Friday, July 22, 2011

Beauty Therapy, Art & Sculpture

From face shapes, we focused on different eye shapes. We highlighted and shaded to correct each of our eye shapes, to create the ideal almond contour.

Beauty therapy, skin care, basic hygiene principles - we then moved on to the correct procedure of make-up removal, the three-step process of cleansing, moisturizing and toning.

You think shading a circle to give it the appearance of being a sphere is difficult? Well this was our introductory exercise to our first art class with the delightful Jayne. Shape, tone, texture and colour, are the four key elements one must acknowledge when involved in an artistic endeavour, even make-up! Highlighting and shading using both cream and liquid foundations and powders - the key to this exercise was blend, blend, blend!

We were also given the opportunity to watch Nick and Paul make fiberglass moulds of their amazing sculptures - first sealing and using release agents, then applying a fiberglass gel coat and layers of fiberglass matting.

We again came face to face with our prosthetic sculptures. Some were on track and content with their newly formed creatures, while some of us were uncertain and changes were made. We sculpted away to often-dramatic theme music with a dash of Bollywood in the background. We set down tools at 6.45pm, switched off our lamps and were pleased with the work we had achieved for the day.

The fun had just begun for those of us waiting to catch the 309 bus. Everything from wet feet to the tragic fashion crime of a plastic bag poncho were realised. Stay tuned for more 309 adventures!

Natalie Di Risio - Student

New & Exciting

A passionate group of Make-up Students begin their journey! Everyone was excited but we bottled our enthusiasm and spent the first day in silence as we rummaged through our kits, with bits of plastic flying everywhere and the scent of nail polish slowly filling the room. This is going to be an amazing 6 months.

Spent some time learning about the products in our make-up and hair kits and then went onto some basic make-up exercises. We quickly had great insight into seeing how many bad habits we were going to have to let go of.

It wasn't as sunny on Wednesday, so we opted to spend our lunch break inside and Nick was kind enough to show us a bit of old school 80’s footage on some awesome sculpting by Mark Alfrey. This in turn helped us gather some more useful references for the following sculpture day.

We gave Louise a break from us today and joined Nick in the workshop. A little daunting for most of us at first as we sat face to face with our fibreglass heads. But once we got our hands in the plasticine, our sculptures began to take shape. Initially, with this being a new experience for the majority of us, our faces seemed a little peculiar. Fortunately, with Nick's much needed guidance and advice, he helped us make tour characters more visually aesthetic and organic.

I can't believe how fast the first week has flown by. Looking forward to the weeks to come.

Alana Pecotic - Student

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Foot in the Door

Ex-Students are busy working in all aspects of the industry. From features films such as THE HOBBIT and REDD INC, to photo shoots, short films and music videos - everyone is getting their FOOT IN THE DOOR.

To the January class - your Portfolios, CV's and Business Cards are looking great - start networking and building on all the contacts you have made. You are all great artists. Be confident and enjoy the journey...

Nick, Paul & Louise

A Fresh Start

The new class of students has just started. It's great to see the excitement in all their eyes.

They all love their make-up kits and are busy unpacking and becoming familiar with what will become their tools of the trade.

Lots of well thought out reference supplied for their sculptures, as they begin to plan their prosthetic character make-ups.

Good luck everyone - you're going to have an amazing time...