Tuesday, 11 June 2013

FEATHERS AND FOB WATCHES



I have wanted to do a "Spotlight" blogpost on this artist/illustrator for quite some time, as I am such a big fan of her work. So here I introduce the extremely talented Lozzy Bones

So here is a little bit about this talented lady, in her own words...

"My name is Lozzy Bones and I dwell in a basement flat with my mother in London awaiting the day I can move out, get a studio and force my art and illustration down the world's throat, shouldn't be too long now! My work is mainly figurative, I have a love affair with the female body and how illustration gives one the permission to distort anatomy and form into something weird and wonderful. My work takes on many styles from intricate clean fine liner graphic drawings of pin ups and  to messy textured pencil illustrations of ethereal fairytale beings and creatures. I'm currently undergoing a BA in Illustration and visual media, it's definitely helped me expand my list of favourable mediums and helped me identify what I'm really good at. I've done a few low key commercial bits and bobs like logo artworks and tshirt designs. I often take on commission work in the form of logos, tattoo designs, portraits and other pieces. "

I constantly find myself in awe of Lozzy's intricate penmanship, her attention to detail is just impeccable, and I adore seeing the progression and development of her pieces. There is such time and care put into each illustration, and you can see the patients she has when create them, the detail is just breath-taking.

Watching the progression of this beautiful piece inspired by Greek Mythology, was an absolute joy to watch, from the initial illustration to the final piece. I love that the roses you see on this piece were actually done on a separate piece of brown paper, and then added to the image later; it really does give the illustration even more depth. Which commends the thought process and attention to detail that Lozzy has.



I think with all of Lozzy's work you can certainly find a deep visual monologue within her works, and it's extremely aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I love her line work, and use of mix mediums that she uses to create her works. I think Lozzy is going to go extremely far with her talents, and if not there is something wrong with this creative world.

Further examples of Lozzy Bones' work:






Other places you can fine Lozzy Bones:


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Pulp and trash-fuelled pin-up fiction

Feast Your Eyes Upon The Macabre, Hold The Darkness In Your Hands. This is Albino Jacks...

"A pulp, trash and sleaze fuelled juggernaut slopping out twisted doses of pin-up fiction on our website and in our quarterly magazine featurette. 


Every story is beautifully presented with high quality images, in magazine format. Each one will be unlike anything you've read before. Your favourite fairy tales transformed in true Albino Jacks fashion. Be prepared to witness striking photography with twisted narrative to create a whole new concept of popular fairy tales and new pin-up pulp fiction."

Next spotlight feature I bring to you is the extremely talented and creative Albino Jacks

I have been a big fan of Albino Jacks since I caught my eye on "The Exorcism of Ruby Jewel" the imagery is haunting and incredible executed Albino Jacks and Ruby Jewel make an incredible team, and produced an amazing magazine feature...
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 Please click image to be taken to The Exorcism of Ruby Jewel

A few weeks ago Albino Jacks announced a little giveaway, and of course I was going to jump on the chance to win some of their merchandise; and some how I actually was one of the winners. So this is what I won..


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The magazine that I won features the tale of Goldilocks, I love the fact that Albino Jacks does a lot more than you expect to these photographic 36 paged magazines based on classic tales, they twist them and make them much darker than you expected, plus you are drawn in to the beautiful aesthetics created by the pin-up photography. They quality of the magazine is incredible and well worth an investment in, I soon shall be purchasing myself The Exorcism of Ruby Jewel and Masubi Vs Wolf, I also like the fact there are little posters within them too. In addition to this, I got an Albino Jacks T-shirt,stickers, postcards, a badge and some incredible prints featuring Ruby Jewel, Betty Havok, Masubi, Ethel Fletcher and Keiki Suicidegirl. Seriously an incredible goodiebag!!
So if you're in to some pulp and trashed-fuelled pin-up fiction, with a dark twist, illustrated with some beautifully dark photography, then Albino Jacks is certainly for you! Also as well as making these kick ass magazines, they also do incredible Mixtapes, some are even designed to be played while reading certain featurettes; which I think is a very cleverly designed idea and it makes for good listening. 



Where to find Albino Jacks?


P.S For some reason the fonts pink in parts, no matter what I have tried to do it remains pink, so for today my blog shall be extremely pink....

Monday, 4 February 2013

I am the pastel unicorn!

