First off, a disclaimer. I painted my latex appliance different then pretty much everyone else on the internet. Before I embarked upon this semi-insane cosplay adventure, I did a lot of research and the general consensus is to paint the prosthetic with a latex paint like monster makers, and then seal it. Instead I went to a local costume and makeup shop where I spoke to a SFX artist and she showed me this method. I don’t believe it’s the ‘best way’ or only way- it’s merely the way I chose to do it. I also liked it because you can use the products on the latex, and your face so there’s no need to by a lot of supplies or colour match.
Supplies! To the left there’s my purchased prosthetic from the talented Mad Masker (http://www.facebook.com/TheMadMasker), To the right there’s Ben Nye grease paint makeup, bond-off, prosaide, setting powder, final seal and mehron glitter.
I limited this to about 10 steps because frankly it’s already a bit of tl;dr ;)
1) Start with the dark pure blue. Mash it into all the cracks, it’s your base, so get it everywhere. (I used Ben Nye c-19 Blue)
2) I put on the med/tealish blue (aka Ben Nye Cosmic Blue) on 90% of the tenacles blending the edges into the darker blue parts.
3) Panic and feel totally overwhelmed because it looks like ass.
4) Add some Misty Violet to the piece working it into the shadows. I focused mainly on the creased in between the tentacles and the ridges to add more shape and depth. Also on the neck.
5) I blended everything together with a thick, firm bristled brush and then poured a glass of wine.
6) Drink wine, dry brush a paler blue (I mixed the Cosmic Blue with white) into the scales, blend with fingers and get blue smudges all over yourself.
Starting to come together now, isn’t it? Now it’s time for polish and finishing!
7) I worked the highlights a little more. Added some pure white around the face/brow area, blending it a bit, and leaving some more dramatic, I did a lot of patting everything around with my fingers, as the Ben Nye really soaks into the latex with the heat of your hands and blends beautifully with fingertips (IMHO).
8) Shadows! Like what I did with the white, I found a few key areas to go in with pure black to really punch out all the darker parts. A little goes a long way- and don’t blend too much or everything will look muddy.
9) Dust the whole thing with a nice powder/Kabuki brush to apply the setting power. Go little by little and be gentle.
10) Seal it with ‘Final Seal’. Ta da!
As an optional flare you can add a bit of glitter. I used a very fine mehron ‘wet’ glitter that I applied around the brow and on the very ridge of the tentacles. Then I danced around the room with it on.
Now, here’s the exciting part: you get to learn from my mistakes. So as a note to my future self who will probably forget, or to any of you who wish to use this method in the future he’s some notes from Mae:
-Do a test run of the face makeup first to get familiar with the colours and products. I went over things a few times and wasted some product trying to figure out the best way to combine what I had.
-I would airbrush the pure blue as the base. Getting everything into all the cracks was a fucking nightmare and I debated giving up right off the bat. It can be done, but it’s very time consuming and knowing what I know now I would skip the headache.
And that’s it in a nutshell. I’m going to to a test of the makeup in the next few days so I have a good idea of what I’m going to to need to get done the day of. I may even do two tests to try out a different contouring method.
Stay tuned for more adventures in Cosplay.
Again please excuse my rough drawings ;;; here is a quick and basic explanation!
While I believe everyone has their own methods to drawing creases and folds, here is one I usually follow. I don’t concentrate on details much but I focus on the general shapes of the folds- we all understand that cloth overlaps each other when it creases and such. My instructors had taught me its all about the triangles.
Whenever there is a tension in the cloth, it creates a focal point to that area that is causing the tension. All these creases basically form shapes like triangles! For example:
Holding up a cloth with two hands, all the tension areas are drawn to the hands holding up the cloth. See all the tension points creating triangular crease shapes?
Another example with shirts- if someone is wearing a tight shirt, the arm hole usually hugs around the arm pit more. (thats why you can tell if you are comfortable or not if you can move your arm around in a sleeve). With a baggy shirt, tension is created with the object holding the fabric up, and gravity is pulling down on the sleeves.
Its easy to get way too focused on the detailing of creases- let loose a bit! Don’t worry about making the perfect crease and fold or else you might end up a whole sleeve of unnecessary creases (unless if you are intentionally drawing a large baggy sleeve that makes a lot of creases).
Here are some photo examples~ this is one of Robert Downey Jr. because he is lovely to look at :>
And one on long flowy gowns:
Hope this helps! x_x;;;