Neophyte's Guide to Practical Effects

"Story pauldron" foam build

Armor Foam fabrication Tutorial Walkthrough

"Story pauldron" foam build

Welcome back everyone! This month has been surprisingly busy, so for this post, I'll be sharing what's been taking up the majority of my time although it's not yet finished. A client/friend came to me several weeks ago with an interesting idea for a pauldron (shoulder armor) that appeared to be made from the pages of an antiquated book. The idea was for a pauldron with a neck guard and two lames. (Here's a quick photo for vocab reference) Naturally my first reaction was 'yes please!', so I started figuring the best way to go about it. We landed on...

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How Do You Use These Prosthetic Things, Anyway?

Latex Makeup Tutorial

How Do You Use These Prosthetic Things, Anyway?

 Hi all, and welcome to our first actual topic! This month, we’ll be talking about slush cast latex appliances and how to apply them. It’s pretty simple stuff and a good starting point. Latex appliances are great because they’re tough enough to withstand several applications, and inexpensive enough that anyone can buy them. Application can take some practice, however, since latex edges are usually rather thick and need a lot of blending to make it work.     Without further ado, here’s what we’ll need to get started: Astringent, such as witch hazel Cotton ball Prosthetic latex appliance – here...

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Welcome to the Neophytes’ Guide to Practical Effects

Welcome

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Neophytes' Guide to Practical Effects blog from Acrotomic Studios: a monthly guide to special effects makeup and more for those new to the practice. The launch of the new blog is particularly exciting as the new and improved AS site has just been re-launched and I've started a new monthly newsletter. It’s like a whole new era for Acrotomic Studios! For those of you who don’t know me: Hi. I’m Chris, owner and (for now) sole employee of Acrotomic Studios. I’ve been playing with costumes and makeup for so long I can’t even remember...

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