onsdag 30. oktober 2013

Zombie Mania

Happy Halloween
For your Halloween entertainment I thought a zombie tutorial, or five was in order.  I will start with the trio in Brisbane.


The makeup I have chose for myself is going to be an open throat, which is a style I have done a couple of other times already. Only different this time was that I added a special effect to pump blood.
It worked for a good while but it was very messy. It's a perfect detail for a zombiewalk, but for just going around in the city, shopping malls and random bars, it was too messy.
It was fun to try something new and special so I will definitely try this again on a zombiewalk. 
But to show you what I did, and starting up with the extra special effects, then I will go true basic making of the open skin look.

#1  The leaking throat;
So this is an "I hart Australia" drinking bag, attached to a soap dispenser pump, that are attached to four straws, and everything is hold together with duct-tape.
Tape it on to your skin with appropriate tape (not gaffa), and cover it up with liquid latex and tissues. Cover that again with cheap concealer and try to get a grey tone to your skin all over. How to get the open skin look and color is shown better on pictures further down.
#2 Open flesh shown teeth look
A tutorial I copied from Chrix Design
First off cot and line up the fake nails to use as teethes. Than you have to cover your nose, chin, cheeks and lips with liquid latex and tissues, use several layers on this step, because you have to take it off in one piece to be reused. (So you don't have to make everything in one go the day of your zombie mayhem). I used "child proof" crafting glue for adding the teeth. It will take a little while to dry, be patient.    

Before you take it off, and you are waiting for the glue to dry, it is perfect to paint some color and details. I used acrylic paint, first red, than a brown color around the teeth.

On the day you will be using this mouthpiece add another lair of tissues and liquid latex, mostly on your nose and cheeks to make the torn skin. Use concealer and a grey body paint to get a grey skin tone when its dry. Then open the latex around your mouth and nose, just enough to fit the mouthpiece you have already made, use another lire of latex on your lips and nose and use spirit gum inside the mouthpiece, and then place it in the right spot. It takes some patience to get it in the right spot, but once it's there and the spirit gum have dried than you can start painting and put makeup on. Note that you can reverse the steps and make all in one go, then you start with this step and add more latex, tissues, teeth and paint inside the "open flesh hole", this requires a bit more finesse, but you can do it. 
Wherever you use latex and tissues, you can paint over it with acrylic paint, I use black on the inside of the open latex, than fake blood on top of the black. That makes it look glossy and nasty but also fresh. 
The fresh looking zombies are the funniest to make, that means your skin doesn't have to look too dead, and that's easier to work with, and you can have more fun with blood (because too old zombies don't have any blood left in them).
#3 the dangling eye effect
This is the first time I'm making a popping eye effect, and the Styrofoam ball I found was a few millimeters too big but it worked, I only regret that I didn't paint the eyeball in a more yellowish tone, it was too white in my opinions.
Other than that it looked awesome and it was fun to make another new effect, and I will definitely make something like this again.
Over to how I did it, like you can see I used a Styrofoam ball and painted it as an eye, and the last picture there I mixed liquid latex with some red acrylic paint, which means when it has dried I can take it off the plastic bag it's lying on.

Use a thick layer of tissues for the eye and enough to rip open for the falling out effect. Than again with the concealer and gray body paint to cover up the tissue. I used acrylic paint wherever the latex was covering and I used makeup (eye shadow and eyeliner) for the bruising around the wound. Top it all with fake blood.
Blood recipe
1cup water
1cup corn flour
1cup cacao powder
1flask of red food color
1 cup of dark thick syrup
The basic zombie makeup
  1. Liquid latex and tissues where ever you want an open wound
  2. Use concealer on the latex piece on your skin before ripping it open. It's easier that way.
  3. When you have the base color you want for your zombie skin than you can rip the latex open. Use tweezers and your fingers to open, not scissors, only for safety reasons.
  4. On this picture I used eyeliner on the inside of the wound and dark eye shadow on the outside.
  5. Use red lip-gloss and lipstick for a red- and redglossyness.
  6. Use blue, yellow eye shadow for broses look
  7. Use blue, red and yellow eyeliner for a blood vane look, and infected look.
  8. I found out that Australian vegemite is good for zombie effect. It has a brown paste look and makes a final touch for some of my zombie makeup.
  9. And always the completely final look is to add the fake blood.

