Check out the special effects and prosthetics I did for the Belgian band Aborted, for Century Media Records, described by All Music as the role of, "key contributors to the brutal death metal genre"- Wikipedia. A prosthetic chest piece was cast & created for this video, which was attached to blood pumps. Some prosthetic faeces were also created, along with the diseased hand & junkie track marks & peeling skin.
Check out the prosthetics I made for the local brutal death metal grindcore band Basement Torture Killings, for Paul. I supervised a life casting team & life casted with them to create the gruesome severed head, severed hands, stitched up mouth prosthetics & bullet wound appliances & guts, using silicone. We also used the blood pumps which Creative Junkie Media are a fan of using in their music videos! I really enjoyed working on this, especially as they were local to me!
Check out the special effects I Created for Angelspit, an electronic band from Australia, now based in the U.S.A. I created the slit wrist & the man blowing his brains out with the gun, (this had to be toned down somewhat for the video)- this was my favourite part to do. I also created a corpse like effect & did some beauty make-up & applied a wig. I worked with a great team from LCC on this & it was the first music video I worked on & I enjoyed it greatly!
When Lewis rang me up & asked me if I wanted to work with him again after the Press to Meco music video & how I felt about recreating my favourite horror movie characters I was ecstatic! So we recreated Kreuger & Michael. We tried 2 different approaches for Kreuger- 1 was the more complex prosthetic style & the other more simplistic special effects technique using sculpt gel. We liked the sculpt gel effect better & used this method.
Check out the special effects & prosthetics I created for Press to Meco, who have played at Download Festival. My favourite part of doing the make-up was creating the slashed throat to a grindcore overkill visual effect. I used a very different approach for this to most people while experimenting with materials. I used gelflex over latex. This is what gave it this very, "meaty", look. I also made a, "meaty", head, which a director from Elstree Studios gave me the foam head, I covered in gelflex.
I have done special effects make-up & prosthetics for many niche death grindcore bands. I have also done make-up for a B.B.C. 2's "The Naked Choir", music video.
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"Arabella did a fantastic job for the '"Basement Torture Killings"' & '"Aborted- Expurgation Euphoria"' videos.
She was very thorough with her make-up & special effects making sure everything was absolutely perfect before we shot. She showed great skill & innovation when confronted with anything that could have been a potential problem, & came very well prepared as to avoid disruptions.
Arabella is very friendly with a good sense of humour & is easy to direct.
I would definitely employ her again & I would be intrigued to see what she can offer in other genres of make-up artistry.
Arabella was responsible for ALL of the make-up, prosthetics and special effects applied to the actors & band members." - Phil Berridge, Creative Junkie Media
Defenders of the Faith- Metal's Modern Day Crusaders. Arabella Clarke- Horror Make-Up Maestro.
"Metalheads love horror, gore & zombies almost as much as they like their massive riffs. Driven by a passion for both horror make make-up artist Arabella Clarke has the skills required to turn anyone into a slavering bug-eyed monster.
'"My inspiration originally came mainly from music, particularly Cradle of Filth"', she tells us. '"I loved their art, videos & t-shirts. Just like metal, conceptual art screamed blood, sex, death & horror, so I delved right into that, & then went to college to learn how to do special effects make-up.
Relentlessly busy working on music videos, as well as in film, television & theatre, Arabella's gruesome talents are always particularly in demand around this time of year, as Halloween approaches, '"No doubt the phone will be ringing a lot in the weeks up to Halloween"', she says, '"I'm working on a '"scare event"' in the woods in Essex, & then I'll probably get drunk, listen to metal & probably sacrifice some sheep in the woods & drink their blood"'- Dom Lawson.