So.. I went through a weird process to end up with the image I have. My first thought when Erik was explaining the assignment was a play on “honey” and “honeybee.” I was going to put the head and arms of a housewife (or a friend playing one) onto a honeybee. Then I tried to find photos of honeybees online.. and I realized that wasn’t going to look good. SO then I thought, well, why don’t I body paint someone to look like a bee, and I can take photos of them doing “domestic” activities, and it will get the same point across. So.. I was looking online on how to body paint without killing somebody, and I had a volunteer.. but I again realized that with the time constraints, and my schedule this week, I didn’t think it was going to work out very well. Which is how I came across my concept..
I’m going to show you my illustration before explaining because I guess I would like to see if you can guess what it is before I tell you..
So while I was looking for body painting ideas, I came across this animal lip art. You can find the artist or whatever you call her here: http://viridis-somnio.deviantart.com, Paige Thompson. She’s 21 and was, to my knowledge, the first to do this concept (basically painting lips to look like animals). It’s kind of cool. So I was looking at them, and at first wanted to do a zoo, so I took photos of my friends lips as pandas, hippos and crabs (why crabs would be in a zoo, IDK, just thought it looked easier than the jaguars to make). I also made this whole zoo scene, but in the end the thing was way too complicated. And this is what I came up with. The crabs are my friend’s lips and the “people” are my other friend’s fingers. I don’t know what I would call it.. crabs gone wild.. and I don’t really know if it’s much of a critique on society or anything, but I was kind of thinking, like the fear people have of oceans sometimes. Idk my mind went to my sister, she won’t even go in past her feet because she’s terrified of “sea creatures,” which I think of as a bit ridiculous. Anyway my understanding of this assignment is that we could let our imaginations run and this is where mine went so I hope that’s a grand enough explanation!
It was fun to make because, well, my friends were into the idea of getting their faces painted, and it ended up being something that would be kind of fun for Halloween, if I remember it in the future. I also got the chance to work with PhotoShop in a way I hadn’t before, learned about adding curves to specific layers, lassoing off pieces, all that stuff, it was really helpful for me, honestly! I added a grain feature because I thought it looked kind of “sea-ish” and made it blend a bit better. Welp. I know it’s not perfect, and very obviously photoshopped, oh gosh hah, but it was my first try!
Oh, and the beach scene is just from here: http://www.beachwallpapers.in/bulkupload/New_beaches/Beautiful/Free%20Beautiful%20Beach%20Wallpaper%20For%20Desktop.jpg