I have decided to do a few spotlight features, as well as advice blogs, and my first feature is the talented Eustratia, a latex clothing brand run solely by Stacey Black.

To take Eustratia's mission statement from her facebook page:

"Eustratia strives to deliver innovative, attractive designs that convey a strong look and enhance the wearers appearance and attitude."


I have to say this description is spot on! I have wanted to own some Eustratia Latex for quite some time, I have been following Stacey's work since I came across her Cameo dress from her Dryad Collection. I instantly fell in love with her designs, and have been a follower of her work ever since.

I actually recently purchased myself one of her incredible designs (the Unicorn Bra), and I have to say her designs are even more beautiful and intricate in person.

You can see to the right, there is a picture of me in my Unicorn Bra, I have to admit the photograph does not do this enough justice! As previously mentioned her designs are very intricate and from now owning a piece of my own the detail that goes in to the creation of one of these is impeccable! The Unicorn Bra comes in a range of colours, and also comes with the option of being underwired, as well as the amazing option of having a custom appliqué if unicorns are not your thing. 

I am planning to purchase myself some bottoms to go with this beautiful balconetta bra, but I can not quite yet decide what I should go for. I am currently torn between the Multi Appliqué hotpants, the briefs or the Unicorn Skirt! As you can see there are amazing designs to choose from, and I clearly want them all. 

Eustratia has recently launched an incredible giveaway, which I myself have of course entered, cause I'd love to own even more of her beautiful creations, you'd be mad not to! I have posted the image of the giveaway below, if you click the image it shall take you directly to the giveaway details. So what are you waiting for, go over to her blog now and get sharing so you can be in with the chance to win some incredibly designed and flawlessly made latex.

                                                                                    

Where to find more from Eustratia:

















Thursday, 31 January 2013

What is a model release form?


I've had a lot of questions as of late regarding this topic, so I have deemed it best to make this my next model help blog post. Please remember, I am by no means a professional here, and a lot of what I say is infact common sense, and things I have learnt along the way.

As previous mentioned in a recent post "A Guide to Model Safety" I explain model release forms very briefly, so I will address the topic in more detail here, than I did in that post.

In the UK it is mostly just a form to prove the models age, which is why most photographers will always ask you to bring proof of age, it's not actually a legal requirement in the UK to have this documentation. A photographer owns the rights to those images, unless you yourself have made an agreement with the photographer to say otherwise, the photographer is the sole copyright owner of those images. I have noticed with a few people messaging me there seems to be some confusion here.

However in my own experience with Model releases, a few photographers do use them as a design to cover the topic of image allowances and restrictions when it comes to the final images from the shoo. They all have different T&C's accommodating to each creative regarding image usage, publication,  copyright etc.

As I mentioned before, if you have paid for the photographers time, and they present you with a release form, you are well within your rights to decline. Also if a photographer does turn around and say that the images are not to be used for print, get some documentation stating this, without some form of a contact the photographer can do what they want with the images.

A release form consists of very standard information from you: Name: Model Name, Address, Contact Number, and email, there is no other information really required from this.  

View it as you would any contractual agreement, and please read thoroughly before you sign one.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Gondor...

As my last modelling advice blog turned out to be quite a hit, I have decided to do more modelling advice/tips based blogs. I asked what you'd like me to blog about, and the most popular one was actually...



Alas, I was looking for modelling topics, so for now this subject shall not be discussed; however it did give me many giggles to see people following suit after one of my friends posted "Gondor" on my status asking for topics.

I have decided to start with the beginning and that's "Preparing for a shoot" this blog is pretty much a common sense post, however I have had people asking me what is is they need to do to prepare for a shoot etc.

The night before a shoot I have a bit of a routine, as I am sure you all do. Firstly, I will send the photographer a message the night before, just double confirming everything, by this stage I'd have already swapped contact details, so I can contact them in the morning to let them know when I have got on the train, and when I am almost there etc. I think it's vital to keep in contact so everyone knows exactly what is going on on the day.

Something I have learnt through trail and error, studio lighting will make darker roots look even more darker, so if you really do not want this look then I highly suggest you treat your hair beforehand. I tend to do that 2 days before a shoot; so that I can get it in perfect condition rather than that just home-dyed look; with conditioning masks etc. A mask I highly recommend if by Lush, the one I use is H'suan Wen Hua, I find this hydrates my hair, and gives it back it's soft silky feel. However, there are  many different hair types out there, so what may work for one, might not work for others; another amazing thing I'd recommend is Moroccan Oil.

