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The amazing world of Monster Makeup can really make your head spin while you waffle between amazement and horror. “How did they do that?!” is undoubtedly the number one question that everyone has when they come across special effects makeup creations. The second most popular question is usually “Where do you get your inspiration from?” and the answer can vary greatly.

Everyone gets their inspiration from a different place or places. It could come from a single place or a million places. The key is to look at things differently, to break them down into sections, and to examine these sections. Think about the personality of the character that you’re trying to create. Are they Angry? Happy? Vengeful? Evil? Complicated? Naive? Where does this character come from? Somewhere Hot? Cold? Wet? Dry? Bright? Dark? Colorful? Dreary? Asking yourself a few questions about your character can really help you put together the entire creation.

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Here are a few ideas that may help you to find inspiration for monster makeup creations or just creatures in general.

Childhood Nightmares 

This is a great place to look for inspiration when in need of a creative boost. What scared you as a child will most likely scare others too. Grown-up nightmares (if you have them) just aren’t the same kind of scary. Usually adults have nightmares about jobs, finances, children, aging, sex, and love. So, use scary stuff from when you were a kid, and not a giant “Past Due” bill… although…

Favorite Movies 

Many people become interested in Special Effects makeup because of a character they saw in a movie. In many ways it gives them inspiration just knowing that someone used their creativity and imagination to make it come to life. Movies will always serve to inspire and tell others that it’s possible to make dreams come true.


Take a look at animals, both at the top of the food chain and at the bottom. They can provide you with amazing inspiration if you take the time to examine how they get on in the world. Each has its own unique characteristics that serve to help them survive, thrive and reproduce. You don’t have to just copy a ferocious animal to create a monster, you can use animals that aren’t dangerous and give them a few tweaks.


Just living in the world with others might be enough to conjure up visions of monsters. Take a look at human nature and how we react to situations and each other. Admirable humans have just as much to offer as those who are despised by most. Both good and bad traits can be exaggerated or reduced to help create something mesmerizing.


Everyone always seems to forget about plants. They are much more interesting than you think if you do a bit of research. Think Little Shop of Horrors and the mutated Venus Fly Trap that feeds on the blood of humans instead of insects. Then there’s The Children of the Corn, although the corn isn’t a true character it still takes on a life of its own.

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Monster Makeup inspiration can come from virtually anywhere; whether it’s a tangible object or not. Use your creativity to see things differently. Change the parts of the whole either in size, shape, color or into a combination of variations. Use your fears and hopes in your work to infuse personality into your creation. Break the boundaries and run free. You are only limited by yourself.

Happy Monstering!!!

Once again it’s Son of Monsterpalooza time! Come on down to Burbank, California for a great time with Special Exhibits, Presentations, Demonstrations, Vendors and much more. This is a great event for makeup artists, monster enthusiasts and anyone who wants to have a good time.

Son of Monsterpalooza will also has an incredible guest list that includes:
Tony Todd – Candy Man, Night Of The Living Dead,
Star Trek : Next Generation, Wishmaster,
Hatchet, 24,The Crow
David Naughton – American Werewolf In London,
My Sister Sam, Holliston
Udo Kier – Mark Of The Devil, Suspiria,
Flesh For Frankenstein,
Shadow Of The Vampire, Blade
Meg Foster – They Live, Stepfather Ii, 31
Masters Of The Universe
Harvey Stephens – The Omen,
Gauguin The Savage
Leslie Easterbrook – The Devils Rejects, Police Academy,
Halloween 07, Laverne And Shirley
Mick Garris – (Writer, Producer & Director)
Masters Of Horror, Hocus Pocus,
The Stand, Amazing Stories, The Shining
William Forsythe – Once A Time In America, Dick Tracy,
Raising Arizona, The Devils Rejects
James Hong – Big Trouble In Little China,
Blade Runner, Kungfu Panda
Mike Westmore – (Academy Award Winning Makeup Artist)
Mask, Rocky, Raging Bull,
Masters Of The Universe
Star Trek, Along Came A Spider, Face Off
McKenzie Westmore – Face Off Host
Star Trek:Voyager, Star Trek The
Next Generation, Passions
Cherie Currie – Lead Singer Of The Runaways,
Foxes, Parasite, Twilight Zone Movie

In addition to all of the guests, demonstrations, and events you can also compete in the Son of Monsterpalooza Costume Contest. First place will win $600, Second place $400, and Third place $200. This is an amazing opportunity to show off your talent, skills and creativity with a creation based on a media, film or television character or an
original design. The judges will be motion picture and television industry professionals and are looking for mostly handmade costumes and makeup applications.

This year Son of Monsterpalooza is introducing a youth category for children seven to fourteen years of age. There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in this division and each winner will receive a Son of Monsterpalooza trophy. Honorable mentions will receive a certificate. Parents/legal guardians are required to accompany children 14 years and younger during Costume Contest.

Friday, September 18, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday, September 19, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, September 20, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Friday – $25
Saturday – $30
Sunday – $25
All 3 Days – $70

It’s time again for Monsterpalooza LA! It all happens March 27-29, 2015 in beautiful Burbank, California at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the Monster Museum, Special Presentations, Makeup Demos, and over 200 Vendors plus more. Join EI at Monsterpalooza LA
There’s a huge list of special guests who are scheduled to attend Monsterpalooza including: George A. Romero, Sonny Chiba, Linda Blair, Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Jenette Goldstein, Michael Biehn, Marc Rolston, Michael Gross, Margot Kidder, Sarah Douglas, Valerie Perrine, Jack O’Halloran, Sybil Danning, Victoria Price, Sara Karloff and many more.
The vendor list is quite impressive with popular brands such as European Body Art, Girls and Corpses, Creepsville, Killer Pumpkins, Reel Art, Ink Sessions, Planet Chaotika, Rock Rebel, Time Tunnel Toys, Bijoux Collectibles, Beateye Media, Rotton Cotton, Trick or Treat Studios, Blast From the Past, and Classic Horror. With so many vendors and brands to explore, this is a great opportunity to stock up on extra supplies, discover new products, and to learn more about the makeup industry.
Monsterpalooza began back in 2009 and has grown considerably since that time. Now it has become a world famous event where the best makeup artists and hopefuls gather to improve their art. This is a fantastic meeting ground for any and all of those who are passionate about the makeup industry and would like to take their art step or two further. There are many exhibitions, guests, vendors, demonstrations and Q&A’s with highly sought after professionals and character actors for attendees to engage with.
Friday, March 27 – 6pm until 11pm – $30
Saturday, March 28 – 11am until 6pm – $30
Sunday, March 29 – 11am until 6pm – $30
All 3 Days – $70