For the Instructor / Student Challenge I was set up with a great team of 3 students to mentor. We chose a design that would be organic and could grow and develop with the students confidence. In stead of asking htem to stick to my idea I wanted them to work within my framework for creating a base / backdrop and them let them jam and experiment with new techniques they had learnt at the convention, show off a bit. I am not really one for competition style body painting and and for a couple of them it was thier first ever bodypaint so I wanted to take the pressure to win and complete a set design I wanted finished to my standards off them and allow them to relax and enjoy their first bodypaint with no pressure to win. The finished look was completely different to how I would have painted it - but I love it as it has a created piece of each girl's creativity shining through all in all it is something of a collaborative collage. As it was even though we were not going for a podium position our design came in 3rd place. Our team consisted of myself, Ronnie Cyr, Erica Taylor and Holly Smith. Well done everyone!! Our model Melinda was a fantastic sport so a big thanks to her too!
Today I was back in the studio teaching at the FPBA Convention in Las Vegas. This time I was focussing on Airbrush Tattoos. We explored designing and creating your own stencils, suitable products, effective use of stencils and working with alcohol based paints as well as demonstrating a Gangland Tattoo look on my model Chris.
At this evening's Bodypainting Jam at the FPBA Convention I was asked to demonstrate a quick airbrush look. I painted this oriental inspired top on fellow Brit and Bodypainter Carolyn Roper. Carolyn was a superstar! I wish I looked this good in not much more than paint!!
Today's class I was teaching for the FPBA Convention at Harrah's, Las Vegas, was Quick Body Painted Clothes. I demonstrated a speedy cocktail dress look and broke out some practice bodies for the students to paint in teams alongside me. I demonstrated, blocking out the design, base application, creating folds and creases in fabric, highlighting and shading, creating a drop shadow, painting fine detail and sealing the look.
As I worked on my model the students got to work on thier own versions of the a cocktail dress look. It is always wonderful to see how amazing students work can be in a hands on class. I had a fantastic model - Alana who I hope to paint with again as she has a fantastic attitude.
Here are a few images from the class including a great shot of Alana by my husband Jason Harre who was the event's unofficial photographer.
I love teaching about painted hands, it is such a wonderful way to use your body art skills and let rip with your imagination. Many of my commerical jobs feature painted hand looks of many different kinds. During the class we explored painted hands inthe media and spent time examining hand art by a range of artists.
With the students feeling suitably inspired, I decided to allow empower the students to each create paint thier own hands to collage together into a our own verson of a painting. I chose the image Tiger Surprised by Henri Rousseau to inspire the students and guided them through creating thier own looks to jigsaw together into a finished look.
The results were amazing, the students showed some really excellent work! Especally my youngest student - my 7 year old daughter, Isobel, who was shadowing her Mummy for the day! Here is a selection of the different looks we created. Well done everyone!!
If you are interested in taking a painted hands class I will be running one at the FABAIC Convention in Orlando at the end of May. Hope to see you there!!
For the convention's opening jam I was booked to paint a model to vanish into an elaborate background I had created. Sadly my model did not show up due to a bit of confusion so I was left with a backdrop and no model. Thankfully as the evening wore on one of the organisers of the event Lea Selley volunteered to step in and model herself. I am in awe of her bravery not only to step in at the last minute like that, but to set aside her inhibitions in front of her peers. Thanks for being such a great sport Lea! It was Lea's first time as a bodypainting model and she did an amazing job. As I had much less time to paint Lea I chose an easy seated pose for her which had less detail to blend her into. Some day I will redo a bodypaint with this backdrop and use the full extent of the detail - until then - thankyou Lea for being such a fabulous model. I hope you enjoyed the experience!!
Next month I will be teaching and bodypainting at the FPBA Convention in Las Vegas. The instructors include aretists such as Myself, Mark Reid, Pashur, Carolyn Roper, The Wolfe Brothers, Wiser, Lea Selley, Gary Cole, Wolf Richter, Vargas and many more!
Purpose of the Face Painting and Body Art Convention is:
foster creativity through education
provide an opportunity for artists to connect with and learn from one another in a family friendly, PG environment.
reach out to others and encourage them to understand that their artistic abilities are blessings that can transform not only faces, but hearts as well
inspire individuals to “invest in their future” by assisting them to build businesses that will enrich their lives and allow them to follow their dreams
offer a time and place for fellowship and sharing that promotes positive attitudes and actions
It is a fantastic opportunity to expand your skills and learn in a safe fun environment from experts.