The Tiger Story at First Night Morris 2014



There was this nice photo of two participants in my story, “The Tiger That Went to the House of the Sun”, in a web article by Kevin Coughlin about First Night Morris 2014. I did two performances of StoryFaces at one site, and we had our Transformation facepainters at a second site.  Here’s what Kevin wrote about our part of the event:

But one new twist that proved a hit was an early 5 pm start for kids activities that included StoryFaces (a combination of storytelling and face-painting), LEGO building, and arts and crafts. 

“We’re having such a great time, and really looking forward to the face-painting,” Carol Hueston of Morris Plains said on New Year’s Eve, as her 6-year-old twins Cory and Jade diligently worked on New Year’s crowns in the Morristown High School cafeteria.

“We’ll definitely be back next year,” said Long Hill resident Josephine Infante-Meehan, whose children Mossino, 9, and Francesca, 12, sported magnificent African jungle scenes painted on their faces by Christopher Agostino of StoryFaces. Francesca said she had no intention of ever washing away the artwork.

Colorful visages weren’t just for youngsters, however. Charlie Qiao, a 24-year-old student at the Stevens Institute of Technology, also had a wondrous paint job, along with his friends, Sandie Song and Sophia Liang. “This is very good,” said Charlie, a native of China, enjoying his first First Night. “It’s a wonderful experience.”  

There’s also a photo of Charlie, Sandie and Sophia in the article slideshow – see the full article at:

As Kevin mentioned, having my show at 5:00 was an earlier start for the event than previous years, and I wasn’t surprised to see only  a few people at my venue in the High School as I got set to start. So I began the show in an intimate style of storytelling, with smaller tales for a small audience, and then continued to expand the performance with people entering the room in waves as shuttle buses arrived. By the end of the first show the room was SRO and I could do the Tiger Story, which is designed for larger audiences. Maybe the sense of being inundated by waves led to my starting the second show immediately after the first with the tale about the Ocean coming to visit the house of the Sun and the Moon. Learn more about Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces

After the shows, I joined Lorraine and Pat who were facepainting at another part of the event. My favorite face of the evening was another version of the golden angel I’ve been painting this year. We painted as many adults as kids, including adults who were there without kids and just wanted to have the fun of being transformed on their way into the New Year.

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2013 Holiday Face Painting Gallery


Some favorite Christmas, holiday and wintertime faces from our events last season, and the newest ones from this year. See more design examples at Face Painting Gallery — 2011 Holiday and Christmas Faces


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StoryFaces and Body Painting at NYSATA 2013

At this year’s New York State Art Teacher’s Association Conference (NYSATA) I had the opportunity to do a presentation on my StoryFaces Mask Arts programs, which included performing a few stories from the assembly programs I do in schools, and we went through “Designing Tribal Masks Project”, an example of one of my classroom workshop programs, along with this sample handout: .StoryFaces_MaskArts_TribalMaskProject_agostinoarts

As the tiger leapt through the walls of fire, he began to burn with a flame of his own...

As the tiger leapt through the walls of fire, he began to burn with a flame of his own…

For one of their Friday After Dark workshops I offered “Face and Body Painting 101″, so during the day I also painted a model in the exhibit area as an example. It’s a design of familiar elements, from my story “The Tiger That Went to the House of the Sun”, which I would be telling that afternoon in the StoryFaces session. TigerBody_iPad_1_131122_agostinoartsThe open lobby area we were in was  too chilly for my volunteer model, so I limited the painting to from 10:00 am to 12:30.








Face and Body Painting 101 at NYSATA

Face and Body Painting 101 at NYSATA

We also had a couple of volunteer models along with 14 participants for the Face and Body painting workshop that night, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.




Learn more about my school programs at:

Christopher Agostino’s StoryFaces

StoryFaces — Mask Art Workshops

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Ruby – beautiful video by Emma Allen

An animated self-portrait exploring the idea of rebirth and illustrating the transfer of energy from one incarnation to another. I painted this stop frame animation on myself over 5 days, using some face paints, a mirror and a camera.

