To paint, or not to paint, that is the question.
Some people believe that to be a good, or even great painter one must have studied fine arts or graphic arts in college or high school. Others believe you are either born a Leonardo, or you are only lucky enough to be the kid with the crayons drawing stick figures. This perception that art is for only the select few to induldge in and enjoy as a hobbie is now a thought of the past.
We are "creations", made by the "creator" that means that we are all made creativitley. So how is something made from creativity not creative? After all we are not robots. Children from a very young age participate in artistic activities in school and at home, from painting with their hands to drawing on mom's perfectly white walls with crayons. They get lost in their imagination, and then with such excitement present you with their "masterpiece".
Art is healing, and can be fun for anyone at every age because making art is about expressing oneself's inner thoughts and feelings in a constructive way. Just like we teach children new techniques and they learn from experimenting with them, you can too. Eventhough your all grown up ;)
I encourage you to sign up for a class or workshop online or in person and come paint with me and squiggle your hands in the paint. Be free! Let loose your imagination! Meditate on pretty colors, and get lost in the heaven of your creative mind,
I'll be there to guide you along the way.
Before entering the body artistry world I was very intimdated by the thought of becoming a body artist entertainer. I knew I could paint and draw from the time when I was 8 years old trying to sell homemade bookmarks and sketches in my elementary school library. I couldnt afford to go to fine arts school fresh out of high school so in my young brain I thought I was inferrior to the fine arts trained artists.
When i was in middle school I dreamed of eorking for Disney as an professional animation artist. I thought how cool is that? Being able to draw all those images by hand, and see the movie come to life.
By the time i was in high school I spent the majority of my time drawing tattoos and sketching faces at $8 per detailed portrait sketch. In my mid twenties I became a face and body painter as well as a Caricature Sketch Artist for various canadian entertainment agencies before starting my own. I then began body painting dancers and models for productions, company branding promotional events, and fashion shows.
What I found was that adults and children would always request unique and custom face painting designs that i had to finish very quickly, without room for errot. Sfter all with a line up, and a garaunteed pre-set amount of faces or bodies to be painted or tatooed in an hour per thr client, I naturally got faster.
I learned to think out of the box, and great customer service skills as I provided services for divetse age groups, ethnic backgrounds, and physical environments. it wasent my way or the highway as an artist, it was what the model/ customer wanted.
This in turn made me a better artist as it challenged me to learn to draw things I did not have an interest in before, and sharpened my drawing and painting capabilities. It also gave me inspiration from all the amazing chats I had with people I was #artifying.
I also learned that you would be surprised with your artistic ability if you challenge yourself to try something new. So do I think Body Artists or Tattoo Artists are just as good as Fine Arts trained Artists? Yes! They simply have a different skillset or have approached art differently. Personally, us Body Artists thrive off of human interaction, and love to engage our models/ customers in the process by explaining how its done, and getting a feel out of what you desire positivley from the experience. Basically, I think we are alot more fun ;)
Stephanie A.E Strugar
Certified Grumbacher Painting & Drawing Instructor.
She is a retired Certified Face/ Body & Temporary Tattoo Artist.
Caricaturist. She is currently an active
Public Speaker, Consultant, and Arts Educator in the Manitoba and greater Canada area.