Early in his career, Rob Smith provided makeup veteran Wally Schneiderman with prosthetic pieces for Robert Downey Jr. in Richard Attenborough’s ‘Chaplin’ and has since worked on everything from blockbuster movies to TV series’, commercials, pop videos and prestigious West End shows. His artificial blood formulae are considered the best by makeup artists worldwide…for example 200 gallons were spilled in ‘Saving Private Ryan’ alone!
In more recent times, Rob has developed the unique Silicone Flow Blood, a washable blood that doesn't bead on silicone, and he has just finished a marathon of foam running for ‘Justice League’.
Introduction to sculpting and making flat moulds for small prosthetic appliances (3h)
Using oil based clay, students will sculpt a small wound or facial feature. This will then be moulded with silicone creating a flat mould suitable for producing silicone, gelatine or Bondo transfer appliances.
Producing small silicone appliances from flat moulds and application/colouring (3h)
Students will learn a process for intrinsic colouration of silicone with pigments and flocking powders to produce fleshlike appliances with dissolvable plastic edges. These will then be applied and blended using alcohol activated colours.
FULL DAY CLASS
Head Casting (6h) Friday 23 and Wednesday 28 March
This workshop will allow you to experience a hands-on process of lifecasting a model's face properly. You will have professional supervision from Rob Smith to ensure the safety of your fellow student.
Each attendee will practice the process on each other and get to keep their very own lifecast for sculpting prosthetics onto.
Alginate Lifecasting and general lifecasting methods explained. The class will cover face casting using alginate and plaster bandages and of course the positive of your face.
In the morning:
Demonstration of lifecasting with alginate and production of a life-mask.
Learn how to safely mould and cast the face. This plaster cast can later be used as a basis for production of prosthetic pieces.
In the afternoon:
Students will lifecast each other in groups of 3. Each student will be able to take home a plaster copy of their own face.