Monday, October 31, 2016

Little Shop of Horrors Halloween Group Costume

Ok, so i've wanted to make the Audrey II plant from Little Shop of Horrors for a long time now. This was the year! It turned out great. My coworker Bob has been told he looks like Rick Moranis so he volunteered to be Seymour while his wife April got in to character as Audrey (complete with a black eye). My favorite character is the dentist from the movie so I made the laughing gas contraption and there you have it. A group costume. They all turned out great! You got to see the plant in motion. Check out my blog post about it here.

Sea Goddess Makeup

This makeup was a lot of fun. It shimmered and shined in the light. Her costume was complete with tribal tattoos and mermaid leggings and a triton staff. Amazing!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

skeleton face makeup

Ok, here is another friend I did a skeleton face makeup on. I love how it turned out.

Day of the Dead Makeup - Teal color

I had a lot of fun doing my friends makeup last week. Day of the dead is such a fun theme to do because you can change your colors and patterns and add jewels and flowers etc.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors

Here is the YouTube to see how it was made:

Making this plant from Little Shop of Horrors has been on my list for a while now. I love how it turned out. The video shows sort of my process. Obviously should have taken more pictures to better describe but hopefully it gives you the idea. Go make one!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Haunted Mansion Self Portrait

Ok so i've had the dream to one day have a portrait done of me and my dog. Like the kind you would see at Disney's haunted mansion. You know, where it seems like a nice normal painting but then you look closer and find all sorts of creepy spooky things. And if I was to have this done then I wanted it done big and done right. I smile at the thought of who will get this painting when I die and how many generations will it be passed down to? "Thats great great great grandpa Mason."

Well I work with a very talented painter Amber McRae. And I knew I needed to make the dream happen. So we made a plan.
Check out her website here:

We started with a quick photo shoot of me and my dog in a regular office chair in various poses. Our goal was to get a feel for lighting and also a reference for her to paint me in a sitting pose.

We collaborated on all the things we could have going on in the painting and created a couple style guides.

Then I took that photo and began to do some graphic design work on it to give her even more ideas on exactly the layout and look what I was going for. This is what I came up with:

Amber then took my digital mock up and ran with it. She ordered a very large custom canvas and began to get to work. Her goal was to have it done by my birthday on Oct. 3rd. I could hardly wait. She would only give me small little detail photos as to not spoil the surprise. Ready for the big reveal? Here it is all finished and in all its incredible glory!!

I'm giddy every time I go up the stairs. I love love love it! A custom hand painted portrait of me and my dog Brooks. Follow him @kingbrookscavalier on instagram! She captured us perfectly and it fits in excellent with all my other Halloween decor this time of year. I just can't believe how great it turned out. Definitely check out more of her work: