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A Complete Guide to Special Effects Makeup: Conceptual Creations by Japanese Makeup Artists Paperback – August 19, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-4766118339 ISBN-10: 4766118332

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Graphic-Sha Publishing (August 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4766118332
  • ISBN-13: 978-4766118339
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,369,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The 7 talented artists who have contributed to this book are Akihito, Tomonobu Iwakura, Keizo, Yuga Takahashi, Akiteru Nakada, Manabu Namikawa, and Tomu (Hyakutake). Between them they have worked on scores of TV series and movies, including Japanese productions like Casshern and Ultraman Max, and Hollywood movies including Alien vs Predator and Land of the Dead. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It has great pictures and easy step by step directions.
anna
Love the book, gave my copy to my neice as a gift....now I miss the book.
Jeannine C. Walker
A must have book for anyone looking to get into special effects makeup.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on June 5, 2009
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I own several books and DVD's on special effects make-up including both of the Grande Illusion books, Movie FX Magazine Master classes, books by Vincent Kehoe, Thurston James and more... and let me tell you this one book covers more ground then any of them. Everything from basic eyeliner and blush to full head latex appliances, costumes, props and metalwork. It has dozens of projects for you to follow along with to create some breathtaking effects.

Now that isn't to say that this is perfect, the first and most obvious problem isn't really any fault of the original authors - but the copy I got from amazon has several mistakes and printing errors. But even with these errors the book is still very easy to follow.

Other problems might be that some of the information might have gaps as suggested by another reviewer... it is hard for me to tell because I have studied this subject so much that I can fill in the blanks without really thinking.

If you are on the fence about buying this book don't be, it is in full color with amazing full page artwork of the finished designs and step by step photos of everything. This book even answered questions some "professionals" I asked could not! For the money this book is very, VERY hard to beat.

Now if only someone would put out a book this detailed about animatronics!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2009
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I never in my wildest dreams did I think there was a better book than the fabled Grande Illusions, which everyone swore by. Today is that day. While Grande Illusions does cover some information, it only contains a hand full of illustrations and only covers major parts like hair punching and break down prosthetics.

This book covers far more ground and it's information is up to date. Not that Grande Illusions is bad mind you, it's just that much of what Tom Savini had access to 20+ years is no longer in production or has changed radically since then. Going from basic makeup and foundations to full blown prosthetics and even metalwork, this book not only supplements Grande Illusions, but surpasses it in many respects.

For me, this book is a Godsend. Filled with excellent and easy-to-understand diagrams on the casting and moldmaking section really helps! Also learning how to create realistic fake eyes is something not cover by Savini, and is quite easy to do thanks to this book. All of the projects coincide with the creature gallery as well, which is really cool and quite fun if you have the time to sit through them all.

And further more, most of the supplies can be found at your local art or hardware store, making it easier to create realistic effects on a budget! Materials covered here even include silicones and Gelatine, which are the trickest of the bunch aside from industry standard Foam Rubber Latex. All in all, get this book and Grande Illusions 1&2, I feel it's worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian bradford on October 6, 2014
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I was looking forward to getting this book based on all the giddy reviews about it...even though the makeups on the cover looked amateurish and suspiciously poorly lit. I wish I had gone with my instincts on this one. Most of this stuff is not what I consider makeup. Its cosplay. Seriously...one of the featured "makeups" shows you how to bedazzle a burlap sack and wear it over your head.
Even the basics presented here I would have to say are misguided. For instance, it tells you to paint straight black into wax or putty scratches to give the appearance of deeper wounds. Really? That's what I used to do when I first started and didn't know any better.
In my opinion Debrecini's book is the best book on the market right now, Savini's books will give you more insight about ingenuity and artistry, and Dick Smith's Monster Makeup Handbook will continue to be pulled from my shelf a thousand times more than I will ever refer to this dog turd of a book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emma on September 26, 2010
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So I got this book after browsing online... BUT the first couple times I checked the price started at about ninehundred something bucks so i went to a major retail bookstore and ordered it with them for about twentysomething bucks... so if you do not mind waiting a little while for your book (mine was on backorder for a couple of weeks) you save a bunch of money and it is even new...! Anyway, it is a great book ! Great buy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Kelly on April 14, 2013
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It has gorgeous pictures, not so much clear explanations, I do not regret the purchase but I wish their were better "How To's. It may be a problem with translation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nic on July 8, 2014
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Definitely an amazing book, and worth the price. The only thing bad I can say about it, is that the book only contains a small amount of actual teachings of how to use and apply the makeup. This book is not something you should get as a begginer.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LostGotham on June 15, 2010
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I think I already reviewed this book accidentally under my wife's account but I love it so much I had to come back and review it again.

This book is hands down the best book I have found for special effects make-up in terms of value for money, you have to pay two, three or four times as much to find anything close to this book. It was originally a Japanese book only recently translated into English and after the first edition went out of print unscrupulous scalpers were selling this book for hundreds of dollars - and it might still have been worth it!

Literally PACKED with pictures this book is a work of art. The first edition that I have did have some errors in terms of translation and printing... in at least one place the written description did not match the picture - but still this book is so in depth and step by step that you could almost follow along using only the words or only the pictures!

It covers everything from basic beauty make-up and hairstyles for pretty girls to full head foam latex appliances for demonic otherworldly creatures. It has several techniques for cuts and scars ranging from make-up only to wax and latex, it covers life casting more then any one volume I have seen including casting hands, fingers, faces, heads and whole limbs. It has techniques for working with Metal, Vacuum molded plastic, even using household items and junk to make masks and customize accessories in a semi "steampunk" style.

This book has so much in it that at the full cover price of $25 it is more than worth it, at the amazon price of $15 IT IS A STEAL. If you are interested in getting into the field of special make up effects, even if you are already there - this book has so much in it that it is a MUST HAVE! Do not wait, buy it NOW.
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