Roger Bennett Riggle has been a licensed, professional make up artist for over 20 years. He began at Kinetic Artistry, a theatrical supply house in Takoma Park, MD. During his 10 years there, Roger managed the make up department -7 different lines; sales, consultation and artistry.
Roger has hosted numerous Washington, D.C instructional seminars for area artists; everything from beauty and photography make up to Halloween transformations and special effects make up techniques. Roger worked for over 10 years as the make up artist for Tom Radcliffe, a leader in headshot photography at the Point of View Studio also in Takoma Park, MD. Roger applied the photographic make up to thousands of actors, sports celebrities, musicians and opera singers.
Roger specializes in Halloween make-overs and the transforming of personalities for diverse, special events. In addition, Roger has created special make up effects for disaster simulation used in the training of nurses, doctors and EMS personnel. His credits include triage exercises at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport, for the Secret Service, and for the UHUHS military training facility. Roger has also designed for numerous theatrical productions which entails researching and articulating the authenticity of period styles.
Roger has a degree in drama from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. and, since 1978, has choreographed, directed and produced numerous operas and musical theatre productions. For eight years, Roger was the Associate Producer of TheatreFest, theatre-in-residence program, at Montclair State University, Montclair, N.J. Roger has worked with many celebrities including: Leslie Uggams, Susan Lucci, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Zimmer, Pattie LuPone and Betty Buckley. Roger has directed operas at the annual Amalfi Music Festival in Italy . He is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Roger is the make up consultant for Parlights, Inc. in Frederick, MD, a leading theatrical supply house for the greater Washington/Baltimore areas.
So, the next thing I will do then is to take a smaller Detail brush, and this is pointed, and Im basically going to dip it into the black paint, and Im going to actually paint in the design that I did. In a tiger design you can make it kind of jagged, you can pull the color out of itself, so that it looks like its melding into the other colors. Theres a triangular shape here. Then we have patches of black here that are kind of the tigers eyebrows. When youre drawing in detail work, its best to put your brush down and to do one long stroke, instead of painting, dot, dot, dot. It makes your work more fluid and much more beautiful. You can also simulate stripes by using strokes with the brush. It helps to simulate the hair when youre using little brush strokes. Heres the nose, drawing in the things here with the Detail brush, and the mouth. I often find that you can alter the mouth quite a bit by only doing one lip. In this instance I have just covered the bottom lip with the black and not the top. It really helps to alter the human lips to look more like a different kind of lip. In this instance I have just chosen to do bottom lip for the tiger. Now, at this point I will take a larger brush. When I have larger areas to do, I painted in the detail, so now I can take a larger brush and fill in the larger areas and move quicker, such as the neck. So we have a stripe here, it comes in like that, and a stripe here, and one here. Again, using long strokes. I will use this large brush to fill in the large area of the nose. Im going to add a little more detail around the eyes, and Im going to put a little bit more brush stroke detail in around these stripes. Let me take one other Detail brush, and Im going to dip it in the white, and Im really going to paint in the center of those teeth so that they show. If I want to I can take a little white and pop out the black, and add a little white into the black to try and get more of a fur look. White and black together are wonderful for popping colors out. I add just a little white to the neck. Dont be afraid to play with your design, but dont do too much either. Take some selected strokes, make sure your contrasting colors; the white and the black, are there to really pop out your design. Basically we have finished drawing in the particulars of the design of the tiger face. Next, we will apply the wig.