First of all, I must say you have a wonderful site! And I am of course glad that you liked the photo - it's been a long time since I've done makeup, very good to have it complimented. I had been in the Halloween industry for about 8 years.. I'm not at all surprised that you hadn't heard of that particular make-up convention - it is a very small, very local sci fi con. I did that makeup for the live action roleplaying that was held after hours.
|It was a single piece foam latex prosthetic, (GM brand foam, if memory serves)
prepainted with Createx, blended with a few blasts of airbrush makeup, (from Morris
Costumes in North Carolina) and applied with Pros-Aide. Mind you, this was the first time
I had ever used Pros-Aide, having guarded my last bottle of Dow 355 jealously to the
bitter end. The Pros-Aide, unlike 355, takes a bit of time to get good and tacky - a fact
that I overlooked in my rush to get this thing put on so I could go play havoc with normal
folk. Thinking that it simply was less effective than what I was accustomed to, I lathered
the stuff on rather heavily... Later on in the evening when trying to remove it, I had
what might be called a "learning experience". It was nearly impervious to the
adhesive remover! That sh*t would just NOT come off! So I scurried about the hotel room in
a mindless panic till my senses returned to tell me, "Just let the Detachol sink in,
idiot!" Well, it finally did relax its grip leaving me slightly wiser and with a
story to amuse make up artists with. Anyhow, I should advise against any lack of caution
in using Pros- Aide...
I have been a devout fan of the fantastic and outright scary from a very early age - some of my earliest memories are of myself watching "The Ghoul Show" from behind the living room couch, absolutely petrified and loving every blessed second of it. As I grew older, I began noticing the very cool (but very expensive) Halloween items at local costume shops. Of course my parents wouldn't get any of these for me - I realize that this is a common circumstance, but imagine the horror of my southern baptist mom and dad as their little girl picked out the most gruesome masks and yowled like a baby raptor when told she couldn't have them! (After all, Halloween was" EEEEEEEEEEE-vil!") They were sure that somehow their God was punishing them by sending little "Damienne". But, I digress...
Somewhere along the way I realized that I could come up with some fairly
nasty looking creations at home. By the time I had reached high school, I had managed to
find a copy of Tom Savini's book and was terrorizing the staff with pranks, i.e., dull
razor blade and syringe full 'o blood, thin wads of derma wax filled with blood that would
go splat when a fellow deviant was
smacked on the forehead with a book, and the lifesized burned corpse that I dragged into the art room in its black plastic lawn bag and dumped onto the drawing table amidst horrified classmates, etc... I worked in a few local haunted houses, did makeups at local costume shops, did some fairly nice displays in the front yard, all of which I loved to put together and still do. But mainly I wanted STUFF! Most girls that age worry about whether or not they have more pairs of shoes than so-and-so down the block...not me. By my senior year I had over 150 masks tucked away on shelves and in corners, and hanging from the rafters in my little basement workshop.
I chanced upon another local costume shop that also happened to be a
mask factory - American Mask and Novelty, and became good friends with the owners, Ray
Heikes and Bill Hartman. They even bought one of my early sculpts to be part of their mask
line! I was thrilled! In fact, that one may still be in production through a different
company... I'm pretty sure that it is. Wasn't long before I managed to weasel them into a
job. I took on most of the airpainting, and a lot of the experimental stuff. Later on I
got a few more sculpting assignments. I did a little Krite handpuppet from Critters,
mostly because I thought the cover of Fangoria with one on it was just SO damn cute, and I
had to have one! Once again Ray and Bill loved it, and we brought a dozen or so to the
Weekend of Horrors in Chicago, where they sold out within ten minuites.
Unfortunately, American Mask went down the tubes, but Ray and I joined forces to create R&R Studios, where I worked for quite a few years. We were not so much a factory as a design house, which had a much easier pace. It was a lovely place to work, in terms of gained experience and exposure. I ended up doing sculpts for Morris, Distortions, Death Studios, Alternative Images, Rubies Costumes, Fun, Inc., just to name a few. But it was also what burned me out on the Halloween industry for a long time - Ray and I would finish two or sometimes three sculpts, including molding and prototype painting in a single week.
|It has only been recently that I could interest myself in sculpting again. And what
did the trick, you might ask? Another prank...! Somewhere in this area, there is a little
old cleaning lady that works for a hotel which is occasionally the site of a
sci-fi/fantasy convention, who still isn't convinced that it it wasn't a catfaced demon
who accidentally cornered her on the staircase..
The featured fan thing sounds lovely - you have such a cool site!!
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