Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Drawings that influence Scarification and Tattoo patterns

Using books on African art and culture , I looked at there everyday hunting objects aswell as there ceramics , this gave me the basis to begin sketching patterns for scarification or tattooing on my final image.  
I think the left hand image would look good on the shoulder and the following image down the arm as to symbolise tattooing.

I used scarification from other African people to sketch out the designs of these images , I feel these would also look good down the arm . The only problem I now feel I have with large tattoo or scarification is that they take quite a long time to complete and in the 3 hour time limit to complete the hair and make up it would be a massive rush to get these designs perfect in a large scale . I may choose to use parts of these designs in a simple form on smaller areas of body .

Hair practice for editorial

I used traditional vase sculptures as inspiration for the shape in my editorial image , I like how the hair and the handle create circular movement , this made me think of the other circular shapes I have previously researched . I also like how this has brought my research back to my initial starting point , I began this project looking at ceramics pots , these have influenced my research alot as I am obsessed with texture.

This is my hair practise for my editorial shoot , I want to create a modern version of a classic tribal style . The buns are to represent the circular shapes that I have notice throughout my research into all the tribes . I feel it would look great if in my final image I could attach crepe hair into the buns and then crimp the hair before forming the buns . This will add colour and texture the hair which will represent the tribal hair styles that I have researched.
I will pull the hair in to the centre alot tighter and neater to give a sheer and glossy finish I will also use hairspray .
I am very happy with the result of this image I would like to experiment further with this style in different positions . I will also look into the colour scheme of the crepe hair I will be using .

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Ernst Haeckel

After researching Marios Schwab collection I found that the collection had been hevily influenced by artist Ernst Haeckel , his work is so beautiful and I am so pleased that I found this work .

Ernst used his knowledge in biology , zoology and many other things to create a collection of beautiful images . Although this is not entirely tribal the patterns which are produced are from natural forms , which are in the natural habitats of the tribal communities .
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 This reminds me of a basket which has been created by weaved bamboo , it fascinates me that this is a in depth drawing of a natural form. The detail that has been captured make me wonder what we miss by not looking close enough . This also could reflect in my shoot as there could be more to the image than at first glance, such as small details in the hair and accessories
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I would like to use the detailed images in my future drawings , I believe if i look into the animals that surround the tribes that I have been researching I would get some amazing patterns.
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These drawings remind me of the habitats that the tribal communities live in and it is clear how they have evolved using the animals in their environments .

Marios Schwab Spring/Summer 2013

Marios Schwab Spring/Summer 2013 

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 There is no denying the influence of this catwalk show just by looking at one image which is something I really want to recreate, the instant recognisition of tribalism. Schwab was inspired by 20th Century Navaho and the natural forms. Taking alot of inspiration fronm the surroundings of the amazon including the bees and their natural habitat.

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The hair in this show is very simple which I like , the middle parting creates a powerful line down the centre of the head . The long hair which has been extended using clip in extentions looks like a warrior princess , very Pocahontas .

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I like how the clothing looks like a tribal outfit with the colours and the designs , the bottom half of the dress appears to look like a skirt that tribal communities wear. The patterned lines around the chest area remind me of scarification , this is a great way of representing scars as sometimes they may appear to much on the skin itself .

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Val Garland was the lead Make up artist for this show , the inspiration Garland used was modern warrior . I think this make up instantly looks tribal and fierce . I can see this would be striking from the audience and works well with the clothing. The skin looks natural and pure , I would like to achieve this in my base for my shoots as I feel the tribes would not wear a normal base of foundation it will be their normal skin tones.

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brillant to see the movement in the styling , which reflects why the hair and make needs to be so solid and rigid. It also makes me realise that it is not just the overall styling that makes the theme complete in a fashion show but also the music which was produced by  Rafael Wallon-Brownstone .

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Kayapo tribe

Kayapo tribe are based in the eastern Amazon with a population of only a couple of thousand , they are under constant attack from cattle hunters and illegal loggers . They believe that their ancestors learnt civilisation from animals which is why these markings are now painted on the body . They also wear headdress as they believe in the universe which is why there headdress are circular and so are their buildings . These buildings are made from thatch palmed roofs with no room separation they all sleep on hammocks. They believe that if you look across a lagoon at dawn a man on a white horse will be visible in a knights armour . they also believe that the dead all join at a community where during the day they will sleep and at night they go out and hunt for food . The adults turn into children and the children turn to adults . All religious ceremonies are intertwined with everyday life however they do hold ceremonies for coming of age and naming ceremonies .  Men normally marry between 2 to 3 wives of which he may have several children with each this is encourage to keep the population of the tribe up . 

