Downloadable Face & Body Charts

Have you started your concept designs for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase?

The task of taking a design in your head and putting it to paper can be daunting, maybe you’ve never created a body art chart before or drawing the human figure isn’t your forte.

To make entering the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase even easier and hopefully less daunting, we’ve put together a few body charts that you can download & use.

Good luck and remember entries for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase close on Friday 28th July 2017. Application forms can be found here.

To download: click on image for downloadable PDF version.


Stay at The Spencer on Byron

Thanks to our sponsors, The Spencer on Byron for these accommodation deals.

$250 including GST per room per night
Available August 26th & 27th.

$200 including GST per room per night
Available August 25th

Please note there are only 25 rooms available at this price the nights of 26th, 27th and 28th, so book today to avoid missing out.

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The NZ Body Art Trust Workshops

The NZ Body Art Trust would like to put together some workshops before the 2017 Body Art Showcase, but first we need your feedback.

We would love to hear your thoughts, just simply answer this poll.

Feedback closes March 31st at 10am.

Thank you for your participation.

Body Painting Tips For Models

Modeling for body painting and the NZ Body Art Showcase is an amazing experience that can build confidence and open up areas of a person’s character they haven’t explored before.

Any person can try body art modeling so use the opportunity to enjoy and explore.


  • Remove body hair where necessary.
  • Moisture the evening before but not in the morning unless the artist specifies.
  • Check if there is something particular your artist would like you to do?


  • A G-string (without lace or decoration. White or skin tone is best, however black is better for a UV painting)
  • Hairbrush
  • Soap
  • Baby oil or shaving cream (for hard to remove paint)
  • Shampoo
  • Scrubber
  • Camera
  • iPod/MP3 Player
  • Towel
  • Clothes that can get dirty
  • Paper towels/Chux cloths/Babywipes (for those unexpected spills)
  • Healthy snacks


  • Stretch well before painting starts & throughout the day so your body stays warm.
    Stretching throughout the painting process helps you stay focused and helps avoid cramping. It also makes it easier to pose after the painting is finished.


  • Stretch and rest when possible to help keep the body relaxed & muscle warm. Try mini stretches, tensing and relaxing muscles so you don’t disturb the artist too much. But remember if you do need a break or a minute to sit down, let your artist know.
  • Drink small amounts of water throughout the day rather than a whole bottle all at once makes going to the toilet more constant.
  • Eat food that will give energy but not be too heavy or messy.
    Fruit, muesli, light grainy bread can make good energy snacks.
    Sugar gives a fast boost but no lasting energy so don’t rely on it all day. Energy drinks or energy lozenges are good just before going on stage or into the photography area but don’t use them all day.
  • Be aware of artist needs. Where are they painting? Is it small detail? Can you move to help?
  • Do you already know your artist?
    If not speak with them about their idea so that you can prepare yourself for your performance and posing.
  • Do they have music for you to perform to? Listen to it when possible.


  • A performance should have a beginning, middle and end.
  • Move in an appropriate way to reflect the body art. Be dramatic.
  • Make eye contact and interact with the audience, photographers, and video crew.
  • Make every performance something to remember.
  • Most of all enjoy yourself.


  • Photographing the artwork is very important, as it is the only way to preserve body art.
  • Do a variety of poses that compliment the artwork.
  • Don’t move too quickly as the photographers need time to frame their pictures. Listen and look for the camera flashes!
     If the photographers are clicking furiously then it is a good pose. Hold it a little longer and try to make eye contact with all photographers. Do small variation on that pose.
    When the flashes go quiet they try something new.
  • Make eye contact!
  • Change your facial expression!
  • Try poses that use a variety of levels to make it interesting. Use the ground and the air, jumping, fly, be alive.
  • Talk with your artist and see how they envision the character moving.


  • Showering – paint should come off with a bit of a scrub, soap & water, however if the paint is difficult to remove, try baby oil.
  • If the artist has used glues to attach pieces then they may have a specific solution to remove the glue.
  • Stretch again before sleeping to avoid waking up with a cramp.


If you would like to be a model in the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase, download a registration form here.


Did you know that the NZ Body Art Trust is a registered charitable trust?

This means your donation is tax deductible.

The NZ Body Art Trust develops and grows with the support of grants, sponsors and donations. Those grants, donations & sponsors also make it possible for us to put on this amazing and unique event.

We want to keep the Showcase open to participation by everyone, so we are now seeking donations to support the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase.

Check out the Sponsors page for more information and to download our sponsorship information package.


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