MOTHERHOOD is a swanderful thing, as artist Gesine Marwedel proves.
She usually paints on models’ bodies — creating amazing illusions of animals like snails and rabbits.
Gesine Marwedel creates incredible illusions using bodypaintCredit: Caters News Agency
She has replicated a range of animals, including snails, birds and sealsCredit: Caters News Agency
She morphed into a rabbit using her hands as earsCredit: Caters News Agency
But Gesine, 33, turned her brushes on herself when she became pregnant during the pandemic.
Here, her arm becomes a swan’s head and neck while her baby bump is its body.
Gesine, from Dortmund, Germany said: “Because of Covid I had to do it on my own which was a real challenge.
“Mostly I am inspired by a photo, pose or something and first I try out poses in front of a mirror.
Gesine, pictured with a model, was forced to turn the paintbrush on herself during lockdownCredit: Caters News Agency
She morphed herself into a realistic kingfisherCredit: Caters News Agency
She also used her bump to highlight the shape of a pelican’s bodyCredit: Caters News Agency
She sees the photo series as a unique way of documenting her pregnancyCredit: Caters News Agency
“Bodypainting is very different from canvas painting. You have to deal with poses, shapes, lights and shadows and a living model, that moves, talks and has needs.
“You also can’t take a rest and finish the painting another day – it has to be finished the same day, even when it takes up to 12 hours.”
Now all her amazing swan image needs is her cygnet-ure.
When not painting herself, Gesine says it’s important to remember they’re ‘living models that move, talk and has needs’Credit: Caters News Agency
She adds ‘it has to be finished the same day, even when it takes up to 12 hours’Credit: Caters News Agency
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