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By patrickjack84, Mar 19 2018 12:45PM

The Entertainer

Short film Written & Directed by Jonathan Schey


Costume Designer - Patrick Jack Whelan (www.patrickjackdesigns.com)


Staring Toby Jones.



By patrickjack84, Mar 17 2018 06:06PM

Well Season 3 of All Stars comes to a close. After a rollercoaster of highs and lows! I’m still trying to recover from the whole Dela situation. “WE WERE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU!”

However, one of my main points of interest throughout the entire show was Rupaul’s Looks.. After season 9’s controversial disappearance of Mathu Andersen, which lead to an erratic array of mishmash looks from Ru(see previous blog post for more info), and the arrival of Raven Hunty on Makeup & Delta Work on Hair.

I personally felt by the end of season 9 the ladies were really beginning to craft some severe looks. Don’t get me wrong it was a drastic change from the House of Mathu, which had to happen. No two artists paint the same, and no one wants to try and imitate another’s work.

Needless to say I was excited to see how it was going to develop.

SO.. low and behold All Stars Season 3 arrives… and I am ready!


So first of all, I have always been a massive fan of Mathu, especially his work on Rupaul over the years. They have crafted some magnificent art. I am also in no doubt that Raven is an extremely talent Makeup Artist. Unfortunately for him whether he did a good job or not initially he was going to be scrutinized.

But in life & especially in pop culture it is key to keep things fresh and current.

So I am a huge believer in change. Although it can be uncomfortable and come as a shock, change does allow things to grow and develop.


Below I have put some headshots of Ru's look each week. Numbered by Episode. So Ya'll can make up your own minds.


Starting with wigs. Definitely a big improvement since Season 9 in my opinion! More structured, more hold, better silhouettes. Dare I say it, Better quality wigs!

They have a very Delta Work “Look” about them, which sometimes I think is fabulous but I kinda wanna see something different. Each wig from this season seem to have a really harsh ridge from the wig line going into the style(pic attached). Which is something we have seen on Ru before in Mathu days. But usually mixed within other styling techniques along the way.

The wig in Episode 5 I hated! With a passion. The really heavy black root did nothing for Mother Ru!

But Episodes 2,3 & 8 I was blown away by.


The Makeup - Well I am sold. Box it, Bag it.. I'll take it.

Raven had a tough road to start on.

No.1 it being Rupaul!

No.2 Following from Mathu.

No.3 having very little practice/rehearsal time.

No.4 Knowing that whatever he did, was going to be heavily judged.

So this left season 9 being heavily filtered and severely lacking continuity & clarity.

I won’t lie. I didn’t like the change. I was praying to the gods of drag to compel Mathu to come back!

BUT I sit here now in the wake of All Stars Season 3 having finished, content in the new union of Rupaul & Raven.

Episodes 3, 6 & 8 were my fave makeup looks – Episodes 6 was literally like “My Little Pony Realness”.


Although we are still all unsure to exactly why Mathu disappeared and in some ways it is sad this union ended, I think the work that Raven is now doing on Ru feels very NOW. Its crafting out a fresher, almost rebranded Ru. There are elements of classic drag makeup mixed with current trends. Harsh raven contour lines but with a soft fading blend. The whole thing feels more Drag. The development from Season 9 to All Stars 3 is clear. The paint is strong!

So Raven, I salute you. You are creating something bold & new. Rupaul 2.0

I’m already gagging for season 10!


“If ya can’t Love yourself, How the hell ya gunna love somebody else”


Also condragulations to the winner.....(x)


Px



By patrickjack84, Feb 28 2016 11:44PM

Its all Fun and Games here at Patrick Jack Designs HQ!

In January 2016 I was asked to come on board and Design the Costumes for a BBC Mandarin Superhero Series.

Now what better a way to start your January than designing 70’s comic book inspired superhero costumes!!

It was for a BBC learning series which will be out later this year.

Both the set designer and I took inspiration from the original batman series, and old comic books illustrators like Jim Steranko.

Your see my initial designs in the images below. I try to adapt my design process to suit each job. So here for example I worked in a much more cartoon/comic book illustrators style to try and start bringing our world to life.

The story was based around a family of superhero’s and their arch nemesis. With different characters popping into the story line.

After working out the overall look of everything we need to establish a colour palette that was going to run throughout the show. After this was done the design process could really begin.

Its important to consider key points when designing like budget (every job is different), time, fabric, team (who, how and where are you having made/making the costumes), doubles/multiples (will you need more than one of each costume?), practicality of the costume, longevity of the garment… the list goes on.. its never as simple as just sitting down and sketching lovely things. Although that’s not a bad place to start to get your ideas going.

Really to get the look I wanted we had to make the costumes in a stretch fabric. I chose a 4 way stretch lycra. NOW this is a tricky fabric to work with.

