Our Top 5 SFX Brushes
We all have our favourite brushes, the brushes that you rely on, which have seen you through thick and thin. The brushes that you feel lost without when you arrive on set and realise you forget to pack it into your kit at 4am this morning...
I have many favourites because i'm greedy like that. But how do you decide which brushes deserve the converted title of 'Favourite Brush?!' Well, for most of us this will come naturally, with practice you will become more familiar with choosing the right brush for the job.
So join us as we discuss our favourite SFX brushes and why these are kit essentials.
These are the SFX brush we can’t live without:
The Titanic Pro-FX Large Stipple 110 is perfect for when you need to cover large areas, and it is also useful for painting bald caps and prosthetics that cover the body. Each brush is completely unique as the brush hairs are unevenly dispersed, providing different textures each time it is used. For smaller or more precise stippling, try the Titanic Pro-FX Medium Round Duo Fibre Stipple 109 or the Titanic Pro-FX Small Round Duo Fibre Stipple Brush 107.
It looks like a simple tooth brush, but the Bdellium SFX 110x Splatter Brush is a rather clever little tool that no SFX artist can live without. Use it to create a perfect spray or splatter of colour, or to carefully brush in hair whiteners and streaks in moustaches.
Another great multifunctional brush, the Bdellium SFX 173x Stomper Brush can be used to apply powder (the dense brush hairs hold powder very well) and is also handy to press down the edges of a prosthetic when adhering it to the skin.
When you struggle applying glue in those hard-to-reach places, this Titanic Pro-FX Bent Liner 102 offers the solution. With a simple angle at the top, it helps you to apply glue in tricky spots such as near the ears, eyebrows or nose with ease.
Water colour brush
A good all-rounder, the Bdellium SFX Water Color Brush 184x is great for a wide application of makeup, but in particular works fantastically well with water based or alcohol activated makeup. Use it for stippling by putting a little bit of force onto the brush so that the brush hairs fan out and create a stipple effect, or handle it lightly for creating a softer texture around the eye area.
Brushes can be great investments if you take the time to look after them properly, SFX brushes are require that extra bit of love to keep them in tip top condition. Don't forget you can’t create great art without having the right tools at your disposal and like anything you truly cherish, you have to look after your brushes to make sure they stay in great condition, ready for the next job.
Emmy Award-winning makeup artist, monster maker, mad scientist and now author, Steve Johnson is renowned for his contribution to the SFX industry throughout the years. His recent book, Rubberhead: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX was published in 2017 and chronicles his legendary career in film and TV. Johnson’s company, XFX, did make-up effects for more than 200 films, countless TV shows, commercials and music videos. His film credits include The Abyss, Ghostbusters, Bicentennial Man, Species and Spider-Man 2. Steve was kind enough to answer a few burning questions we had for him about the upcoming release of the second instalment of the Rubberhead Books.
If you haven’t already seen the robotic beauty that Birmingham based collective, Father Phantom Studios debuted at IMATs London, where have you been?!
Made up of the super talented Ben and Laura, who specialise in creating SFX makeup and collectables from their studio, in the trendy Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. We were lucky enough to be joined by them and Titanic FX to demo their newest creation. As we are always intrigued to find out more about design and the creation process behind the makeups, we dropped them a few questions. Read all about this stunning creation below!