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HowlCon Canceled (but look at the cool stuff I started on anyway)

Published January 21, 2016 by baileyquillincooper

Yup. I had a bad feeling about it too…I was already approved as a vendor for 2016 but the later on in the year as it got without another reply from the Con Alpha about my application invoice, the more I had started to worry that there had been another problem with attendance or the venue. Last year’s turnout in February was actually pretty good, but the venue was the Red Lion Hotel just over the bridge in Washington, making it pretty easy to get to for the all of the attendees who were mostly coming from Portland, myself included. Then on Halloween of last year that hotel closed down forever. HowlCon was re-homed to the Red Lion in Kelso, Washington, which I guess is this far out little town that I’ve never even heard of. Unfortunately from what I have just heard this totally zapped the attendance so they’re having to cancel the event. I’ve heard rumors of a possible future reschedule later in the year if the right venue and time slot are found, but since those are just rumors, I’ve decided to pump the brakes on making my inventory for Lycanthrope Cosmetics until further notice. I do still have my children’s book (Kris and Krampus Kringle) and a few corresponding dolls and/or puppets to make in the meantime.

Anyway, I spent a good part of the weekend working on the first round of my inventory so I’ll show you what I had so far. I started with the slush cast latex werewolf snouts that I ordered from NorthFurFX. They were all unpainted to begin with so I started on the paint jobs. I paint my prosthetics using my own technique I’ve developed that involves many layers of thin glazes of water-based paints, which unlike the oil-based stuff, does not erode the latex over time. The paints I use are usually a mixture of acrylic paints, water-based enamel paints, and gloss varnish. I had a few wolf noses, a fox nose, and also a small domestic cat nose that I believe was made by Woochie. I had planned out the corresponding fur patterns for all of them as well, but I hadn’t made it past the painting stage when I heard the news. One of them I hadn’t even painted yet, so I left it blank for the future or for a “before” photo comparison. Here they are unpainted with the fur colors I was thinking about using for each one. I know a lot of people with colorful hair so I figured why not experiment with some of my crazier colors for a change?

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Here they are as I began to paint them in assembly line fashion:

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And here’s some individual close ups, with the different skin tones and corresponding fur combinations I was planning. My own previously completed werewolf nose with light skin, dark brown/pink fur, and a pierced nose, above one of the newly painted noses of a similar skin color that’s eventually going to have a medium brownish/ash blonde fur, possibly with subtle little streaks of rainbow colors:

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Another much darker, medium/tan skin nose that will have a combination of silver and dark brown fur in the future, pictured with an unpainted nose:

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In contrast a very pale, ivory colored nose with freckles for someone with a naturally fair/pinkish skin tone. This one will have light blonde and white fur for an albino wolf look:

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As a general rule, animals with freckles on their noses or tongues are the cutest thing ever.

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Here’s my werefox nose, aka Huli Jing to the Chinese and Kitsune to the Japanese. They have a lot of shapeshifting fox spirits in their mythologies. It will have your typical red fox fur pattern when completed.

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And lastly, here’s the werecat, which will have that tawny rust orange tabby patterned fur when finished:

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One last group photo before I pack it all up ’till next time:

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Oh yeah, and one more bonus pic–my drink of choice while I was doing all this was an odd combination of aquavit and grapefruit juice with a squirt of lime!

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It’s really too bad, I had been a little reluctant to start on this after I just finished my last big project, but once I got into in I realized that they were coming out really well…I just love painting textures and interesting color blends like this. At least they will “save” just fine until HowlCon reschedules or until Halloween, when I’ll just plan to start up my Etsy store regardless. For now I guess it’s also better that I focus on the more important bigger projects that I’ve kind of had on hold since before I made all those Christmas gifts. As soon as I clean up the mountain of fur, paint, and rubber noses off of my art desk you’ll be seeing me posting back on here again…hopefully, very, very soon!

