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‘Painted’: 1,064 Images to Create Fun Stop Motion Body Art by Elvis Schmoulianoff

By Hanssie on April 27th 2014

For someone who can’t even draw her eyeliner straight on one eye, much less both, on any given day, people like make-up artist Elvis Schmoulianoff leave me shaking my head in awe.

Inspired by Blu’s stop motion graffiti art video, ‘MUTO,’ Elvis decided to experiment with making a stop motion video. After a period of 10 days, half of which was spent retaking the images of the first minute, in which she learned what not to do, this 4+ minute video features Elvis as the model whose face and body become a canvas of moving cars, a crown wearing skeleton and a thorny rose bush.



Elvis used a point and shoot camera, natural light from her bedroom window, paints & body paints, brushes and a mirror to create this fun stop motion video. Shooting 9-10 hours a day, Elvis then researched editing programs and watched tutorials until she “had a feel for the basics.” Because each image was shot in varying light, she had to use her limited experience in Photoshop to try to even out the lighting to then discover that her “laptop screen isn’t optimal for colour management.”


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This was only a practice run, which is prepping her for the “real one,” in which she knows now to use a controlled light source and “the kind of camera that won’t fit in your back pocket.” I can’t wait to see the “real” thing, because this experiment, in my opinion, is a fantastic effort!

See for yourself:

You can see more of Elvis Elvis Schmoulianoff’s amazing body of work on her website.

[via Vimeo Staff Picks]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing

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