Face painting is the artistic application of cosmetic “paint” to a person’s
face. There are special water-based cosmetic “paints” made for face
painting; people should ask before having face paints applied what products
are being used. Acrylic and tempera craft paints are not meant for use on
skin and are not acceptable, nor are watercolor pencils or markers. Products
not intended for use on skin can cause a variety of issues ranging from
discomfort to severe allergic reactions. These guys are so good in face
painting that sometimes you can just recognize their eyes!!!
A man of many faces, artist James Kuhn creates some of the most incredible
and bizarre masks ever seen. The eccentric face painter calls his creations
"self-portraits" because he uses his own face as the canvas for his artwork.
The 46-year old artist is halfway through his project to create a design for
his face every day for a year, which he began in March after he was snowed
in by 12 inches of snow and had to miss work.
James got the inspiration from photo exhibitions of a picture a day. His 365
creations range from cartoon characters and animals to his favorite foods.
Corn on the cob.
Kuhn uses real popcorn to add more realism to his popcorn box creation.
The Picasso of face painting has plastered his mug with a menagerie of
images including Tweety Bird, King Kong, movie monster Hannibal Lector,
zebras, and leopards.
But perhaps most striking are those of food — transforming his face into a
giant box of pop corn, a cheeseburger, pineapple, frozen TV dinner,
shish-kebabs, and even a cornucopia.
Dracula mask showing two screaming faces joined together.
"I saw other 365's but they are self-indulgent or just plain silly." said
James. "I wanted to take it to a higher level."
"Face painting is the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long
Based out of Three Oaks, Michigan, US, James takes his inspiration from
anything, including children's games, and loves to paint on everything,
Kuhn does his own take on Mickey Mouse but on the theme of oranges.
Mr Pineapple Head. Kuhn even adds a real pineapple to the top.
"I really have become totally obsessed with face painting and I think about
what I can do next all the time." James says on his blog.
The artist says the worst part is painting the inside of his nostrils, as he
ends up spitting them for hours.
He says he's been an artist all his life, and even drew pictures in his
oatmeal as a child