In the spring semester of 2008 I took an awesome class at Coe College - Stage Makeup! I learned the proper way to create highlights and shadows for an ideal stage face, as well as how to manipulate those elements to create a variety of facial shapes - from stoutness to thinness. We also did old age makeup, period makeup, scars & wounds, animal stylization, and fantasy. I took pictures of my favorites - see more after the break!
Scars & Wounds:
|This was probably my favorite unit - bruises are so fun! :p|
|I was also amused by the fact that the fake blood was mint flavored.|
|Chelsea the white tiger|
I am probably the most proud of my work on the Animal Stylization unit. I chose a white tiger because cats are awesome, and I felt that the complexity of the tiger's stripes presented a unique challenge. Plus I have blue eyes already, so it seemed to suit me well.
The first two shots are of my practice run. For the final presentation, I also used temporary white hair color to put stripes in my hair:
|In my research I discovered that real tigers' facial stripes are not perfectly symmetrical.|
|I built this approximate symmetry into my design schematic.|
|Grrrr! I had fun trying to scare my camera. :p|
|"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you." - Mercutio|
For the Fantasy unit, I chose Queen Mab from Mercutio's speech in Romeo & Juliet. I always loved that speech, and I had fun imagining what the fairies' midwife would look like.
|I chose a butterfly for her eye mask, with stars down one cheek...|
|...and the moon along the other.|
|This one was tricky...|
I can't begin to tell you how incredibly difficult it is to translate a cubist painting - an image which has been flattened and stretched - back onto a 3D surface such as my face. This is the painting I got to work with:
|Nusch Éluard. 1937 - by Pablo Picasso|
The really hard part was the eyes:
|Ever tried to draw on top of your own eyelids? It's tricky because - get this - your eyes have to be closed! :p|
Side note: Did you know that you can upload a photo to Google and use it to search for other images like it? That's how I found the painting when all I had was a physical print-off and no title to go on. Technology is amazing!
While Stage Makeup may not seem like a particularly practical skill, I have actually used it since this class. I also have an opportunity to use it again for an upcoming project, which I'm sure I'll blog about when the time comes. Stay tuned!