I recommend bringing, your own brush, some bobbypins/hair grips, extensions, wigs etc

If you are having a hair stylist, make sure you check with them how they want your hair to be, as they may want your hair to be in a certain condition etc on the day.

Your skin is extremely important, I assume most of you moisturise on a regular day to day basis, if not be sure to do so the night before and the morning of your shoot. So exfoliate your skin, so it's nice and smooth for the day. To the women that use spray tan, I cannot give you any advice here, as I have never had one in my life; so anything I say would just be assumption; however something I do know avoid tan lines and uneven tones at all costs!

Stick to the moisturisers you know, do not change them the night before or a few days before a shoot, as you cannot guarantee your skin type will be compatible with them. If you do want to try a new product out, I recommend testing it out a good week or 2 before the shoot; just to avoid any nasty surprises. You could even consider doing a simple skin test, just to be sure.

Spots, I know it's going to be hard to resists but if you get one the morning of your shoot DO NOT touch it, you'll only make it worse, redder and more apparent. You can deal with this by using a really good concealer, also note it will most likely get removed within the post-production. So please do not stress too much if you happen to have one or two.

Nail, I always like to do mine the night before, if nothing has been agreed for my nails I always like to use a clear nail polish, so they look nice and healthy in the shots; though if a colour scheme has been agreed upon I will do my nails in accordance to the scheme, so the tones are complimentary. See like I said most of this stuff is common sense.

Make-Up,if there has been a MUA arranged for the shoot, then arrive to the shoot as a blank canvas, this means remove ALL make-up; the reason for this is because you'll just waste time on the day having to remove it, and you could irritate your skin thus leaving it all red and blotchy; making more work for the MUA.

I always bring my own make-up and brushes to a shoot, as well as wipes as you never know when they might come in handy. I actually do not use a lot of make-up in my shoots, I very rarely wear foundations/powders etc. However, I have through working with MUA learnt a few things, but again this is all common knowledge when it comes to using make-up. It's recommended not to use any make-up that's shiny or too bright, as it will cause a glare during the shoot. It's important to apply a smooth and consistent base to the skin; otherwise your skin tones etc will look very uneven. See... common sense/ basic make-up knowledge.

Another thing I always bring to a shoot is a little mirror, just in case.


Clothing, I always pack the night before the shoot, as you do not want any last minute rushing in the morning. Wear loose fitted clothes on your way to the shoot, to avoid any lines etc, also if you have a corset shoot planned, I recommend leaving them to the very end... again to avoid lines.

The wardrobe for the day is normally pre-arranged and heavily discussed, if the clothing is provided for you on the day, then you don't have to pack quite as much, though if you have made clothing arrangements then it's always best to write out a list before you start packing. Also it's very important to make sure the clothing is in perfect condition for the day, you don't want any nasty shocks when you arrive to the shoot.

When it comes to underwear, bring a selection with you, always bring some flesh toned with you too, especially if you're doing glamour, implied nude etc. Bring an assortment of tights/nylon/stockings. If needed bring a dressing gown so you can stay warm between outfit changes, or if your on a location shoot, they do come in handy, as do towels on a location shoot! Another thing to consider if not being provided for you, is accessories, so bring a selection of jewellery, shoes, hats etc if required. Remember all these details will be pre-discussed when arranging your shoot.

Another handy thing to bring with you is safety pins, just in case a back button goes or something. It's always best to pack for every scenario, so that you are completely prepared and don't get caught off-guard.

Posing, I always tend to practise posing in the mirror a night before a shoot too, to help me get an idea of certain poses I want to try out, facial expressions etc. Sounds silly to pose in front of a mirror, but honestly, you'll hear so many people give you this tip, especially when you're just starting out and I still do this one! Another thing you can do is flick through magazines for inspiration on body shapes etc. Do not be afraid to experiment with your facial expressions and poses. Please note if you're not comfortable with what you're doing it will show on your face, so you have to find a way to relax even in the most awkward of poses.

Another one I need to learn for myself...  DON'T BE AFRAID TO SMILE, I hate smiling in shoots, but I throw one in every so often; really does make a difference at times..of course if the concept of the shoot requires it.

Be sure to get plenty of Rest the night before a shoot, so avoid a night out is certainly to be avoided, so you arrive early with a fresh face ready for shooting.

Also, the most important thing have fun!

