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What Digital Makeup Actually Is And Why The Techniques Are Important

What Digital Makeup Actually Is And Why The Techniques Are Important

Have you noticed that movies have started to feel even more lifelike in recent years?  As well as improved technology such as cameras, editing software, sound and lightning techniques; there is one development that has helped this even more.  The important development we are going to discuss in this particular post is digital makeup.  What is digital makeup and how is it implemented in your favourite TV shows and movies to make what is happening more believable and realistic?  That is what we aim to explain below.

What Is Digital Makeup?

To help you understand how it comes in useful, it is probably a good idea to explain exactly what we mean when we use the term digital makeup.

Digital makeup is a technique of compositing that is used to alter on-screen actor’s appearances.  It is also used outside of the film, game and TV industry by the cosmetics sector to “try on” clothing, makeup designs or hairstyles without actually doing them for real.

What Is Involved In The Technique?

Within the film, TV and game industry, makeup artists can implement digital makeup when the actors who need alterations to their appearances wear special clothing or makeup that is compatible with green screen technology.  This means that any parts of an actors body that need to be altered, changed or even removed in anyway, have to be clothed or painted appropriately.  Scenes are then filmed as they normally are and in the editing stage, CG and digital makeup artists can add their specific work to the green-covered areas of the actors body.

Famous Examples Of Digital Makeup

This digital makeup technique has been used a number of times in the film industry including as a way of superimposing Brad Pitt’s face seamlessly onto the stand-in’s face in the movie were he played a character who was progressively regressing called The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button; and in Forrest Gump to convey that Lt. Dan had lost his legs in the war; even though the actor who played him, Gary Sinise had two perfectly functioning legs.

It has also been used in movies such as the most recent Terminator films such as Terminator 3: The Rise Of The Machines and Terminator: Salvation to show the actors, including Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character’s cybernetic parts showing in his face when he is damaged in battle.

As people like Andy Serkis continue to help pioneer the world of digital makeup, there is real reason to take this side of makeup seriously and to want to learn it, because although practical, actual makeup will never stop being used; digital it seems will be used in conjunction with it more and more.

Only the second of its kind in North America and first of its kind in Canada, the Digital Makeup Effects Artists Program at CMU College of Makeup Art & Design is something that you should consider as a vital part of your career path to working in this highly competitive field.  It is fully designed to give students the base knowledge for working in the world of digital makeup.

Tips For Mixing The Modern With The Retro

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When it comes to decorating your home, perhaps you want retro furniture and your partner likes more modern furniture.  Although this may sound like a décor clash, there are ways you can mix these different styles within the same home and even in the same rooms.  Perhaps though you are finding it hard to figure out how best to meld two very different styles together.  Before you give up or decide to go one way or the other, take a look at the tips below for some insight in to how you can do this properly without it looking forced or garish.

Balancing Things Doesn’t Mean It Has To Be Equal

When it comes to interior design you need to create the right harmony and balance, but there is nothing in the rule books that say you have to have a perfectly balanced 50/50 ratio of both contemporary and retro styles.  By trying to represent both styles equally you will just create an interior that isn’t really sure what it is supposed to be and it will also just look amateurish.  Find a dominant style you want to be the main focus of the room and incorporate the second one by using accessories and furniture.

Keep Everything Simple

There is nothing that will turn a stylish looking into a cheap and tacky room faster than unnecessary clutter, so be cautious when buying accessories that you don’t go over the top.  By choosing the accessories more carefully you will ensure that the notable pieces you are most proud of and want people to really appreciate will look much even more eye catching and stunning.

Also be careful how you group modern and retro styled accessories together.  By grouping too many together you will make your rooms and home look like a cluttered boot sale.

Bold Upholstery And Unexpected Flourishes Of Colour

One of the quickest and easiest ways to incorporate a very vintage and retro piece into a more contemporary setting is by updating it.  Instead of refurbishing a piece of antique furniture to it’s original look and condition, get a fresh coat of pain and some new upholstery for it to give it a modern touch.  Using patterned fabric and bright, unexpected colours are also great ways to bring something styled from the 40s into the 00s.

2 Styles In 1

If you are really not getting the right inspiration, there is no harm in leaving the juggling of two very different styles up to professionals who know what they are doing.  Often, interior designers can re-envision older classical styles by recreating them using more up to date and en trend materials and colours.

While other designers take inspiration and reference back to various elements of different styles within one piece.  When there are two different styles working well together within one piece, they are easier to be placed and used within any interior décor whether it is mostly traditional or predominately modern.