I had the good fortune of painting one of Beyonce's backup dancers for the 2014 VMAs in Los Angeles held at the Forum. Queen B closed the event with a super-sized medley of her current hits..... I think her entire performance was 15 minutes long. I got to watch her rehearse the day before in the empty auditorium and oh my god was that cool. My task was to paint one of her dancers solid white which if you ask any bodypainters, it's one of the more challenging things to do. Her segment actually starts with the dancer I painted in her lap.
That's my painted girl front and center. Insane!
Funny thing, about an hour before the performance happened, Beyonce decided she wanted all the women in that opening segment to be painted white as well. It wasn't humanly possible to do that so a bunch of people had to pitch in and try and paint the other ladies. Beyonce posted a video on her facebook showing behind the scenes and I'm in it. Kind of a blink and you miss me type thing but hey, I'll take it.
That's me in the back!
Why not one more? :)
So that was my adventure in the world of Beyonce.... a nice world to be in.
Oh, here's one more of my lovely lady almost finished.....
I'll admit I'm not the most in touch when it comes to sporting events. I knew the World Cup was happening but that was about the extent of my knowledge. I was in a Sports Authority a few days ago looking for some undergarments for a body paint project and that's when I saw the FIFA World Cup logo for the first time on some giant display.
And it seemed like a great face paint opportunity. So I first enlisted the help of my beautiful friend Monica and this is the fun we had.
She let me give her the Mariah Carey hair treatment here. :)
And because a girl needs her options, I put her in this fro wig.
Thank you Monica! Also wanted to do that face paint on a guy so I got my friend Khalif, who I've body painted now 7 times, and here's what we came up with.
No wig needed for him, that's his real hair and it's real magic.
Thanks for viewing my face paint fun. Have a look here for further bodyart work. http://www.davidgilmorestudio.com/
I had the honor of painting supermodel Constance Jablonski for the cover of and spread in Numero Magazine. The July 2014 Art Issue.
My task was to recreate the artwork of Alex Israel onto this model.
Above are examples of his work. A canvas is covered in a heavy stucco-like texture and then a gradation of saturated colors move up the canvas. Then there are side sprays of vibrant covers creating a chamelion-like experience walking around his pieces. The model I essentially glued sand all over her body in a wetsuit coverage area and then applied MAC Cosmetics chromacakes to do the gradiation of colors. I used European Body Art airbrush colors to do the side sprays.
What a fun and long day. I'm attaching all the images from the spread so please click on them to see larger.
Yesterday I body painted this lovely lady for a music video in downtown LA and nabbed this pic from her instagram @sarahsandin. Love the symmetry of Sarah (with her yet-to-be-painted hands) in the center and then those luscious LUSCIOUS chichis in the lower right corner. #motorboat
My partner and I will celebrate our 18th anniversary in May however, as California residents we can't wed. A numbered of my closest friends have recently gotten married in Washington state and couldn't be happier for them. I painted the HRC logo on my and my partner's hands and as we took the photos, he placed our hands on his heart. A simple statement about love, solidarity, and commitment--- sounds like a marriage, right?