When I graduated from pre-school, I was torn between two dream jobs: paleontologist and Spider-Man. My web-slinging abilities never quite panned out, but I never forgot about our friendly neighborhood hero.
As a kid, I found myself inspired by the comic works of Ditko and Kirby. Not only was I mesmerized by the storytelling through pictures and words, but was captivated by the story being told. Peter Parker was an intellectual, fueled by science, who overcame personal and superhuman obstacles thanks to the courage granted by a radioactive bite. While I will always hate spiders, I will always thank Spider-Man for giving me my own courage.
The comics I read inspired me to pursue art and conceptual design. Through this, I was introduced to some talented makeup artists who helped guide me into the fantastic world of special effects.
I like to draw inspiration from sources I can reference: mythology, anatomy, invertebrates, and the monsters under my bed.
One of my biggest industry inspirations is Neville Page. Focusing more on conceptual design than makeup, Neville challenges the worlds of fantasy and science fiction to be grounded in reality. His input and encouragement are what propelled me into this field, and I am very thankful.
began working with makeup in 2015, but had been working as a conceptual artist long before that. After working alongside SyFy's "Face Off", the production team began asking about my experience as an MUA. Some contestants from the show took me under their wings, began educating me in the craft, and have continued to support my journey ever since.
My favorite part of the makeup process is the reaction you achieve from a model or a crowd when they see your art; whether you want to shock, inspire, or scare, all of that can be achieved through a completed character
I still continue work as a graphic artist, both in the conceptual design field and marketing industries, so if I was not working in makeup, I would put my focus back into those realms
Having a background in conceptual design, I often find myself looking at the whole character and how it is presented, which has been an awesome asset in the professional world
Must-haves in my kit are silibond, sea sponges, and snacks...you get hungry, models get hungry, it's an important part of the process to keep everyone happy and well-fed
One of my favorite series of makeups I have worked on was inspired by Egyptian mythology. This was something I was incredibly fascinated by as a kid, so to bring these gods and goddesses to life was a real treat
To any aspiring artists, I have three tips: practice every chance you get, always learn from those around you, and celebrate the successes along the way
My favorite projects are those relating to mythological characters since there is such history and cultural richness to them, while also being highly fantastical and creative. Any project that allows me and my team to design characters as such is a dream come true