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Artist Spotlight: Samuel Wheeler

Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.

To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.

Samuel Wheeler
Auckland, New Zealand

Website: nocturnal3d.com
Facebook:
Nocturnal Customs
Instagram: @Nocturnal3d

Where did you study or are you self taught?
Self taught thanks to the wonderful articles of Fangoria magazine and behind the scene documentaries.

How long have you been doing body art & special effects?
31 years

What made you get started in body painting & special effects?
Behind the scenes documentaries about Jim Henson workshop, Star Wars and Fangoria Magazines. I started doing special effects makeup on myself when I was about 14. Special effects makeup has been the driving force of my filmmaking since then. It’s hard for me to write and produce a film without a monster or special makeup effect of some kind.

When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
2007

What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
Being surrounded by other like-minded and talented artists.

2007
Creature
2008
Airbrush

Who inspires you?
My mum and my Grandma.  I am a third generation artist. I am also inspired by all of the artists who I have met through the body art awards.

What inspires you?
I am driven by the desire to create monsters. When I was too young to understand what it was I wanted to be the mad scientist reanimating the monster, or be transformed into a monster myself so that I could stop all the people that at the time were violently hurting me and my family. When I discovered that it was the make-up artists that created those monsters I wanted to become a special effects artist more than anything.

Any industry idols?
Rick Baker, Steve Johnson, Rob Bottin, Screaming Mad George and Richard Taylor

Your one kit must have?
Pros-Aide

Any advice for others starting out?
As my first art teacher taught me, “Make your mistakes boldly

Awards
2011 –UV Speed Body-painting Competition Supreme Award Winner (I beat all the top award winning body artists in NZ that night, finished half an hour early and had a beer).
2010 –Highly Commended Special Makeup -Taupo Body Arts Festival
2007 – 2nd Place Special Effects Creature & WETA Special commendation and 3rd Place Special Effects Mask at NZ Body Arts Awards

 2011  2012

Category Insight: Special Effects Prosthetics

The Special Effects Prosthetics categories, have been a permanent fixture of the NZ Body Art Showcase since it’s beginnings in 2006. From simple nose applications & black eyes to complex  full body prosthetics, reflecting a high degree of skill.

The Special Effects Prosthetics categories are open to both professionals and novice (we will have more about how the novice section will work in an upcoming blog). There are two special effects categories; Creatures (themed ‘black forest‘) and Fantasy (themed ‘enchanted castle‘).

CATEGORY GUIDELINES
Entries in these categories will be created with careful research, planning and thought.

  • These categories are judged with a combination paint/airbrush technique and the use of special effects attached to the body and head.
  • These categories are specific for special effects – adding to, changing and distorting the shape of the body.
  • There are no regulations as to what may be attached to the body in this category, but please consider the safety of your model.
  • Working with your own prosthetics adds points.
  • Special effects are given points when they are combined into the body painting work, not as separate objects.
  • The quality of special effects is important, not the size of quantity

CATEGORY GUIDELINES – CREATURES

  • Natural creation. An overall realistic creature that can be generally accepted as existing in this world.
  • Can contain fantasy elements, mutations, evolutions or themes but these creations must resemble life as we know it.
  • Points of interest: use of prosthetic and application. Realism, originality and individual style.
  • Theme – Black Forest

CATEGORY GUIDELINE – FANTASY

  • Unbelievable characters; unrealistic colours.
  • Can have elements of nature but not represented in nature.
  • Change of distortion of body, let your imagination go wild.
  • Points of interest: use of prosthetic and application.
  • Theme – Enchanted Castle

We hope that you’ll consider entering the NZ Body Art Showcase Open Masters category this year. Application forms can be downloaded, here.

 

Artist Spotlight: Margo JG

Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.

To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.

Margo JG
Wellington, New Zealand

Website: lulusbodyart.co.nz
Facebook:
Lulu’s Body Art
Instagram: @gipsee99

Where did you study or are you self taught?
I have always loved art, paint, makeup, costumes and characters.
I started when I was 17 in Drama class at University. I studied stage make-up and I loved it. I also studied make up for many years. I’ve been a painter for many years. The rest is all years of experience and experimenting.

How long have you been doing body art?
I have been doing body art/make up since I was 5 years old. My first make-up was a clown on myself for Halloween.

What made you get started in body painting?
I have always loved make up. I love acting. I love that paint can create characters and stories with a swoosh of a brush. Painting skin is addictive. The body can make an art piece come alive.

