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Post by Just Jenny on Mon May 04, 2009 8:19 am

I think I must be the slowest facepainter of all. Knowing that, I've been looking and watching others to see what it is that makes them faster. I saw a post on another forum where a painter did their painting in 3 levels. Deluxe was 12 to 15 faces an hour, and the quickies were at about 45 an hour. I was blown away, my fastest faces are at 12 to 15 an hour (Not that I've timed myself, but I had a count one time when I was going really really fast and in the end I only did 37 in 2 hours) Well, I e-mailed her, I wanted to see the pictures of her fastest faces. She was such a sweetheart, not only did she send me pictures, but gave me tips and hints too. So now I'm on the quest to get speed on my side too.

My plan at this point is to utilize the Jam group that I meet with on the first Monday, and present the topic this month so that we can do a start timed face this month, and then practice the speed techniques during the month, and then in June we can do another timing to see how much we have sped up.

Some of the quick tools that I have learned about is to use one base color, a rainbow cake can work as 'one' base color because the prep is the same as a solid color, Black and White for lines and practices faces that fit into this category. Faces like butterfly, dog, batman, pirate, eye swirlies all fit.

Any suggestions from you guys would be great, and I'll keep you informed as to how the jam goes, and how we improved our speed while still painting great faces.

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Post by LoneWolf on Mon May 04, 2009 12:07 pm

How was the fast faces looking? The one I have seen made in about two minutes, looks almost like the one the children normally get in Kindergarten (only they take longer time).

I think it is fine working to be faster, as long as it can't bee seen on the quality. I would love to learn some tips about doing that as well!
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Post by Perry Noia on Mon May 04, 2009 1:53 pm

I think I paint relatively fast considering the quality that I go for.... the main thing for me is to try to do everything that will be the same colour, all at once to reduce the time rinsing your brushes and to try and use one brush per colour as much as possible (again to reduce rinsing and changing brushes).

That being said, I made myself a promise while doing my hockey game face painting... No matter what the line looks like, I will not sacrifice the quality of my painting. No one will be impressed by me splattering a mess all over their face.
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Post by AngieAnders on Mon May 04, 2009 7:18 pm

I'm a pretty fast painter. My speed designs ARE much more simple than "show" designs, out of necessity. Since much of my work is pay-per-face, it makes a HUGE difference in how much money I make. I've learned lots of tricks to making things go fast. You'd be surprised how much time is wasted doing things that have nothing to do with the actual painting. Like looking for the right paint brush, the right color, taking too much time to wash out a brush or find the best sponge. Here are some tips to increasing your speed:

1. Have your paints right at your elbow so that you don't have to move to reach them. Learn to reload your brush or sponge without moving out of your painting position.

2. Stand to paint! Many people are unable to stand for long periods of time, but I tell you, it's a HUGE time saver. You can immediately step back for the child to get in and out of the chair, move to your paints, take money and make change, and a million other things if you are already standing. Painters sitting in chairs spend a lot of time situating themselves.

3. Learn to use just a few brushes and always know where they are. I have a main black line-work brush and a main white one. I use sponges for most everything else. Lots of time can be wasted looking for that "perfect" brush in a huge pile of brushes. Be ruthless and cut out the ones you don't absolutely need!

4. Poof glitter! I love glitter and I think it compliments most any design, but accessories like graffiti glitter, glitter gel, stick-on gems and such are very time consuming. A simple "poof" of glitter over the face will leave a nice beautiful sparkly sheen in less than three seconds.

5. Have a menu board with clearly titled choices. It takes only a second for a child to say "I want the flower fairy design". It takes lots more time for the child to try to explain to you what they want otherwise. What colors they like, where they want it on their face, etc etc. For "fast" venues, they tell me the design number or title, and I start painting.

6. Have a mirror placed elsewhere. I show the kids their face, because I love to see their smiles and tell them how pretty they look. But after a few seconds, I lower my hand held mirror and point to the one in the corner, telling them to go check it out in the "big mirror". This gets them out of the chair quickly.

I'm sure I have more but this is all that comes to mind right now. Hope it helps!
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Post by Winger1200 on Mon May 04, 2009 9:21 pm

Hi Jenny,
Facinating, 45 faces an an hour! I would love to see her photos of her fastest faces along with the tips & hints, too!
Special thanks for your tips, Angie!
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Re: Searching for SPEED

Post by Guest on Mon May 04, 2009 9:25 pm

Speed just comes with practice.

I have a sheet of 2 Minute designs - the easy eye designs, swirls, mask type designs, simplistic animals, etc.

I have never worried about speed - if a child asks for an elaborate design I paint it... but I don't work pay per face, just by the hour (and you know what they say about being paid by the hour Rolling Eyes )

I average about 4-5 minutes per, my signs say 4-7 minutes per face, but I can knock out butterflies in about a minute each when pressed.

