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    Amidst Record Lows, Local Artists Share The Making of an Ice Queen
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    We recently published an article about a group of photographers working together to create something "out of the box." That project would not have been possible without the talents of make up and FX artist Steve-O "The Phoenix" Shepherd. The finished video seen below (shot and edited by Herschel Zahnd) is a time lapse of Shepherd's airbrushed art on model Kesley Moorefield.  The "Winter Queen" project was created at the Jefferson Community and Technical College campus by a group of professional Louisville photographers. It seems appropriate that the video has been released just in time for a round of school closings, winter storms and record low temperatures in Louisville. 

    Photographer Jace Lightman contacted Shepherd about working on a body painting time lapse, and the artist went to work coming up with a concept within the winter theme. He says he drew inspiration for the ice queen from the winter witch in the "Chronicles of Narnia."

    "The best part of this project was working with the awesome crew," said Shepherd. "Everyone was on their game. It was as if we were all great friends before the shoot, but we had all just met. It was a very open and friendly group. It makes everything easier when everyone is comfortable with each other."

    The make up artist has been working on his craft since he was 14-years-old. He's loved movie special effects for as long as he can remember and got to start as an actor in a haunted house, which led to launching his dream of practicing special effects make-up. 

    Shepherd is becoming known for his airbrush body paint work, but he specializes in beauty and special effects. He also does set and prop design. His clients range from private parties and events to magazines and full feature length films. "Glamour, high fashion, horror and science fiction are my specialty," he said.  "The [demand for] air brush has become bigger than I ever imagined."

    Shepherd also visits many conventions. You can follow him and see more of his work on his professional Facebook page or connect with him on his personal Facebook page. You can also contact him for services at 502-708-8684.

    The Queen Of Winter from Herschel Zahnd on Vimeo.

    Photography: Header Photo by Herschel Zahnd. Top Left by Derek Hibben Photography. Video Shot and Edited by Herschel Zahnd. Make up by Steve-O The Phoenix Shepherd Model Kesley




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    Jessica Lynn has been writing for since fall of 2010 and has also been published in LEO, Velocity, Voice-Tribune and others after serving as Editor in Chief of The JCC student newspaper, The Quadrangle. She has also served as columnist or contributing writer to an array of online publications.

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