Well, long time, no type again. I’m not so great at this stuff, but hey, at least I’m trying. So, it’s been another couple of long, work-filled months. I’ve worked on numerous things - crazy mini series, car commercials, fancy editorial type shoots, VIP party makeups, new work theatrical pieces, powdered wigs, suffrage documentaries, and the list goes on and on……..on top of teaching two wonderful classes, Advanced Makeup Design and Wig Making, at St. Edward’s University, my home base for so many years. I am so thankful for each and every one of these jobs, and I just wanted to share some of the lovely images that I’ve been able to collect throughout these last few months. Click through, and enjoy!
This is coming way late, but a few months ago, I was contacted by Stage Directions magazine, a national magazine about the art and technology of the theatre, about doing an interview for their September/October issue. What a compliment!
Though some of the interview, I felt like, was a little ad-libbed, and I have never failed a class in my life as it was stated in the article, it turned out to be a really great piece about my life as a makeup, hair, and wig designer, and some of my philosophies on life and teaching. The interviewer was a super rad lady that I really enjoyed talking to, and no matter what, I’m always going to be really happy about receiving the press…….especially because I’m always working my butt off to improve my situation (and to fund my makeup, art, and travel addictions).
Any who, here is the link, enjoy, and until next time! <3
I’ve been doing a ton of wigs lately for my normal gig, St. Edward’s University, in Austin, Texas, where I’ve been the unofficial wigmaster/wig designer for the last 13+ years, and for the University of Texas at Austin. I just wanted to share a few pics of what’s been going on in my world. We just wrapped up The Three Musketeers at the Mary Moody Northen Theater, and I also worked on a new works piece called Flora Circular and Three Shitty Sons for the theater at the University of Texas Theatre and Dance Department……..and I finally GOT TO DO A POWDERED WIG! Man, I am so psyched about it - it turned out just lovely. I also got to do a ZIGGY STARDUST WIG! Could it get any better??!? David Bowie is one of my favorites ever, and what a fun challenge. I’ve also been teaching my Advance Makeup Design class again, which is always a blast, and a new Wig Making and Styling class at SEU. It’s been tough getting a new class started, but everyone is doing really well in it, and it’s been super fun to do something new.
Any who, I’m not going to write your ear off, but what a cool couple of months of wigs. <3 <3 <3
Please click through the images, and enjoy!
I just wanted to share this super bad ass video called “The Zombie” I got to work on for Bacardi’s Halloween season marketing…….This might have been one of the most fun things that I’ve ever gotten to work on! I got to do more special effect sorts of makeups, which was super refreshing, and Voohres Photography (they’ve created and shot a number of the “O”s for Oprah magazine - yes, those are real “O”s!) are also a blast to work with. Working as a team, Adam and Robin Voohres, do most of the effects that you see in this video in house - meaning minor use of After Effects or Photoshop. They build giant contraptions in their studio that we all get to interact with. It’s pretty amazing. They also really respect the artists on their team, which I so appreciate.
For my part of this, I realistically painted the zombie hands, created, painted, and applied zombie fingernails (super fun!), and there was also actually a pretty crazy pre-made prosthetic that didn’t make the cut (phew - I’m sharing a picture, but it turned out looking crazy. Pieces that are not custom made are never my go-to’s).
For the zombie hands, first I used some Tinsley spfx transfers that I have never used before and a few silicone appliances that I had leftover from Toxic Elephant Studios. The Tinsley transfers were great once on, but were really cumbersome to figure out and make it work. They adhere like fake temporary tattoos……but they aren’t sent to you set up. I wasted about half of them trying to get the adhesion paper in the right spot - ended up a little pissed. With that said, they ended up looking really killer once I was finished. I would buy them again.
After I applied all the none bloodied cuts and wounds to the hands, I airbrushed and painted them with mainly Skin Illustrator alcohol palettes and their liquid colors. This took me forever, due to the detail. For commercial, you don’t want things to go too gory, so you have to find that fine balance between blood all over the place (I mean, they “live” to eat people) and more, what I feel like, is a cartoon version of a zombie. This also really needed to be stylized to fit into the world of the awesome sets that the Voohres team built.
After all the painting was totally done and set, I applied my dope zombie fingernails. I literally bought a giant pack of press-ons from Sally’s beauty supply, and sanded the shine down, cut them to look crooked, and used a rasp to create divots and bumps in the overall texture of them. Once they were the right shape and texture, I painted them with the Skin Illustrator Necromania and FX palettes.
