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Monday, July 25, 2011

Old Woman Prosthetic Application

I finally had a chance to finish the Old Woman makeup.  This was my first time doing a full face appliance (this one's gelatin) and my first time using Alcohol Activated makeup.  I had some problems with edges (as usual), and there are a few things I'd improve with the coloring, but, overall, I'm quite pleased with the results.

The neck and face moved a lot more realistically than I expected.

This, by the way, is my lovely model.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Grim, Grinning Ghosts ...in My Pocket

I finally caved and got an iPhone.  I needed a case to protect it, and that seemed like a good place to sneak in some Halloween.  So, I found a website that lets you design your own case, and I picked out one of my favorite illustrations by the legendary Marc Davis.  It's concept art for the Haunted Mansion organ-playing ghost in the ballroom scene.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get a high resolution image of the whole drawing.  I took a high rez picture (which also had better color) that was incomplete, laid it on top of a lower rez picture to get the layout, and used Photoshop to extend it beyond even that to fill out the canvas (err...case).  I found Davis's signature and slipped that in there, too.
High-rez, Low-rez, composite, case preview
And today it arrived!
I'm very pleased.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Guess What Came in the Mail Today...

I caught this on eBay last week and just had to get it.  An original 1964 copy of Dick Smith's Do-It-Yourself Monster Make-up Handbook, a special issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland well before my day.  Now, I could keep borrowing the updated 1984 version from the library a few towns over, or I could reference the digital copy I came across, but you just can't beat the real deal, can you?