March 2011 Just Face Painting Entries

240 people voted in this contest

Sponsored by Erika Harrison and Glitter Bling, AmerikanBodyArt.com

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters1st Place
Jamie Graden

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
I got started in face and body painting when I began working at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim as a facepainter. I started taking facepainting more seriously when I was promoted to Facepainting Supervisor and managed a team of 30 facepainters at the resort.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT?
Before Disneyland, I worked as a children's fine art instructor for 3 years. I also attended college at Cal State Fullerton, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. My focus was in illustration and graphic design.


> WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
Right now face and body art is my main focus and source of income. I also participate in art shows, selling paintings and graphite drawings.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY?
My favorite brands are Paradise, Wolfe and TAG. I love to use Paradise for sponging and blending, Wolfe for linework and TAG for all of the above. I am really enjoying TAG because of the vibrant colors.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT?
I love painting feminine designs inspired by nature, as well as abstract designs. I also enjoy cheek art illustrations.

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?
I would like others to know that sometimes we don't always end up doing what we intended to do. As a college student, I wanted to be a children's book illustrator. I somehow fell into facepainting, and even though it wasn't plaFace Painting Painternned, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Jamie Graden, face and body painter lives in the Silverlake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters2nd Place Amy Enright Medina

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
Eleven years ago the person planning my churches harvest festival knowing that I liked to paint asked me to volunteer to do face painting at the event. I went to a local costume/entertainment shop to buy a face painting kit. It just happened that they were in need of a face painter and I was hired on the spot, even with no previous experience!

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT? Just out of high school I worked as a cake decorator in a grocery store for 5 years but gave up that job to be a full time mom to my daughter.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
I'm a porcelain artist and have been china painting since I was 14 years old. Through my studies of porcelain painting I learned the fundamentals of art. I also enjoy other types of decorative painting such as painting wall murals.

I have also found that I enjoy teaching face and body painting. In 2005 I taught at FABAIC and now have started teaching one day face and body painting classes.

Personally, outside of art I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter that can include biking and road trips or just staying home and watching movies together

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY?
I have favorite colors in most brands, I use Wolfe, DFX, Paradise. My technique of painting involves the use of split cakes, so I have many types in my kit including split cakes I make myself.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT?
FLOWERS! I LOVE to paint flowers!

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IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?
I have worked many gigs and have had many wonderful experiences and opportunities in this business. One claim to fame was being invited to be a guest artist in the TV show "The Doctors" to paint a baby bump for a pregnancy segment. Sometimes I get recognized at gigs as the belly painter they saw on TV

Amy, face and body painter, lives in Menifee, California

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters3rd Place Rochelle Midro

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
I decided to paint for my son's first birthday in March of 2009, and discovered that I absolutely loved it! After seeing the joy on all the children's faces, and realizing I could do this for a living, I quit my job and decided to do THIS as my job! I have never been so excited to go to work. It has turned into a passion. I wake up every day thinking of new things to paint, new ideas, I can't get enough of it.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT?
Immediately before this, I worked as a rental agent for 4 years, and am a full time mother of three.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?

Face painting is my only source of income right now, I've been booked every weekend since I decided to do this. I am also a singer, songwriter.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY?
I love Diamond Fx for the extreme coverage, and love their metallix colors. I also love Mehron Paradise!

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?
I love that in this industry there is so much support from fellow artists, and the fact that everyone is willing to share their work. I am SO inspired by so many artists out there and hope to one day meet them all! I live in hawaii, in the middle of the ocean, so there's not much workshops, or jams that I can go to for help and support. So all I really have arFace Painting Face Paintere pictures and the internet. I have once taken a workshop with the GREAT Pashur, and Gina Niemi, they were so incredible and I feel so honored to have met them and learned from them.

Face and body Painter Rochelle Mideo lives in Kapolei, Hawaii

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters4th Place Kelly-Jane Erkin

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
I first picked up a paint brush and a Snazaroo book back in 1999 to help out at my daughter’s Nursery when they were having a Christmas Fayre. I had a book, 3 colours, 1 brush and 1 sponge to work with...if only I knew back then what I know now! But all it took was those 3 colours and 1 brush to get me hooked.

WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE THAT?
I was a legal secretary for over 10 years before becoming a medical secretary.

WHAT DO YOU NOW BESIDES FACE AND/OR BODY PAINTING?
My partner and I provide a professional entertainment service (KJ Entertainments) offering disco, karaoke, face painting, balloon twisting, glitter tattoos, quiz nights and party nights. First and foremost though I am a semi-professional singer and have been performing on stage since my early teens and together with Dan now perform as a duo called Pride covering hits from the 1950s right up to the present day.

WHAT PAINT BRANDS ARE YOUR FAVORITES? WHY?
In my kit at the moment are Paradise, Diamond FX, Kryolan Interferenz, Snazaroo, TAG, Wolfe, Grimas and Fantasy but if I had to choose a favourite it would be Paradise. I find it the easiest of all the brands to work with, it blends beautifully and of course smells gorgeous. But for line work it has to be Diamond FX.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PAINT?
Tigers, definitely but butterflies are slowing catching up. I adore Mark Reid’s work and love the way he makes his tigers pop!

IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE ABOUT YOUR CAREER AS A FACE/BODY PAINTER THAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT?
That I am quite OCD about my kit and have taken quite a bit of stick for it! It has to be spotless…even on a job!

Face and body painter Kelly-Jane lives on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border in the UK

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Rochelle Midro

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Lilly Walters

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Michelle Pulsifer

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Lilly Walters

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Dot Coley

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Athena Stovall

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Jamie Graden

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Haley

Face and Body Painting Contest West Coast Face Painters

Haley

This month there was also a
Valentine Face and Body painting contest!

This face painting contest is run by Lilly Walters, face painter, author and teacher of face painting classes