Lastly, I applied the facial prosthetic………I’m not going to go too much into that since it’s not in the short, nor did it really look that great on. I should have prepainted it with PAX paints, but I ran out of time, because the fingernails took such a long time to get together.
I’ve also attached some behind the scenes photos of the shoot! Close ups of the fingernails, and a picture of the zombie face…….any who, enjoy! And follow my work and travels on Instagram at @taracooperartist.
So, I'm a bit late with this one, but I have been the most busy in these last couple of months. I just wanted to share with everyone that back in May, I got invited to help out with the Zach Scott Theater's Red, Hot, & Soul gala again after a four year hiatus, and it was, yet again, ONE OF MY FAVORITE JOBS EVER. Ever. The designs that they always ask me to do are the most fun, the actors and performers that I get the lucky opportunity to work with are always so freaking great, and it's such a massive job that I always feel like a literal superhuman being after the gig wraps up. This year they asked me to body paint a literal Picasso masterpiece on someone as a "living work of art"........to say it was difficult wasn't even the half of it. What an awesome challenge.
First off, it's a long makeup. This body paint took about 6 hours to totally finish. Then, as an artist, you don't want to regurgitate some other makeup design that another artist has done - so, I did a lot of research, and put some different strokes on it to make this body paint "my own". I also haven't body painted in probably 5 years, so I was worried about being a bit rusty. With all of that said, I feel like I totally killed it. We used Kryolan Aqua paints, and I went out and bought a bunch of proper large paint brushes. The makeup was the best. It stayed on like a dream, didn't streak with sweat, didn't stain, and there wasn't a need for a setting spray. I didn't even need to powder anything. I am now a Kryolan user for life - I already was one, but now I'm for real. That makeup was literally the absolute best thing to use for this project.
Anyways, I just had to share some behind the scenes pics from the event. I just loved these looks so much. Thanks for reading, and be sure to click through to see all the details of the work, and some other showgirls that I helped get into character. :)
Last weekend, I was privileged enough to be hired for Hennessy/Moet to style their models and VIP clients for their largest awards gala of their year, and for a company that knows how to bring the class and the party such as Hennessy, this gala was not a disappointment. Held at the La Cantera Spa and Resort in the beautiful hills of San Antonio with attendees from all over the country, the ambiance was streaming with elegance. I had to put together a team of hair and makeup artists for the models and VIP attendees of the party.
I could not be more proud of the work that we produced for the event! Everyone looked gorgeous, their makeup and hair were flawless, and the VIPs, all in floor length ball gowns, looked incredible in their looks! I've attached a few pictures of the event to see our beautiful work! Special thanks to the hair and makeup artists that helped me tremendously during the event - Tanya Kinney, Tierney Kersey, Jennifir Kammerer, Daisy Maldonado, and Kelley Alba! I couldn't have done this without them! <3 <3 <3
Long time, no blog. Lol. Well, I've been busy - traveling (I went to Russia!!! and the Baltics!!! and Scandinavia!!! and Greece!!!), and working, working, working, so, I haven't had much time to write.
With that said, I have some exciting ads that I did hair and makeup for coming out, and the first one to launch is a campaign for the newly designed 2018 Ford Mustang. We worked for a week in the hot Austin, Texas summer, and the results are something to be proud of. Jane Black, who was just amazing, did the styling, while the Patrick and Marlyne Curtet of Curtet Photography & Motion shot everything. It was an awesome experience, and I am in such awe of all the talent that I got to work with on this.
Any how, enjoy the photos (the entire 2018 Ford Mustang gallery that I worked on can be found at: http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/2018/gallery/) and I'll keep posting all of the upcoming news and events that are happening in my life and work. :)
Well, this can go down as one of the more odd jobs that I've done in my career. Earlier this week, I was hired to realistically paint various limbs for a cover shoot for Standard Pacific magazine. It was such a blast!
I used a combo of Liquitex and FW inks, Golden Acrylic High Flow, and Premiere Product's Skin Illustrator, which is an alcohol-based waterproof makeup. These limbs actually started out being those super crappy Halloween props that are pre-painted with those sort of caveman-looking bones sticking out the ends of them. The prop designer/art director for the shoot cut off the ugly bones and stripped them down with a citrus stripper, and it turned out really remarkable. Once they were stripped and cleaned out, they were filled with red paint and plaster.......and turned out pretty amazing. I wish I could take credit for that part of this process - it was so clever, and really turned these terrible Halloween props into something really usable. I then took over, painting them for days with different types of natural/latex-free/orange sponges and various tiny brushes, in order to really capture all of the minute details in real human limbs - i.e. veins, cuticle colors, mottling the base colors to represent blood flow and differentiations in skin tones, etc. I can easily say that this is one of the projects that I am most proud of. Painting realistically is really, really difficult, and I was up for the challenge, and they turned out pretty rad. Even in person, they have a really creepy "real" feel to them. The magazine comes out in November, and I'll post it when I get it in!
