Barney the dinosaur, human bananas, zombie cheerleaders and don’t you dare touch those antlers…

Halloween has become one of my favourite days of the year , a close rival to Christmas. Its the only day i can indulge in four hours of ‘getting ready’ to achieve a look that should happen at the end of a night. Ian Jones my fellow costume designer accompanied me on out travels.

Our Halloween adventure brought us to Circus Rebel rave in The Masque ,Liverpool. An enticing line up of  Jamie Jones Visionquest feat: Seth Troxler, Yousef Damian Lazaru. meant i forked out a bank busting £22 for the privledge of entering the door. The Masque venue is spectacular but even more so with  with  hundreds of ghoulish characters bopping away in the theatre.

However after a good four hours of energetic dancing we didn’t realise the clocks had gone back and it was still quite early . We were all worn out, sweaty and ears throbbing. So we hot footed it to the after show party at the Magnet and happened to be the first ones in… and the only ones in fancy dress. In hindsight we had much more fun at the after party. There was a bit more room to move and a relaxed atmosphere compared to the mass of painted sweaty bodies in Circus.

What’s everyone wearing this Halloween? post some pics below!

The Alice In Wonderland effect

Alice in Wonderland syndrome (also known as todd’s syndrome) is a neurological condition which affects human perception of objects and even their own bodies. A genuine condition but  a temporary condition , associated with migraines, brain tumours and the use of LSD. Symptoms of AIWS are common in childhood, with most people growing out of it in their teens. The sufferer can feel paralysed, They may envision their feet to be the size of elephants and cannot walk out of a room. Or they may imagine the room distorted with objects larger than they should be. A surreal experience to say the least.

This is an idea we started to look into in our life drawing session on Friday. We started to think about perception. Your hand close up to your face is a lot larger than if it is further away. Its hard to think in such a way when your translating the image onto the paper.  But its simply a case of drawing what you see and having no doubts at how surreal it looks on the paper while your drawing it.

I always had a habit as a child of drawing unnervingly large birds and girls with hands which where twice the size of their poor heads. As a child my observation told me that all girls had hands like lead weights and a stomach like an ironing board. (I’m sure everyone has  dreamt about this at some point) .  Its funny how our perception changes through our experience…

..so to conclude, we need to stop telling ourselves we can’t draw! a bit of self belief and practice goes a long way!