Monday, 4 November 2013

Day of the Dead-ator!

Long-time readers will know of my love for Day of the Dead makeup. So it was with great gusto that I prepared for a Dias de los Muertos party this weekend just gone at Nottingham's excellent Contemporary gallery.

However, I subscribe to Marty Neumeier's motto that when everyone zigs, you zag. With all the city's arty types painting their face my humble efforts would likely go unnoticed. But after a bit of a think and a cry of 'Get to the chopper!' I decided to tart up an old Predator mask I had lying around.

I am pretty pleased with the result. It's really nothing special - just white acrylic paint over a black base, with a coat of gloss varnish sprayed over the top. The design was first sketched in white pencil then hand-painted. Up close you can still see the brushstrokes, which I quite like as it retains an honesty about the manufacturing process.

Remember; if it bleeds, we can kill it!


  1. Looks great. But can you see properly through the eye slits?

  2. Excellent work! It's gems like this that make me send people here.

  3. Thanks both!

    @ phiq, yes, there are holes to see through, although it's not a great view. I find a few drinks help though...

  4. Lovely! and I mean both the work on the mask and the over all image presented.