In the upcoming sessions July 18/19, we’ll be working to create some nice n’ nasty out of kit fx. That’s what we makeup professionals call work created without prosthetics we made. Bruises & Blood and Everything Zombie will be great pre-cursors to the upcoming prosthetics classes held in preparation for Halloween! (Imagine: YOU can CREATE your very own halloween costume like the pros do!)
My prosthetic workshops encourage participants to dream up their own lacerations, burns or fantasy fx and bring them to life! I’m happy to guide students through learning how to successfully design, create, apply & colour makeup prosthetics. In the makeup prosthetics curriculum each participant sculpts their own design from clay, casts it in silicone and then pours their own prosthetic appliances. Everyone leaves with the expereince and knowledge to make more of their pieces at home!
It was the gory stuff that orginally sparked my interst in becoming a makeup artist. At VFS (Vancouver Film School) and during my big budget film career I had the opportunity to learn how to make my own makeup prosthetics, though I hadn’t really used the skill while working on the big budget stuff. I had applied a few prosthetics on set though I found most of my skills were developed over time in basic corrective and breakdown makeups and woundage- straight out of kit. Most often I would use my practical knowledge to cover tattoos, grime someone up or blood splatter in the moment on background, or maintain a senior artist’s work on set. Occasionaly I was HOD and was able to indulge in designing makeups for the Calgary Opera and smaller budget film productions. Sometimes my task was to re-create another artists work from a continuity photo. It wasn’t until I was training to teach prosthetics that I seriously put time into developing my own pieces.
I’ve revived my interest and am making up for lost opportunity during those film years and am loving my current re-visit of practical makeup injury effects. I’m having a blast building my prosthetics kit inventory with custom pieces. It’s liberating for me to work from inspiration and focus on the fun and art of moulage. I’m also loving working with and teaching others how to make their own!
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Step 3. Pour Prosthetic (no photo)