Lester has been interested in fantasy and horror characters for his
entire life, with early influences from Lon Chaney Sr., Ray
Harryhausen, and Dick Smith. Joe started sculpting early, and to
this day remains determined to make each character better than the
last, as he sees artistic development as a lifelong process. He
has created masks, prosthetics, characters, creatures, sculptures,
prototypes, and props for numerous companies and organizations,
including, but not limited to, the haunt industry, the mask industry,
and also films, plays, and videos.
Rissa has been in the hair and make-up scene since ’99 with her experience ranging from modeling and make-up, designing overall looks for bands, to coming up with her own bizarre and twisted characters – all through hair work, make-up, and costuming.
Ben is an artist of great originality, with
a strong sense of character and style that we knew would integrate
quite well with the styles of the group as a whole. His skills
range from character and creature design, fine arts, illustration,
rather unique hand crafted mask making, and a strong sense of
invention. We have truly never seen Ben in a situation where his mind is not overflowing with new ideas and approaches, both of an aesthetic and a technical nature.
RJ Hermanowicz brings to the company a significant background in
theater, film, and business. He began his career after finishing a
degree in digital media arts at Collins College in Arizona. Afterward,
he ventured out
to work with various haunted houses and small film/theater productions.
RJ recently relocated to Illinois, where he became a core
The ImageWorks FX. He brought with him a creative drive for new,
unexplored grounds, including metal work, electronics, and set
design/construction. He continues to use his problem solving skills to
discover solutions to nearly any
technical problem he faces.
Eric Berson is known to many as a long-time makeup artist and (extremely dedicated) character performer at some of the largest haunted attractions in the midwest, rapidly rising to prominent positions in both areas. He has also strongly influenced the artistic direction of many of these organizations, along with serving as set and prop designer and builder at various haunts. Eric is also interested in exploring new materials, techniques, and processes as the FX field advances. As an airbrush artist, he has introduced more efficient methods and techniques to the realm of haunt makeup, and has made a major name for himself as an accomplished full body painter.
Both together, and individually, the members of Creature Distortions have created makeup, masks, sculptures, characters, design work, performances, and numerous other services for the following companies and organizations:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Steve Johnson's XFX
The Chicago Architectural Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Horror Dome
Higher Tribe Productions
Dungeon of Doom
Realm of Terror
Sarah Anne's Figurines
The Statue Factory
Massive Ego Productions
Water Cooler Productions
Six Flags Great America
Columbia College Chicago
Cirque du Face FX
(Preliminary list only. More to come.)
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