Monday, February 21, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Glamour & Character

After flying in directly from Hong Kong to start the course 2 weeks late - to what felt like the HOTTEST summer of my life! I can honestly say that I felt I was never going to be able to catch up.

But here we are in my 3rd week and after the expert tutelage from our talented, experienced teachers, I can comfortably say that we are all in our creative element with numerous projects on the move and that I have never felt lost or behind!

This week started with Glamour makeup, trading our subtle liquid based palette for a heavy grease based, fake eyelash powered bomb shell look. It was lots of fun, I can assure you - even after a minor lipstick explosion on my part (Sorry Azriel!!)

We then created our film characters. Rachel impressed us all by creating dreadlocks in her own creative techniques, everyone really captured their characters through not only makeup but wig work, costume and hair.

Wednesday we looked at the 1920’s Marcel wave look with the lovely Tanya, getting to use our hot rollers and Marcel clips.

The week ended with work on our prosthetics with Zeb and Rachel moving onto mold-making at a record pace. My prosthetic is moving along, I must say I felt proud looking at the tension/muscular details in the forehead.

This has been another amazing week and looking back on all of our work, we can’t help but feel proud at the progress we’ve made. Doing this course has been one of the best decisions I’ve made!

Alex Guillot - Student

Friday, February 4, 2011

Face Shapes, Hair & Sculpture

Learning to recognise different eye shapes and how to correct them with the simple swish of a brush - I thoroughly enjoyed this task as experimenting with eye shadow is one of my favourite aspects of make-up.

We studied lips shapes and corrections. We applied the techniques by doing a full-face make-up, splitting the face in half and creating two different looks.

Wednesday was most exciting for me because I was pushed out of my comfort zone. We had our first lesson on hairdressing with our lovely teacher Tanya. Some of us had never experimented with hair, so the day proved to be an exciting challenge. Tanya taught us all about protein and moisturising products, and how they should be used, as well as learning how to recognise different types of hair. She then showed us how to apply the products and correctly blow-dry the hair in preparation for setting. As much as I enjoyed doing hair, I must say, I really enjoyed being pampered and fussed over when it was my partners turn to play with my hair!!

The amazing things we learnt and tried in the first three days just made our desire to go back to the workshop blaze! So when Thursday and Friday came, we finally could continue with our sculptures, refining our new skills, forms and beginning to add texture to the faces. I now have the words “ORGANIC” and “REFERENCE” burnt into the back of my head! No matter how long our eyes wander around the studio, we always see something new and wonderful to inspire us, and make us even more determined to work as hard as we can. I just know next week will be just as wonderful as this one.

Natalie Rose - Student