While trying to come up with an idea for my project on drug lords and cartels across the world, I stumbled upon an incredible creation; infographics. Unlike a typical graph which to me at least, is pretty boring, infographics are artistic and colorful. They generally give lots of information while still having cool illustrations and visuals to grasp the eye, which is perfect for someone like me who struggles with numbers and bland math.
My idea is to create a collection of infographics using the data I’ve collected from my research on the drug trafficking industry. My main inspiration for this idea is a book by Tim Leong, Super Graphic. “A visual guide to the comic book universe”, the book is filled with beautiful, colorful infographics on superheroes and comic books.
My goal is to create my own infographics inspired/based by these. A few of my rough ideas are;
America vs Colombia
– how many murders cartel did, what drugs they sold, how much money was made
affiliation graph (inspired by super graphics) one side with names & other with names of drugs and cities/countries.
map: Colombia (Medellin) Mexico city, Harlem, Chicago and Washington dc
where were the drugs going/being trafficked around the world
I have found a few infographics websites and templates that I might use along with completely drawing them myself on photoshop. I’m still in the process of planning everything, so this is a very rough draft of my plans on this project. I am still doing lots of research and will update this as I go.
This was something somewhat different for me since my gore looks usually are more “creative”, as in non typical injuries that would only happen in a movie or a really severe accident.
It was meant to be a burnt/blistered face at first, but ended up in more of a bruised, swollen, beat up injury. I think this turned out very realistic and I am proud of the finished look.
To make this beautiful creation, I used FX gelatin to build up the swolen-ness of the face. I used it over the mouth and nose as well which I really think sold the look. I picked at the gelatin to create little holes and dents that I later painted in and filled with coagulated blood.
This was my first attempt at body painting. Although this was originally inspired by a youtube tutorial, I switched it up a bit and did my own twist on this look. I used water activated body paints for the first time with this and learnt that similar to traditional painting, the more water used dilutes the colour pigmentation and less gives a richer payoff of colour.
This is meant to be a contrast of beauty and gore, as both sides of my face show. I used a lot of shading in the deeper parts of the gore side to add more dimension and pop to the look so it could look somewhat three dimensional in a 2d photo. I think doing this gave me a better understanding on contrasting shadows therefore helping me to enhance my craft. For this I used cotton balls saturated in liquid latex to create the bone structure and depth in my face. I used fake nails dipped in blood for the teeth. I painted it all with alcohol activated and water paints because they’re both very liquidous and seep into the cotton.
This look was inspired by a video tutorial I found online and followed. It was the first time I’d tried the “covering your eye” method and although I completely lost any depth perception I previously had and walked into a few walls, the final result definitely payed off. I learnt a few new techniques such as how to properly anchor things with a bit of weight onto my face so they stick and don’t fall off, as well as completely covering my eye safely. To create the eye, I sculpted several cotton balls with liquid latex and adhered a cotton pad over my eye to cover it.
I did this SFX makeup look inspired from something I saw on a television show and was absolutely fascinated by. The look is meant to replicate an exploded face, and although it looks more like a burn, I’m still very glad on how it turned out. For this, I used cotton balls and latex as well as gelatin to create a multi-dimensional and structured look.