It's not about me it's about the model
I have been body painting for a very long time. I have noticed a few things working with some other body painters. Some body painters have a hard time finding models others like myself actually have a problem scheduling the time to do all the painting. (True these are not paid sessions mind you). The key factor is how does the artist make the model feel. I remember a few years back I was at a body painting competition in Rose bay. We had some big name body painters from all across Austraila.
I remember a few years back I was at a body painting competition in Rose bay. We had some big name body painters from all across Austraila. Unlike most of the events where the body painter was in charge of bringing their own model. The event manager had arranged to have some models show up who had experience with body painting just in case. (Always better to have too many models than not enough). One of the Body painters was left without a model because the model who was assigned to her had canceled. I later found out that the reason for this was the model had worked with that body painter before and had outright refused to even show up. Her experience with that artist was so bad it was better to not come than have to be her canvas one more time. Because of this, the event manager was trying very hard to find someone for this artist to paint. The problem was that word gets around. I wish this was the only case.
Things to consider when body painting
- The models comfort is your primary concern.
- Is it too hot or too cold
- Is there someone in the room who may make the model fee uncomfortable (You know ... THAT GUY)
- Are you giving off the wrong vibes (insert sleazy music here)
- When was the last time you took a break
These seem like very simple things but it is amazing how often I have seen myself work 4 hours on a body painting and totally forget that the model may want to sit down for a bit.
- Make sure the model knows to tell you when they need a break
- Ask lots of questions and check in often. "Are you cold? do you need a break?"
- Make it ok for the model to bring a friend to the panting session