Peeling skin patches Special Effects makeup

This creation is gruesome yet still has meaning behind it. My initial plan for this was to have pieces of skin peeling off, each one safety pinned together with the blood and meat under the skin being exposed underneath. The statement behind this is that we are all the same underneath our skin, no matter what our looks, race, opinions, style may be.

To do this, I poured about 5 layers of liquid latex on a plate, letting each one dry before applying the next one. Once done I peeled it off and cut the latex piece into smaller “skin flaps” to fit the areas of my face I wanted to cover. I covered them with a foundation that matches my skin tone to make it look like my actual skin. I put liquid latex and thinned out pieces of cotton balls on the spots of my face where the skin flaps wouldn’t be, and picked at it once dried to add texture to my new exposed flesh. I painted with it a thin wash of red and black paints and then proceeded to adhere the latex pieces on with more liquid latex. I took the safety pins and attached each skin flap together (and stabbed my real skin while doing it) to add more of an impact on the effect. I took a stipple sponge and added thick stage blood to the areas around each safety pin and the edges of the latex pieces. I finally took liquid blood and sprayed it on the uncovered areas of my real face and neck.

I am quite pleased with how this turned out. I do definitely think that this makes a statement, although if I’m not sure if it’s very easy to pick up on what it means right away by simply looking at the photo. I might redo a different version of this one sometime in the future, and try different techniques to sell the concept a bit more.

2 thoughts on “Peeling skin patches Special Effects makeup”

  1. Emma,

    Fantastic work again. I am going to leave this up to Maddy again to assess the artistic content.

    Yes. Now we are getting to making statements. I am really looking forward to seeing the next creations on the list.

    Your descriptive writing is well done. I want you to get in the habit of always editing your work before publishing. Remember, the 2nd draft is the 1st draft minus 15%.


  2. Emma, this is an impressive demonstration of your skill when it comes to SFX, the hanging skin, is fantastically repulsive.

    You have identified with Jake, the importance of communication as an artist. We live in a world saturated in popular culture. It is a culture where images are the primary mode of communication, everywhere we turn we are bombarded and overwhelmed by images. As a visual artist you have the tools to ‘talk’ about something that matters to you, and to make a statement. As an artist you are a creator of culture. You have power, you have influence.

    We have discussed the idea that you are creating a vocabulary of images and techniques, that are you are using to communicate visually. You are aware of the subculture of images that influence you personally and how those ideas infiltrate your work. You have identified a strong collection of ‘statements’ that you wish to make, that relate back to your influences, if not conceptually aesthetically. All of your ideas lend themselves well to the use of makeup because of their connection to the human, or the body. “We are all the same under our skin” indulges your gory tenancies, uses the human body as a conceptual context and has a silver lining. All of these elements are working together in this piece, it is well conceived, I encourage you to continue working with it until you feel the message is coming across.

    Reflect on what you feel is working to communicate the message, and what might be distracting from you message. Consider the possibility of working in series, or multiples, it may be that this piece communicates more clearly ” ‘we’ are all the same under our skin ” if there is more than one person, or more than one image.


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