 

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Lycanthrope Cosmetics: Business Cards and More

Published January 13, 2016 by baileyquillincooper

I wanted to post about this last week, but I was tied up with work and then totally emotionally wrecked by David Bowie’s passing…he really meant a lot to me, like I know he also did to so many people all over the world (see my tribute to him in my last post.) Moving forward, the weekend of February 6th-7th I am going to be a vendor at a werewolf-themed horror convention in Washington called HowlCon, so my next mini-project is going to be making my inventory. I will be selling my custom-painted, hyperrealistic prosthetic werewolf ears, snouts, and noses, as well as a few other cute monster-themed accessories, all under the name Lycanthrope Cosmetics. It’s a little company that I have come up with just for this occasion, but since I plan on producing a considerable amount of prosthetics and other items I will also be creating a separate Etsy store after the fact that is just for Lycanthrope Cosmetics. My custom werewolf prosthetics were always such a huge hit whenever I had them in Quarley’s Shop, especially around Halloween, so I want there to be a way for people to still order them after the convention is over. Last week I drew up a business card logo just for Lycanthrope Cosmetics and this event. It’s based off of those classic salon window decals from the 80’s. This one in particular, actually:

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This is the line work for the image that I came up with:

Lycanthrope Cosmetics Logo in progress

Here is the finished card. I designed the logo image like I mentioned, and my husband Martyn did all the text and layout. Front:

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Back:

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Get it? Haha.

Oh, and here are some photos of some of the custom noses and ears I have painted for clients in the past. This first picture is an example of some of the popular fur color variations that I have done:

Werewolf Ears Color Variations

I always start with the Woochie and Don Post latex costume prosthetics that you can get discounted from Halloween shops or occasionally in bulk quantities online. The overall structure and material of those latex pieces that you can buy in the store is pretty great, but they always either come unpainted or airbrushed in some horrible flat band-aid pink skin tone that no human being actually is. I’ve developed a few techniques to do a complete repaint on the pieces to match real skin tones and sheen/texture, and then I hand-glue fur sprouting from the ears and noses for some added realism. I also normally custom make each prosthetic to order, so I will literally match each of my client’s exact skin tone and hair/fur color if they send me a reference picture of themselves. Below are two past clients and their corresponding pieces:

Custom Werewolf Color Matching

I’ve got to make a whole inventory of prosthetics for the event, so I’m just going to make sure that I’ve got a good selection of skin tones and fur color combinations for people to choose from. In addition to what I call my classic Wolfman style noses and ears like I’ve posted above, I will also be offering some larger style ears and a few custom elongated werewolf snouts like the one I made for my more realistic, An American Werewolf in London inspired, mid-transformation werewolf getup. The snouts are also a latex prosthetic that was sculpted and cast by a Canadian company called NorthFurFX.  They’re really well-made and so striking when worn. This is what mine looks like when it’s not on my face…the one in the foreground is the most recent incarnation that I made for last year’s Howl Con:

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I had even added one of my nose rings to the left nostril because I’m all about the small details! This is more or less what it looks like on me when I wear it:

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Yep, I even got myself a big dish of beef chow mein. I’m hilarious.

So yeah, I gotta make a lot of werewolf ears, noses, and snouts. I’m also going to make a few new interesting variants that I’ve never made, like some crazy-colored fur pieces and the the full snout version of a kitsune/huli jing, the Japanese/Chinese were-fox. Also some additional neat jewelry and accessories to fit the theme like I mentioned. It’s going to be a lot of work in not a lot of time. I’m somewhat concerned yet very excited about it. My husband Martyn and I are actually going to be sharing a booth so it should make for an easier setup at least. He’s going to be selling buttons like he usually does through his job at PORK Magazine/Goblinko Megamall and his own personal button business Power Pop Pins, only he’s going to be selling an especially made werewolf-themed inventory under the name Big Bad Buttons. He probably will bring a few PORK buttons and patches with us as well because Sean Aaberg has drawn several of his designs based off of the Universal monsters, and since this year marks the 75th anniversary of Lon Chaney Jr. as The Wolfman, it seems kinda appropriate.

Anyway, that’s pretty much a summary of all that’s going on right now…I’ll be back later right after I kick some serious painted latex ass.