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Makeup Wizardry: Women's Faces Painted To Look 2-D

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This is '2D or not 2D', a series of faces painted by Valeriya Kutsan to look 2-D and photographed by Alexander Khokhlov. I am most impressed by Valeriya's face painting skills. Because one time at the county fair I asked for a Spider Man face painting and everyone thought I was a Jack o' Lantern. That sucked.

The project explains: "Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations - from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching."

Did you read that? 'Careful retouching.' That basically means it's all Photoshop. "That's not what that means." It is too and you know it! "Give people some credit." Pfft, the last time I tried to give a person credit, you know what happened? Turns out they'd lied and made me look stupid. Nope, from now on everything is fake.

Keep going for a bunch more

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Thanks to Steph and A, who only wear this kind of makeup to the office on whatever the opposite of casual Friday is.

There are Comments.
  • MustacheHam

    Instantly tricked this graphic designer's brain.

    Well done my friend...well done.

  • Guest

    These are poorly done and some are just ugly. There are so many impressive and skilled face painters out there that don't use photoshop, why show these?

  • Laura is a bitch

    Laurasweet, your a fucking idiot. Go take your keyboard warrior attitude someplace else. You have been in art and photo retouching for 20 years and come on here to demand respect and put others down? You should be ashamed of yourself, I have been a human being for 30 years and its apparent that I am more skilled and better at it than you are. You need to learn some manners and quit being a total bitch to complete strangers. The world has enough of your kind we don't need any more.

  • Guest

    You are mean. I have removed my comments because I didin't realize that giving my opinion would make me appear as a "bitch". I hope you will consider deleting this mean reply to me.

  • Guest

    If voicing my opinion makes you feel I'm a bitch, I apologize.

  • Lord Vashti

    You are a retoucher. She is an artist. Go clone tool something.

  • Elak Swindell

    These are not Photoshop creations. They are face paint designs. If you can't see that, then you're blind. Some are so-so, but most are spectacular.

  • Guest

    Elak,

    I don't wish to be rude, but you are incorrect. At least four of these have extensive and poorly done "photoshop".

    For example, the one at the top has the red dots just laid over the image, not even wrapped onto the skin.
    I could go over each one and point out the bad digital work on them, but I won't waste my time.

    I know because it's been my job to both look at art and retouching for over 20 years, (and have used photoshop since its inception) so please don't call me blind.

  • Elak Swindell

    You need to take a much closer look at the first image before you so blatantly write it off. I just saved the image and zoomed in on the spots. They are painted on the face, not photoshopped. Those on the ear are contoured to the angles and shading, which wouldn't be the case if they were just layered on with a program. Those under the chin have the correct shade grading flowing out to the neck area, The one on the corner of the mouth contours over the lines there. They are all paint, not digital spots. The only one that stands out with some Photoshop editing is the third one with the red echo cloud next to the face and neck, and the blue blur on the right side. The rest a quite clear in their paint designs, even if it takes a moment to notice, especially the last one.

  • Guest

    Elak, I'm simply pointing out that in addition to her actual make-up application, she uses photoshop. And I don't find the results half as impressive as the work of Emma Hack, Joanne Gair, Eye Level Studios or many of the other talented body artists out there.

    If you doubt that Valerie has used photoshop in her work, just ask her. She does employ digital retouching in these photos.

  • Elak Swindell

    I do agree that Emma Hack is the leading bodypaint artist out there. Her work is outstanding. I haven't seen anything, to my knowledge, from the other two you mentioned. But, for just facial paint designs, these are still quite good. I didn't say Valerie doesn't use digital retouching, I just said they weren't creations solely of that format.

  • Elak Swindell

    On certain aspects, but upon closer examination of the spots in the first photo, those are not digital. Some might be, but not all.

  • Jacques

    Calm your titties sweetie.

  • Guest

    no don't calm the tits, excited your tits more so

  • Mr. K

    I think we're missing the big picture here (pun intended?): Pictures are already 2-D.

  • Johnson

    2nd to last looks like a Real Life Mona Lisa Model.

  • Forblat

    Some of these are really good, a couple of them are not so good, I could not create any of them.

  • MeggyMonster

    Picture 6 makes me reminds of somebody that I used to know....

    Soommebooodeeee. *plays xylophone* o 3o

  • TheOtakuX

    Wow, that last one...

  • WhiteEagle2

    *Scroll*
    Hmm, these look pretty cool.
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    WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!?!?

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