So I am always on the search for new how-to books, reference materials, or just art books. One that I have used often in my sculpting and mask making has been Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics.
It has tons of great articles and a constant reference when I am making any new prosthetics. It has some great sections on mold making, texturing sculpts, life casting, adding hair, and silicone prosthetics. Even if you have lots of experience in the field, or none at all, this book is a must have.
I will try to post one book per week, anything I find myself constantly coming back to.
One of our customers sent in this photo of her application of our latex jungle cat mask. I think it turn ed out pretty awesome!
This mask in our catalog: http://www.aradanicostumes.com/prosthetics_masks/masks/latex_jungle_cat_fem
So tonight we went to Death Valley Haunted Woods. Being in the business I can appreciate all sorts of haunts, but this one was not fun at all. Which is really a shame because last year we had a really good time there. I do understand that this is a Tuesday, but there were 6 actors and no energy at all. Plus most of the props looked a little worn and tossed together. After last weeks awesome walk through Slaughterhouse, this was a real let down.
This is a lead up to our haunted house here, that we have each Halloween party. This year, to go with the theme of the Underworld party we are going with Hades. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think we have some good plans and will have a fun entrance to the party.
Tomorrow night we are taking off from an official art night and instead having a more laid back costume night. We all have lots of work to do on our costumes and I look forward to having a less serious night after all the work we have done during the Halloween season. For the Saturday party I am doing a brand new costume – Lobo from the DC universe. I got a bunch of good props, just have to start putting them all together. For the real Halloween We are going to the 5 points pub crawl and I am going to revisit my creepy Scarecrow from Halloween. Brian Hulsey is hoping to have finished his demon orc silicone mask and will also be out. Having two of our new aradani silicone masks out is pretty exciting.Grant is doing a crazy ass minotaur thing and I am sure laura will come up with something totally crazy to join us.
As always, we will have many pictures to post after the hoilday.
So our Halloween season is wrapping up, which means I have plenty of time to make some art. I have so many projects on my table, both personal and commissioned. First up right after Halloween I have a Zombie painting I am doing for Apex digest. I have a great model lined up and a good idea of what I am going to do.
After that I will be working on and finishing my Frazetta tribute painting.
I have a ton of new work, I just need to get it scanned and posted, so after oct 31st, expect to see a lot of new stuff!