Saturday, July 13, 2013

Diamonds in My Grill

Its been about six months, so I figured its time to updated my blog...

There has been so much going on!  I've worked on quite a few music videos and films, here's a quick preview of some!

First, about two weeks ago we filmed Tunde Olaniran's next music video "Diamonds in My Grill" at the Fusion Soundstage.  The song features iRAWniq and Passalacqua.  It was utter insanity.

We built 8 sets for the shoot, had a cast of eccentric characters; all played by three actors, the singular Cintel, the pulchritudinous Kyle, and the august Aaron

There were also magnificent costumes and luxurious beards.

And a crabby apple.

About 3 weeks ago D. Allie's Consequences music video was released.  This was a collaboration between Hi Hill, Demetrios Anastasiow (Dizzle Videos), and myself.  Please check it out!  Consequences is from "Moonchild and D.Allie: Have a Bright Future" Which you can get here. 
Or see D. Allie live and buy one from him at the show!  I have the album and its been on heavy rotation since I got it at the beginning of the year.

Recently I also did a bit of make up for another DizzleVideo production, for Pato Margetic's next video.  I beat and bloodied Pato.  No photos of that part of the production yet, but here is a pic of a green screen and a cool car.

Much, much more is happening.  I'm currently working on some outfits for Odd Hours next music video, and a scenic design for a sci fi film.  I will post info about those soon!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Bright Future

Happy New Year everyone!

I wanted to do a quick update here to show some of my most recent work!

First, Tunde Olaniran's "Brown Boy", on which I was the costume supervisor.

Next, Tunde Olaniran's "The Second Transgression", as costume director.

RoboRobb's "GMS", as production designer (I designed the costumes, set, gas station)

Styling for the "Interplanetary Holidays" promotional photoshoot, Hi-Hill Recording's Holiday concert featuring RoboRobb, D. Allie, Drew 32, and Gameboi

(this one is my favorite) 

And last, but definitely not least, a robe commissioned by Autumn as a Christmas gift for her husband.  

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Goblin King

In honor of the release of Tunde Olaniran's "The Second Transgression" on December 21st, I am reviving this blog to write about the work that he and I have done together.

I will start with "The First Transgression" video.

                                                                                                                              Photo by Timothy Jagielo

"The First Transgression" is the first video in a five part sci-fi narrative which is paired with an album of the same name.  The video stars Tunde, Adrienne Marie Brown, and much white hair.

                                   photo by Christina Tomlinson

Tunde's look is that of a warrior.  I pulled inspiration from many different areas for this.  We went with a basic color pallet of cream, white, grey, gold, bronze, and tan with red touches.  I was highly influenced by 18th century European menswear, the Mughal Empire, and the Byzantine Empire.

                                                                         Photo by Tim Jagielo

Adrienne's costume was inspired by a several of goddess/mother figures, including Inanna, Isis, Amaterasu, and the Virgin Mary.  The color of her costume is primarily red, with gold touches.  Her headdress,  which is made almost entirely of paper, measures about 5 feet across.  

                                                                       Photo by Tim Jagielo

Last, but definitely not least, the white hair scuplture. Making this was a two step process.  First I took a bunch of the white hair (of which there were 4 shades) and made various styles of long braids, twists, dreadlocks, all with wire interlaced through them.  When we arrived at the set I installed the fixed hair, added the loose wefts, then proceeded to brush, tease and matte them together.  Then with the help of Saryn, Tunde's make up and hair dresser, we wove him into the hair.   

This white hair will make an appearance again in "The Second Transgression".  

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Adventure Time!

A friend asked if I could make the hat and backpack that Finn wears on the cartoon Adventure Time. 
I actually patterned both the hat and backpack from scratch.  Both came out fantastic but I especially like the hat.

And so does Aaron!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I put a spell on you.

 The bit of awesomeness you see here is a silver bat wing jacket, something I made for Tunde Olaniran (you'll be hearing that name a lot) a couple of years ago.  Its made of silver crinkle tissue lame with neon green piping.  

To me this jacket was a mash up of 1950s sci fi inspiration, a modern shape, and classic patterning techniques.  A couple of the details in this jacket include a zipper set to the left side of the jacket, as well as a series of darts that radiate from the neck to the elbow.

                Gaze upon its beauty.  I dare you. 
                              Tunde is clearly spellbound by the magnificence of his attire.

                                                     But then again, so am I.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wig in a Box

Today I am featuring a wig that I made while in graduate school at Wayne state. It was a part of my advanced make up class, which included mustache and wig weaving.

I took inspiration from the Kabuki theatre's Lion Dance. The way these wigs move while the performer is dancing is fantastic. The fullness, shape, and weight captures the regal nature of a lion while still falling lightly when moving thru the air.

Below is a fantastic video of a Lion Dance being performed.

Now, the wig I made is a smaller, shorter version of this with a more rounded shape. It's amazing with a crochet hook, some sport jersey, and a ton of white and light blue fuzzy yarn can do.

Ta Da!!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Well, it's been a long while since last I wrote a blog.
For the past two weeks I've been intensely stitching costumes for Tunde Olaniran's The Five Transgressions, a sci fi/futuristic series of shorts. We began discussing his concept, sharing research, and began to shape up the design a couple of months ago.

Last weekend I was on set with Tunde Olaniran, Natasha Beste, Tim Jagielo, Adrienne Brown, & Saryn Byers-Johnson shooting The First Transgression. The team was wonderful to work with, creative & inspiration flowed between all of us thru the whole process. I can't wait to get started on the next installation.
Here are a few teaser shots from the film from Natasha.

Much more to come later!