Dripping face inspired SFX makeup

I recently found an artist, Chet Zar, who has completely inspired me with my own artistry! He does a mix of painting, film animation, sculpture and special effects like I do. His work is very dark and makes you think, which is what my goal is while doing my art.

One of my favourite’s that I found was this crazy one, so I decided to recreate it in my own way –

This took me about 2 1/2 hours to do, which was noticeably longer than my makeup looks usually take. I figure it’s because I really took my time to build up a different facial structure and used more than one medium.

I started with moulding layers of rolled out cotton balls with liquid latex to create the alien-esque face shape I wanted. My goal was to have the bloody mouth melting straight down from the nose.

Once many layers of cotton upon latex were applied, I pulled the cheeks upwards to give the face a lifting illusion and made a few gaps and holes in the face.

I then adhered about 4 pieces of long rolled out cotton to my chin and upper neck (dipped in liquid latex) to give the dripping mouth a thicker base. For the lovely mouth, I made a mix of gelatin, glycerin and water and dripped it down my neck using those pieces of cotton as a foundation for the cotton. I layered and layered the gelatin mixture until I had the amount of desired drips. I also added some gelatin to the browbone, to make it look like it’s slightly dripping over the eye.

To paint I used a mixture of water and alcohol activated paints, and lightly stippled browns, greens and reds in the parts which I wanted to sink in more, and used a very sheer coat of white on the high points of the face. I painted the hollows of the eyes black and took it down to make it look like something dark had seeped from the eye down the face. For the mouth area, I used brown and red paints as well as coagulated blood.

I was pleasantly surprised as to how this came out! I think it would’ve been really cool to use a bald cap and cover the entire head like in the original Chet Zar painting, so maybe I’ll try that someday. 

One thought on “Dripping face inspired SFX makeup”

  1. Emma!
    Impressive work! This piece covers your whole face, I find my self asking, how did you even breathe?
    For me this demonstrates considerable skill, not to mention patience! I see you working proficiently with complex colour schemes, creating subtle shadows, and highlights.
    I also appreciate the way you have cited your inspiration, it is exciting to find an artist that you relate to.
    I can see the aspects of his work that you are drawing from. I am curious about his other work, and how it appeals to you.
    Does it influence other areas of your art practice? Animation and or Painting?

    -Maddy

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