Click through the pics to see some detailed images of all of the limbs. Thanks for reading! :)
We just wrapped Rooster Teeth's Day 5, Season 2!!! It debuts in August, and the teaser trailer is already out! Working with Rooster Teeth is always a new, totally bonkers, and creative experience, and this time around, it was no different. After 64 days of shooting in and around Austin and the desert of Alpine, Texas, we're finally done with our crazy, fun, and long journey. This season has a ton more action, drama, and crazy new characters. I'll be regularly posting updates, so please check back soon! Below, I've attached is the teaser trailer for Season 2. Enjoy - we are so proud of this one! :)
I know that I haven't updated the blog in a while - I've been busy working on the second season of Rooster Teeth's Day 5, but now tragedy has hit. While we were off shooting in Alpine, Texas for the last month, my little puppy, Nori, got out of the backyard on April 11th and seemingly disappeared into thin air. He's my little sidekick, and I am quite devastated. If you're in the Austin area, please, please, please try to take a look around for my sweetheart.
Here is the scoop:
He's a fixed Australian Shepard mix that weighs about 12 pounds. He's merle colored, aka marbled-looking black, white, and gray, with bright brown eyes, and he has a very distinctive pink and black nose. He's a bit skittish, but wouldn't ever bite, so if you see him somewhere, please give me a ring immediately at 469-583-3138.
There is a substantial reward being offered as well. I just want my puppy back! Thanks in advance, I hope this tragedy turns around soon, because I am just devastated right now. I love him so much.
So, another semester came to an end at SEU, and my heart is so full. My classes, both my freshman makeup skills and my upperclassmen Advanced Makeup Design, were so successful this entire semester, and my students all totally killed it. I am so impressed.
My final exams ended yesterday, and here are some pics from their projects that my Advanced Makeup Design class did, some process shots of them working, and some other pictures of my classes throughout the semester. My Advanced Makeup Design final involved my students breaking down a script, designing 4 key characters, and then executing the most creative character out of the bunch. They had to use multiple techniques that we had learned throughout the class, and most of them actually incorporated new techniques that they had to research to learn how to do. I guided them through most of their designs, and helped them finesse their newly learned techniques. It turned out so fantastic. I am totally wowed right now by their achievements this semester.
We had so much fun! I going to miss these students so much - what a great batch this semester. So much talent! I love my job! <3
At the beginning of the month, I was part of the Living Line art show at Wet Salon and Studio on South Congress. It was my 9th time to show at the salon. It is such a sentimental space for me, and unfortunately due to the building they are located in being torn down in Spring 2017, our show will be the last to grace their walls, which is a real honor. I was joined with the likes of illustrators Ami Plasse and Leola Perez, and our opening was a hit! I sold most of my smaller pieces and a couple of my larger prints.
I also finished Monsieur Squidsy, my rad hand-carved squid sculpture! It's made of basswood, canarywood, tire wire, and mini soaker hoses, and it took me forever to finish. I'm pretty ecstatic with the finished product, and I'm also pretty ecstatic to start on another wooden piece.
I'll keep this short, but my work will be up through February 2017. Wet Salon is located at 1109 S. Congress 78704. Go check it out during their business hours if you get a chance!
Rooster Teeth's Crunch Time premieres today! This is the show that I was Department Head Makeup on almost exactly a year ago, and it was such a fantastic experience. A fun, crazy, eccentric concept with kind of an 80s flair to the style of it, Crunch Time was an uber creative, funny, and bold production to work on. It brings something new to the table, and the production design by Stephen Fay totally killed it. I did makeups on characters from Killer Clowns and Goth Girls to Vampire Dentists and Abraham Lincoln for this one, and we collaborated with some fabulous actors and improvers from all over the place.
