Saturday, July 29, 2017

Amanzi Demon

I finally got to do a shoot at a pool, not the most beautiful and idyllic pool area in all the land but you get what you can. I've tried a couple times over the years at several places and most every time the conversation (in email) just ended, no response. I can at least respect when someone says no, it's when they just can't be bothered responding that puts them in the twatwaffle category.

It just so happened, in this case, that the model used here actually worked at a place with a pool that was more than happy it seemed to allow us in. And usually shoots like this, involving a location in a commercial space, tend to feel a little rushed or stressful - this one started a little wonky as I tried for more dramatic lighting and went to pretty smooth sailing once I scrapped that idea and we just used the natural lighting.

In the makeup application I was a little concerned the makeup wasn't going to work as planned. It was my first time applying this particular cowl and it didn't not fit as I expected and didn't actually look all that awesome, with the paint job I was able to hide the issues a bit and upon doing the post processing on the pictures, most of the issue were totally gone. Doesn't often happen that way.

Normally I don't get so many pictures in the end, once I've whittled away at all the ones that didn't turn out for various reasons, then discarding the ones that are pretty much repeats, or just slight variations - in this case, even though there's definitely some that are just slight variations, I couldn't really decide and ended up with quite a few pictures.

We also had to sort of plan out what we were doing, instead of just jumping in the water and going for it, we made sure we did as much out of the pool as possible to ensure the makeup stayed on as long for the duration. I think it took about 30 minutes or more of being in the water before it started to fall apart.

Overall I'm really happy with the shoot and how it turned out. I had hopes but wasn't sure and even during the shoot I felt I got a couple decent shots, didn't expect to see just how many worked.

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.