Written by: Grave Reviews Staff
I recently spoke to SFX Designer, Nikki Migliore. Nikki, who has been creating designs for about two years. She was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been very active on social media posting her FX Designs. Nikki has also collaborated with a series of other artists on social media as well. Today, we are speaking to her about how she got her start into creating various FX designs.
Q&A with the Creator
Q: What motivated you to pursue FX design?
A: It all started on YouTube and I was watching videos. I started to watch more tutorials on what I can get my hands on like liquid latex, cotton, and various other items to create with. Just watching people do this work skyrocketed my interest and how I wanted to get into the field. When I was at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, which was a horror convention, other FX artists were there and I wanted to talk to them for advice and how to make prosthetics and other stuff like sculpting. One day I was really struggling with a makeup look and it just failed and I was super pissed. We all learn from our mistakes I suppose. Some of the artists at the convention told me where to buy various makeup products, how to get started and what to get.
Q: Was there any particular design that struck your interest?
A: I was a really big fan of the Nebula make-up work from Gardens of the Galaxy. She had a baldhead and her eyes were black. I thought that was really cool, especially the color combination of that character. I wanted to do stuff like that and create color combinations and mix colors. At the time, I was reading a lot of Venom comics and that sparked my interest as well. I try to get inspiration off of all sorts of works.
Q: What would you say was the most gratifying project that you have done to date?
A: I have to say the clown look I did back in February of 2018. The design included body paint and FX effects because I glued teeth in my mouth and face and I don’t normally combine the two like that. In addition, I normally do a face prosthetics and wear a turtleneck shirt but it was really the first time I kind of combined all the things I do and specialize in. It was the most time consuming one too.
Furthermore, Nikki aspires to be in the film industry and possibly work in a haunted house to create monsters. Her techniques and work have certainly placed in her in a good position to do just that. We are looking forward to further works by Nikki and wish her the best of luck on her journey.
To view all of Nikki’s works, you can visit her Instagram page here.
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