GUTS presents: the Merchant of Venice

At the end of February, my theatre society was performing Shakespeare’s play ‘the Merchant of Venice’. I was involved as makeup artist again!

It was intense, but great fun! I got to experiment with making female characters look realistically like men, and the biggest challenge was to make them look normal again very very fast!

Luckily, I had help of two lovely people, Made and Femke, and if you really pay attention, you might know that I’ve worked with Femke before, and, she was my model for WBF! ๐Ÿ˜Š

The cast consisted of 15 actors and 6 minor characters portraying servants etc., including myself. So, 21 people in need of makeup in a time slot of about 3 hours. Challenge accepted!

I made a time schedule so we had some outline for what to do, because otherwise it wouldn’t have happened.. but everything worked out perfectly in the end and looking back, it was a wonderful performance weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š

Below are some pictures of the makeup being done and some the actors on stage before the show. Unfortunately, at this moment I don’t have the performance photos yet. Enjoy!

Click on the photo to enlarge ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 
Love,

-M.

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Catching up: The World Bodypainting Festival

Hi there! If you’re still following this blog, it’s been a while, but hey, I wrote ages ago that I would no longer apologize. So, where to start?

This happened in the summer, in July 2017. I travelled to Klagenfurt, Austria, and was there for the WB Academy and the festival.

It was the best thing I could have done. I loved it so much, and I wish I had gone before, because it was exactly what I needed.
Everybody I’ve met there, I love these people, the fellow artists who do this as their life, their profession! And on such a level that I would never be able to compare to, but it’s so inspiring and educational. I’ve learned so much from all of them, and the atmosphere is just so warm and welcoming. A definite recommendation to other starting artists in bodypaint and special effects!

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Day 1 consisted of me arriving and exploring the town a bit, and in the afternoon I was able to go to the registration desk where I met the organisation, including Alex. I also made my first friends here, at the desk, this were Gina and Cara. We went to a meetup in a bar at night, for all the first arrivals, where we also met Catrรญona.

Also, I just sat down with really great people, Alex Hanssen, Rudy Campos, Yvonne Zonnenberg and Gert Leeftink to name a few ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 2 was the first day of the WB Academy. My first workshop was a two day workshop with Alex Hanssen on EVA foam for cosplay costumes. Very interesting, Alex is great and I really really want to do more with cosplay once I’m done with my master degree!

Day 3 was a continuation of the EVA foam workshop.

Day 4 would have been another two day workshop, but, I was the only person to apply for that. They made it a private workshop for just 1 day instead, but I couldn’t do that on day 4, because my model was still on her way to get to Austria ๐Ÿ™‚ So, the organisation allowed me to pick another 1 day workshop for day 4, which became Bodypainting basics with Riina Laine. This too, was quite an experience for me, it was very good to learn some of the basic understanding and even as someone who’s painted before, it’s just a really good workshop. I had a lot of fun, and during the week I met so many people, I was able to get myself a last minute model too! Mario, thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚

Day 5 was the private workshop with Yolanda Bartram in Special Effects, making a fantasy creature! This was amazing! We worked with prefabricated prosthetics of foam latex, and I learned how to blend them a lot better, working with professional materials and all. It was awesome! Also, then we painted a costume on. Femke, thankyou so much for coming all the way to Austria with me, you were the best I could possibly hope for โค It was so much fun, and basically it was just me and Yolanda jamming together. I loved it.
The photo of Femke standing near a statue with a little girl even made it into the booklet!!

Day 6 was the first day of the festival. I had this day to myself, to walk around and buy materials from all the vendors. I got a set of stencils, new paints from DiamondFX, some new stuff from Mehron, kabuki brushes… And I had a lot of fun!

Day 7 was special, Gina and I were invited to help out with the contest as assistants for Lucas Bures and his wife, Helenaย Skuhrovcovรก, from the Czech Republic. It was very cool to be in the tent and be able to help out! They were both competing for the World category of Airbrush bodypaint. They allowed us to be part of the team, to be part of the festival, and it was really helpful to discover what it was like, participating as an artist. I went to the judges with Helena as well, and so I was able to see the full process. Thanks again, Helena and Lucas, for having us!

Day 8 was also very special, as I was asked by Rudy Campos (yes, the man from Skin Wars) to be his assistent. Thanks Rudy!!!! Rudy was an artist for the World category of Special Effects. It was so cool, being part of the artwork we created. Rudy also taught me a lot that day, and it was just really awesome working with him and Anastasia.

We didn’t win the awards, but the experience is something so much better. I have this whole ‘family’ of bodypainters now, it’s a group of people that I don’t need to explain myself to, people who do the same thing but even crazier. It’s so fantastic to finally have gone here. I really wanted to go again in 2018, but, some other news, I’m going to move. My boyfriend and I will move together to another apartment in May, and we will likely be out of money in July ๐Ÿ˜€

All I can say now is, thankyou to everyone who was part of this incredible journey. We will meet again!

Love,

-M.

Catching up: Makeup for the Deep Blue Sea

In June, I did makeup and hairstyling for the theatre play ‘the Deep Blue Sea’, written by Terence Rattigan. As a cast and crew, we had a lot of fun putting it together! Yet again, I would like to thank everyone involved ๐Ÿ™‚ A special thankyou goes to Dawn Bullock, our director. Her vision and passion for this piece was amazing and she guided all of us. I am so proud to have been part of this production and I wish Dawn the very best of luck and happiness, as she will go on to her next adventure portraying Rebecca in ‘Tanz der Vampire’ in Vienna!

For this play we had a group of young actors, with half of them playing characters that were over 30. The play is set in the ’50s, meaning the hairstyles had to look accordingly.

The most challenging character to do was Mrs. Elton. That was so much fun, this was the second old-age character for me to create, yet this had to be realistic. And then there were the characters that were not that old, so it was completely different from the cartoonish Dr. Elzimuth.

This time I was also there to do makeup for our trailer, which you can watch here.

All of the photos posted in the album below are taken by E.M. Hes Photography and ha.dos photography.

If you want to see all of them, please check it out at our event page on Facebook!

Enjoy!

 

Love,

-M.