Behind the Scenes with Brian DeMint
I recently attended an artist retreat workshop for the group, Professional Photographers of Michigan held in Grand Rapids, MI. Our instructor, Brian DeMint of Eyeworks, brought his wife and daughter along for the hair and makeup segment. In this creative workshop, Brian taught us to think outside the box, including making gowns from everyday items like tissue paper and trash bags.
Hair and Makeup
Below, Brian Demint’s daughter, Dena, applies hair and makeup to go with the color scheme. (Brian is pictured in the background.) Brian’s wife, Natalie, instructed us on the type of makeup, brushes, cleaners and other products she uses and most can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply. As with most things, you get what you pay for when it comes to items like brushes for applying makeup. I felt like I was in an episode of Project Runway for beginners, and, as I looked around, it was exciting to see the creative talent of the group for set production, wardrobe, makeup and hair.
Before and After
Here is a look at the before image of the model, Taylor Reid, standing against the tablecloth background. She is looking toward the rim light mounted to a stand. Her wristlet is tulle and the choker is made from animal print duct tape. Strips of tape were made into bows and adhered to black shoes. Her blue and purple lip gloss complimented the eye shadow. A child’s tutu was pinned on top of her head, followed by hair paint streaks in purple and green to complete the look.
Workshop to Workflow
I begin my workflow by making a copy of the layer in Photoshop for two reasons. First, I have something to refer to; and second, I can easily change my mind and start over if I make a mistake. After duplicating the layer, I begin building my design “sandwich” by adding new layers with individual elements of shapes, embellishments and textures to add depth and dimension. I made small selections from the tulle and background areas using the lasso tool. I looked for colorful hair pieces, background paint splotches and other items to use for garnish. I added several texture layers from 2Lil’Owls and scrapbook elements from Oscraps ArtPlay. The top layer is a dove brush ornament to connect the two pieces of tulle above her hand. I added two effects to the dove layer, a gradient and pattern overlay. I used the liquify tool to create abstract patterns on the choker and the garbage bag. I contemplated whether to use a space or water theme as I left some of the texture over her skin. In the end, I chose the Cosmos background from 2Lil’Owls.