A year and change ago, I was informed by a girl I knew that she had cast a magical spell on me which was preventing me from doing any body painting. Anyone who knows me will be little-surprised to learn that I greeted this news with some hearty skepticism, and indeed went ahead to do a handful of body painting sets later on that year, though I was swiftly reminded of the all-to-real and non-magical reasons why I had ceased to do so a year or so prior: Getting models and photographers together for this type of work is like herding cats, and broken promises by either are about as common as blades of grass on a lawn.
This year, though, I’ve decided upon a solution to this problem which is beginning to shape up as fairly effective, which is a little something I like to call “accuracy by volume”: In essence, I begin to make arrangements with about twenty models and ten different photographers at the same time, and within a month or so, maybe I’ve got a few actual sets goin’ down. Today, I have the first fruits of this labour to present. And while magical spells may not be real, fantasy-mediaeval fiction is a deep well indeed, and one which one can readily draw all sorts of inspiration from, such as this sort of walking-coat-of-arms set here:
For this set, I was capably assisted by wronske and prolixapostasy , with photography provided by Jason J. Romein, and modeled by someone who has since told me she wishes to remain anonymous. The sword prop here was provided bytraikunborn , whom I also extend my heartfelt thanks to.
This is the first set I’ve done in many years which involved metallic paints, mainly because previous experiences in which the metallic paints I’ve used have flaked and chipped off far too quickly and easily were deeply frustrating to me, but having discovered the pure joy which is working with paints from a company called Pebeo, those fears have been allayed, and I do believe I’ll be doing a few similarly-gleaming sets in the very near future.