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Jessica Jean Myers
As artists I feel it is really important that we constantly learn and improve our skills through testing, workshops, research etc. All too often we can get busy or complacent and comfortable in our skills and forget that trends, products, styles and skills all evolve and it is important to maintain up to date on all the most recent advancements and enhancements.
No one ever said being a makeup artist was going to be easy or cheap…in truth it’s a really expensive career to take up b/c as a working artist you might be constantly having to not only replenish your kit and products but additionally improve your skills and offer new services.
That is why when i found out while I used to be at IMATS last weekend that Blur Makeup Room was having a tattoo coverage workshop by Thomas E. Surprenant I knew although it maybe wasn’t the most effective time financially to take a straight sew in weave workshop (I did in any case drop somewhat over $600 at IMATS eeek!..and I’m entering into my slower period for work EEEKKK!) it was well worth the investment. And in all honesty that how WE as ARTISTS need to start looking at these items…they’re investments into our careers and skills! Investments that will pay off when we are able to start offering different services and charging more therefore making more money!
All the time I hear artists whine and complain about not getting ahead and not having money for this or that…guess what – suck it up! If you’d like something bad enough and you think it is important enough you may make that extra money for that workshop or save that extra money for that new PU Tape Skin Weft Malaysian Straight Human Virgin Hair Cheap Tape In Hair Extensions product. I know it hurts a bit b/c it appears like it’s some huge cash upfront…and it’s but it’s so important to keep improving our skills as artists! I can not stress that enough! Okay enough of my mini rant 😉 let’s get to the actual workshop!
So I will be real. I took SFX in class but it’s never really been my thing as my career focus is not on movies or film and I am just not called upon to do much guts and gore lol. But a tattoo coverage workshop now that’s the form of sfx stuff I can use in my business! Esp. for commercial or fashion work if you might must cover up an actor or model’s tattoo and it’s becoming very popular in bridal too (and it’s a fantastic upsell opportunity)!
As someone who has been asked by brides previously if I do tattoo coverage and that i’ve always shrieked away at the possibility as I’ve never felt really comfortable in my skills I knew this was definitely an area I could use improvement on and also an area I could immediately see marketing and money making opportunities for my business!
So this week I got to take a very intimate and hands on workshop w/ Thomas E. Surprenant who needs to be one of many nicest and down to earth artists around…and so talented! I mean just take a look at his resume and body of work and it’s important to be impressed…hello Emmy winner anyone! First he showed his tips and techniques for covering tattoos using his very own line of sfx prosthetic paints (available at Blur Makeup Room). He showed how they can be used both by hand and within the airbrush gun and explained some colour theory and how it applies to the skin and it’s colouring.
After watching him work away and canopy a very large arm tattoo to perfection I got to test out my skills with him there to guide and watch while giving me some hands on tips and tricks. I will be honest…I usually SUCK at things after i first attempt them…like worst in the category awful suck so I’m always nervous when pros are watching me but Thom is so friendly and nice that I felt much more comfortable and at ease and he’s a really great teacher! I did one wrist tattoo first w/ Thom stepping in to help me every now and again. After that there was time for me to even go after a second wrist tattoo on the other arm and i can definitely say I feel I did pretty well if I do say so myself!
There is another Tattoo Coverage Workshop happening at Blur this Sunday Nov 17 from 2-6 and i definitely think it’s worth the money! If you cannot make it out this time definitely stay in the loop w/ Blur to find out after they’re having Thom back sooner or later for other workshops!
Here’s some pics from the workshop!
Thomas showing us how it is done!
Me working away! My first attempt on the first tattoo!
Pretty good results I might straight sew in weave say! Forgot to take a before but on the left arm there is a heart tattoo that is been covered…same tattoo as the fitting arm in the pic….you may see where I could have kept going w/ the coverage up further on the other tattoos on the left arm within the pic.
Thomas even showed us easy methods to do veins on the arm using airbrush for an even more realistic finish…the skin has so many various tones and variations throughout it’s important to not make it too perfect looking! I def.
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