I think I have covered everything... if I think of anything else, I'll be sure to update this post further.

Monday, 21 January 2013

A Guide to Model Safety

As mentioned on my facebook last night, I expressed I'd write a blog post on model safety after hearing quite a few horror stories over the last few days.

 I apologise in advance if I seem to ramble, I am never good at doing these sort of blogs. I have been very lucky, and not experienced any true horrors such as the ones I have heard, I have just had my dealings with flaky photographers etc. However, this was when I was first starting out; you start to wise up to certain things...

It's vital to keep yourself safe, not just when it comes to modelling but also in everyday life. However, with the rise in internet based networking and modelling (i.e Model Mayhem, PurplePort etc) I feel it's important to address some safety tips; especially for new aspiring models.

People need to realise that as creative as the industry is, it can come with it's dangers, sadly there are people out there who are just a guy with a camera (GWC) and are not afraid to exploit you and your dreams. When you're a fresh face to modelling, this tend to be where those exploiters like to take the biggest advantage, because you're new and naive. Not saying everyone is naive, but you'll receive emails filled with offers that seem to good to be real; and it shocks me to this day how many people fall for these sorts of things.

When I first started out modelling, I'd receive emails daily from so called "agencies", "magazines" etc telling me how they were looking for the next big face, so on and so fourth. These are automatically generated emails, the majority of these are spam emails, and you'll soon come to be all too familiar with them. All I'm saying here, is use your brain. If something seems far too good to be true, then common sense should lead you to realise it probably is. However, I am not saying you'll never be greeted with fantastic opportunities that are legit.

I cannot state enough how important it is to be safe. Check photographers out before you work with them, research their work, they beauty of sites such as PurplePort is it has a reference system, so you can see how others have found them to work with. However, do not stop there, contact the models personally if you wish; find out more. If you are still not sure, and your spidey-senses are still tingerling, but you still want to shoot with the person; you've always got the option of enquiring to bring a chaperon. I know some photographers are against these, however, I think when starting out within the modelling industry a photographer should/would be understanding to this requirement.

Now some of you reading this might ask what about "amateur" photographers? What about the people just starting out? Where are their references? We all had to start somewhere right, and even with the bare bones of a portfolio, there are still ways to do your research. If they have approached you, they will have some body of work to begin with, for you to look at and conduct your own research. Keep things local and familiar, also this would be an ideal situation where a chaperon would be best suited (if they seem reluctant, then you might have found yourself a GWC). You can ask them if they have a list of references, and if you know who the models are in any of the pictures you can go about contacting them for a references. Also enquire as to whether they are on model networking sites you trust, like PurplePort. It's what I do, and hasn't failed me to this day.

An important subject to discuss is age, regardless of what the model assignment is, if you are under the age of 18, you must be accompanied by a chaperon. The chaperon must be of an adult age and have the legal standing to sign a model release form on their behalf.

Always inform people you know, where you are going, if you can leave them the studio address, or shoot location then please do so. Always have your phone with you, it is wise to let someone know when you have arrived and that you are safe.

When arranging a shoot, make sure that both yourself and the photographer have an understanding of what you are looking to achieve for that day, also make sure that they know what levels you are prepared to work to. At no point allow yourself to be persuaded, pressurised or intimidated into doing a level you are not personally comfortable with; for example: If the photographer expresses they are looking to do a art nude shoot, and you only want to work to lingerie, then please say so. Do not feel like, you cannot say no to working a certain level. It's your body!

This is my view, if I am not comfortable with the idea of my own friends and family seeing it, then it's not something I am going to do; and no one will change my mind on that. Your levels must be respected, and your comfort is important, if you are not comfortable within your day of shooting, it will show within your work.

When it comes to realise forms, it's best to discuss and sign prior to the shoot, rather than after. The reason for this is because it can be quite useful. GWC's you'll find will have nothing, or a template of sorts. Please be sure to thoroughly read everything before signing (like you would with any contract). I have come across some interesting ones when I was first starting off. In addition to this, it will also provide you with a level of professionalism from the photographer. If you have paid for the photographers time, and has asked you to sign a release, you are entitled to decline this. If you're doing TF (print/disc) it's quite the standard norm for a release. Do not give any personal information that doesn't seem necessary, the standard information required is: Name, Model Name, Address, Contact Number, Email. Please remember, if you are under the age of 18, an adult must sign this on your behalf.

