In Adelaide this week, professional body painters will be gathering to learn new, modern techniques and styles in the world of body painting.
The painting industry is very susceptible to change. Every year, many techniques and styles are invented and in order to be successful in this industry, one must be kept up to date with all the latest trends.
The convention will be held in conjunction with the Australian Body Art Awards and it will bring together many instructors from the different parts of the world.
Maria Mormile, an organizer of the convention, said that 20 painters, Australian and foreign, were giving lectures and classes to more than 40 participants. Local painters have been highly featured in students and teachers alike.
Referring to the painting industry in Adelaide, Mormile described it as ‘quite big.’
She said that they have some of the best painters in Adelaide including multimedia artist, Emma Hack.
The professional body painting industry has been growing over the past years and the standard is very high especially for Australians. Many people would like to have their bodies painted for fancy dresses, cosplay, gigs and sometimes for personal reasons. Right now, one of the fastest growing trends in body painting is painting on a pregnant woman’s belly.
Of course, like any other vocation, body painting also has its own challenges. For Ms. Mormile who has been a body painter for eight years now, she has never encountered a job that is more challenging than painting a man for the World Naked Bike Ride.
There was a time when she had been hired a by a rider who had received a commercial sponsorship to join that event and he wanted to paint the uniform and logo in his body.
She said that there many people who are worried about that kind of work but since Ms. Mormile was remedial massage therapist, she was a bit desensitized to nudity.
But when it came down to working on the man’s sensitive parts, she would just give him the brush.
Another challenge is also the time it takes to finish a body painting during competitions.