I hope you enjoyed my zombie tutorial.
For your pleasure here are some photos of different zombie makeups I have done

torsdag 24. oktober 2013

Kida the Atlantis princess

How to shape a gigantic mask!
First I sprayed expanding foam on a huge piece of cardboard. It's important to wait until it is completely dry before shaping it, as it a bit toxic and can ruin your knives. 
I used a little knife with a bent blade because that is easier to shape round surfaces with. After the shaping of the foam I laid a lair of Paper Mache.
Paper Mache is newspaper dipped in a wet mix of water and flour. 

I added the teeth from leftover foam and I used  half of a clothes hanger for the longer teeth. Than I added plaster on it to get a smooth surface. Sanding, sanding, plaster and more sanding. Then I got the smothered surface I needed.

I sprayed the whole mask with a paint that will protect the plaster. It's just a base paint.

Than the acrylic paint of fun start, I did this part with my best friend, Kristina Johansen, she helped me to mix the right color and she deserves credit for that. It is always better to be creative with others.

Adding fur and lights really made the final look, and adding the backpack on the inside made it easy to wear, not that I saw much by wearing it anyway. I had my own setup to have fun in there. I had water bottle with a straw, my phone hang in there and I had a brush for my wig, all the important stuff for a convention day.



You can see the backpack set up at the picture above. I made her jewelry crystal from a stone and metal wire, very basic. Her top is just a top from Gina Tricot. The skirt is easy sewn out of three colors together to match her skirt, I didn't use a pattern or anything, only free hand. And for her legwarmers and armwarmer, I just used the same fur fabric I had for the mask.

Making the armor pieces was only Paper Mache over balloons and a plastic bottle. The same goes with plaster and sanding for a nice smooth surface.
After getting the smoothness I desired I painted it with normal acrylic paint. (the spikes are just thick cardboard stuffed with more plaster)
On the inside of this armor I used a lot of duct tape to make it stronger.
The final touch it the styling of the wig. This was my first styling of a wig, so excuse my "noob" job. You can see how I did it on the picture above.
Then I would show all the fantastic pictures Danarki have taken of me in my Kida outfit.


mandag 21. oktober 2013

I'm blaming Australia

Hey all you wonderful people who want to read about my cosplay life and the tutorials I write. I know I've been terrible at posting new stuff lately (in fact all year), but from now on it will be more "juice" for you.
 I'm blaming Australia, my year as a working holiday backpacker have made it hard to blog.
I want to give you the small summary for this year; 
 I have been known as the girl in the Lollipop Chainsaw outfit. I have made a new chainsaw in actual fiberglass, and that's the first time I have made something in this material and I did it while backpacking! 
I got to meet some celebs, and got to experience the conventions the Australian way.
Here are some photos from this year of a traveling cosplayer.

Carl Urban

Carrie Fisher

Aidan Turner

David Hasselhoff

James and Oliver Phelps

Steampunk Green Outfit

  With the hat and goggles I made, it was time to make the rest of the steampunk outfit. I sew and pimped up some shoe covers from some leftover ski (faux leather).
 Next step is to find an ugly bugly dress from the thrift shop and make it pretty, the one I found wasn't very pretty to begin with.

 After fixing up the dress I made a pretty awesome korsett, I used the same way to make this korset that I used to make my Harley Quinn korsett.
The final look is being creative with make-up and hairextantions and all of the steampunk goodness putted together, just remember, it's nothing called too much.

Final look