I’ve been fascinated by amazing body painting for years, but never got around to trying it myself until a good friend of mine inspired me to just jump in and do it.

I had no idea what I was doing when I did. I just ordered some basic supplies and quickly learned just how much I didn’t know. I didn’t even know how to properly wet the paint, something that seems so simple and basic.

I’ve also always believed there’s no better way to learn than baptism by fire, biting off more than I can chew, etc. So… I jumped in head first. Well, hand first.

I’ve done fifteen projects now. Here’s how it’s going so far. Of course, I’d love to have you follow me on Instagram: @danoah.

My First Fifteen Body and Face Paintings

Project #1 – Grotesque Optical Illusion

This was my very first project. I had no idea how difficult painting on skin would be until I immediately watched my first paint strokes absorb into every pour and crack in my skin. Painting skin on skin was even tougher. It was frustrating at best, but just exciting enough that I wanted to do another one, and soon.

Project #2 – Wolf Boy

Noah was good enough to volunteer to be my model for my second-ever project. I told him to choose any animal so I could practice face painting. He wanted a wolf, so I did my best.

Project #3 – Brick Head

When my bald buddy Brian came to hang out, I pounced on the blank canvas he called his head and went for a rugged optical illusion. Still so much to learn, and I knew it. Body painting is definitely something that the more you do, the more you realize you don’t know.


Project #4 – Choker and Feather

One of my dearest friends from years past came over and let me paint this choker and feather on her. The feather definitely looked painted, but the choker was the first time when I felt like I just might be good at this with a lot more practice.

Project #5 – Masquerade Mask

Rose was my next friend to volunteer. We went for the masquerade mask. It was after attempting this that I realized just how valuable an air brush would be, but it would be a few projects still before I ponied up and bought one.

Project #6 – Abstract Face

This was the body and face painting when I truly fell in love with my new hobby. I had never done any art like this before, and I just loved it when I was done.

Project #7 – Neck Shred

Remember the friend who inspired me to start? Well, we decided to have a contest for a “neck shred” body painting on ourselves. This was how mine turned out.


Project #8 – My First Semi-Nude Painting

After having watched Skin Wars, I knew that I wanted to eventually do full body paintings. My friend Kim was the first one to volunteer as tribute.

There’s something magical and liberating that happens when an artist begins working with attractive nude people… Nudity and sexuality become two very different things and the mind sheds the control that nudity has had on it over life. It’s one of those things you don’t realize the power of until you experience it.

Project #9 – Broken Porcelain Mask

My dear friend Iggy came to visit and we went for the broken porcelain mask I had been wanting to try. It was a great excuse to drink and paint and hang with good friends.