Reaching Down To Pet Injured Fawn, She Realized She Was Tricked By Woman In Body Paint
Gesine Marwedel ditched the oils crayons, charcoal, and colored pencils in an upgrade to something so much better: bodies!
…and boy, did she fall in love.
Her want to practice and better hone the skill has made quite a splash in the art world, and so has her detailed work as a result. Her animal portraits are so well painted, they look just like the real thing!
Once you take a look at her photos, you’ll understand what we mean. It’s harder to tell the real from the fake than you think.
And, before you ask, yes. Each and every photo is of an actual human being. Crazy, huh?
“It takes around 2 to 4 hours to paint a model,” Marwedel explained.
Believe it or not, that estimate is based on a ‘half-body’ painting, usually from the waist up.
The ever popular ‘full body’ landscapes or animal portraits …
… can actually take up to 7 hours to complete!
Goodness. We hope those canvases brought a snack!
Gesine started originally created animals ‘within the human form.’ Since then, she’s graduated to painting human organs, the skeletal system, and muscular structure.
… and her portfolio is stunning.
From birds, to large cats, to lizards, Gesine Marwedel has literally painted them all.
As you’ve heard before, all artists need good light (Titanic anyone?).
For Marwedel, this concept is slightly different.
Depending on her actual portrait and well as her human canvas, the artist relies significantly on light, or lack thereof, to complete her pieces.
While a stark white backdrop is used to bring the portrait of a lavender flower to front, a jet black option is needed to juxtapose the complexity of the human brain.
Over time, Gesine has learned to manipulate the shadows, artificial rays, and sunlight to her advantage.
Allowing her backdrop to fade into or oppose the paintings is really the method to her supposed ‘madness.’
Marwedel’s preferred practice also differs when it comes to her ‘vision.’
With no standard canvas size to plan for, Marwedel is put directly on the spot … every time she picks up a brush.
During the many occasions Marwedel is unaware of a model’s body type or size, she’s forced to reimagine the entire portrait.
Everything from the backdrop, paint color, and order of operations had to go.
While the models are usually lying, sitting, or standing in some sort of contorted position, their levels of flexibility play a role in Gesine’s overall piece as well.
If they’re not able to strike that pose creating the perfect crease in the skin, Gesine’s left to decipher the detour.
Even so, it’s pretty evident the woman is passing with flying colors, quite literally actually.
Whatever paint, canvas, or backdrop she seems to touch is transformed into a somewhat subjective, always unique expression of art.
Now, who’s next in line?
To see how she does it, check out the video below!
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