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joel harlow
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
Academy Award-winner JOEL HARLOW is one of the most innovative makeup and special makeup artists and designers in American motion pictures. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Harlow’s passion to work on film began with his childhood viewing of the original 1933 “King Kong.” Moving to New York City at college age, he studied animation at the School of Visual Arts, but his true passion was special makeup effects. Harlow gained practical experience on such New York-based low budget horror and fantasy films as “The Toxic Avenger” (parts II and III) and “Basket Case 2. Harlow then moved westward to Los Angeles, where he worked for several makeup effects houses, finally landing in Steve Johnson’s XFC, Inc., where he remained for eight years as a makeup effects designer on a number of films.
Anxious to apply his skills on set, Harlow began working on such high profile films as “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Constantine” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” creating a long-standing relationship with Johnny Depp, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Harlow would be the key makeup artist, makeup effects supervisor, prosthetic makeup designer and special effects makeup supervisor on both “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” again directed by Verbinski, and then makeup department head on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall.
Harlow shared an Academy Award with fellow makeup artists Barney Burman and Mindy Hall on JJ Abrams’ “Star Trek” in 2010. Earlier, Harlow won a Critic’s Choice award for his work on Alice in Wonderland, as well as Primetime Emmy Awards for the television miniseries versions of Stephen King’s “The Stand” and “The Shining,” and received nominations for “Mad Men,” “Carnivale” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Most recently, Harlow worked as Johnny Depp’s makeup artist on “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Tourist,” “The Rum Diary,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Lone Ranger,” another Gore Verbinski/Jerry Bruckheimer production, for which he was also makeup department head. Additionally, he was key makeup artist on Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons,” key prosthetic makeup artist for Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” and “Green Lantern” and makeup department head on “Battle: Los Angeles.”
Harlow’s company, Joel Harlow Designs, creates a full range of state-of-the-art makeup, special makeup effects and prosthetics, from lab to set.


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HobbyFX Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Imagine my pleasure at randomly finding yout DA page, when i've just bought the Star Trek Beyond book at a recent event  :D
absolutely stunning work and a great inspiration for those of us waaaay down the ladder in this industry! 
Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! Seems we share one...
reberclark Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
Fantastic work, sir! I love your stuff.
miguelzuppo Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Professional
Thank you for the watch!
Entenn Featured By Owner May 27, 2015
Thank you for the watch Mr. Harlow! It is a huge honour. I absolutely love the work you do, and in some cases watch movies just to see your awesome make-ups! Thank you for the inspiration!
hyperman95 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
happy birthday!
Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday to you, me, and Wilbur Whateley!
KalseruCosplay Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You have some amazing skills over there! Have my watch! :)
EidolonChaos Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sick work, I love all the sculptures!!! What great patience, phenomenal!
Sepla Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing sculptures! 
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