The Making of a Title Background no.1

Seeing as I will probably be doing quite a few of these step-by-step blog posts about how I make my title backgrounds I figured this title would be more appropriate than “Random Doodles”.

I was an absolute plonker and took the first pictures in really bad lighting so it only looked like scribbles on a page, for the next blog post I do I want to show you how I get the base lines for any portrait.

The difference between a good portrait and a bad one is nearly always down to whether you draw a good base sketch or a bad one.

Whenever I do a drawing the first thing I do is make a rough sketch. I never let myself use a rubber for the first stages of a drawing, a rubber makes you scared to just go for it and teaches you to be lazy in drawing.

The best way to get better at drawing is to learn to not rely on a rubber.

At this point I start to focus on chiseling out the features. Making the eyes the proper shape, the iris large, the ears and most importantly the shape of the face.

I always tend to work on the lips last, I don’t know why but until I’ve done the rest of the face I always find it quite hard to draw the lips accurately.

Once I’m absolutely sure that the proportions are correct I rub out only the pencil masks which get in the way, for example the rough sketch of the eye shape, lips and nose.

This is my favorite part! The shading :D

Normally I use a 2B or a 5B and lightly fill in the areas that need shading, I then blend this all out either with my fingers or a paper blending pencil.

For smaller shading I like to use a clay shaper.

These little tools are ideal for blending around the eyes, nose, mouth and ears.

At this point its just finishing off all the little details like the crown and the hair.

Now that I’ve drawn it I’m also going to put it through photoshop to get the exact look I want but for the moment this is what I’ve got :)

Review: Illamasqua Masquara

Disclaimer: Item provided for review. All opinions are my own.

A few days ago I received a package from Illamasqua.

Hehe I was hoping it was going to be a bit of a sneak peak into the up coming Theatre if the Nameless. It ended up being the mascara from the upcomming collection but no more information about the collection *sigh*.

The bottle kind of suprised me.

Maybe I half expected to see some amazing intricate mascara bottle that was was a piece of art in it’s own right, but it’s was just a simple black tube.

It has quite a large brush (similar it size to the Maybelline Colossal mascara), nothing unusual.

Basics:

  • £18.00
  • Cruelty-Free
  • Shade Black (Raven)
  • Part of the upcoming Theatre of the Nameless collection

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, our new Masquara in Raven (midnight black) reveals a heart of darkness with a new formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises to extremes. The happy union of our unique brush design and new smudge-proof formula ensures lashes can last the whole night through

To demonstrate how well/or not the the mascara worked I decided to take shots of my eye lashes before and after applying the mascara.

It applies quite well, it can be slightly sticky so you have to be careful to not let your lashes stick together. Overall though I didn’t notice a tone of difference, it slightly darkened my lashes and gave a bit more length, but nothing that blew my mind.

Conclusion:

This is an ok mascara. It didn’t wow me, I do think though that it’s a bit of a steep of a price to charge for a mascara that only really gives a natural look to the lashes.

That being said I am still looking forward to the Theatre of the Nameless collection even if it’s just for the pictures.

Review: Blend Perfection Sponge

I spotted this one in Super drug around 2-3 months ago instantly thought about the raved Beauty Blender and the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, I figured these were the UK dupes so I bought one.

Now personally I have never tried either of the US versions so regrettably I cannot compare this one to them, but I normally use disposable sponges for applying my BB Cream and personally I am not a fan of disposable stuff.

I like products which are hard wearing and last, so I decided to give this product a go.

Basics:

  • £4.95
  • Latex Free

I ended up buying two of these around 4 months apart. I had read on some blogs that the Beauty Blender (or the Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, I can’t remember which) had dissolved in the inside, so I wanted to test this out thoroughly to make sure that it wasn’t the case with these sponges.

I’m happy to say that did not happen with these. They apply foundation beautifully!

The method I prefer the most is to dampen the sponge and then stipple foundation onto the skin with it.

