1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

My first time face painting

Discussion in 'Face Painting' started by Bobert, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. Bobert

    Bobert New Member

    So I got me some facepaint supplies, and my amazing wife was kind enough to let me practice on her. It was my first time ever face painting, so any constructive critiques would be welcomed.







    On the bright side I have a friend who does facepainting for money and she said she would split a gig with me she has in a couple weeks, if i can make it. So that's a good thing right?

    Also my wife was quite wiggly while I was trying to work, I imagine kids will be the same or worse, any tips on that?
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  2. Donuts

    Donuts Active Member

    The Pirate and starry night looks like a totally different artist did them. The cheek art is amazing and looks like it would be time consuming with speed when doing a gig. You got some great stroke control and really great shadowing in the others. Do you mind if i ask what brand of paint you were using?
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  3. Bobert

    Bobert New Member

    Thanks for the kind words. Pirate and starry night look like a different artist did them, good, or bad? I used snazaroo, I also have some elmer's brand but I haven't used any of it. I get a good deal on both of them where I work :). I hope they are both good brands.
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  4. Donuts

    Donuts Active Member

    Elmers I've never worked with Snazaroo is very good you may wanna get some Wolfe brothers white and black are excellent for line work, they give great coverage and strong color. Clown Antics,com or ebay has sellers that sell it reasonably. If your gonna do this Wolfe B AND W are a must have. I was asking to be sure it was quality paint for shows. There is lots of crap paint in stores the stuff flakes off quick or stains the skin and some people even use acrylics which is really bad. The cheek art is really good I would never have guessed it was your first go at it. As for the starry night pull the blue around the eye more and down the cheeck to it looks more like a starry night then a slightly off Sorcerer Micky Hat.The Pirate didn't seem to have same coverage of paint on the bandanna. To make the beard better I would look into a stipple sponge to make it Look more nature or dry Brush over the base to give it more depth. Also add some highlights to the scar yo make it pop. a few tweaks and it could be as good as the smaller designs. But I'm Just one opinion Talk with your friend and see what they think to match or elevate the skill of full face. If they do it regularly they will have speed tricks for you and other designs to practice. MY Arch nemesis is the tiger face I can't seem to get the lines right. Good luck if they give you that to try. LOL
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2015
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  5. Bobert

    Bobert New Member

    Thanks a lot those are super helpful critiques, I'll try and work on those, and look into the wolf B&W. I also have some stencils that are reusable and will stick on a face for quick work, but I haven't tried them yet, they are also by snazaroo, I have the boy, girl, and unisex packs (like I said work discount ;) ) I think there is a tiger in one of those packs, so i might have to cheat it :p I've done art and drawing for years, even went to college for it, so I assume it gives me a small advantage with this. I might have a stipple sponge in some Halloween make up someone gave me, I'll have to check.
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  6. Loopy

    Loopy Well-Known Member

    Be sure you have some insurance either through COAI or WCA alot here have both because don't want to accidently stick a paint brush in some kids eyes who to has to go to the emergency room and not be protected.
  7. Pinkie Bee

    Pinkie Bee New Member

    Mark Reed is the tiger face Master and a great influence for me
  8. Sir Toony Van Dukes

    Sir Toony Van Dukes Well-Known Member

    I avoid the cheek art designs as much as I can. They take much more talent to make them look good because they usually require fine details. Many of the full face designs use the model's real eyes, nose, and mouth in the designs which make it easier. You can make a kid look like a dog easier than you can draw a small dog on a cheek as the small one requires drawing the eyes, nose and mouth.

    The ghostbuster designs look great.
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  9. saphireSue

    saphireSue True Blue

    also check out Sillyfarm they have a great selection and often have teaching video's available. Try differnent brands you every one has their fav. I prodominately use paradise but some kryolan, ben nye powders etc.
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  10. Twinkles

    Twinkles New Member

    Welcome to the world of face painting :) It's a ton of fun..
    I also sell all the top face paint product lines, and would be happy to help you find what works best for *you* :) http://theclassyclown.com/store.htm
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  11. tippy

    tippy New Member

    Is face painting hard to do? Do you have to have artistic abilities?
  12. Indecisive

    Indecisive Active Member

    I think getting some type of design book or templates can help at first.
  13. Amber Knight

    Amber Knight New Member

    Hi there, I love to do face apinting.
  14. Face painting for the first time can definitely be nerve-wracking but it looks like you are already off to a great start! Like others said, using some templates can help direct you at first. Also, just PRACTICE AND PRACTICE! Nothing can replace the hours behind the paint brush. Take a look at others work and try copying them at first and then doing your own personal variations.

  15. Alice Mangual

    Alice Mangual New Member

    I did my first painting when I was in college. I had participated in the face painting competition that time.
  16. sean wilson

    sean wilson New Member

    My advice for the moving child is when they sit down in your chair explain what you are are going to do and tell them if they hold very still it will look much better (they want it to look good). When you are painting around their eyes, tell them before you do it so they are ready for it and don't flinch, especially if they have their eyes closed. Most importantly I put my non painting hand on top of their head and HOLD them still lol. You don't have to strong arm them or anything but it helps to hold them still and to steady yourself as well. I've heard punching them in the throat works too but yea probably not a good idea, lol kidding.

    As for Mark Reid and tigers, Mark is an amazing painter no doubt and has some great creative newage tigerish designs. For more realistic tigers though hands down it's Olga Murasev. Here's a link to one of her tutorials on a tiger, Olga Tiger. While I'm at it here's another one for a lion.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2017

Share This Page