There are perks to being a makeup artist, like the chance to work with models.
Let's give credit where credit is due: the beautiful model portraying X-Men's Rogue is Leigh Zimmerman,
the photographer and editor is Chelsea Dawn with Urbanite Imagery, and the makeup was done by Shanna Painter with the man behind the project, Brett Hamilton.
I had a little Q & A with Brett, who was eager to answer my questions.
"What was the inspiration behind this project?"
"Thanks so much for your interest in this series and I say series because this is going to go until there is no more response. I've wanted to do a hero/villain shoot for a long time and I finally had a friend push me to get it going. I plan on doing at least twelve, if not more. I'm sure you recognize that Rogue is not my idea or design and is an X-men character owned my Marvel Comics, I just wanted to show my idea of what the real life characters would look like, and do a to add to peoples portfolio and just have fun."
"How long did this take?"
"The over all make up took approx 5 hours with about 2 weeks of prep before the shoot."
"What tools did you use?"
"We used Kryolan Aqua Color Cakes, Mehron Paradise Cakes and Mixing Liquid, Badger Airbrush paints, Ben Nye Magicolor Liquids and Ben Nye Liquid Hair Paint. Also used Ben Nye Final seal to set the product. Stencils were used for the detail, Smashbox, Cinema secrets and Ben Nye Paint Brushes, Paasche Airbrush's and Iwata Airbrush's and Sea Sponge."
"I'm going to ask it, because I know people are wondering: How did you conceal her nipples?"
"Spicy Spot Silicone Nipple Covers (AKA Pasties)."
Spicy Spot pasties.... Spicy Spot.....silicone..... anyway..........
"What is the hardest and easiest part of doing a project like this?"
"The hardest part about the project is getting the other people involved to understand the characters, the way to get what I was looking for and finding the right model for each character. Easiest is when a model just pops out of nowhere and screams what character she is, as in Rogue, Leigh was perfect."
"What about yourself? What is your makeup background?"
"I started out doing special effects makeup at Rocky Point Haunted House, and now have a background in horror, beauty / fashion, special effects and body painting. I've worked on short films and also helped on set as an Assistant to the Special Effect Makeup Artist on the movie Frozen. I've body painted a lot, started about six years ago painting at private parties and helping clubs with promotions. In 2009 and 2010 I won the Chic Elite Body Art Showcase and plan to enter again this year."
"What is something you want people to know, something you want to say, but are rarely asked?"
"Body painting is changing with the times and I'm trying to help push the changes and make it an acceptable form of art. I do not require or request a model to be nude and will work with what ever I can to make the model comfortable."
"What is your favorite and least favorite part of something like this?"
"I love to be able take someone and turn them into something or someone else and I don't think that when you truly love what you do you can find something that you don't like about it."
As Brett continues his series, I'll continue to post about his fantastic projects. It just goes to show that you never know the talent that's in your own backyard. Thank you Brett, and we're all looking forward to your future endeavors!