Now, this isn’t exactly a how to be a face painting master guide, but there are a few different tips that you can use to learn how to begin being a face painter. Now I’m not really good enough myself to even call me good, so I probably shouldn’t be giving that much advice on how to get better. But there are a few things that I can tell you which should seem pretty basic. These will involve things such as learning how to draw out a design that you would like to paint out before you begin the process of experimenting, experimenting with different colors and shades and even trying to decide what you would like to do with your artistry skills. Again, these are not really tips on how to make you a master artist, but just a little bit of helpful advice you may be able to use.
First of all, drawing on a canvass or in your mind is different to drawing on a face. This much is obvious, but it is also one of the more forgotten rules about face painting. The ridges and bones that connect on a human face can greatly differ the look of the design once painted. This is what makes new design ideas difficult to actually execute. However, you can use canvassing to prepare for these issues, as not one face is alike (unless we are talking about twins, and even then it’s different). You can use the practice on a canvass to adjust your designs by height and width and learn yourself how best to make it look and what changes should be made. If we was to talk about a design that I mentioned a few blog posts ago that involved half a face of a robot, it is very specific. You can draw a few different facial types (height, weight, length, etc) and practices making the exterior of the robotic side match the human skull on the opposite. Not only will this give you practice and experience when executing it on people, but it will also give you a bit of overall experience on how to adjust designs.
Another thing that is often looked over when trying to be creative with new designs is the color and shade of the paints that you will be using. Just as not every face looks the same, there are so many different skin types and shades that you will want to use the most effective shade of paint on that specific person. For someone like me who’s a darker shade of tanned, both black and white can suit me depending on the circumstances. Brighter colours like orange and yellow however, are a really bad shade fit for me. So I can only really use the darkest or lightest shades of contrast colors to bring out the best designs in me. For lighter skinned people, darker designs will obviously do better as will lighter shades for people of a darker skin color. But once you start getting into the shade colors of the spectrums, the small differentials do make a difference. If you are on a high paying job or an important client, then these things are important to remember. And you can always practice before you make any final decisions.
If you feel that you can be an artist without face painting, then that is something I would say you should pursuit 100%. If you feel like you have skills of a higher level than what you are currently using for, the most logical thing for you to do is apply them to wherever you feel. Facepainting in my opinion should be a hobby rather than as a job, as it is supposed to be something you can completely enjoy without feeling any pressure. It should be something that you should want to be as creative as possible. That’s why practicing should be fun also. You should want to get better at it because you enjoy it.