Characterization and FX Make-up

Monthly payment FX make-up and Characterization course.

Professional course of Characterization, special effects makeup, Styling and Body Painting. (96 hours- 24 days) 6 Months.

Next Course taught by the artist Leo Altamirano

From September 4, 2021 to February 26, 2022, Every Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Open Enrollment)

Characterization and FX Make-up

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This course is made for anyone who wants to make an eccentric change to conventional make-up. Based on the aesthetics and glamour of DRAG and The Social media Characterization. It is an intensive course that will give you the basic topics and tools of styling, special effects make-up, prostheses and airbrushing. ( This course requires previous knowledge of make-up)

Total cost of the course: €940, Monthly payments of €140, Enrollment: € 100 (to be able to take this course you must be enrolled in the Leo Altamirano Academy). 

You Can download the full agenda on the Attachments.

In this course you learn to use water-based products for use with a brush, sponge and airbrush for Characterization and Body Painting creations.

The course will allow you to explore the tools available for your projects.

Water based makeup for use with brush and sponge brands Pankro, Kryolan and Superstar, application of special effects and Latex prosthesis. With this course you can enter the academy job exchange and also get professional discounts at the store.

In the courses of the Leo Altamirano Academy, students are allowed to bring their own work materials. At the Academy you will be provided By airbrushes with all the necessary materials for the cleaning airbrushes. As well as the use of the showers and facilities of the studio and the academy.

This course does NOT include the materials. Students era allowed to bring their own materials or they can also be purchased at the Academy Store. The basic materials needed for this course have an approximate cost between €300 and €500.

Once your purchase is made, you just have to call the Leo Altamirano Academy to register for the next course of your convenience. You can also send an E-mail to art@leoaltamirano.com to register and we will respond with confirmation (depending on course availability) within 24 hours.

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Characterization and FX Makeup Course.

Schedule September 4, 2021 – February 26, 2022

Welcome to the Characterization, FX Makeup and Body Painting PRO course. These are the characteristics of the course:

Classes are supervised theoretical and practical. Generally you will make up yourself and other students, as well as painting half bodies and full body body painting of an external model.
In these cases you can choose the model with whom to work with someone you know or you will also be provided by the academy volunteer models for your projects during the course.

During the course you will learn the most used techniques in the world of professional makeup, Face and Body Painting, as well as the bases of airbrushing, special effects makeup for events, magazines, theater, cinema, etc.

The course is taught by Leo Altamirano, founder of the Body Painting academy, studio and store in Barcelona. Member of the World Body Painting Association WBPA. There is also the possibility of having classes taught by invited professionals to share their knowledge on specific topics.

In this dossier we inform you about the most important characteristics of each class and the possible basic materials to use. Students can bring their own supplies or they can also buy them in the academy shop. All students will have the respective professional discount for each brand.

Pankro 20% Kryolan 10% Superstar 10% Senjo Color 10% Funky Vision 10% Magic Gardens 15% Swarovsky 20% Leo Altamirano Studio 20% Diamond FX 10%

You will find in each class the basic materials necessary to carry it out, but it is always recommended to bring all kinds of extra materials to be able to do it, since you will always want to add techniques already learned in previous classes even if they are not within the topic of the day, for example If you have already learned how to apply latex or some wax, you are free to apply it in any future class.

You will be given a theme or challenge that you will know what it is about a week before or even at the time of the class. Generally these small changes or twists of the class are focused on fostering your creativity and preparing you for the real environment of a professional artistic makeup artist. With each class the difficulty and use of techniques already learned will increase.

September 4 - Basic FX molds and cracked effect with clay.

In this class the rules of FX materials are learned with the explanation of the great variety of materials to be used and the creation of basic molds will be explained. After this, a make-up with a cracking effect will be made with body clay.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive cleaner or removers and body clay.

September 11 - Creation of bald spots or basic molds and use of Split Cakes.

In this class, a basic mold or the first prosthesis will be made for use in subsequent classes. There will also be an explanation of the creation and use of Spilt Cakes.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive cleaner or removers, clay or plaster or Monster Clay or bald head or any material chosen for the first mold, as well as the use of liquid latex or silicone for the creation of the prosthesis.

September 18 - Creation of false wounds.

This class will explain the correct use of colors to create credible false wounds based on human anatomy. The most used techniques will be explained based on them and doubts about the molds for FX prostheses will be clarified.

Once you understand the correct colors, various wounds will be made based on specific indications and demands.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive or remover cleaner, adhesive and / or mastix, liquid latex, waxes or soft putty or jellies, edge filler or liquid latex or sealer or pros aide to smooth edges, fixing or translucent or anti-shine powders or talc.

September 25 - Laying of bald spots.

This class will teach the technique of placing bald spots with its variants. Once the bald head is in place, a self-makeup will be done, taking advantage of the entire area of the head to paint.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive or remover cleaner, adhesive and / or mastix, professional bald head, edge filler or liquid latex or sealer or pros aide to smooth edges, fixing or translucent or anti-shine powders or talc.

