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Gr 6 Up–This is a guide for experienced artists ready to take their craft to the next level, instead of painting pictures on a face, like colors on a flat canvas. These instructions show how to use shading and highlights to shape a variety of frightening and whimsical forms. The authors open the book with basic information about materials, colors, and techniques. Then they demonstrate different projects, with the “friendly” faces first, and the “fiendish” ones in the back. Each entry has a full-page color photograph of the final product and smaller photos of each step in the painting process. Clearly written instructions appear below each photo. The book contains the standard faces, such as a butterfly mask, animal faces, and a clown face, as well as some unusual projects. Some of the fiendish visages are quite frightening. The book comes with an informative DVD where the authors demonstrate two of the face paintings from the book. As one brother does the painting, the other gives a running commentary of what he is doing and why. The projects in this book have more impact than those in the Usborne Book of Face Painting (Usborne, 2003), but are not necessarily harder to create. This is a great resource, especially for older children, teens, and adults.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Twin award-winning, world-renowned artists/instructors Brian and Nick Wolfe are known for their fast-paced face and body art techniques. They have worked with Universal Studios Florida, contributed to face-painting publications, taught classes and workshops, and have been featured as Wolfe Brothers Face Art & FX. They were named World Champions at the World Bodypainting Festival in 2009.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMPACT; Pap/DVD edition (September 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440302707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440302701
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Identical twins Nick and Brian Wolfe grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and started their epic journey into the world of special effects makeup by drawing dinosaurs and superheroes when they young and it is that inborn enthusiasm for art and illusion that has fueled their meteoric rise in the world of faceart,body painting and special effects make-up.

In 1998 they brought their considerable talents to Universal Studios Florida, quickly making names for themselves in the industry working in the studio's prosthetic department. They soon met the face painters of Enjoy Your Face Inc., the company that paints in the major theme parks of Florida, California, Pennsylvania, and Osaka, Japan. Taking a cue from their own childhood experiences and passions, the twins soon developed and integrated cool designs specifically for boys bridging the gender gap in the art of face painting.

The Wolfe brothers' classic use of highlighting, shadow, anatomy studies, and 3-D illusions quickly received international attention in 2001 when they were hired as contributing authors to Creative Facepainting. The book has been produced in five languages and was considered the facepainting bible.

In 2004, the Wolfe brothers left Universal Studios and founded their own make-up company, Wolfe Brothers Face Art & FX. Serving as the Artistic Directors for the company, they regularly toured the world to promote their products and teach face and body art techniques.

In 2008, Nick and Brian once again reinvented themselves, leaving the company they founded to embark upon a more freestyle career path. Plying their craft all over the globe under the corporate name Evil Twin FX LLC, the brothers continue to teach workshops on face painting, body painting, special FX make-up, and mask making in Europe, Asia, Australia, and across North America. Most recently, the Wolfe Brothers competed against 40 other countries to win the world champion title at the World Body Paint Festival.

Prolific writers, the Wolfe Brothers also continually contribute to many industry books and publications. Extreme Facepainting, published by North Light Books, is one such work. This 50-face, step-by-step book and DVD combo can be found at most book stores and Internet booksellers and has sold thousands of copies worldwide. The Wolfe Brothers also are regular contributing writers to many periodicals including Illusion, Orlando Magazine, Haunted Attraction Magazine, Make up Artist Magazine, Klutz, Nail and Beauty, and Graftobian.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eyyys on January 3, 2011
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First, this is a fantastic book with great photos and cool designs, just like everyone says, BUT I recently bought the Wolfe Brothers Step-by-Step book for Animals, and 12 out of the 15 designs in that book are also in this Extreme book! I was so mad when I started flipping thru and saw the exact same designs that I already paid for! That is the only other Wolfe book I own, so I am now very hesitant to buy any more since those designs are probably in this one as well. I'm very surprised that they published the same designs in two different books, even using some of the exact same pictures. Oh well... like I said, great book, but definitely be wary of picking up their other cheat books without first finding out what the designs are and comparing them. I am excited to watch the videos though.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Carr on September 10, 2010
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Nick and Brian Wolfe are the best face painters in North America and their innovative face designs are limitless. These designs are all shown step-by-step so you can see exactly how they are painted.

While the majority of these designs are quite sophisticated, they are presented in such a way that intermediate painters will be able to derive a less detailed version just by skipping some of the elaborate steps.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bella on November 6, 2011
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I'M ADDING PICTURES ON HERE OF WHAT I LEARNED FROM THIS BOOK! HAVE A LOOK! My photos are the girl zebra, girl vampire, green skull boy, me as the Jekyl & Hyde, & red beast.

This book is awesome. I never use to pay attention to the tutorials in face painting books, but actually found this to be awesome once I gave it a closer look. I learned so many new techniques that people think of me as an expert & I get jobs all the time for it. I can now paint almost every face in this book.

This book teaches you how to splash paint for cool effects, smoothly lay out glitter, make perfect swirls & then some. If you actually READ the step by step instructions rather than JUST going by the picture you'll improve like you wouldn't believe. BUY THIS BOOK!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shasta Walton on October 19, 2011
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As a mom of four I am always looking for fun stiff to do with my kids, and the kids in our neighborhood (yes, I am that mom). When I had the chance to check this book out, I was thrilled. I got the book and within two hours had already painted two little faces! They chose a butterfly and jaguar, which let's be honest aren't super easy. With the Step-By-Step directions I was able to give them faces that people other than a mother could love!

This book is great for beginners (that would be me) because the step-by-step directions make painting a breeze. I plan to go back and buy more paint and use this book at our children's school fairs. This book is giving me mad cool points and my use of the phrase mad cool points is taking them right back ;).

You can read my full review and check out my face painting results here: [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James E. Transue III on September 7, 2012
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I have nowhere near the skill to pull off these facepaints the way the Wolf Brothers do, but by following their directions, I still end up with facepaints that make my friends believe I do!

I learned some great tips that I apply to facepaints not in the book too, of course. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam on October 11, 2010
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I used the book recently when my 9-year-old daughter was invited over to a friend's house for a last-minute "costume party"--got a very convincing werewolf in about 10 minutes with just a brown lipstick and a black eyeliner pencil (would have been better if I'd had a couple additional colors, but in the end, it turned out great anyway). I didn't even have to read the captions to get a great result. I know having this book on hand for future use is going to be great as a mom. As I was doing my daughter's makeup, my 11-year-old son asked if there was a skull in the book that we could possibly do for him at Halloween, and sure enough, there is. With 50 easy projects, I'm especially loving this book at this time of year around Halloween, but I can also see lots of other fun uses for it in the future. My friend is borrowing my copy for some face painting she's doing at a craft fair this coming weekend (and she's also considering buying a copy for herself). Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vanshe20 on September 26, 2010
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This book is a must-have for face painters! The tips are so helpful! The book begins with the simple stuff like materials you need to start painting, then it shows great tips on sponge, brush, shading/outlining and even cottom swab techniques! The 25 friendly faces and 25 fiendish faces are each shown step-by-step in great detail (and some more tips) and then one whole page of the finish face. The video is a great tutorial to see Nick and Brian in action! They're just simply amazing and this book is a great reflection of what they can share! Awesome book! You wont regret buying it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daron Levy on July 2, 2011
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This is an awesome book. You'll learn many detailed and gorgeous face painting designs, and the instructions are step-by-step with pictures and descriptions. When you paint these, they look awesome compared to the simple hearts, stars, and rainbows of the amateur face painters. Want to make better looking artwork and leave the amateur face painters in the dust? This will help you do it.
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