They expand quite a lot when soaked so just dampen it, don’t soak it. It’s not too hard to wash the foundation off them, my favorite method is to use an old makeup remover I don’t like and use that to squeeze the foundation off.

Conclusion:

If you’re a fan of applying foundation (or BB Creams) with a sponge these are fantastic and save you a lot of money in the long run.

You can buy this in Superdrug or online at www.superdrug.com or at www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

Review: BB Skin 79

On a day-to-day basis I cannot be bothered with makeup, I’d rather spend that time in bed.

But for those days where I have to go into Uni I like to wear a BB cream to protect my skin from all the rubbish in the air.

I know this is slightly off topic but one day I did little test to see how much dirt built up on my skin when I go to Uni compared to a normal day…it was disgusting!

After that I’ve started to wear a BB cream to protect my skin and I noticed a massive improvement to my skin.

I bought this one after my sister bought herself one and started raving about it. I had just finished my Misha BB cream and although I liked it, after pinching a bit of Nicky’s I was sold and bought my self one.

A funny thing I noticed is that my skin just seems to absorb it. Every night when I clean my face it’s like my skin has eaten most of the BB cream.

I bought this one on e-bay (no shocker there) and it arrived within 2 weeks, which was surprising considering it came from South Korea.

Basics:

  • Good for your skin
  • £11.10 (postage included)
  • Sleek packaging
  • Bought on e-bay
  • Comes with two sachets and a small tube

Despite being stupidly pale this BB works for my skin tone, it’s not a perfect match, but with a bit of blending it’s fine.

The only con I can think of is I can’t find any information regarding whether they are cruelty-free or not.

I haven’t found anything to imply that they are not cruelty free which is a good sign, but I have sent an email to the company to be able to know for sure if they are cruelty free.

I will update this post when I receive their reply :)

Thoughts on a Movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

There aren’t that many films that I watch and think “Wow that was good!!”, this was one of those movies.

To be honest when I first heard that they were filming another Planet of the apes movie I was really expecting it to be awful. I didn’t like the Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2001) at all, and just felt like they should leave the original films alone.

The only thing that really made we watch this version was the fact that Andy Serkis and James Franco were staring in it and Weta Digital were doing the effects.

Long story short…THIS IS A FANTASTIC MOVIE!

What I loved about it was how much it paid tribute to the original moves, the part were Cesar yells “No!”……goosebumps!

They some how managed to write a story which could be a completely new start to the series, while still paying tribute to the original moves.

The acting was fantastic, Serkis was phenomenal as usual, and while we’re on the topic of the acting…the film did kind of make me wonder what Tom Felton would be like acting as a good guy.

Seeing him with a tan was weird enough, but I kept half expecting him to pull out a wand and start dueling with Cesar…hehe…it’s only a matter of time till someone dose a spoof of that now on You Tube.

 

 

Interview with Red

I’m incredibly late in announcing this (my excuse is that I needed to get my blog up and running smoothly: )

But a few months ago I did an interview with the incredibly nice Red from Talks One The Tubes.

Through out the video I was working on a rough cyborg look…hehe…if you want to see the final look you’ll have to watch the video ;)

And part 2 :)


If there are any other You Tubers you want to see Red interview why don’t you drop them a message as see if they would want to? No harm in asking and you might get to see them interviewed! :D

Making Arwens’ Crown

I’ve been planning to do a tutorial for Arwen for ages and I’m finally getting around to it! :D

So far I have the costume and the evenstar, but the crown was a little bit more tricky.

I’d been searching around e-bay for a while to find something that worked but they were either accurate (with a price tag to match) or just horribly inaccurate.

Finally I found a crown which was close enough from a seller called unfauxgettabledesigns.

While not completely accurate I knew I could fiddle with it to make it more accurate, so I went ahead and bought it and went to hobby craft to buy some chains and crystals.

