Dripping blood. Oozing wounds. Severed heads and blistering burns. Prosthetic makeup artist Lucy Darkness has always harboured a particular fondness for guts and gore, showcased guite^. terrifyingly in her portfolio of creations for 6 movit horrors, black mefal bands and fantasy films.
HOW DIO VOU Oil INTO PROSTHETICS MAKEUP ARTISTRY?
I started off acting, actually. I was doing a BTEC at college, and my tutors took me aside and said "Look, acting isn't your best point..." At the time it was like a dagger to the heart. But I'd been making loads of props and stuff for a production of 'Pippin' we were doing. So there are these battlefields, and I was making severed heads on ten foot poles for the scenes. I initially thought I'd do something like that, but when I was at. London College Of Fashion on an open day, I saw their demo for the prosthetics course. I've always loved horror movies, I've always loved Sci-Fi, I'd love to actually do something where I interact with people and actually put something on them. So I signed up and out of eight hundred applicants, I was one of the 20 that got in.
doesn't stop their. Having recently completed atop-secret job working on the forthcoming Harry Potter sequels, Lucy took the time to talk to Skin Deep
_ __, about her horror-themed tattoos,
Satanism, vegan conflicts and wounding Slayer.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT MACABRI ART THAT VOU ENJOY SO MUCH? WHAT FASCINATES YOU ABOUT THE BLOOD, GORE AND BODY PARIS?
I think you're either born into it or you're not really. I used to love watching scary movies when I was a kid, and my Dad always said "It's ok, the camera man's there!" Immediately, if I thought anything was scary, I could go "Hang on a second, that's not scary because the camera man's there shooting it, so it's not real!" I was wondering how they pulled off these tricks, and I watched George Romero movies, and saw artists like Tom Savini; the chief makeup artist on the Romero films. I just thought, this is what I want to do. It's such a different art form. There are so many people who get into makeup because they want to make people look beautiful. I got into makeup thinking I want to make people look shit, 1 want to make people look ugly! It's so much more of a challenge. You can easily slap on a bit of makeup and make someone look presentable. But sculpting all the fine details of a prosthetic piece is an incredible tiling,
WHAT DO YOU MAKE YOU MAKE YOUR BLOOD OUT OF?
Usually golden syrup and food dye, though you can use lots of different additives to make it different consistencies. You can put washing up liquid in it to make it more gloopy. Vaseline's another, if you mix that up you can make a really good wound filler. There are loads of different things that you can use. The best tiling is not to restrict yourself to the way everyone else is doing it.
YOU RECENTLY WORKED ON A RATHER SPECTACULAR METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE COVER FEATURING SLAYER. WHAT WAS THAT UKE?
That was the weirdest shoot I've ever done. It was me and photographer Steve Brown. He had Slayer coming in, and he wanted to do this shoot where they look like they've had their flesh ripped away. I couldn't make the studio date he said because of my commitments working on the new Harry Potter films, so we had to find a way around it. So he took
I got into makeup thinking I want to make people look shit; I want to make people look ugly! It's so much more of a challenge.
portraits of each of Slayer, Then he got a couple of human skulls, and he took a picture of them in the same light. Then he gave me the two skulls, and I sculpted the wounds onto them. So, for example, Kerry King had his forehead and part of his eye wrenched open. It was quite interesting for me because I had to build out all of the tissue underneath, so I had to learn the anatomy of the face. I gave those skulls back to Steve, and he took a photo of them. Then he merged the images in Photoshop and the portrait photos together. It's a weird thing, I wrote a dissertation on something quite similar. Who gets the BAFTA? If the make up artist does the make up, and then the FX guy comes in and does the touching up on the computer, who gets the recognition? His touching up could be the thing that makes it good.
WHY CREYSCALE? YOU WORK WITH SO MUCH COLOUR IN YOUR DAY JOB...
I just fancied being a bit, well, dark. 1 found one person in the world that has a Munsters tattoo and it's in colour. I think for portrait, black and grey really lends itself. I've always like Kat Von D's portraits, because they're so moody. We do have an idea of putting a little bit of pink inside their eyelids to really pull out of the piece. It's still a work in progress. I think I'm always going to be doing things to make my work stand out, make them different, make them more interesting.
YOU ALMOST DECIDED TO TRAIN AS A TAT TO 01 ST, HOW 01D THAT HAPPEN?
I've always loved the art of tattooing. People like Paul Booth are really inspirational to me. They bring the horror into tattooing, demonic images and things like that. And I've always been interested in the Occult, so that really struck a chord with me. You think how long it has been around (tattooing) and it's still a bit taboo. I started working at Eve's Tattoos in Buckinghamshire a couple of years ago and I just enjoyed the environment so much I wanted to part of that on a long term basis. But I don't think people would like my style either. My artwork is far more Impressionistic. 3
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