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Body and Face Paint Comes to Life in This Impressive Stop-Motion Animation

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It’s incredible what you can capture with a point-and-shoot camera, years of experience with face/body painting and a huge helping of both creativity and patience. Those were the ingredients that went into creating the video above, called Painted, by professional makeup artist Elvis Schmoulianoff.

Inspired by Graffiti artist BLU and his stop-motion creation MUTO, Schmoulianoff decided to pick up her camera one day in late 2012 and early 2013 and “do an experiment.” She had never embarked on anything like this before and so she had to make up the process as she went.


As she explains in the video’s description:

Everything was photographed in my bedroom in late 2012/early 2013 with a point and shoot camera, natural light, a pile of paints & body paints, brushes and a mirror over a period of 10 days. The final sequence contains footage from five of those days and is comprised of 1064 individual images, the rest was mainly retakes of the first minute which all taught me valuable lessons in what not to do…


In the end, Painted is about “giving a creative medium that I adore its own personality,” something that the video accomplishes quite well. But whether or not you have any adoration for the artistry involved, the video is still a really fun 4-minute experience and a great way to start off the week.

(via SLR Lounge)

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