Joel Harlow Takes on H.P. Lovecraft for Cinema Makeup School Anniversary

A mermaid body sculpted by Joel Harlow


A mermaid body sculpted by Joel Harlow
A mermaid body sculpted by Joel Harlow

On May 5, Cinema Makeup School will celebrate the close of its second decade. The school has asked Oscar-winning makeup artist Joel Harlow — known for his multiple iconic collaborations with actor Johnny Depp — to create an original, one-of-a-kind makeup piece to honor its anniversary.

Titled “Something Fishy This Way Comes,” the demonstration is Harlow’s take on a “deep one,” a creature originally dreamt up by classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. It will be applied and publicly displayed at Cinema Makeup School’s Los Angeles campus for the first time during the event, which is expected to draw major names from the monster makeup and special effects world.

In addition, the anniversary will feature the dedication of the school’s new makeup arts gallery, featuring a life-sized mermaid body sculpted by Harlow and additional works donated by other artists and effects labs.

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