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.¬†

1 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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