Comic Con and Cosplay what are they? This is the question I asked myself while observing several well costumed individuals walking across the street at a stop light. My first thought was typical San Francisco; then “wow” what incredible makeup, hair, and costumes!
There are many makeup artists, hair stylists and costume designers involved with putting those looks together. Often personals are called in to work with celebrities promoting films, books, or television shows.
Makeup artist Dawn Banks has a passion for all things Comic Con or Cosplay. She explains “Cosplay is the creation and wearing of costumes based on anime, manga, video games, and comics. Sometimes you even take on the characters persona. Comic Con is a term used for the largest comic book convention. Fans gather to celebrate pop culture, Sci fi, and comic books, plus much more. Comic Con is an event where fans can wear their Cosplay.
Dawn started to do comic book makeup after she found herself drawn to all things comic book. Since the age of twelve Dawn needed to find a way to express her devotion to the characters she loved. Those characters inspired makeup designs with the eyes a focal point.
Dawn explains” Often I’ll see unique colors within a character. How the artist has drawn color combinations. These influences will help me design the makeup. Products tend to be bold, bright, and highly pigmented. The colors represent the same “wow” factor as the Illustrations themselves.
Makeup Tip: Dawn uses brands like Sugarpill,Urban Decay, Ingot, and Lit Cosmetics for glitter. Lit has an array of glitter in different colors and sizes. Also try using nail dotting tools. You can create that super power effect.
The last few years Dawn has seen an upswing in requests for her makeup skills. She now free lances as a makeup artist recreating comic book characters on clients. You can find her working in a number of places such a Comic Con, photo shoots, and the web series, “Batgirl:Spoiled”.
Dawn sums it up “I love working on geek projects”
Article from http://www.examiner.com under makeup Gretchen Davis motroni
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Comic- Con International is held in San Diego July 18-21, 2013.
In San Francisco “APE” Alternative Press Expo, a comic book event that highlights the best comic book writers, artists, books and workshops. You can sign up for “APE” held in October, 12&13th 2013.