Using bigger sponges can help with base application - fist sized chunks of car wash sponges work well for that.

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Post by Wildcatfin on Mon May 04, 2009 10:24 pm

45 an HOUR? Well, that will not be what I would call face-painting...would love to see what their 'faces' were, at that speed.

I'd expect it was stamps, stencils or a really simple doodle for that many.

A reasonable speed is 10-15 and by that I mean for full faces (or nearly full) per hour.

At major events (over 20,000/ day) I do sometimes work with photo boards that people choose from rather than just painting what they want, as that means you can pick designs that are fast like butterflies, eye things etc and just vary the lines/ colours for a huge variety. Most of us can do a butterfly or tiger in 3 minutes, and most decent painters are about 5 mins/ face for most designs You have to be or you don't make money at PPF.

Go for maximum impact stuff - like rainbow!

I use 1 clean 1/2sponge per face, partly for hygiene but partly as I can load at least 3 colours on the different sides and work the face bases w/o having to reload.

My tip is to be ergonomic; organise your paints and brushes etc so the most used are closet to you and ALWAYS set up that way - then you don't waste time searching for what you want.

Make sure you put stuff back where it came from.

Glitter puffers/ tips so you don't need to unscrew lids.

PRACTICE designs and work out the best & fastest way to do it so that you don't forget bits and the bits needing linework are dry by the time you come to lines etc.
E.g. for a tiger I do the white muzzle/ eyes 1st, then the yellow & orange shading. I start in the left forehead, work stripes over the top, down the side and do the left muzzle & nose as the white is bone dry for the finer whisks by then. Then (I often step behind the face as I'm more symmetrical doing that side upside down) I work the right lip, up the side of the face and the stripes back to the middle. That way I have an odrered way and hopefully don't do the classic 'forgetting the nose' etc thing.

I also have several of each brush I like, e.g. 4 round Da vinci size 2, 2 flat dalers, 2 wisps, 3 asstd rounds for petals, 2 butterfly fans....- as i use 1 of each for black, 1 for white and a few for 'other colours'. That way I can just dampen the brush and get going with it as it saves time not having to wash out the same brush to change colour - and means I only need an empty paradise pot for water to re-damp a few things like brushes for Wolfe white (which I don't spray) as I spray everything else.

Big queues are actually great for getting you into the groove and twigging how to speed up as you do the same thing over and over and over.....

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Post by Just Jenny on Tue May 05, 2009 12:14 am

OMG, I should have asked you guys for speed tips, you are awesome. I will find out if I can share with you some pictures that she sent me of her speedy faces.

We talked for a few minutes tonight at the jam and looked at what made some of the faces really fast faces.

Thanks for all the input,

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Post by Perry Noia on Tue May 05, 2009 7:08 am

I just wanted to share... I had another hockey game that I painted for last night and followed my own rule of not painting crap, no matter how long the line went. (and I hadn't previously had my "Tips Accepted" cup out until last niight)... There are 3 of us there painting, one got $5 in tips, one got about $15, I got $42!!!!![u] in just tips... we also got paid for the gig. Of course it helped that the other two refused to do the team logo and just did "Go Spits" and stuff... I did mostly team logos, which actually meant that I had "the slow line" but I'll take it for the tips Very Happy
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Post by Metzpah on Tue May 05, 2009 12:38 pm

way to go Perry! Smile
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Post by Perry Noia on Tue May 05, 2009 1:34 pm

sorry to temporarily hijack the thread, but check this out http://www.windsorstar.com/Spits+fans+still+spirit/1564947/story.html
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Post by Metina on Tue May 05, 2009 1:55 pm

TOOT TOOT! Go Perry!

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Post by AngieAnders on Tue May 05, 2009 3:11 pm

Awesome Perry!!
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Post by LoneWolf on Tue May 05, 2009 5:05 pm

Off topic, but why not spray Wolfe white?
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Re: Searching for SPEED

Post by Just Jenny on Tue May 05, 2009 6:59 pm

Perry Noia wrote:sorry to temporarily hijack the thread, but check this out http://www.windsorstar.com/Spits+fans+still+spirit/1564947/story.html

Perry you really did good. I love the picture and the painting. The only thing missing is your name, what were they thinking? That's the most important part. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by Perry Noia on Tue May 05, 2009 9:29 pm

Yeah, I'm not too keen on them for that... I would even have settled for them putting my mentor clown's business name for providing the face painters, balloons and the "eyes on the prize" ... at least they could find a way to contact her and find out who painted it that way... I'm working under her for these gigs.

Or even if they had put my human name and not my clown business name, anyone googling my name would find my website eventually.
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