I saw a little jewelry holder like this one in a shop the other day for $30. I didn’t want to spend the money so I used what I had at home to put this one together. The original wasn’t painted and used Safari animal heads for the holders. All I had lying around were little alligators but I think they work just as well. It’s a birthday gift!
I’m taking my first sculpture class and here are a few experiments that have come out of it so far.
This Halloween I dressed as an 80s inspired battle damaged cyborg. Doing this makeup was SOOOOO much fun. This was the first time I tried out some new makeup products, blood and wound effects and application. This was much easier then it looks!
What I used:
The arm and chest wounds were made with liquid latex, toilet paper, liquid foundation, silver and red Snazaroo (kids face paint), thick fake blood by Ben Nye and my own blood concoction of red and blue food colouring mixed with corn syrup.
I wish I had purchased some purple and blue Ben Nye makeups for better bruising but I had to improvise and used some blue and brown eye shadow instead. Hehe.
For the face piece and application I bought the cyborg latex piece at Studio FX and applied it with some spirit gum. To make the edges less visible I did the same thing I did for the arm wounds, used some liquid latex, blood and the red Snazaroo!
*The whole piece took about 2 to 3 hours to put together but it would go much faster the second time around. Hope people try this it home!
Special FX Halloween edition!
So, since I did a workshop on monster makeups awhile back I thought I would use a little bit of that knowledge to make up my own creepy FX for Halloween.
These weird bits and pieces were all made from alginate. The eyeballs were made from a natural air drying clay.
I will also be presenting these pieces for a sculpture class this coming week so I can freak out my classmates! Yeay!
This was bound to happen at some point. Although I’m not the baking type, I went to a little Star Trek hang out and snack type thing, so I made this…. the cellular peptide cake with mint frosting.
I want to see how many of us there are :)
Just wanted to point out that we’ve surpassed 11,000 notes on this post.
If I ever hear ‘women don’t like Star Trek’ again I’m going to laugh my ass off and then direct whoever said it to this post.
I had this on my Flickr and a few people liked it, so I will post it here since my Flickr account was neglected and seems to have fallen apart.
Fun with coloured pencils!
Possible Hallowe’en costume idea. It’s September 1st definitely time to start thinking about costumes!
This summer I’ve been working on a little personal project, it’s a 16 page horror comic, quite slow in the making. Above is part of page 4.
I won’t give away too much of the story but it’s inspired by my own experiences living in apartment buildings with dingy, run-down storage rooms in the basement. In the moment pictured above, the two main characters are exploring their new towns amusement park and are riding “the most terrifying house of horror in North America”. Maybe it’s the only “house of horror”, but they don’t know that!
Will be updating more as things progress!
Over the weekend Robin and I went to our first Star Trek Convention. I want to write about the experience because it was so grand that posting a few photos does not pay the correct amount of homage to the experience. Here I will attempt to put into words the inspiration and love we felt over the weekend…
It’s August 2013 and R and I are trying to plan a mini vacation to get out of the city, see something new, do something different. I am so happy that I have someone by my side that enjoys exploring certain new things like I do. With a little research we see that there will be a Star Trek convention happening in our sister city Seattle at the Hilton hotel by the Seatac airport. On one hand we are ecstatic that it is so close by but on the other we’re a little annoyed it’s by the airport, which is pretty far from downtown Seattle, where we would also like to spend part of our mini vacation. With some serious planning and time we manage to make the vacation work and this past Friday we caught a Quick Shuttle in the evening to the Seatac airport.
Waiting for the bus in Vancouver we met two other trekkers on a trip to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where many people have gone before… to the convention! Two ladies who were bent on meeting Captain Janeway aka Kate Mulgrew. Miss Mulgrew unfortunately had to cancel due to her contract with Orange is the new Black. Our new friends were a bit upset but it did not stop them from having an excellent time that weekend.
The convention was in the Hilton Convention Center and it ran August 23rd and 24th. Though we were in the hotel Friday night and had met a couple other Trekkers we were a little confused by the absence of any signage, costumes or information about the con. A bartender told us he had just found out about the con the day before and other hotel personnel we’re not informed about it at all. It seemed a little like a Twilight Zone episode. The hotel was very quiet, two unassuming Canadians planned to attend a sci fi convention, unbeknownst to them they were entering the Twilight Zone. Was it really happening? Or was there something more unusual at play? I had always assumed Star Trek conventions were huge! Why were there no Ferengi drinking at the bar? Where were the red shirted ensigns running amok in the lobby? Nowhere! The hotel was quiet that Friday night so we grabbed some pizza and hit the sack.
