People in Color- lessons with paint

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The Blue Man Group is a group of performers who have gained international fame and recognition not only because of their performances, antics, but mainly because these performers do everything while totally covered in blue, from head to toe.

"Blue Man Group is an organization founded by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton. The organization produces theatrical shows and concerts featuring popular music, comedy and multimedia; recorded music and scores for film and television; television appearances for shows such as The Tonight Show, Las Vegas, Scrubs, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, and Arrested Development; and a children's museum exhibit ("Making Waves"). All of the organization's appearances star a trio of performers called Blue Men, who all wear blue makeup and bald caps." Wikipedia

You too can do such a project if you find willing volunteers and have enough body paint and create some good posing techniques or an adequate scene where to pose your painted subjects.

Keep in mind that a lot of people may not be willing to stand in public while totally covered in paint and wearing little else but undergarments, enough to cover the most sensible parts.

This project is better done in the privacy of a studio where you and your models can feel at ease and it is easier to change your subject's color schemes if needed.

Besides wearing full body paint your models will also need tight fitting non transparent undergarments for the breast and private parts. Also useful but not crucial are bald caps. The best pains are grease paints which are mainly used by clowns and in some theater productions, messy but effective and cheap.

You should pose your painted models against totally black backgrounds that places emphasis on the subjects only. Use diffused lighting aimed at the subjects at forty five angles. Make sure that your models do not look straight into the camera.

The idea is to show them as if they were totally unaware of anyone else being where they are. Have them strike unusual poses and poses that would resemble people totally absorbed in whatever they are doing while being unaware of their surroundings.

Other useful props would be colored contact lenses that are the same color as the body paint. but this is also not a crucial part of the scene.

Capture images that feature the models in their entirety and do some close ups of the faces that highlight the strangeness of a face colored in an strange tone.


Treat this photographic project as one where you can expand your photographic horizons as well as a place to develop new posing techniques.

This project is also a good method to awaken your creativity as these images do not have much use in commercial circles other tan to be showcased by general photography publications and some poster manufacturers.

If you go ahead and conduct your project in a public venue keep in mind that you may not create such a distraction to the point that it disrupts traffic or other activities.

If you want to be sure it is best to obtain a permit from your corresponding authority and these permits are not usually that expensive or hard to get.

The most difficult part of obtaining such a permit would be to guarantee that public decency laws will be adhered to, which make sense anyway unless your project is aimed at an adult oriented audience.

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Robert Connor 4 years ago

Love post - saw blue men in vegas a few yrs ago - good show!


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Robert Connor: Thank you


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

Never saw them but they are cool. Great hub.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Lynn; Thanks, they are fun to watch

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