John won 3rd place & the artist People's choice award at last year's festival. so we felt it was only fitting to start our blogs off with a Q & A with him!!
1. How did you find out about face/body painting? I applied for a job as a face painter when I was 16 at a holiday camp and got it.
2. What made you decide on being a body painter? I enjoy painting on skin but kids faces are limited, and I wanted to go bigger and better, so bodies were the next best thing.
3. Who do you normally work with or would like to work with? I usually work alone but often with fellow painter Lulu Louise Leeds. I'd love to work with Sarah Scarer Smith, Matteo Arfanotti and Dutch Bihary
4. What has been the biggest event you have attended and what overall design did you enter with? Biggest event so far probably Manchester Tattoo Tea Party last year and I painted Iron Woman.
5. How long does a body paint session normally take? A face/body paint usually takes me between 4.5-6 hours
6. How does it feel to be standing there for so long while getting everything ready; e.g. paint designs, props, prosthetics etc.? Inspiring and exciting
7. What is your favourite type of face/body painting designs? I love 3D, realism and symmetry but I'm constantly loving new stuff.
8. What equipment/clothing is used to cover up sensitive areas if at all? Latex covers cover models bits
9. If equipment/clothing is used at all how is it decided? I use little in the way of props because I am more about the paint alone. I am also limited to traveling by motorbike and can't carry elaborate items so I concentrate more on doing a good paint job.
10. Any advice for anyone else wanting to try it? If you want to try it, get in touch with the midlands bodypaint project for friendly advice and opportunities to get artists and models together for a friendly and stress free gathering for the sake of the love of paint!