1. For tess

     
  2. The design for the peach looks so awesome; Duncan’s a genius. I can’t wait to see this built!

     
  3. This is my stage makeup final from last Friday. I decided to do a human adaptation of Cookie Monster. Here’s how it worked…

    First, I got my hair out of my face (but didn’t do it in the final style). I applied a base layer of light gray oil-based makeup to my face, mixed with a hint of blue. I then feathered on the “fur” with a relatively small makeup brush. The fur had a mixture of colors in it, including many shades of blue, brown, and green. I shaped my face by shading and highlighting, mostly in my cheekbone and nose area. For my lips/ mouth, I used the small makeup brush to draw the wide mouth, using pure black oil-based makeup.

    Once I was satisfied with my face, I did my hair. The first step was parting my hair into two pigtails, place as far forward on my head as possible. I then twisted them up into buns and pinned them in a way that made them face forward and provide a relatively flat surface.

    As soon as my hair was styled, I applied blue, water-based makeup to the front of my hair, then waited for it to dry. When it was mostly dry (I got a little impatient), I applied spirit gum to my buns, as well as the googly eyes. After waiting the appropriate amount of time, I attached the eyes. The eyebrows had their own adhesive. I attached them last.

    Where I to do this again, I would figured out a better way to attach the eyes than spirit gum. I might glue yarn to the backs of the eyes, then pin them in my hair. However, I was pretty happy with how the makeup came out overall.

    One thing I was surprised about was the fact that many of my peers chose to do simple things. I’m not sure, but it might be because they figured the easier it was, the better they could do it, which would ensure a better grade. I chose to do Cookie Monster because I knew it would be a challenge. I wanted a final that would make me work. Go hard or go home.

     

  4. Last week and the beginning of this week, my dorm has gradually transformed into a ghost town. All the college freshman that were lining the halls, surrounding my room, have dissipated. My own roommate left Monday morning, disappearing without even saying goodbye.

    Honestly, it was the crazy freshman that really got me through my internship. When I first got here, I felt alone, almost ostrisized; I was the intern who arrived late and the youngest kid living on my floor. I didn’t have friends when I arrived here and, honestly, I didn’t really find my niche with the interns, through we coexist fairly well now. It was the college freshman, who took me in as one of their own, accepting my quirks and embracing me as one of their own, feeding me tea and inviting me to watch shows and movies in their dorms, that helped take away some of the unease I felt abruptly changing environments in the way that I did.

    Now that the halls are empty and my friends are gone, I don’t really know what I’m going to do. I’m going to miss the late night chats, the midnight pizza’s, and the random serenades. I just hope that I can make as many friends when I go off to school in the fall. In the meantime, I hope that I can get along with the cast enough that I might get close to a few people I wasn’t close to before. Who knows, maybe the changing of dorms this weekend will be a good thing; I might become friends with someone I never expected.

     

  5. There’s a tool we’ve been using in scene shop that I have been referring to as the “battle hammer.” I don’t remember the real name of it, even though Duncan’s told me a bunch of times; although, I know it starts with a “C.” You use the tool to curve pipes. We’ve been bending pipes to make a tree. I don’t have a picture right now, but I’ll hopefully get one. If zombies. Attacked the school, this would be one of my weapons of choice.

     
  6. Over the past couple weeks in Stage Makeup, we’ve been working on latex construction. In this project we made our own latex prosthetics, going from clay to plaster to latex. Here’s how it worked:

    1.       1. Make a clay mold of the object you’d like to make. In this case it was boils and a nose.

    2.       2. Coat the mold in petroleum jelly or lotion, then place it in a bowl or build walls made out of clay and/or other materials.

    3.      3.  Pour mixed plaster over the mold. Wait for the plaster to dry.

    4.       4. Scoop the clay out of the plaster mold, making sure it is clean as possible.

    5.       5. Apply many layers of latex solution to the inside of the mold. I used a brush to apply the latex, but some people simply slosh it around.

    6.       6. Gently peal the latex prosthetic from the mold.

    7.       7. Paint/match to makeup

    This process would have produced a more accurate mold had I had a mold of my own face to build the prosthetics on to. As you can see in the pictures, the pustules/boils do not really match my skin tone. I realized pretty early on that I wasn’t going to have enough time to contently match them, therefore I made them not match. Were I to do it again, I would use latex to have the prosthetic blend more gradually into my face.

     
  7. .I received 10 points out of 10 on my Makeup Morgue! This was an assignment for Stage Makeup class in which we had to compile a number of pictures (20 pages minimum) to use for reference. I was so happy that I got a good grade on this because I worked really hard. I sifted through hundreds of pictures online, trying to find the best reference pictures, carefully choosing each picture that I included. I dedicated hours upon hours to creating this assignment because I wanted to be able to use it in years to come. My morgue added up to a grand total of 60+ pages.

     
  8. This is a pic of me at Equality and Justice Day. Heather and Michael gave me permission to go to this event for my job with the Pride Center. This year the day was dedicated to lobbying for GENDA, the Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Act. This act calls for equal rights for people who do not fit within the gender binary, specifically trans* people.

    I was glad that Heather and Michael decided to let me do this because this is a cause that is close to home. I really support equalities for all people. It shouldn’t matter who you love or what gender you identify as or don’t identify as, we’re all human and we all deserve to be given basic human rights and respect.

    At E&J day our group gave a presentation about LGBTQ youth and the obstacles they face while navigating modern society. During this, we got to take groups from the audience and lead them through different workshops, where we held discussions about issues such as coming out, harassment, sex, and family.

    We also got to lobby. Luckily, not much lobbying was required because the assemblywoman to whom we were assigned was fully supportive of GENDA and equal rights in general. In fact, members of her staff were openly gay. It was nice to see such support from our government because I think it represents a big change in thinking. A couple years ago there was basically no laws about marriage equality and we were struggling under DOMA. Nowadays, same-sex marriage has laws in favor of it in numerous states and DOMA is up for review in the Supreme Court this June to possibly be repealed.

    Something that stuck with me that happened that day was one of the only semi-negative parts of that day. As we walked back from the rally, we passed group of people, a man, a woman, and some children, which were possibly a family. I smiled at them as we passed, since I generally smile at random people. The man seemed to barely look at us, but said “you can’t redefine things.”

    It always stinks when you experience intolerance, but it got me thinking- we are redefining things. We’re helping change the world, making progress as we go and rewriting legislature. We’re trying to decrease intolerance and promote acceptance as we make the world a better place. We can make a difference. We can redefine things.

     
  9. Lynne demonstrates a fool-safe method of attaching a wig. Apparently this method was taught to the company by a Russian ballet company through an exchange program. In these pictures, Elyssa is the wig model.

    This is the process:
    1. Put your hair into pin curls, each one locked in with 2 bobby pins. If you have long hair, you can wrap the back of your head with flat-braid or bun.
    2. Tie twill tape around the circumference of the head, close to the hairline.
    3. Put on a wig-cap and fasten it securely to the head, using small hairpins to pin it to the twill tape.
    4. Fasten the wig on by attaching it to the wig-cap and wig using larger hairpins.
    5. Make a face.

     
  10. In which the interns are fish.