Clarissa explains it all
by Paul Gonzales
Jul 13, 2012 | 1630 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — For 23-year-old Clarissa Garcia, zombies were just part of her everyday life.

“Growing up with my brother,” Garcia laughed. “Everything was zombies with him.”

Garcia headed the zombie workshop at the Coastal Bend College library Thursday, where she taught those in attendance a quick and easy fake blood recipe along with zombie makeup 101.

Garcia became interested in FX makeup early on when she and her older brother would take their family’s camera, along with whatever else they had, and make zombie films.

“I just got used to doing the makeup for him,” Garcia said. “So I started to like zombies, too.

“That was always my job. The filming, the editing and the makeup.”

Though Garcia claims it’s just a hobby, the ease of which she applies the liquid latex and cakes on the dulling layer of skin colors and the concentration on her face seems to tell a different story.

But in a world where Tom Savini and Greg Nicotero reign over the male-infused special FX makeup market in television shows like “The Walking Dead” and films like “Night of the Living Dead,” she doesn’t really seem to mind.

“Do I feel awkward?” Garcia questioned. “No. I just fit in with all the other guys. I always have. It’s nothing new or different for me.”

And having only taken art classes in school and helped out in theater productions, she’s basically self-taught.

“YouTube is wonderous,” Garcia laughed. “It’s my best friend. You can find anything you need as long as you do the research.”

Along with FX make-up, she has a bit of filmmaking in her blood as well.

“It’s just stuff I do in my back yard,” Garcia gushed. “They’re mediocre, but to my family, they’re great.”

Garcia held the class as part of the Beeville Zombie Walk taking place July 21. For more information about the event, visit

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