January 17th, 2018
WarPaintopia is heading back to the Warpaint Championships at Professional Beauty London on Monday 26th February and we cannot wait to see the competition unfold. For those who don’t know, this is a collaboration with Paintopia, the UK’s largest bodypainting festival, which showcases the most creative of make-up arts in its own dedicated space. All of the categories at this year’s Championships are inspired by 1988 in celebration of Professional Beauty’s 30th Anniversary. For bodypainting, the theme is The Second Summer Of Love: Acid House and The Rave Generation.
We spoke to Paintopia founder Jennie Roberts on how she is feeling about this year’s competition:
“I am really excited for this year’s WarPaintopia bodypainting competition at Professional Beauty. Building on the success of last year’s London and Manchester competitions, we have seen a big increase in participation and also in the standard of work produced by both professionals and students, which is wonderful.”
There are two levels for Bodypaint entrants: STUDENT and PRO and full information and criteria can be found here.
This level is open to anyone currently studying a relevant media make-up or art-based qualification and we will also accept entries from those who have graduated in the last 12 months. Entrants are required to paint upper body only and will have four hours to complete their design. They may costume the lower half and make a headpiece to accessorise. The judges ask for upper body only so it allows plenty of time for students to showcase their skills and input detail into their finished design.
Judges are looking for attention to detail, blending, linework, composition, interpretation of the theme, product choices, originality and overall impact amongst other things.
This category is open to anyone with two or more years experience in bodypainting and who markets themselves as a professional bodypainter in their skill set. They have 6 hours to complete their design which must cover more than 80% of the body.
Judges are looking for attention to detail, blending, linework, composition, interpretation of the theme, product choices, originality and overall impact amongst other things. In the case of the Pros, the judges expect a high standard of these skills to be demonstrated in the finished bodypaint.
For both levels, the judges will also note professionalism and tidiness of your workspace, your rapport with your model, your moodboard and how that translates the inspiration behind your design through to all the technical and creative skills shown in your finished piece.
Jennie has tips for entrants, “If I could give one or two tips ahead of the day, I would say preparation and organisation are essential to ensuring you perform to the best of your ability on the day. Start packing a day or two in advance, that way when you suddenly remember that you need to add the moodboard which you left drying in another part of the house, you will have plenty of time to do so and hopefully you’ll be able to get a good night’s sleep before the competition!”
“My fellow judges and I are looking forward to seeing your wonderful designs and we really look forward to meeting you all and chatting to you on the day. Good luck.”
If you don’t want to enter the Warpaint Championships but would still like to attend Professional Beauty London, click here to register for free!