Don’t get me wrong- I love my mentor. HOWEVER, she hasn’t really been- you know- talking or replying to me whatsoever!! Its been a few weeks since my last post, and therefore a few weeks since I have heard from Ashley. I’ve emailed, called and texted her as often as possible without being harrassing or anything crazy like that. I completely understand how busy she is, and her hectic schedule was something she addressed with me, however I am getting a little concerned. I’m sure it’s not too late to find another mentor in the meantime. I have been continuing to practice small effects on my own but I do need a mentor to help me challenge myself and learn more “from the book” techniques. Sorting out this mess is going to be my challenge for the next portion of my In-Depth journey.
“Surgeons would be the best at special effects makeup for sure.”
The main concept originally brought to my attention by my mentor was the concept of bruising. Bruises are probably the most common injuries, occuring alongside other wounds and injuries as well. For this reason? it’s important to have a bruise look realistic alone, as well as around another injury. The way a bruise looks tells not only how recent it was caused, but what kind of bruise it is and possibly how it was caused/how severe it is. In order to get a full understanding of bruises and how to recreate them in a realistic way, I’ve been researching and studying bruises. Hmm… never thought I would say that I’m studying bruises out of anything! What’s weirder than that is that my research on bruises has almost turned into an obsession. They’re so fascinating and beautiful to me. The idea that “things get worse before they get better.” not only relates to life but- bruises too!
Since I have been riding solo for the past little while, alternatives have been my go-to. Without a mentor to assist me in purchasing latex and other legit special effect products, I have been taking the DIY route. Using gel and eyeshadow for blood, powders and eyeshadows for bruises and vaseline and cotton for skin. Oh man! I can’t wait to get my hands on some real products, but I guess if I can make realistic effects with vaseline and cotton- I can do anything! Improvisation!