I had such a fun day body painting for LA College of Creative Arts on the 25th July for the launch of The Dublin Fashion Festival. Me and my team of 4 assistants had to work quicker than ever before to get our 4 models finished in time. What a whirlwind of a day!
Here's a peak at my creative process for the event. I started by researching some robot images to inspire my design. I instantly thought of Bjork's music video for "All is Full of Love" which is one of the most powerful music videos of all time. Next, I thought about Maria from the silent movie "Metropolis". This is such an iconic robot, I saw the film for the first time a few years ago and was awed by all of the makeup! As I googled "robot" I found some rather raunchy airbrush art by japanese artist Hajime Sorayama, what a master of smut!! Finally, I realised how similar Bjork's robot was to the Storm Troopers from Star Wars, so I threw some of those fellas in the mix for some masculine spirit!
I made some sketches to figure out where I would draw detail and where there would just be blank space. I wanted to accentuate the models' physiques, make a really effective robot design and also make it simple enough to execute. Once I was happy with the look, I made some more simplified body chart plans. It was such a manic process in the end. My four assistants were super busy applying stencils of the LA College of Creative Arts logo to the models and then painstakingly filling in the gaps with black. They did an AMAZING job, it's such a tricky thing to pull off so I'm very proud of them. Unfortunately, because the girls were so busy, I was left to do alot of the robot painting on my own. Luckily we got some helping hands in the last hour and were able to finish everything in time for the event launch! Phew!
My assistants were: