5 Incredible Body Painting Artists Craig Tracy, Cho San, Nikki Shelley, Kay Pike, Gesine Marwedel

5 Incredible Body Painting Artists Craig Tracy, Cho San,  Nikki Shelley, Kay Pike, Gesine Marwedel

Body painting has been around for
thousands of years with the use of clay and other natural pigments often in
ceremonies and used by almost every tribe of people from around the world
and this in a way has led to the use of modern cosmetics and makeup but on a
much more conservative scale. Since the 1960’s there’s been a revival
of body painting due in part of a changing attitude to how we view the
body in mainstream media from fine art painting to face painting, cospainting
to optical illusions in this video we’ll look at the work of five incredible body
painting artists. Probably one of the most well-known artists working in this
area is Craig Tracy from New Orleans in the United States. Craig has been an
artist from childhood from when he was given be creative freedom and
encouragement to follow his passions by his parents who could at best be
described as working-class hippies. His early years were filled with drawings
and paintings but he was when he got an airbrush from his parents for his 15th
birthday it’s set him on his way forward he was going to do for the next 20
years. Craig said that it was when he painted
his first face but it really clicked with him and later he realized he’d
fallen in love with body painting though it took him a further 5 or 6 years
before he took the subject seriously. Through using the internet he discovered
other artists for he admired and study their work and then developed his own
ideas this led to his first series of 15 Pieces called the “Nature Series” which was well received and some of the pieces became iconic works in their own right
and Craig has become one of the leading artists in this field. Craig uses a combination of background
images and the models themselves to create an image were the model provides
the outline but otherwise almost disappears from the painting as in the Tiger and the Leopard from the “Panted Alive” series but the more we are amazed by
the quality of the work work, the more mind-boggling the
fact is that from the age of 3 Craig has gradually been going blind with a degenerative eye condition which means he has almost no depth perception, is extremely
short-sighted and has an astigmatism so his vision is distorted, none of which you
would believe when you see the quality of his work which is now described as the
first fine art body painting in a world. Where most of the things which see
online have been digitally altered in some way or another or even completely
digitally created, Japanese artist Choo San (Hikaru Cho) and bring us body art which looks
like he’s being created on a computer but in fact it is all hand painted without
computer insight. Cho San started her drawing with doodles of eyes she drew on the back of our hands during study breaks as an art student at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo Japan. She became bored with all the digitally created
and altered imagery and decided to see how far she could go by painting her
ideas directly on to real models rather than photoshopping photos of them. The results of her body paintings using just acrylic paints are not only very realistic but
also rather unsettling sometimes with misplaced eyes and mouths, zippers, laces and buttoned up body parts. Cho San now makes a living selling products with her
innovative designs on the web. Nikki Shelly came to prominence for her
face painting after gaining a large following on Facebook Her horrifying
paintings have launched a 34 year old mum from Rugby in United Kingdom to a
level of fame she never believed possible. It all started out when she did
some Halloween face painting for her kids, she received a lot of comments on
how good they were. As time went by the kids got bored with the face painting so
she started to paint her own face and it was then she discovered
home newfound love of horror makeup. In many of the designs her face is barely
visible underneath all the detail that is incredibly intricate with sharp menacing teeth and skin flaking
off in many of her works she’s against a black background which when combined
with a blacked-out eyes, mouth and skull parts makes her look very scary indeed,
much more than the Halloween ones she did her kids. Kay Pike uses body paint to
transform her model looks to that of comic book heroes and villains in what
she called Cospainting, a variation on the Cosplay theme. The 28 year old
model and designer now has over 12,000 fans on Instagram and now live streams
her creations from start to finish which can take up to 15 hours and cost up to
$150 for just the paint alone. Kay’s work includes popular comic book characters
including Superman, Spider-man, Iron Man, Robin from Batman as well as cult figures
from the world of Marvel and Japanese manga. Originally a fan of dressing up
for Cosplay Events, Kay discovered that she could use her artistic skills and
transform her appearance with paint instead of clothing. After posting the
initial results online she soon found she had thousands of followers. She only
started painting herself in December 2015 and it was after she did a face
painting version of “Attack on Titan”, a character with a skinless body that it
went viral and she was invited to stream painting live online where she has been
doing a body painting live stream on TwitchTV twice a week ever since. Although Kay has only been been practicing body painting for the past few months, she has
always been interested in art. Kay was a fine art painter long before she tried
her hand Cospainting. She said that she’s slowly been learning how to paint
herself by trial and error as it was a much more difficult medium to work on as the body paint don’t behave in at all the same way as canvas
paint do. After she finished painting a photoshoot to record it and uploads the
pictures and videos to the Internet. 29 year old German artist Gesine Marwedel creates both beautiful and yet terrifying pieces of art before
sometimes realistic or surreal and again using techniques that almost completely hide the model. Although she is best known for her body art works, she studied
rehabilitation science from 2005 to 2008 and finished with a Bachelor of Arts
graduation. From 2009 to 2016 she was working as a speech therapist Gesine
believes that part can be therapeutic she has also published a book on how
body painting can be used as therapy though her full-time job is now as an
art creative therapist in a center for autism therapie. Thanks for watching and
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