What do you see on the picture? Is it a frog? Are you absolutely sure? If you have a closer look you will see a man…five people actually, with amazing body art, brought together on the photo to create the illusion of a tropical frog. That’s what Johannes Stoetter is famous for. The artist imitates nature creating wonderful images with the help of human bodies and body paint. To understand the idea of the artist you have to immerse into his work, paying attention to details and feeling the atmosphere he wants to create. Here are several secrets that help the artist to give birth to his live masterpieces.
Body Art As Big Passion
That’s actually the words of the artist himself – he is passionate and dedicated to his art. That’s what makes each of his works so unique and full of expression. Johaness started experimenting with body art as early as 2000, and in 2012 he won the title of World bodypainting champion.
The Artwork Comes Alive
The most complicated part of the artist’s work is planning. It takes up to 5 months to plan the painting and then about 5-8 hours to bring it to life. It is also harder to work on real people instead of canvas. But it is also the part that adds excitement to the artist’s works. ‘Bodypainting is special because the artwork is alive and can move.’ – says Johannes.
If you want to go behind the scene and see the process of his body art creation check out the video:
Unity between an Image and a Person
More complicated images require more time and models involved. One of the most important works by Stoetter is called Chameleon and it is actually a duet of models working together to create the desired effect – perfect unity of image and person.
Here is how chameleon looks on the photo:
Now, see how the ‘chameleon’ goes live on the video:
Art as Camouflage
Stoetter often merges people and background to create the camouflage effect. It is amazing how the made up person melts into the natural landscapes and becomes invisible and at the same time an essential part of the image.
Stunning Fruit Images
Stoetter proves that art can turn people into any image – both animate and inanimate. You’ve seen how he transforms people into animals. He can also do it with fruits! This time the images don’t go live – on the contrary, the task of models is to become frozen, staying absolutely still and letting the artist catch the moment.
Inspired by Nature
Stoetter admits that the main sources of his inspiration are nature and people. No doubt, only a person who equally admires nature and human bodies can turn the combination of both into the art masterpieces that he creates.