Sunday, February 26, 2012

Zach Shildwacher: As Seen on TV??

I recently decided to get off my ass and stop just hoping for a better future but to actually do something about it. I applied to be a contestant on the 3rd Season of Sy Fy Channel's FACE OFF. Cruising through YouTube there's some very talented folks offering up their skills for a shot at fortune and glory. Honestly, I really recommend you check out these audition videos. There are so many talented artists out there that deserve a spotlight on all their handiwork. These are the folks that toil away for hours on end, with little to no encouragement, making the extraordinary out of the ordinary. How some of them were overlooked for previous seasons of the show is beyond me.

I'm not entirely adept at handling myself in front of a camera, but I am gonna take life by the short and curlies and not watch it pass me by anymore. Here's a look at my Audition Video...

I was really nervous putting this together as I was unsure what to say and how to edit. I wanted to be entertaining and forthright. I knew I had to sell me. What you don't see from the video I can share with you now.

I had some leftover rubber latex from Pat Catan's. This is latex for crafts, masks, and other projects. This is not meant for use on the face as it's a bit more harsh than that of Ben Nye or something comparable. I had some packing foam left over from an eBay purchase. I like to be a formidable artist, one connected to my environment. Reduce, reuse, recycle; these are fundamentals to utilize throughout all endeavors.

I carved down the foam into two pieces using a pair of scissors until I was comfortable with the shape and size.

I coated the horns in liquid latex and then gave them a light brushing with white and black acrylic paint when dry. They were solid and durable,

Here's a closer look at some of the make-up. I wanted to create a demon look of contorted flesh, an emergence of mischief and evil if you will. I used small strips of nose putty to create a more sunken look around the eyes, building from the temples inwards. I secured this with a coating of liquid latex. I also used the nose putty around the horns to blend the look of my skin to the butt of the horns. I used liquid latex to create some peeled abrasions.

I used some leftover white hairspray from Halloween to color my hair and try to convey a cohesive look with the horns. I used the same contact lenses I had leftover from my Halloween costume. It's a small nuance   that really sells the look of it all. I also used some Black Blood mouth spray which is one of my favorite items to anchor a look. Think of it this way; when decorating a room, designers recommend one black item to draw the eye and cement the color scheme you applied. I follow this same rule for my make-up designs.

The colors I used are red, yellow, burgundy, and navy blue. I knew that these colors where completely hued against my skin type and would pop. I was a little unsure of how well they would blend, as I would have used more browns or purples, but I'm very happy with how things turned out. I wanted this look to showcase my painting skills and blending. It's something I know I still need to work on, but practice is what makes perfect. I could have made a huge obnoxious prosthetic piece, but I wanted to do something that would inspire anyone to look around and reexamine the items that they could use around them to create something new and exciting. I like to think that I could be an artist that fans the smoke away from the Hollywood secrets of special effects make-up as I learn more and create more using age tested techniques and new materials to expand the majesty of it all. I believe I would be a great fit for FACE OFF. I am an Average Joe, self-taught save one course, and pushing forward with grit, gumption, and the sweat of my hard work. I have to dream and dream big. It's these dreams that push us forward. I don't want this to remain a hobby, I want it to be a career.

I do hope that my efforts start to garner some attention. No artist wants their work ignored. I'm so thankful to all my friends and those that have shared my Audition Video submission. I am blown away by those that have shared the video, expressed their interest and offered opinions. It's amazing to know that there's such a connected network of support for one's dream. It gives me a much needed kick in the ass to keep trying and  strengthens my faith. I am also starting to save for a better digital camera, one that won't wash out my pics with its over-powered flash. I consider it an investment in proper documentation as I build a bigger and better portfolio. I desire to build a proper studio one day, to move beyond working in a basement, or cramped apartment. I seek to grow as an artist, to develop my craft and exercise my creativity rather than let it be swamped in the mediocrity of everyday life. I want to share what I know, what I've learned as I learn more myself, and hope that others share with me.

Wish me the best of luck as I'm anxious to hear something soon from Sy Fy Channel. I mean who could say no to this face?

Seriously, I want names...

Again a huge thank you to all those that have viewed and shared my Audition Video. Be sure to tune in to the Sy Fy Channel as Season 2 of FACE OFF narrows the contestants down to its ultimate winner. Hopefully you'll see me competing on Season 3.