Story & Performance – Emma Allen
Photography & Makeup – Emma Allen
Post Production – Alex Try, Phil Varnier
Sound – Alex Try

I have my first exhibition opening this week on 13th November at The Dalston Superstore. Please come, have a look and say


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How to do Zombie Make-up — Quick, Step-By-Step Face Painting Instructions

Our Transformations technique is to create bold face designs that look exciting both from across the room and up close, based on our studies of theatrical makeup and world mask concepts. We work fast to paint as many people at an event as possible — a face like this zombie would take 3 minutes — so we do take shortcuts and simplify techniques (such as shading), and are less concerned about how a face looks in a foto as we are about it’s effect seen live. At a recent event I took these step-by-step fotos on a guest as I painted him.

zombiehowto_1base_131016c_agostinoarts  STEP 1: BASE — With a sponge, put a solid base color over the whole face (except the eyelids). Use any medium shade: grey is classic zombie, but can be green, blue or others. (See below for info on the makeup, brushes and sponges we use — and also for a pdf of a green zombie and other variations)





zombiehowto_2shading_131016c_agostinoarts STEP 2: SHADING — Add shading to exaggerate the sunken parts of the face: the eye sockets, the sides of the nose, the lines from the edge of the nose going around the mouth, the hollows on the cheeks and chin. Generally with horror make-up, you want to make the face more dramatic looking by putting shadows into the sunken, fleshy parts of the face and highlights on the bony parts (step 3). I do my shading by painting thin lines with black liquid make-up, then “pulling” those lines with a large soft brush to blend them into the grey base. You can also do your shading with the edge of a sponge — a triangular sponge works well for that.


zombiehowto_3highlights_131016c_agostinoarts  STEP 3: HIGHLIGHTS — In this step I use a sponge to lightly put white makeup onto the bridge of the nose, the cheek bones, chin and forehead, to increase the sculpting of the face.

I also put a bright color (yellow in this case) onto the eyelids to begin to make his zombie eyes.


zombiehowto_4eyesmouth_131016c_agostinoarts  STEP 4: EYES & MOUTH — I add a red spot for the eyes and black to create the open mouth shape. It’s part of the style that I work in that the mouth is kind of loose and jagged — I like my monster faces to look “ill-formed”, not too precise.


zombiehowto_5details_131016c_agostinoarts  STEP 5: FINAL DETAILS and EXPRESSIVE LINES — In this case I gave him small pointy teeth with some red dots for blood. I used what I term “expressive lines” to give his eyes an angrier look — they same kind of line techniques a cartoonist would use to change the expressions of an illustration can create the modern, fast type angry zombie or, with different eye lines, the old-fashioned shambling type zombie (in this case, I modeled off of those furrowed brows they always give the Hulk when he’s angry in comic books).


zombieeyes_131016c_agostinoartsZOMBIE VARIATIONS —  Starting from this basic formula of using shading and highlights to make the face dramatic, using bizarre colors, and adding playful details like a gory mouth and zombie eyes, you can make a whole range of zombies, monsters, and other horror make-ups. The blue shaded zombie here was also painted at the same event. See the 3  previous posts for galleries of Halloween faces and variations.

Click here for a printable pdf of the step-by-step for a green zombie, and some examples of variations:



Kit-060507eMAKE-UP AND TOOLS — There are a  lot of good face painting make-ups available today, so please be sure to get a safe, comfortable make-up product for any facepainting. Never use paint on someone’s skin, even paints that say they are non-toxic — always use make-up.

The brand we prefer is Kryolan’s Aquacolor because of the vivid colors, ease of application and removal, and how comfortable they are to wear. Learn more on our web page including where you can get quality make-ups in the NYC area and online. And check out my book: Transformations! The Story Behind the Painted Faces

I apply the Aquacolors with sponges and brushes. I prefer the round craft-type sponges and synthetic sable watercolor brushes.

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