I have an amazing maker that I use that is an expert in the stuff! So I like to communicate with her when finalizing the design to really make sure things are going to work. Like how things are going to sit, fit, shape the body and also move.

I do love a cape – but they’re never an easy thing to work with… but that’s another story.


We had to make the gloves and masks from scratch. Then customize all shoes and accessories.

We had quite a short amount of time to turn out all the costumes. On top of the superhero family we had all the other characters to consider. Including the super villain – who you can see in the images below.


I’ll post a link for the show once it is announced. But for now their are some images below of my designs and the finished costumes!


By patrickjack84, Jan 6 2015 01:33AM

Just a quick Blog post to let you know, tomorrow morning at 5am (Gosh, I know its early!) you can catch "Guin and the Dragon" a Show I was Costume & Make-Up Designer for on BBC 2.

It was an absolutely fabulous show to work on and its really something special to see if you can.... If you don't fancy getting up at the crack of dawn to see it, you can catch it online after its first airing!

The leading lady(or should I say girl) Isabelle Allen was young cosette in Les Miserables. A real talent to keep an eye on.. the girl is going to be a super star... mark my words.

Also appearing in the show is Louise Jameson of Doctor Who fame... wonderfully talented lady and also so lovely and funny! We had a blast on set.


In other news I'm shoot a commercial this week, which I'll fill you in on later... Oh and then a online drama later this month - its James Bond, meets superheros, meets hunger games... (yeah... its gunna be good!)


anyway... must dash! Don't be a stranger ;)


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Patrick Jack Designs.com

Costume Designer / Stylist / Make-Up

By patrickjack84, Jun 17 2014 04:57PM

Hel Y'al .. Heres the article I was asked to write for Guise Magazine to discuss the importance of using social media as a creative... have a read!


To Tweet or Not? By Patrick Jack Whelan - Costume Designer & Stylist www.patrickjackdesigns.com


Whats your twitter name? Are you on Instagram? Do you have a website? Oh my God you HAVE to join Tumblr... have you heard of Pinterest? Oh, and do you use LinkedIn?

These are all questions we hear more and more often in our world overrun by social media. It seems every week there’s a new app coming out to share images on or a new fangled social media site to be updating.

Having been working as a Costume Designer and Stylist for the past eight years, I've come to believe that in this day age, us creative folk need to have a strong social presence to succeed in our industries. Word of mouth and a good reputation are no longer enough. Employers, clients, colleagues and fellow costume/fashion fanatics want to see your work in all of its glitzy glory. That might be to check out your credentials for a job, see current examples of your work, even see if you have your own fan base (yes, a fan base.) Or perhaps fellow costumiers/stylists want to see their competition(don't deny it - we all do it).

Whether we like it or not, having a visual presence online is vital to building a career as a designer or any artist for that matter. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying without a website you will fail but I bet you'll find a lot more success if you have a well-established virtual self. Networking plays a massive part in a creative's life (as most of us are freelancers) so why not use the power of the web and social media to help you do so?

There’s no doubt about it, building and maintaining your presence online does take time, but once you've done the initial leg work its pretty easy. You're probably thinking, on top of your busy working schedule(designing, buying, altering costumes 'til 4am, 16 hour shoot days, breaking down scripts, meetings, editing photos, etc etc.. , you also have to make time to update your digital self. Scary? It doesn't have to be. We now all have the ability to connect to the cyber realm via our phones at the click of a button or the tap of a screen...

Your website is your calling card.

It's usually the first stop for any interested employer as there they can gauge whether you're suitable for the job. Some fellow designers I know have their websites built and run for them. That’s fine if you're willing to pay the money, but remember this does then also restrict the control you have and how regularly you can update it.

There are so many great providers online now to, allowing you to "Build your own Website" and they really are pretty easy to use. I use MoonFruit, there are endless options to play around with, and you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like. Other providers are; Mr. Site, Wicks, Photo- Deck, SquareSpace - the list is endless. Play around with trials and see which one suits you best. Plus, most of these website providers offer predesigned templates if you don't want to start from scratch. If the task is still quite daunting to you, my suggestion is get someone, ideally a friend in the know(they are cheaper!) to help you build the site and teach you how to update it, then it's still in your control.

Make sure the site tells viewers what you do and the services you provide on the first page. Then within your website (ppeaking from a designer's point of view) you should really have an up to date CV, gallery, blog and clear contact details (usually you can set up an email account through your website provider e.g. info@yourwebsitename.com).


Twitter is like the Pandora's box of the social media world.

Does anyone really understand it? All I know is, its probably one of the best(if not the best) online tools for self promotion and networking. It's a way of connecting with clients and fellow creatives. I have been approached about several jobs in the past via twitter - so it definitely works.

Use twitter to share what you're up to, discuss which production you're working on, who you're working with or just to simply voice your opinion.

A powerful way of getting your posts seen is to use hash tags (#). These magical symbols suddenly allow your little tweet to be seen by thousands more people. Use them well and virtual doors shall open.