When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
2012

What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
A sense of family and community. I love being surrounded by creativity.

 2012
Hand Painted Novice

Who inspires you?
Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Trees, Animals

What inspires you?
Stories and characters. I’m inspired by what I hear and see everyday.

Any industry idols?
Maz Mace, Lucy-Belle Wilcox & Michelle Perry

Your one kit must have?
Holographic glitter and shimmer dust

Any advice for others starting out?
Let your imagination guide you. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Follow your own style.

Awards
2012 – Handpainted Novice: 1st Runner up

 2013
Hand Painted

Bringing Your Character To Life

The characters we create for stage, film & television start life on a page.

They weight nothing, they have no voice till we’ve written the first words – perhaps “Tiger Lily,” or “the glowing red-eyes deep within the forest,” or simply “the fairy” – our characters begin to take form. Soon they’ll be more than a name, they’ll shuffle, scuttle or walk on all four; they’ll be pure good or absolute evil. What they become, is up to us.

A well written character concept not only helps the explain your creation to judges, but it is also a useful tool for your model to understand who or what they are becoming.

Here are some tips to help your creation come to life before it hits the stage.

The 3 W’s
Where, who and what. It’s a simple start but this questions will help flesh out your character. Where are they? Who are they? What are they?

Be descriptive
Being factual, although accurate, is not sufficient. Using an adjective can strengthen a detail – glittering emerald green eyes, is more thought provoking than simply green eyes.

Surroundings
Early environments shape characters; don’t just describe where they are now, where did your character come from? How did they did there? What brought them to where they are? Are they out of place in their current environment or have they evolved to fit the environment? Backstories bring your character to life.

Animal kingdom inspiration
Look to nature to draw inspiration about your charters roll & species. Are they female or male? Is this a female and/or male species? Do males or females lead this species? Are they an aggressive or passive species

Purpose
Give your character a sense of destiny or belief and allow them to have a greater purpose within their world. This will greatly help your model connect with your character and assist them in bringing the character to life on stage.

Backstory, psychology and physiology all play an important role in creating a rich character that is believable and distinguished them from another. However the most important part of creating a character is to make something that you believe in.

Applications for the 2017 NZ Body Art Showcase can be download, here.

Artist Spotlight: Christy Lewis

Since the NZ Body Art Showcase started in 2006 we have had the privilege of showcasing hundreds of talented artists from around New Zealand and the world.

To celebrate these artists (who make our show possible), we’re going to be putting the spotlight on a few of them over the coming months.

We hope you enjoy getting to know these brilliantly creative people and continue to follow their work.

Christy Lewis
Wellington, New Zealand

Website: daizydesign.com
Facebook:
Daizy Design
Instagram: @DaizyDesign

Where did you study or are you self taught?
I am a self taught face painter that has dabbled a wee bit in body art.

How long have you been doing body art?
I began painting over 7 years ago, mostly face painting on children but on occasion would also paint bellies and smaller areas of the body. I completed a body painting for the first time in 2013 at the NZBAA.

What made you get started in body painting?
I have always enjoyed painting and art. Painting faces was a great way for me to be able to get back into that art as well as pleasing my young daughter who (once) loved having her face painted. Body painting has been a wonderful extension to face painting and an opportunity to really express that creativity.

When did you first enter the NZ Body Art Showcase?
The 2013 NZBAA were my very first body painting and competition.

What do you enjoy most about the NZ Body Art Showcase?
There is nothing quite like painting in a room with so many other incredible artists and just painting. Body painting really pushes me out of my comfort zone and it there is a great sense of achievement when you finally see it all coming together.

 2013
Hand Painted

Who inspires you?
We have so many incredible body artists here in New Zealand. I think we all inspire each other to push ourselves creatively.

What inspires you?
Everything… I am constantly inspired by the people around me, nature, art. A lot of my designs also seem to be inspired by animals.

Any industry idols?
I have seen some incredible work by many talented body painters around the world. I don’t know if I have anyone in particular but I have many that inspire me in different ways. I particularly like the work of Jinny and Kris O’Neil.

Your one kit must have?
Dark Starblend/pressed powders to add shadow and depth. A quick and easy step that really brings a design to life.

Any advice for others starting out?
Just give it a go. It can seem terrifying at first, the idea of painting a whole body a little overwhelming, I know as an experienced face painter it took me a long time to take that next step, but it was well worth it.

Awards
I received a second placing at the Body Painting competition at the New Zealand Face Painting convention in 2014.

 2013
Hand Painted