If at any stage of your shoot, you are made to feel uncomfortable by the photographer, you are well within your rights to say so; pack up and leave. Do not go along with what the photographer wants because you feel obligated to do so, you are not. I have heard accounts from models who have been made to feel uncomfortable on the day, due to unwanted touching etc; and rather than saying anything they just continue and then feel horrible when they get home. There is at no point, a time for a photographer to touch you without your consent! I cannot stress this enough. Any professional photographer will be aware of your comfort, and if they want you to move some hair out of the way etc, they will ask you to do it yourself, or at the very least ask your permission to do so. They will have no issues with you expressing any discomfort on the day; and will do what they can to make you feel less uncomfortable. You have a right as a model to feel comfortable, and not feel obligated to do anything out of your own comfort levels.

Safety is important before all things, always trust those spidey-senses, If you are not comfortable and feel your own personal safety is at risk, then do not commit. You are working within the world of creativity, it is important to make sure you enjoy what you are doing at all times.

Here is a link to a few other safety guides I have seen posted by others, which are extremely helpful:
Madame Bink
Roswell Ivory
Roswell Ivory 2


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Wales Comic Con


As you can see the venue was rather small
The Doctor (who saved the day) and his lovely fiancée
Catwoman. Two very lovely people we met at the con. 
I went away on an adventure this weekend all the way up to Wrexham for the Wales Comic Con, it was quite an epic journey up there which consisted of a three hour drive from Cardiff!

I am going to be honest, this is not the best Comic Con I have ever been too, and I felt the advertisement and general organisation of it all was little to be desired for. I felt the venue was far too small for what it was trying to achieve; and I felt it relied solely on the guests rather than having a vast selection of stores. The venue was very cramped and compact, on the outside it looked massive, but once you got inside I have to admit it was rather underwhelming. I was also surprised by the lack of cosplaying, as normally you do expect to see a large amount!


 Which I was gutted about, seeing as how excited I had been about going to the convention. However, despite those factors I did enjoy myself. This was mostly due to getting to meet Anthony Head! I'm a huge Buffy fan and loved his film REPO! The Genetic Opera.

As mentioned I felt the organisation could have been a lot better, I understand they had a much larger turn out than they have ever had before, which was expected with their guest line-up, but the queues were crazy and no one knew what was going on. It was only thanks to a guy who was dressed up as The Doctor, that any of us knew what was happening; as he'd gone out of his way to find out. 


Then went all the way through the queues to give those waiting an idea of how long it would be until we'd all get it. Now I know what you're thinking, why didn't you get an early bird ticket? Well I did actually order one, and then the day that the orders ended, I had the money pay-palled back to me, with no explanation as to why. When I enquired about this, they couldn't explain what happened either, and just informed me I'd have to get one on the day. I was a bit annoyed about this error, but technical glitches can happen; and I didn't mind a bit of queuing as long as I got in at the end.

So after about 2 hours of queuing I got in...



Once again... They found the Droid they were looking for.
After a queuing for another hour, I got to meet the amazing Anthony Head:
Buffy The Vampire Slayer, REPO! The Genetic Opera.
Myself being rather excited with my signed photo ^_^
Cosplayers: Thor & Loki
Myself being a dork just after seeing Anthony Head with my dear friend Lauren who was Lady Venom. 
We Landshark wherever we go (check out Jenna Marbles if you don't know)

Just as we were leaving the con, look who we bumped into! He was happy
 to let us have more photographs taken with him. Honestly he was ever so nice
and I'm going to say it... still a yummy looking man!


That pretty much sums up my adventures at Wales Comic Con, as I said the guest line up was amazing, they had the cast of Game Of Thrones, Red Dwarf, Warwick Davies, and many many more. I was just gutted by the actual size of the place, and lack of stalls when you compare it to the likes of London, Manchester etc. I do feel that next year they need to consider using a bigger venue to accommodate what they are trying to achieve, which is competing with the comic cons over in England. It certainly does have the ability to do so, and I think it can be achieved with better advertisement, organisation and a much larger venue. As certain things that were advertised on the site that were going to be taking place, didn't seem to actually be taking place, and the general layout of the place, made it difficult for people to queue for signing etc while others were looking at stalls.

Overall, I did enjoy my time there, but compared to other cons I have been too, I felt this one wasn't as overwhelming as I hoped, and I felt a bit deflated to travel all that way for a tiny venue. However that being said, this was all counteracted the instant I saw GILES!