Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to paint a body?
The length of time it takes depends on the comlexity of the project. Most of my full body paintings take about 3.5 - 4 hours. Pregnant belly paintings generally take 1 to 1.5 hours. Faces can take anywhere from 3 minutes to 30 minutes.
How does body painting fit in with different types of events you've done?
I have two different styles of painting for events. The simplest is that I will paint the models ahead of time and have them ready in time to walk around the event as characters, interacting with guests or performing.
Body painting is very fun to watch, and I am a performer myself as well - so the other way I have done events is to paint 75% of the design ahead of time, and the last 25% during the event, as "performance art". After the design is finished, the model can then walk around the event and interact with the audience.
What are your rates?
I charge by the hour for body painting, so the total price will vary depending on the complexity of the design and how long it takes to paint. My standard rate is $150/hr for most projects.
Do you choose your own models?
For most projects I do choose the models. The right model can really bring the artwork to life, through how he or she moves and speaks and interacts with people. I almost always use professional performers - dancers or character actors - and I do my best to match the model's personality to the design idea.
Being body painted is such a powerful experience that even when the client selects the model, I have almost always gotten amazing results once the illusion brings their spirit to life.
Are your models always nude?
No. Different types of events have different standards of acceptability, and I am always respectful of any clients' wishes or requests. Most events use models who are "implied nude" (legally but minimally covered), and the illusion of body painting comes across best this way, but I can and have worked with models wearing the equivalent of swimsuits or shorts.
Do you travel for events outside your area?
Yes. I'm located in the San Francisco area but am available for travel all over the world.
I would love to be body painted. Do you ever do private sessions?
Yes! Most of my pregnant belly painting work is on expecting mothers who want a personal pregnancy portrait, and I am available for "costume" painting as well (i.e. getting painted for the Exotic Erotic Ball or a halloween party). I do the painting in my home studio in Fremont, CA in a comfortable, private environment. I have several wonderful photographers I work with who are excellent at photographing body art, and the portraits turn out wonderful. Contact me for individualized pricing.