With Twitter and most of the apps we use on a day-to-day basis, they can all be linked together to share things quicker. Cutting down on the time you spend in the cyber world. If you look online you can find application like HootSuite and Tweetdeck, allowing you to link your social media profiles together for easier viewing and updating and scheduling in your posts in advance. If you know you're going to be busy on set all day, schedule in a tweet that morning, then you won't have to do it on the job.

Another great feature is that your app feeds can be embedded onto your website, making yourself and the services you provide more accessible to a wider audience and client base. Obviously it's up to you how active you are in the virtual worlds, find out what suits you. I have my twitter feed on my homepage. But if you prefer you could simply put a link button to take your website visitors to that particular page.


Instagram is my favourite app.


Why? Because it's all about the imagery! We creatives are said to generally respond better to more visual stimulation, and I for one will vouch for that. Plus it's an excuse to take pictures of pretty things and play around with filters! AND now you can also create videos: which is a whole new level of fun - especially if you're left with time to spare on a job.

Similar to twitter, you can use hash tags to promote and share your posts. But unlike twitter, within in the Instagram app you can choose to share your post onto other applications like twitter, facebook & Tumblr(I'll touch on these later). This is another way to condense the time you spend "socialising".

Instagram is also a wonderful App for self promotion of your work. For example, a make-up artists can post pictures of the faces they have recently painted, stylists can promote brands they have borrowed from or hair stylists can upload a "how to" video on the latest celebrity hairstyle trends.

Facebook is probably the app we all know the most about as the majority of the worlds population has a profile on it.

In my experience, the advice I would give would be to keep your profile private and not use it as a form of public promotion. Instead, set up a Facebook Page which you can use for business and promotion. They are easy to set up but you need to decide if it is something that you personally will benefit from. For example a Facebook page is something that could benefit a you if you're setting up a company dealing with alterations or even bridal wear - it's an app best used for businesses. Photographers also seem to benefit well from a regularly updated Facebook Fan page.


LinkedIn is basically the professional Facebook.

With the increased popularity of the site, it has become more common for employers to view a potential employees' LinkedIn page. This is because friends, colleagues and companies can endorse a person for their skills, acting as both CV and reference. The more endorsements you have, the more successful you appear to the outside world.

The whole idea of the site is to expand your professional profile and to help you reach others within your industry. It's also brilliant for people seeking a new job as LinkedIn will send you "Recommended Jobs" based on the skills-set you give them and your previous work experience. When inputting your work experience you can link each job with the said company you were employed by(as long as they are on LinkedIn too) which can only help promote your work and skills further.

LinkedIn is worth setting up and it doesn't need very much upkeep, only when you want to update what you're working on. It's well worth having a presence on this particular network, especially as a fee. One last thing you should know about LinkedIn is that it tells you which other members have



By patrickjack84, Sep 11 2013 09:01PM

Hey Y'all...

Sorry I haven't posted in a looooooong time.. Works been crazy busy. So I haven't had enough time to sit down and write a blog entry. Right now I should be compiling some expenses, but instead I thought I would write an over due blog entry while consuming an entire bag of chocolate buttons.. yes that’s a whole bag!

So last week I was designing the costumes for the Commercial and promo for the second series of the worldwide National Geographic show called "Scam City" with Conor Woodman...

In the program Conor travels the world finding scams and unveiling them through hidden cameras.

So with the commercial they wanted to capture elements from different cities.

So we had a New York back street, a New Orleans Mardi Gras scene, a London Roof top bar & a Singapore bedroom.

It was great fun creating looks for all the Mardi Gras revelers. I found a brilliant headpiece thanks to the wonderful team at The Costume Studio.

The Little black dress company supplied me with a beautiful dress for our leading lady.

The commercial should be out in the next few weeks, so keep your eyes peeled.. Obviously I will share when I can.. but for now here’s some pics from the day i managed to grab!




By patrickjack84, Jan 9 2013 12:58PM

So for a recent Film I was working on, some of the costumes needed to be "Broken Down". By this I mean made to look worn/lived in, in this case to quite an extreme length.

The character had been through some form of mental breakdown and was living in a flat on her own.. where she had lost of sense of reality and self control.

Not washing, changing clothes, cleaning herself and basically living in her own excrement.

So to create this look I used a mixed medium of techniques.

There are some great products out there that you can buy...

like Dirty Down spray, which comes in a variety of colours and tones. Also waxes and rubs which are good for creating natural looking stains like sweat and dirt.

I peronsally like to use a mix of these products which more house hold items.

for example;

Ketch up-

Vasaline-

worcestershire sauce-

coffee- to rub on and to dtte entire garments.

spray paints are good when used carefully.

fabric dyes are great for making new items look old- running several items through a machine wash with a grey dye works wonders.

I just wanted to Share these tricks of the trade encase you ever need to "Break Down" a costume! Good Luck!

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