Breanna Cooke is a Dallas-based graphic designer known for her award-winning body paint and costume creations. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Breanna has been creating all her life and earned a B.A. in Studio Art. Breanna’s experiences in body painting began in 2007 when she started incorporating body paint into her extravagant Halloween costumes. Her body painting work has taken her to the Texas Bodypaint Competition in San Antonio, TX where she placed 1st in 2018 and Living Art America’s North American Bodypainting Championships where she placed 3rd in 2017. She was also on the Horror Nights makeup team at Europa Park in Germany in 2015.

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Breanna’s fantastical and illustrative style often blends body paint with painted fabric and costume pieces. Her signature style is to blur the lines between what is skin and what is costume or paint. The costume pieces use a mix of hand painted fabric combined with Breanna’s digital designs printed onto fabric. She blends her crisp and clean graphic design sensibilities with vibrant colors to create memorable works of living art that fool the eye.

While living in St. Louis, Breanna worked with theatre and voice classes at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) to design costumes and prop pieces for performances. She also led the costumes and props department for COCA’s summer children’s musicals, Annie and Once On This Island. Breanna has also taught at the Dallas Theater Center Summerstage theater camps teaching costume and prop workshops. As a former competitive Latin ballroom dancer and Scottish Highland dancer, Breanna brings her experience with movement and functionality to her costume pieces and apparel designs.

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Awards

2013-StanWinstonCostume Contest

  • 2013 – 1st – Dragon costume – Stan Winston School of Character Arts Halloween Costume Contest
  • 2013 – 2nd – Dragon costume – Instructables.com Halloween Costume Contest
  • 2013 – 1st – Dragon costume – Dragon’s Halloween Ball costume contest – Dallas
  • 2013 – 2nd SciFi/Fantasy Category – Flying Monkey (with Wicked Witch of the West) – Dallas ComicCon Fan Days costume contest
  • 2013 – 1st SciFi category – Dr. Grace Augustine as Na’vi – Dallas SciFi Expo costume contest
  • 2013 – guest blog writer for the Dallas Museum of Art’s Uncrated blog
  • 2012 – 1st  – Phoenix costume – Dragon’s Halloween Ball costume contest – Dallas
  • 2012 – 1st – Phoenix costume – McFadden’s Halloween Party costume contest – Dallas
  • 2012 – Semi-finalist – Instructables.com Halloween costume contest
  • 2011 – 1st – Harpy costume – Creative Arts Center Halloween Art Ball costume contest – Dallas
  • 2011 – 1st – Harpy costume – Gloria’s Halloween costume contest – Dallas
  • 2010 – 1st – Neytiri costume – ProAm Jam West Coast Swing Competition costume content – Dallas

Training

  • Sculpting for Flat Moulds workshop with Stuart Bray
  • Gore FX workshop with Stuart Bray
  • Flat Moulds Workshop with Stuart Bray
  • Sculpting for Prosthetics workshop with Stuart Bray
  • Horror Face Painting workshop with Nick Wolfe of Evil Twin FX
  • Essentials of Lifecasting workshop with Mitch Rogers at BITY Mold Supply, Dallas
  • Mold Making workshop with Mitch Rogers at BITY Mold Supply, Dallas
  • Advanced Special FX Techniques with ZombieSkin with Joe Glenn, creator of ZombieSkin