Here's Rooster Teeth's summary of the show:
"(WARNING: MATURE CONTENT) New comedy series from Rooster Teeth coming September 2016 for Rooster Teeth Sponsors. Crunch Time follows a group of grad students who use big science for petty purposes. After recklessly handling cutting-edge tech in their school lab, this brilliant team of jackasses create a small, but potentially world-ending black hole that grabs the attention of government operatives. Since the “wanna-be” scientists can’t pinpoint exactly where their experiment went wrong, they must work with the secret government agency, sent in to save the day, by detailing EVERY illegal thing they’ve done in the lab thus far."
Anyways, check out the show, we all worked really hard, and I think it totally killed it. Crunch Time has arrived!
Rooster Teeth's Day 5, the post-apocalyptic mini-series that we've been working on for the past few months, premieres today, and here's a great Indiewire article on how great it is! This is super exciting. We worked so hard to try and make this show so epic, and today is the day we find out. Click on the image or link below to be directly to one of Day 5's wonderful reviews, and check it out at 4:00 pm on youtube! I know I am! :) :) :)
Great editorial piece that I did the makeup for that’s being featured in this month’s GQ magazine! I am quite proud of this one……it’s such an experience to pick up a magazine in a store and see your work and your name in it. It’s also great to do a little basic spfx and have it seen vs. the normal “pretty” makeup - it’s a nice mix up. I did the sweat, dirt, scratches, rug burns, and eye blacks for this football player. It’s also shot by the super talented Adam Voorhes, and the freaking amazing props are made the his wife, the most wonderful Robin Finley. They totally killed it. Enjoy the article!
Well, I can't get the thumb nail to come up, because art is my thing and computers are not, but here is the article that Rooster Teeth wrote about the "Day 5" look that I created for the show! It's a cute little how-to for cosplayers and Rooster Teeth fans alike. What a cool compliment to my hard work and my design - I am totally excited about this! Any who, here's the link, check it out, and have a great day! :)
Long time, no blog. Sorry, folks. I have been crazy busy working as Department Head Makeup on Rooster Teeth's widely anticipated Day 5 digital tv series. Much like the Crunch Time mini-series that I did at the end of 2015, this show will be on Rooster Teeth's digital tv channel and be premiering June 19th (so soon! Eek!).
It's a post-apocalyptic set show about a sort of plague or virus (we haven't found out yet ourselves) that has come down upon the almost the entire population of the world......basically, if you fall asleep you die. This show follows around a group of survivors rushing to find the cause and the cure while time slips away.
I'm pretty excited for this show and extremely proud of the great work that we have all done. The show itself seems pretty epic just judging from what's happening during production, and we have some wonderful actors and crew to work with. My makeup is really stylized, and it's been odd to make our actors look more distressed and tired vs. beautiful and fresh faced. All in all, it's been a great experience.
So, with that said, enjoy the teaser trailer that I've posted along with this blog, and, on a side note, check out some of my artwork that I've done on set via my instagram @taracooperartist .
Today, I was lucky enough to take part in a wonderful photo shoot for Sweat Cosmetics with the wonderful gold medal Olympian Natasha Hastings for Sweat Cosmetics. It was so much fun! :) Natasha was a true joy to work with, and Sweat Cosmetics was such a great line to use and work with - they'll be available in Sephora stores soon. They're a workout oriented line created by athletes for athletes. Their mineral foundations come in easy to use magnetized travel brushes - making them easy to use without the mess. They're sweat and waterproof for up to 80 minutes, and the coverage is natural and pretty flawless. My friend Steve Moakley shot the images, and I can't wait to see the finished products! :)
Click on the images to check out done behind-the-scenes shots! :)
My bird that I've been gradually carving for over the last year is finally almost done!!! And I'm in love - this has by far been the most difficult piece that I have carved, but the most rewarding. She is carved out of basswood, and her neck is made from mahogany. It finally started coming to life a few weeks ago. The details were really time consuming, and my original design didn't work with the orientation of the wood, hence, why the tail is smaller than my original design, but overall she has a lot of personality in her style. After this, I'm planning on building a stop mouton puppet, so my carving is going to go by the wayside for a few months, but I'll update my site when Phoebe is finished being painted! :)
Thanks for checking her out! I've included a couple of process shots.
Just a quick note about a wonderful production that I had the great opportunity to do Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design for that is opening tonight at the Mary Moody Northen Theater on the St. Edward's University campus - The Government Inspector, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on a play by Nikolai Gogol, and directed by Michelle Polgar.
Tickets are available through the MMNT box office at 512-448-8484 or through the SEU website, www.stedwards.edu, and the production runs from February 11th - 21st, 2016.
Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you there!