Friday, July 21, 2017

Lenaka Demon

I haven't done a shoot with a full cowl piece like this in a couple years I think. I've made a couple, but they were really simple, more like bald caps I could stick other pieces on, this one really isn't as versatile as those and done to intentionally create a bit more of a character makeup.

I made it originally for a roadtrip photo shoot I had intended to do but ultimately got cancelled - something which equally disappointed and relieved me. It would have been awesome, but so much work and I just wouldn't have had the time for it.

As if it's not painfully obvious, it was made to look like a cross between Maleficent and a Klingon, and if you look closely at the markings on her face, they're somewhat close to those on Boone from the movie Nightbreed.

The horns are actually hollow, just a latex skin glued into identically shaped sockets on the prosthetic. So I was able to paint it all up, paint the horns and just glue them into the sockets, when it came time for application I just slipped the whole piece onto Julie's head and blended it in. Actually only took about half an hour - would have been less but she was more tanned than the skin tone I used for the prosthetic.

We lost the light, having started so late so I was glad a brought along an off-camera flash. And when it got too dark to even see to focus we moved down the beach to a spot where I could light her with the headlights from my truck. Not perfect, but it did work reasonably well.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Quexital Demon

Another pretty quick and simple makeup. The prosthetic gave me a bit of trouble with this shoot, it was a reject and a little stiffer than I'd thought, it kept pulling up in places and in some shots looked pretty bad - so I had some serious photo shopping to do.

This is probably the last of these simple shoots I've been doing lately, I've only been doing them as I'm working with a new model and we're just seeing how she is in front of the camera and all that stuff. I've got some more elaborate looking makeups planned soon - although, these shoots are always fun to do, not as much pressure to have something turn out amazing, it's just about slapping on prosthetics and paint and seeing what happens.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Skaarl Demon

I've been doing these fairly simple, kind of impromptu makeups lately.

This time I went with an older Limited Run piece I no longer sell because the core mould cracked in a couple places, it still works okay though. A new pair of ears, I think this is my first time using them for a shoot, I can't recall, the FellBeast Ears. I even had a wig I'd ordered for another shoot that sort of just went along the wayside.

Originally I intended to just keep in an indoor shoot against a wall, but it was a decent day, so we went outside.

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.