Magazine article Variety

Makeup Artists Give 'Penny Dreadful' Its Unique Look

Magazine article Variety

Makeup Artists Give 'Penny Dreadful' Its Unique Look

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NICK DUDMAN AND Sarita Allison have become a force to be reckoned with in the world of makeup design. The two have received their third collaborative Emmy nomination for their work on Showtime's gothic horror show "Penny Dreadful." Dudman served as the prosthetic makeup designer and Allison as prosthetic makeup artist.

Dudman, a 35-year industry veteran, says series creator John Logan "had a strong vision for the show,and he stuck to it." He and Allison have worked extensively together, with credits including "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "The Mummy" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

Designing and producing prosthetics is tricky and delicate. "What's great about working on 'Penny Dreadful' is that John Logan always wants to do things as practically as possible," says Dudman.

CGI has "changed the way we do our jobs in a huge way," he adds. "On a show like 'Penny Dreadful,' combining the grotesque with the real was a distinct challenge."

"We did a lot of research," says Allison. "John wanted to keep things grounded in a specific sort of reality, so the challenge was to make it gory but to be smart about it. I'm always very interested in the smaller things, as those are the bits that bring everything together in the end. …

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