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Kids Artwork at Streets Alive. (see Workshop)

Face painting at events is really popular amongst kids in the UK - I guess it's the same in many countries - professional face painters can make a fair bit of money but it's hard work painting so many! These two photographs (the other is in the workshop) are from an event in Loughborough called Streets Alive - it actually happens this year tomorrow - so it's an early start for me as the organisation I run is the programme co-ordinator.

These two faces look to have been painted by two people from the same basic idea - they were both painted by other children. Scary death masks and bleeding robots seem to be as popular as the somewhat more colourful and genteel butterflies or flowers on the cheeks but perhaps the most popular of all are the big cats!

I've painted kids faces in India and the UK but some of my own non-documentary work is based around painting adult faces - if you want to see some examples go to the address at the end of this note.

Making these images black and white brings out the scariness much more - they are quite strange images really. The front page image is a duotone and the one in the workshop has had a little more PP to create a more paint like image.

Be interesting to know what people think of the different processing and the different effects they produce.

http://www.charnwood-arts.org.uk/webworks/exhibition.php?exhibitionid=15&cat=4

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