While studying towards my HND in Makeup Artistry and West College Scotland in Paisley, I was asked to create a makeup including Prosthetics as my final exam called the Graded Unit.
I chose to create a makeup based on The Night King from Game of Thrones. I feel that the makeups created by the creative time for Game of Thrones are some of the best I have seen, with The Night King being the most impressive Prosthetic makeup application. The first time I saw The Night King I knew that I wanted to have the chance to recreate this incredible artistry.
I first started by researching to understand the background of this character and how they came to be. The story told in Game of Thrones is that he was created by a race called The Children of the Forest, by stabbing one of The First Men through the heart with a dagger made from Dragonglass. When I was creating my character I chose to recreate this scene, showing a human man bound to a tree before being stabbed and his eyes changing from brown to ice blue.
Something that I also wanted to focus heavily on was the personalised handmade aspect of my design, all of the costume and props were made from scratch by myself. The backdrop for my set was created by connecting 3 10ft tall plywood boards, which had been wallpapered with a snowy forest design. I also collected branches which I spray painted partly silver and partly black, and used battery powered spotlights shining up the back of the boards casting shadows of the twigs, creating an ominous effect.
The prosthetic pieces where created by sculpting oil based clay on to a stone face cast, I then built a wall of clay around this and filled it with stone, creating a negative mould of the shapes created with the clay. This was then filled with silicone and left to dry whilst pressed to the original face cast, so the prosthetics would stay in the shape of the face. Once the silicone prosthetic was dry, I then used cap plastic and painted a very thin layer around the outside of the prosthetic pieces, this would allow me to bleed away the edges of the prosthetics making it look more realistic and help blend into the skin.
A lot of hard work and dedication went in to the making of this, although it was mainly inspired by The Night King from Game of Thrones, I wanted to put my own spin on it, showing him as being more human than what he is in the Television Series. I felt like showing him in a more human way would make it look more realistic and eerie, knowing that he was once an ordinary person and is now a creature similar to an undead ice zombie!
If you’d like to see some images of the process, there is a slideshow of some of the images underneath. I loved creating this character and feel immensely proud knowing that I designed and created every aspect of it!