You can find some of my College projects below.
These are the characters from Cluedo designed and created by me. My concept was ‘What if Cludeo was a 1980s sitcom?’
To achieve this I had to research 1980s period makeup and pop culture.
Miss Scarlet 2
Miss Scarlet 2
Professor Plum 2
The Balcony written by Jean Genet in 1957.
It has been translated to English by various people.
There are three versions written of this play.
The one I have designed for is the second version of the play, translated by BERNARD FRECHTMAN
The Balcony is a play by the French dramatist Jean Genet. It is set in an unnamed city that is experiencing a revolutionary uprising in the streets; most of the action takes place in an upmarket brothel that functions as a small community of the regime of the establishment under threat outside
The Balcony, though brief, contains an extraordinary amount of symbolism, political archetypes, sexual analysis, and ominous implications with regard to power systems. The play was an immense critical success, as was its playwright. Genet lived a life nearly as colorful—and bleak—as those of any of his characters, and it is his experiences which give The Balcony such undeniable authenticity.
The play mainly takes place in a brothel owned by Irma who calls it her house of illusions. Though it is called a brothel and has prostitutes working in it, no sexual acts are seen to take place in the brothel.
The clients that are introduced are the general, the judge and the bishop. They are working class men who come to the ‘House of Illusions’ to act out their wildest fantasies of power.
Each character in the play is obsessed with power and each have a different perception of what that is. Each character is also left at the end with nothing and no satisfaction. They all have their fantasies realized yet none are happy with the outcome. They are feel the same thing- life is pointless, so LOL. That being the point of absurdism from a philosophical stand point.
From my research on Genet and his life, I believe he wrote and created this play as a trauma response and his own therapy. The three characters of the judge, the bishop and the general were the cause of such monumental parts of his life,
He was chastised by these archetypes of power all his life. I believe he was afraid of them and wanted to take back control. But as he points out numerous times- power is meaningless and unsatisfactory.
I wanted to create characters that were ridiculous versions of themselves.
I chose to design them as themselves with ridiculous aspects of different types of people.
To channel the absurd, I went with a retro futurism feel taking inspiration from 1950s, 60s and 70s America, as well as period makeup from the French royalty and 1920s circus.
Chief of Police
Burst Burn 2
Forehead Gash 2
Car Crash Victim
Car Crash Victim Turned Demon
1970's Makeup 2
Cirque du Freak
The Vampires Assistant
In an unnamed American town, teenagers Darren Shan and Steve Leonard, Darren’s more rebellious best friend and classmate, sneak out at night to attend the ‘Cirque du Freak’ freak show at a local theater. During the performance, Steve recognizes one of the troupe’s members, Larten Crepsley, as a vampire who is over a hundred years old, prompting him to try to find Crepsley after the show. Meanwhile, Darren is fascinated by Crepsley’s spider, Madam Octa. He goes backstage and impulsively steals her, but is forced to hide as Crepsley returns to his green room. Steve arrives, begging to be made into a vampire, but Crepsley refuses after tasting Steve’s blood, which he says “tastes of evil.” When Crepsley realizes that Madam Octa has been stolen, Darren flees from the theater with Crepsley hot on his trail. He escapes when the mysterious Mr. Tiny arrives in his limousine, accompanied by Murlough. The latter is unimpressed with Darren, dismissing him as a “bag of blood,” but Tiny promises to stay in touch after dropping Darren off at his home.
The following day, Darren secretly brings Madam Octa to school, where she escapes. After a struggle in a crowded hallway, Madam Octa bites Steve on the cheek, leaving him to succumb to her deadly venom in the hospital. Darren returns to the theater and begs Crepsley for help. Initially annoyed and contemptuous, Crepsley agrees on the condition that Darren becomes a half-vampire and Crepsley’s personal assistant. Darren agrees, only to flee while Crepsley administers an antidote to Steve. However, after nearly attacking his own sister out of vampiric bloodlust, Darren decides to leave with Crepsley, who uses magic to stage Darren’s death in a fall from a roof.
After being buried in a cemetery, Darren is dug up by Crepsley, but Murlough ambushes them. Crepsley fights him off and the two go to the Cirque du Freak campgrounds, where Darren meets Evra Von, the snake boy, and Rebecca, the monkey girl. Meanwhile, Steve, contemplating suicide after losing his best friend, is stopped by Tiny, who offers him a chance to become a Vampaneze, a race of vampires who (unlike Crepsley and others) murder their victims to feed on their blood. Steve agrees, proceeding to kill high school history teacher Mr. Kersey with assistance from Murlough. Trying to instigate a confrontation between Steve and Darren, Tiny kidnaps Rebecca and Darren’s family, leaving a flyer for the Cirque du Freak at Darren’s former home.
At the theater, Crepsley fights with Murlough while Darren fights with Steve; however, Darren’s refusal to feed weakens him. Rebecca frees herself using her monkey tail and offers Darren a taste of her blood. After some hesitation, he accepts. Crepsley stabs Murlough, and with his dying words Murlough declares that the truce between the two vampire clans has been broken. Tiny (who had been watching from the balcony via opera glasses) eventually separates Steve and Darren. Darren asks Steve to stay with him, but Steve refuses, saying, “I have my destiny and you have yours.” Steve then leaves with Tiny, who plans to groom him as a Vampaneze leader.
Crepsley returns Darren’s family to their home, hypnotizing them to make them forget what they’ve been through. Rebecca and Darren share a heartfelt kiss before returning to the campgrounds, where Crepsley gives Darren a coffin to sleep in, and Darren accepts his new life as a member of the Cirque du Freak
For this project, my concept was taking 19th century freakshow influence for the base of my characters while pushing it further to give it an element of fantasy.
Authentic freakshow from the 19th century were shows that exploited people with disorders, diseases and disabilities. I used this research to create the looks that I have displayed here. As the freakshow in this text was on going for 500 years- the majority of performers in the acts are immortal. I wanted there to be a feel of different era’s from different characters. As if they had been picked up along the years.
I used a range of technical skills to create these characters such as laying on hair, creating latex pieces, period makeup, designing and applying tattoos, scars and skin disease through latex makeup.
All makeup was designed and applied by myself as well as costume sourcing by me.