Have you ever watched a movie or a tv show and wondered how on earth they managed to create a creature who has never existed from a perfectly normal human face? While sometimes this effect is achieved using cgi, oftentimes it is created using a cosmetic technique known as FX makeup. From wounds, to new facial structures, to a very convincing gender bend, FX makeup does it all. In addition to being a huge part of the film industry, FX makeup also has a large following on social media, with artists sharing their work on all sorts of platforms.
I feel that this topic is a great continuation from last year’s costuming project, as they are both applicable to my interest in the theatre. As I did last year, I’ll be able to continue to use my connections in the theatre to enhance my learning. I hope that working with makeup and forcing myself to photograph my work will help me foster a more positive self image. This year, I really want to be able to work closely with my mentor. Knowing my own personal concerns, that means I have to already have a good relationship with them. To maximize my learning, I plan to have two mentors.
A self taught fx makeup artist who regularly lends her tremendous skills to our Gleneagle theatre program. As she and I already spend a lot of time together, I will spend less time worrying about planning meet ups, and get more time to learn from her.
Here’s a link to her website:
And one to her Instagram:
I also plan on working with Leah Turner-James. She has worked on both movies and tv shows as an extra, and went to post secondary focusing specifically on wound FX makeup. I will update this post when I can get ahold of her.
My plan is to create a “look” approximately every 2 weeks to photograph and post, as well as practice on smaller scale techniques in between. By the end, I hope to complete my final and most difficult “look” for InDepth night.
I aim to get started next week, Kylee will be helping out with the school plays and hopefully I will get the chance to watch the master at work!