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This is a video displaying how the lip plate is used in daily life .

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The clothing that they wear consist of coloured cloth around their abdomen , bead, shell and cotton bands are also worn . The headdress are made from bright colour feathers , the chiefs just ear yellow feathers to replicate the sun . 

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The Kapayo believe that bee's helped their ancestors so this is a popular design created on the skin .

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I would really like to give the impression that a lip ring has been inserted into my models lip i would like to look into this and practice a few ideas that I have .

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Geometric shapes are painted as well as markings in the colours black and red . These two colours agianst the bright colours of their clothing and accessories looks amazing .

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Hair development

I create these looks using polystyrene balls it was very simple an easy to do . It is something I would like to do for my final images . I would like to recreate a hair style from a sculpture that I am currently researching , this will be incorporated with the headdress I am currently making . 

I added crepe hair to cover the bobbles , I like how this has added colour and texture , this will look amazing captured in the shoot . 

I then dragged the crepe hair down the pony tail which created  a dread lock style . This was just out of luck that this appeared as I went to pull the crepe hair out . 

I stuffed the hair with a donut shape that pulled the hair back onto it , I then weaved the crepe hair over the shape . I like this weaved effect I think it would look better if it was tighter and more crepe hair . 

Hair Sculptures

This is a collection I have gathered of tribal hair sculptures , these are the only real reference to how the hair would have been in the past and now. 

This was a sculpture I found at the Horniman museum in London , I really like the plaits and the pattern they have created alongside the scarification . The height in this hair is something I want to recreate , I would achieve this using wire or stuffing, it is something I would have to practise.

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This hair appear to be braided following the contours of the head , it then looks as though a headdress has been worn or the hair has been adorned with jewellery . Again these are circular shapes which I have found is very common shape amongst tribes . I also would like to recreate the round fat dread locks that look like spikes, I could achieve this with stuffing . 
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This Sculpture has an interesting Kriss Cross pattern , this could be a good hair style to trail , as this also reflects the environment they live in , as many tribes create their homes out of weaved wood . The large point could be recreated with polystyrene balls or flatten polystyrene .

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The sounds that must come from the mask must be amazing every time the head is turned the mask will make a unique noise . I think this would be difficult to recreate as I would not know how to attach the metal cylinders to the hair. 

Developing Scarification

I am trying to work out the most realistic way of representing scarification on the skin , in the following images I have used lentils, rice, PVA glue, Latex. I created the designs by looking in designs on the bodies, textiles and ceramics .

First ever attempt and I hate it !! It looks like rice on the arm I think this is due to the rice being to thick and clumped together . I did not realise it would appear like this on the skin , I know next time I would have to do a delicate design.

I added colour to the lentils which made it look worse , I think scarification should be just one colour, shadows can be enhanced, but I think adding strong colour just does not work for the effect I was hoping for .

This was the scarification with no make up on .

I then added foundation to cover the rice and lentils , I think it looks ummmm ..... OK , but it is not something i would like to take further , I don't feel it looks realistic enough . I would rather build up a design that looks like skin . This would probably look like skin on the catwalk but i feel it would be too time consuming for the time limit that I have and it would also easily come off it the model changed clothes .

This is something I keep reminding my self as I would like the hands to be in the image and I believe this brief really let's me be very experimental with how the hands can be used in terms of make up .

When creating this design I looked at the ceramic pots , these are designed by the women of the family and often mirror the same pattern as their scarification on the skin . 

I used Duo to create this design , I think it worked really well as it is easy to control with the small application hole . I also prefer this as it drys like skin rather that the rice that still looks alien to the skin. I did cover the skin with foundation once the Duo had dried however I found that it was too thick, next time I would like to add primer to the foundation .

This was a patch of latex that I placed on the skin , that I then scratched the latex and this was the outcome. I really like the effect it has given , this was very quick to achieve which would be good for either image .