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Post by AngieAnders on Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:13 am

Woohoo, a belly forum! This is so ironic, because just today I was asked to paint my first ever belly. My mind is overflowing with possibilities...

One of my main concerns is how to photograph this art in a way that's most pleasing. I'd like to include the husband and older sister in the shot, and I think it would be neat to incorporate the design in other areas besides just the belly. The sister's face could be painted to match the belly design... and the mother's face, arms, etc too maybe if she's up for it? Any other ideas? Anyone have pictures of the full body or family shots with prenatal paintings?

I have one of those zero-gravity reclining chairs that have been mentioned here before, so I plan to use that for the mother to lay in. I'm wondering though, how well I'll be able to paint all hunched over? Also, do you have them come to your house, or do you go to theirs?

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Post by AngieAnders on Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:21 am

Also, do you belly painters put a barrier spray on over the design?
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Post by Anita's Faces on Sun Dec 05, 2010 4:39 am

AngieAnders wrote:Also, do you belly painters put a barrier spray on over the design?

Yes I use Fixier Spray of Kryolan.
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Post by SuzySparkles on Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:11 pm

I wasn't too happy about how the belly painting turned out but she liked it none-the-less... this was her favorite picture though... she brought her daughter and I painted her as well... so we went outside and took this picture...

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Post by CATZ on Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:16 pm

Hair spray works too. That's what Lucie Brouillard suggested. Mamma bellies are warmer than regular bellies, so if they want it on for awhile, it's a good idea.

Lone Wolf had an important one point when she mentioned it's good to have the design look good from the side so you see the full 'enormity' of the 'growth' Very Happy I like to get a shot of the siblings next to just the belly. Here's a few examples with family...






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Post by Anita's Faces on Sun Dec 05, 2010 12:17 pm

Suzy, I think it's pretty cute!!
And the butterfly too!
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Post by JBax on Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:19 pm

If you can find a chair that sits you lower so you are at belly height, it works better. One mom was comfortable in my director's chair, and I sat in a regular chair... she was 20 of course, so that may have made a difference.

As for design, I now like the design to extend onto the sides of the belly and not necessarily be "plate" shaped. It makes for great images, because the best photos of pregnant women is 3/4 views.
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Post by wmeventservices on Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:32 pm

I've had great turnouts with just a plain black background (canvas fabric) draped over whatever I can find wherever I'm at and using my ordinary camera. I have found that setting it up in a place where I get natural light instead of using the flash gives the best photos. As far as positions, I'm all for trial and error. You're using a digital camera, take the photos and see what you like. Each design looks better from a different angle. The positions always change according to the design for me.
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Post by Psalmbook on Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:40 pm

My model, Whitney, is one post above me & she said the directors chair wasn't very comfortable, but she was at the point of nothing being comfortable. I'm looking for a gravity chair right now & I have a back room in my friends high end consignment furniture & art shop for a studio. We're gonna fix it up nice & her shop is very visually stimulating in an artsy section of town, so it's the perfect setting.
Here are a few I've done(most on Whitney).


This butterfly & the next were done at festivals where I only had about 10 minutes, so the coverage wasn't the best.



Thank you Metina for adding this section!!!
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Post by AngieAnders on Sun Dec 05, 2010 9:46 pm

Thanks for the photos and ideas! I've worked up a design to do next week so I'll let you know how it goes. Very Happy
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Post by Ruth on Sun Dec 05, 2010 10:18 pm

all beautiful designs, good luck Angie Im sure you'll do great
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Post by Kristal on Mon Dec 06, 2010 8:59 pm

JBax wrote:If you can find a chair that sits you lower so you are at belly height, it works better. One mom was comfortable in my director's chair, and I sat in a regular chair... she was 20 of course, so that may have made a difference.

As for design, I now like the design to extend onto the sides of the belly and not necessarily be "plate" shaped. It makes for great images, because the best photos of pregnant women is 3/4 views.

I haven't quite figured out how to do a non "plate" design Razz The photographer's I've worked with have taken profile shots, and you can't see tons of the design, but I think it's just tricky for me to wrap my head around extending beyond what you can see at one time, if that makes sense. (Doesn't help that 'round' ideas are what first come to mind, when I ask the parents what they want!)

You will do great, Angie! Can't wait to see the final product Very Happy

Where are you all getting the anti-gravity chairs from?
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Post by AngieAnders on Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:20 pm

Thanks for the encouragement! I bought my chair years ago from Wal-Mart. I am not sure it's the same brand, but it looked just like the one pictured in another thread. It slides into a reclining position and is sooo comfortable. I think mine were about $60-$70, and we bought them for camping.
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Post by CATZ on Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:29 pm

I got mine at Shopper's Drug Mart Kristal. Walmart is probably a better place now that the season has changed.

Here's a design that extends a little beyond the 'circle'...I would have liked to try something like Lone Wolf had done awhile back with going up and down the torso and limbs. That was cool!

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Post by wmeventservices on Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:22 pm

Cat, that is absolutely beautiful!
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Post by rosie t clown on Mon Dec 06, 2010 10:55 pm

CATZ,
That is amazing Laughing
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Post by Daizy on Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:54 pm

Beautiful peacock! I am still looking for a willing model to let me paint a peacock on them Razz

I think a few tips for getting good photos would be finding some good natural light, outdoors or near a window, so you don't need to use the flash. I take a black backdrop too and hand it over a door or fence.

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Post by CATZ on Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:20 pm

Thanks!
The model had a 'dream' about peacocks while pregnant so we decided it was a good subject to make something really pretty. I freehanded 'glitter tattoos' for the feather eyes and headpiece. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out too. It was the 3rd belly I'd ever done. I'm pretty much 'hooked' now Very Happy
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Post by Psalmbook on Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:04 am

Beautiful Daizy!
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Post by WickedBA on Sat Dec 18, 2010 3:29 pm

Good luck Angie!
Cats I love your Giving tree belly. It looks amazing. And the watermelon with the baby is cute too.
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Post by memoryfairy on Sat Dec 18, 2010 6:21 pm

they all look awesome!
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Post by estelle on Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:37 pm

wow, everything is beautiful, I can't really do that sort of thing ...
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Post by dany+69 on Mon Dec 20, 2010 12:14 pm

All these designs are so beautyful and sweet. They are a wonderful inspiration for me. Thank you.
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Post by Terina on Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:05 pm

Good luck Angie! Can't wait to see your photos...you paint so wonderfully that I know it is going to be awesome. And I do like everyone's photos. I want to try this...I am a little trepidacious of how to go about it though. I think of the initial investment for what it will take to get started like special chairs and advertising for it. But, it seems that it would be so fun. I have been thinking about it...
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