Jackie-O Shoot: Scene and Makeup Sketches

23 08 2009

jackieoHey guys – working with Mr. Chad J. Wilson on a Jackie-O project, and thought I’d throw up some the sketches to let you guys in BTS (behind the scenes, yo).

Chad has a fascination with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and we wanted to do something different from a lot of the portraits we’ve seen.  We decided to take an “off-camera” (or BTS if you want to use the abbreviation of the day) approach with this project, exploring the more human perspective of Jackie-O, seeing her in her more vulnerable moments, private moments – a kind of moment we all know.  Not only was she in the spotlight as the First Lady and wife of an American Icon, but she had to deal with a rough day-to-day of rumored affairs and typical marital struggles.  On top of this, she survived the loss of three children (one miscarriage, one stillbirth, and one baby boy who survived only two days), and, of course, the very public assassination of her husband.  It goes without saying that she definitely had a lot to think about during those quiet moments.

We are in the midst of getting all of the pieces together, and I had a few rough sketches that I hope will help convey some of the scenes that we are trying to depict.

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This is a basic rough of the makeup that we are planning, though the scanning process messed with the color a bit.  Starting from the top, we have, of course, the classic Jackie O brows, underlined by some sculpting to help the model’s eyes look a bit more deeply-set like Jackie’s.  Then, where you see the small “H’s,” we will subtly highlight the inner and outer brow and cheek to help pull that area forward, creating the wide shape of Jackie’s brow and eyes.  Lay on some basic apricot shadow, blush, and matte lipstick, finish with some strip eyelashes, liner to round out the eyes, et viola!  Jackie-O!

JackieO004 To the left we have a rough sketch of one of my initial ideas.  Being in the public eye, Jackie often had to keep up appearances, hosting and attending social gatherings throughout all of her struggles.  I love the idea of her stepping away from the party into a quiet room to put her head in her hands while cigarette smoke settles in around her.  You’ll see this theme repeated often in this story.  The main room will ideally be lit somewhat dimly and warmly (tungsten), with a blue, moon-like glow (maybe some Kinos or a strobe flash) coming from the back room (left of center), silhouetting Jackie in her chair.

“A” represents the woman whose face we see in the bottom left and whose shoulder we look over to see woman “B,” whose line of sight will lead us toward the room where Jackie resides.  Here are CU (close up)’s of each of the two women: JackieO002JackieO001

This next image is another party scene, only this time, instead of being in the back room, she sits in plain sight, lost in thought.  The dotted lines separate different scenes (from top right clockwise): standing in front of a window, lost in thought, baby room in background – then, through the window looking back in.  The lower picture is her with the kids in a hotel room, lit mainly by a warm, tungsten bedside lamp directing the viewer to her, and receding into darkness with toys scattered on the floor.

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Starting from left to right, we have an OTS (over the shoulder – I think just made that one up…!) shot of Jackie staring at herself in the bathroom mirror, preferably topless to enhance the honesty and vulnerability of the moment.  Top center is just a profile shot, next down is a CU of her face as she lays on her back, eyes closed, tears smearing down her temple, 3rd down is a CU of her mouth with tears smearing down, and finally a profile of the same situation.  The far right picture is her sitting in the window room again, nursery over shoulder.

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So what do you guys think?!  Does it inspire any ideas in your mind’s eye?  What does it remind you of?  What else would you like to see?  Any requests for future stories?  Hit me up!  Let me know!  I love hearing from you guys…

….I don’t want to rush things, but maybe we could consider starting something up…??

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2 responses

23 08 2009
acityofindustry

These are great ideas, Juxta!

23 08 2009
juxtamakeup

Thanks G!

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