What I bought:

  • 3 one meter low nickel chains (two thin and one thicker)
  • 5mm Jump Ring (silver hoops)
  • Swarovski Crystals 6mm (roughly 10)

What I used:

  • Pliers (try and use the rounded tipped ones so you don’t scratch the jewellry)
  • Old broken crystal necklace
  • Unused earring hooks

You do not have to buy what I did to re-create this. If you have any silver necklaces that you don’t like anymore lying around use those up.

Any glass or crystal broken necklaces? Use those on the crown :)

The main thing with this crown (if you decide to re-create it) is to have a few chains hanging down the sides with crystal or glass beads on the end, and then have several chains hanging down the back of your head.

So long as you stick to the basic structure of the original crown you will still get that elven look to it :)

 

Personalising Your Mobile

A few days ago I was flicking through an old Elle magazine of my sisters and I saw this advert with butterflies in it.

I seemed like a bit of a shame to chuck it so I thought I would do a blog post showing you how to personalise your mobile.

First thing you want to do is cut out the pictures you want on your mobile. It’s easier to cut it out roughly first and then neatly cut it out.


Once you have done this you want to plan out how you want it to be laid out on your mobile.

Take a few minutes to play around with where you want to  position it before you decide, the last thing you want to do is stick it down and then change your mind.

With any clear nail varnish cover the cut out with nail varnish (going over the edges) and one by one stick down the cut outs.

Something you can do which looks quite nice is to overlay the cut outs, just make sure you neatly cut off the parts you don’t want to be covering the underlying cut out.

The best way to do this is to half stick it down and then with a craft knife, carefully, cut it off.

Next take the clear nail varnish again and line around the cut outs and stick rhinestones on to this using a wet cotton bud to pick them up.

Once you’ve done this you can just leave the rhinestones outlining the cut-outs or you can fill in all the empty space.


Another nice detail is to paint a bit of glitter nail varnish (I used Barry M Lavender Nail Paint) on the middle of the cut-outs as a highlight.

And you’re done! :D
You can leave it simple like the one above or you can really bling it out and cover the whole back like the one bellow.

Tips:

  • It’s better to do stuff like this on a cover rather than on the actual phone.
  • DON’T try and use nail varnish remover on the phone (if you do it on the phone). I destroyed my first mobile by accidentally spilling nail varnish on it so don’t do it!

Hope some of you enjoyed this :) <3

Random Doodles Pt.3

While I’m on a role of showing step by step how I create my title backgrounds I thought I’d show you this one I designed.

I started out with just a simple black page (in Photoshop) and then with the paint tool began layering colours over each other and drawing each little star.

This is what it looked like about an hour in.

The whole piece took 5 hours in total, each single little star had to be drawn so by the end of it I was pretty sick of stars.

So this is what the final piece looked like…

I was a little bit annoyed that this one took me so long and you only see it in the E.T. makeup tutorial for 3 seconds so I’m planning on using this one again for a Galaxy (the cluster of stars not the chocolate) inspired look.

Hopefully you’ll see this one again :)

Random Doodles Pt.2

For this one I wanted to show you roughly how I go through making my title backgrounds.

In my last post I showed you this design which I had been working on for the title background of an Arabic makeup series I want to do.

Once I’ve drawn roughly what I want I take a picture and work on it in Photoshop, I tend to make several versions of a piece till I settle on my favorite.

The first few tries are always rubbish, but after trying a few times I finally get it to look how I want it to.

Normally when I finish working on a piece I leave it alone for a few hours and then look at it again.

When you’ve been working on something for a few hours you tend to miss all the flaws and it’s only by taking a step back or getting a second opinion that you’ll see what needs improvement.

My main beef with this one is that all the patterns I had drawn had just gotten “lost”, also I wasn’t overly fond of the colour.

I wanted the colour to look like the light from a sunset in the desert on a palace wall, and this just didn’t quite cut it.

I had a similar issues with this version.

The colours were just too much and not subtle at all, also the patterns were completely lost and not as noticeable as I wanted them to be.

I finally settled on this one,  I might tweak it a bit more before I use it in a video but overall it’s got the feel I’m looking for :)