feel of being a series of screen test photos for a possible character for a TV show or movie. At least I think that's the case.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Kuara Demon

The weather has finally shifted here to the point where doing outdoor shoots is way more comfortable and simple - you can only shoot cold looking Demons shivering in their snowsuits before it really gets pointless. I think the number is 2, maybe 1. I'll be ramping up the amount of Demon shoots I'll be doing now, some weeks get a little hectic, like this one. This shoot represents the 1st of 4 shoots I've on the go this week. By the time I'm posting this I've already done 3 in 4 days. Thankfully, I've 2 days to prep for the next one and a couple more days after that for one next week.