I’m one those face painters who tries to always work with my face painted.
I look on it as advertising, part of my “uniform”, gets me into parking areas as I MUST be the face painter, and… sometimes the most important reason… it is a disguise!!
I find it a lot easier to be firm with line jumpers and demanding people when I have my face painted! Not that I am a wimp or easily intimidated, it is just that living in a small town you will run into almost everyone at some point and it is nice when you don’t get recognized from other places.
I find it very easy to paint myself. I’m always here and available when I want to paint a new design. I don’t fidget or complain about how long it takes. And I usually am willing to sit here for multiple paintings in one session.
And I don’t need a photo/model release form in order to use photos of myself for advertising or display.
I actually have so many photos of myself on my new Fast Faces display that the kids comment on it! I needed photos for a new display for an upcoming job so painted myself 17 times in one afternoon.
Taking photos of myself is getting easier too. I used to get mom to take them for me, but since that doesn’t work anymore, I have got the angle figured out and think I am getting nice shots myself. I actually like the photos I have taken, which is a change as I used to hate photos of myself.
People ask me “Did you paint yourself?” and often express surprise that I did. Why? It is women who ask me most of the time. Isn’t it the same as putting on make-up? I actually think it is easier because putting on eyeliner is HARD to do!!
I generally paint myself to match what I am wearing in the summer and seasonal stuff the rest of the year – for winter or Christmas, etc. I will also paint to match the event theme whatever that maybe.
Here’s a collection of paintings I did on myself: