A Master of Monster Makeup

Zombies, werewolves and dismembered corpses are just a day at the office for makeup and special effects artist Andre Freitas.

A Master of Monster Makeup

Special effects designer Andre Freitas at his studio in Marietta, Ga. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Freitas with the cast of the head of a 24-foot dinosaur he built for the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Freitas designed the makeup to fatten up and feminize Martin Lawrence, right, in ‘Big Momma’s House 3: Like Father Like Son.’ (John P. Johnson / 20th Century Fox)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Scott McCall as played by Tyler Posey in ”Teen Wolf.” Freitas does the makeup for the MTV werewolf drama. (MTV)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Freitas is one the makeup designers for AMC’s zombie hit “The Walking Dead.” (Greg Nicotero)

A Master of Monster Makeup

“The Walking Dead” is set and shot in Georgia, near Freitas’s home and studio. Freitas grew up there and says remaining in Georgia has helped make him a better artist.

A Master of Monster Makeup

Reference material on a shelf at Freitas’s studio. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Freitas, 39, began his love of special effects in adolescence and his company, AFX Studios, turns 20 this year. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

An injured hand Freitas created for the movie ”Kalifornia.” (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Hands and heads stack up for Freitas. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Clay sculptures of the Three Blind Mice, designed by Freitas. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Freitas works on the Three Blind Mice, part of a Shrek-themed holiday show. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

A Master of Monster Makeup

Special effects designer Andre Freitas, surrounded by his work. (Erik S. Lesser / For The Washington Post)

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