Today I am going to talk about how I seat my model for Face Painting. I notice that all of the painters I work with do this a bit differently, so I look forward to your comments about what works for you.
I generally like to stand while I paint, while it can be a little tiring, I find that I have great stamina after years of doing it and can stand for very long periods. Sometimes I use an adjustable office stool, on wheels, if I am going to be painting for a very long period or for several days at the one event.
I like to stand as it means I can move around a bit while working, I like to stand to the front of the model and also to the right side of the model to make painting that side of the face easier ( I am right handed) This is why I use the stool with wheels, so I can move around the model. I generally use the stool for painting small children and stand for the older children and adults.
I seat my model on a tall directors chair, I have them sit close to me, right at the front of the chair. I have a little step that I have them put their feet on, adults too! The step is also for them to climb up to the chair with out me needing to lift them, If they need lifting I ask the parents to do it as I want to look after my back. Really little children can’t reach the step with their feet, that’s fine, most can.
Once they are seated with their feet on the step, I ask them to put their hands on their knees. This position keeps them very stable and still. Having the hands on knees also helps the child to relax and let their head go back for me to paint them. If their hands are elsewhere eg. behind them, I notice it is much more difficult for their head to relax back.
This position really works for me, sometimes I have to remind the child while I am painting them to do one of the things (feet firmly flat on the step, hands on knees)
I took a picture over the weekend of a child “in the position”. You can see my set up too – I fit all of my gear into a Fat Max, which I use as my table, once packed up I only have this pull along and carry the tall chair – very portable!
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