In the beginning of the month, I teamed up with a local body painter, Jzino, for a project. For a while we discussed doing a large project together, but we were just not able to find a concept that felt right until I suggested body painting models and putting them in an interactive water environment.
After fabricating a portable pool out of wood, carriage bolts, 3m plastic and a tarp we got to work filling up the pool. We wanted the body painting to be the focus of the image, the water environment being the background around the model. Settling on the colors blue and white we started our work: filling up the pool and mixing in latex paint to dye the water, body painting our model with 3 layers of liquid latex, sponging on paint, airbrushing the top layer, and then finally accenting our ghostly white model with a deep blue.
We knew as soon as our model stepped into the water that her blue paint would begin to wash off; time was not with us for this project. Right on cue the water began to wash away the blue accent paint on the models skin. She was only in the water for 10 minutes before she was freezing and the paint was gone.
After removing our model from the w ater the real work began. We wanted to create an environment where the model had total control over it. Her character is a sorceress stealing the very life force from the flowers around her. We took over 100 photos of flowers and blue RIT clothing dye, mixing in with the white water to create the swirls of “life force” being drained toward to model.
Admittedly this is the largest composite that I have ever done, I was unsure that I would be able to deliver the promised result. I am happy to say that I learned a lot and was able to deliver what I had promised. I learned a lot about Photoshop and compositing many layers. I am most defiantly looking forward to continuing this project and to continue working with Jzino soon! Make sure you check back in two weeks to see the completed image!
Model: Jenn K (Jennkaylives.tumblr.com )
Body paint: Jzino (https://www.facebook.com/jzinobodyart?fref=ts )
Handmade paper crown: Jen Mount