Saturday morning we awoke, schedules in hand and I in my cheesy store bought trek shirt circa the current reboot films, (not my favourite aspect of the franchise) but the only thing I could find for last years Halloween getup. It was early but we made our way to the 3rd floor of the convention center to get registered. To our half surprise there was not nearly as many people as we expected. Last night proved to be a little foreshadowing. This was not at all what we had seen in documentaries past or experienced at Comic Conventions or Fan Expos, far from it! But we were not complaining, or at least I knew the less people, the shorter the lines and possibly more face time with our TV heroes. Ultimately the lack of trekkers meant a more fulfilling experience for us. We were lucky.
We made our way to the vendors room to see what cool swag we could find. This room was also small for a vendors room and we saw most of the booty in under 20 minutes. As we were mulling about at the tables, chatting with vendors, I was completely startled by the people occupying the tables off to the side in the vendor area. I initially thought there were just more vendors over there but in actuality, those tables were filled by Denise Crosby, Gates Mcfaddon, Levar Burton and Marina Sirtis! WHAT! They’re in the vendors room and they’re just sitting right there and there is hardly anyone lined up to see them! It was like our own private meet and greet with some of the coolest people… ever.
First we met Gates. I bought a Labyrinth poster for her to sign since she worked in Henson productions a few times and did the exquisite choreography in Labyrinth. We chatted about that experience for her, she said Jim Henson was amazing but Kermit was her favourite to work with. She showed me a rare photo of her instructing the extras in the masquerade scene in Labyrinth. I now have a copy and it is so cool. A few things she mentioned that I didn’t know about, she has a funny twitter… https://twitter.com/gates_mcfadden she runs a theater company… http://ensemblestudiotheatrela.tumblr.com/ and the actor who played Ludo is an incredibly talented artist… http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/05/new-hyperrealistic-sculptures-by-ron-mueck/ She signed the Labyrinth poster as Cheryl Gates Mcfaddon and still a little a star struck we said our thank yous and goodbyes and moved on.
Later we met Levar and he signed our photo of him with the TNG cast in the Robin Hood episode. He signed it To Robin and Jackie, Peace! Levar Burton. So cool. We chatted about his voice acting work, he did a little Captain Planet for us, then I accidentally called him a genius because of his extraordinary work on The Weakest Link. We manage to make a joke out of it and have a laugh. Meeting him turned out to be slightly hilarious.
After lunch we went to a few panels, one was a makeup application presentation with John Paladin and Suzie Plakson. Suzie spoke while John applied the Klingon makeup. She expressed many anecdotes about the cast of TNG and her experience working with them. She then set up a little skit for us where, after her makeup was applied, she went into a trance, became the spirit of K’ehleyr and finally explained to the audience the unknown events surrounding her death. It was trippy. Fast forward to Monday for a second, R and I saw Miss Plakson in downtown Seattle walking toward the gigantic Ferris wheel. As we passed her R said “you were great over the weekend!” and I said “we were there!” Thank goodness R has the ability to articulate the thoughts in his head more then I do. She was happy to see us and thanked us very kindly.
The next panel we attended was so excellent, there are no words for how it enriched us. It was called The Women of Star Trek and it consisted of Gates, Marina and Denise. I had no idea Marina was so saucy. She was hilarious. They all told many informative stories about their lives and their experiences on the show. The q and a was pretty great for the most part. R got up to ask a question to Denise Crosby. He asked her about her experience on horror films directed by Tobe Hooper and working with Stephen King. She loved it, she use to watch horror films all day at her local theater for something like a couple bucks. She told us there is a 25th anniversary party for Pet Sematary in Dallas this year. After that little chat with Denise, Marina was all offended that R did not ask her about her work in Wax Work 2 and The Grudge 3. We will be sure to watch those now, sheesh!
Afterwards in the small vendors room with hardly anyone there and no lines we approached Marina to get a little more info on the horror films. Maybe I was too nervous when I met Gates and Levar but as Marina was speaking to me about how she was actually freaked out on the set for those horror films, my mind was blown by the fact that I was actually chatting with the woman who played Deanna Troi. The person who has experienced the unbelievable, floating through space with Captain Picard, developing her character into something special, saving the crew from many uncertain events. She even got to wear a strange, wet amphibious makeup and costume in one episode! Directed by Gates no less. She was a real cool lady to meet, it made my day.
The rest of the eve was filled with Klingon ramblings, costume contests and oh… I don’t know… hanging out on stage with Garrett Wang and Dominic Keating for Karaoke!!! I went up and sang a song and that photo is Garrett high fiving me after I finished. I am pretty sure he was singing along the whole time. It was the perfect end to a perfect day.
So I boldly went somewhere and had an amazing time. I recommend doing these types of things for inspiration and education and if nothing else you will have some space-tacular fun.