October 2 - Against molds and aging techniques of cinema and theater.

In this class, the techniques and uses of counter molds for their future creation will be explained. The differences of theater makeup and film makeup for aging will also be explained. Once the explanations are finished, an aging process will be carried out with the use of latex.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive or remover cleaner, liquid latex and fixing or translucent or anti-shine powders or talc.

October 9 - Professional molds and glitter.

In this class all doubts about the creation of prostheses will be clarified. All students will be able to decide whether to make their own prostheses in the future or to buy them. This class will also see the techniques most used for body painting with glitter and how to enhance any makeup with glitter.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive or remover cleaner, glitter gel or body cream, glitter and / or crystals, clay or plaster or monster clay or bald head or any material chosen for the first mold, as well as the use of liquid latex or silicone for the creation of the prosthesis.

October 16 - Creation of reptile scales and skin.

This class explains the difference in makeup for events from movie or theater makeup. Different techniques will be given for the creation of reptile scales or skins, for visual effects with real reliefs and purely visual effects for make-up that will be appreciated in person.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive or remover cleaner, liquid latex and / or soft putty and / or FX waxes and / or sealer, fixing or translucent or anti-shine powders or talc.

October 23 - Dimension and visual effects.

For this class, concepts of light, shadow and dimension for use in visual effects for face painting will be explained. This time another person will be put on makeup and there will be time limits for its creation.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive cleaner or removers.

October 30 - Skulls and Zombies. Halloween.

Based on the techniques learned, thematic makeup will be created for the special day. The idea is that the students do not remove their makeup and take to the streets to terrorize people, but that will be everyone's decision.

The physiognomy of human bones will be explained trying to create visual effects that allow us to see parts or all of our skull.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive or remover cleaner, liquid latex and / or soft putty and / or FX waxes and / or sealer, fixing or translucent or anti-shine powders or talc.
They will also talk about the materials to be used in the next beard class.

December 4 - Placement of Beards.

In this class, different beard and hair application techniques are explained. The materials used will depend on each student.

December 11 - Characterization for theater makeup.

In this class, characterization techniques specific to theater and also used for comic or manga effects are explained. With these effects, aging, personifications and alterations are achieved in an exaggerated way only with the use of lines, light and shadow.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, brushes and / or sponges, adhesive cleaner or removers.

December 18 - Camouflage

In this class, a specific fabric will be chosen to be able to do the camouflage effects, focusing only on a specific point of the camera's eye. The fabrics can be provided by the academy, but the student can propose their own fabric, but this must cover a certain degree of difficulty.

Basic materials: makeup, body paint, body glue, body sticker cleaner, brushes and sponges.

From this moment on, each student must have the appropriate materials for each class or improvise in the absence of them.

December 25 and January 1 - No classes - January 8 - Adaptation to objects.

In this class the student must adapt to the objects provided by the academy.
He will also have to adapt to the materials that the academy decides have to be used based on the chosen object.

The student should bring as many materials as possible, since she does not know what he may need in this improvisation class.
The materials to be used in the next class of headdresses will be discussed.

January 15 - Creation of super fast headdresses and makeup.

Totally creative class. During the creation of the headdresses, it will be explained how the dynamics of the end of the class will be where there will be super fast makeup challenges.

January 22 - Establish opinion and content.

It will be analyzed how to have your own personality without losing sight of personal marketing and being able to work for third parties in an artistic field.
In this class it will be asked that the works reflect a social, political content or of simple expression and personal opinion. The main goal at the Leo Altamirano Academy of Body Painting and Artistic Makeup is for students to express their opinions and emotions freely, as long as they know how to add the artistic part even in works for companies and clients that require a specific theme.

Some tricks will also be explained to facilitate the next class.

January 29 - Realistic characterization for cinema.

This class explains the possible techniques to give realism to a specific character. The degree of difficulty of this class is very high and for this reason it should be taken lightly since it is very possible that it will not turn out as you expect.

Possible use of FX waxes and / or accessories or wigs.

February 5 - Characterization of video marketing Social Media

In this class you will do a trending makeup for social networks and digital marketing. It is about creating original and eye-catching content, whether for the sale of a product or for personal image.

From this class, preparations will begin for the final styling and Full Body Painting work.

February 12 - Business Marketing and Photography

In this class you will study why sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. What are the normal demands of private clients and companies when it comes to an artist to enclose everything the end client needs to know in a single image.

February 19 - Styling

For this class, a partial makeup and body paunting will be done with outfits and accessories worthy of a catwalk for which expectations will already be established. Makeup will be done to an external model.

February 26 - Body Painting Final.

For the final class the student will have to decide whether to paint himself or have an external model, but it is a full body body painting, with the techniques and knowledge learned in the academy.

We are waiting for you next May 8!

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