Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Talented Artist Transforms Herself Into Comic Heroes and Villains Using Body Paints

Kay Pike

Kay Pike, model and designer from Canada, spends almost 15 hours painstakingly recreating superheroes and comic book villains on her skin. The 28-year-old uses a clever layer of latex to ensure the painting follows the contours of her body.

She said: 'I started painting myself in early December 2015 with my Attack On Titan face paint (the character with a skinless body). It went viral and I got invited to stream painting live online. I have been doing a paint twice a week ever since.

Kay  Pike

'My inspiration mostly comes from seeing something beautiful. It can be a great costume design, it can be a trailer for an upcoming movie with a new take on a character, it can be a great fan-art someone has done with amazing lighting. I love when people suggest characters to me that they think look great too.'

Amazingly Kay only began body painting in December 2015 with her first creation being the skinless Colossal Titan character from the Japanese Manga series Attack on Titan

Kay says that although some of her designs can take up an entire day she says she plans it that way and fully enjoys the experience. 
She continued: 'When I am asked how long the painting takes my truthful answer is "as long as I want, truthfully." I found painting Titan it only took three hours, however If I'm trying to have fun and socialise I plan to paint the whole day.'

Amazingly Kay only began body painting in December 2015 with her first creation being the skinless Colossal Titan character from the Japanese Manga series Attack on Titan

Kay also films her artistic efforts live streaming the process for her fans to view online.  She said: 'I have friends over to hang out in my bathroom and do art or chat or paint beside me, and I love livestreaming on twitch.tv. It's a social event like at a convention.

Pictured here as Batman's famous sidekick Robin, Kay says that although she may appear naked underneath her artwork, she uses latex to ensure that her modesty is covered

'When I say 'whole day' I mean 12-15 hours. Part of that time is devoted to the livestream, but mostly I fall in love with the paint as I'm going and can see more and more ways to add detail, highlights, etc.

Kay, pictured here as She-Hulk, posted the results of her body painting on the web and attracted thousands of fans

'I start as soon as I wake up in the morning to get social media ready and finish up planning any optical illusions. I'll spend about half an hour putting on the latex and then two hours drawing initial line work. As soon as I'm decent I'll start streaming and continue more or less unbroken until it's finished.

Kay now live streams her painting sessions online for her fans to witness the process

Then about an hour and a half for photoshoot and another hour and a half for clean-up.

'Usually I get to roll into bed around 4am. Some of my paints have taken 14 hours but the whole 'work' day can be up to 20 hours.'